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Challenger Track
Time: 1 hr 15 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
10.6 km NNE of Terrey Hills
Length: 3 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 3 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 59 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 59 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

The Challenger Track is a simple track which heads through the heath and some forest to arrive at a pleasant lookout. Starting at West Head Rd, the track follows a ridge out to a rocky outcrop where views over the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay reveal Patonga and Brooklyn. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Challenger Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Challenger Track
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Int. West Head Rd and Challenger Trk
End of Challenger Trk
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. West Head Rd and Challenger Trk

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91301N 
 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Start of Challenger Track
 
Start of Challenger Track +
 
Challenger Management Trail
 
Challenger Management Trail +
 
Heath either side of the Challenger Track
 
Heath either side of the Challenger Track +

 
Rock landing to the side of the Challenger Track
 
Rock landing to the side of the Challenger Track +
 
Forest on Challenger Track
 
Forest on Challenger Track +
 
Challenger Track cul-de-sac
 
Challenger Track cul-de-sac +

 
Views over the Hawkesbury
 
Views over the Hawkesbury +
 
Views over the Hawkesbury
 
Views over the Hawkesbury +
 
Views over the Hawkesbury River
 
Views over the Hawkesbury River +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Challenger Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Challenger Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Challenger Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Challenger Track bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 3km
Time 1 hr 15 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
This whole walk, 1.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 1.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.5km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Int. West Head Rd and Challenger Trk
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Int. West Head Rd and Challenger Trk to End of Challenger Trk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.49 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -31 m
From the intersection, the walk heads past a gate and an information sign. The trail tends right, up the hill, continuing to wind as it undulates for approximately 1km through the heathy bush. The walk then rises and swings into a shady eucalypt forest, continuing down the hill to the end of the wider trail.

(1.49 km) End of Challenger Trk to Challenger Trk Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 34 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Veer left: From the end of the trail, the walk heads through the bushes towards the valley and river. The track leads onto a rock platform overlooking the Hawkesbury River.

Drive from Int. West Head Rd and Challenger Trk
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by


Campsites in the park
The Basin campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 7.3 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 15.3 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 17.8 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 15.9 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 19.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Challenger Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Challenger Track
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 13 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 18 km (to the N)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
23 km (to the SW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 29 km (to the NE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 40 km (to the WSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
A largely untouched wilderness on the northern boundary of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP is one of Australia's oldest national parks. Here at the head of the Hawkesbury River, you'll find Aboriginal engravings and sites, as well as sandstone escarpments,
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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