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Duffy's Track and Slade Lookout
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.9 km N of St Ives
Length: 2.5 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 2.5 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 214 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 214 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

A less frequented track, this rough, steep bush track abounds with wildlife including goannas and black snakes. Slade Lookout is definitely worth the short trip along the management trail to see good views over the marina at Bobbin Head. The mangroves at Duffy's Wharf (Cowan Creek) are also teeming with wildlife. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Duffy's Track and Slade Lookout
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End of Booralie Rd
Int of Booralie & Cullamine Track
Int of Slade and Duffys Wharf Track
Int of Slade and Duffys Wharf Track
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Booralie Rd

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
 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
 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

 
Sign at the intersection of Duffy's Wharf and Slade Lookout
 
Sign at the intersection of Duffy's Wharf and Slade Lookout +
 
Slades Lookout
 
Slades Lookout +
 
Looking at Bobbin Head from Slades Lookout
 
Looking at Bobbin Head from Slades Lookout +

 
Track down to Duffy's Wharf
 
Track down to Duffy's Wharf +
 
Mangroves at Duffy's
 
Mangroves at Duffy's +
 
Cowan Creek
 
Cowan Creek +

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 Duffy's Track and Slade Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Duffy's Track and Slade Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Duffy's Track and Slade Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Duffy's Track and Slade Lookout 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 2.5km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
.


Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
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
Around 990m of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 280m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 990m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 280m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 990m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 280m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 990m of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 280m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 70m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

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 End of Booralie Rd
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) End of Booralie Rd to Int of Booralie Trail and Cullamine Track
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 70 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
From the end of Booralie Rd, this walk bypasses the gate, signposted as the 'Booralie Namba Trail' and heads north-west along the management trail for approximately 100m before coming to an intersection with several other management trails.

(0.07 km) Int of Booralie & Cullamine Track to Int of Slade & Duffys Wharf Track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 210 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk passes the gate signposted as the 'Booralie Trail' and heads north-west along the management trail. the walk soon comes to an intersection with another management trail signposted with 'Slade Trail' and 'Duffys Wharf'

(0.28 km) Int of Slade and Duffys Wharf Track to Slade Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 500 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -19 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south-west along the flat management trail for approximately 500m before coming to Slades Lookout, which offers views over Cowan Creek as far as Bobbin Head Reserve.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

(0.28 km) Int of Slade and Duffys Wharf Track to Cowan Creek
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 990 m Time = 26 mins
Climb = 28 m Descent = -172 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail to the north-west, following the 'Duffys Wharf' sign. The management trail soon begins to descend steeply before becoming a rough track. The track continues to go down steeply, following a small creek to the edge of Cowan Creek. (This is a very enjoyable walk however the track is in disrepair and there are frequent obstacles along the track, including fallen logs and overhanging branches.)

Drive from End of Booralie Rd
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)
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 8.5 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 8.6 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 10.8 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 14.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 14.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Duffy's Track and Slade Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Duffy's Track and Slade Lookout
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 7 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
11 km (to the SW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 28 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 28 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 34 km (to the SSW)

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.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Over The Hill - Duffy's Wharf walk IP:122.106.255.xxx | 2014-04-07 05:42:19
We walked this recently. The track from the end of the service trail to Duffy's Wharf is in an excellent state of repair, with lovely steps complete with drainage, and stepping stones across the creek and through managroves. It is a lovely spot, and we had a nice swim too!
admin - re: Duffy's Wharf walk Super Administrator | 2014-04-09 23:57:01
Over The Hill wrote:
It is a lovely spot, and we had a nice swim too!

Wonderful -- sounds like a fun day out. Thanks.
Matt :)
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