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Jerusalem Bay Track (Cowan to Brooklyn)
Time: 5 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.8 km NNE of Berowra
Length: 13.4 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 13.4 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 654 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 654 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 There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This Cowan to Brooklyn Station walk is a popular section of the Great North Walk, with scenery ranging from foreshore to ridge top lookouts. You will follow the Great North Walk from Cowan Station down to the picturesque Jerusalem Bay, then climb up over a series of ridges before descending into Brooklyn. This walk is a great one-way trip from station to station with numerous water views, including a circumnavigation of Brooklyn Dam whilst enjoying a wonderful diversity of flora along the way. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Jerusalem Bay Track (Cowan to Brooklyn)

Map of Walk

Location

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Cowan Station
Freeway Bridge
Int of Great North Walk and Engravings track
Jerusalem Bay
Ridge Top
Campbells Ck
Int. Jerusalem Bay Trk and Brooklyn Dam Service Trail
Int. Jerusalem Bay Trk and Brooklyn Dam Service Trail
Upper Int. of Brooklyn Dam Service Track and Brooklyn Dam Bushtrack
NW Brooklyn Dam Campsite
NW Brooklyn Dam Campsite intersection
Lower Int. of Brooklyn Dam Service Track and Brooklyn Dam Bushtrack
NE Brooklyn Dam Campsite
Int of Hawkesbury Track and Brooklyn Trail
Int of George AND William Sts
Parsley Bay Boat Ramp
Flat Rock Point
McKell Park Playground
Federation Foreshore Parking
Int of George & William Sts
Int of Brooklyn AND Dangar Rds
Starting point for this hiking track: Cowan Station

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
 Cowan 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304N 
 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

 
Crossing the tracks at Cowan Station
 
Crossing the tracks at Cowan Station +
 
Looking towards Cowan Station
 
Looking towards Cowan Station +
 
Walking alongside train lines near Cowan Station
 
Walking alongside train lines near Cowan Station +

 
Signposted near swtiching box North of Cowan Station
 
Signposted near swtiching box North of Cowan Station +
 
Pink spider flower (Grevillea sericea)
 
Pink spider flower (Grevillea sericea) +
 
Freeway Overpass
 
Freeway Overpass +

 
Crossing the Freeway
 
Crossing the Freeway +
 
Wide track east of F3 crossing
 
Wide track east of F3 crossing +
 
Grey Spider Flower (Grevillea Buxifolia)
 
Grey Spider Flower (Grevillea Buxifolia) +

 
Seed pods getting ready to open
 
Seed pods getting ready to open +
 
Scribbly Gums east of the F3
 
Scribbly Gums east of the F3 +
 
Rocky track east of the F3 bridge
 
Rocky track east of the F3 bridge +

 
Bottle Brush
 
Bottle Brush +
 
Minor creek crossing
 
Minor creek crossing +
 
Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa)
 
Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa) +

 
Flowers in bloom
 
Flowers in bloom +
 
Jerusalem Bay Track creek crossing
 
Jerusalem Bay Track creek crossing +
 
Walking along the Jerusalem Bay Track just north of the main creek crossing
 
Walking along the Jerusalem Bay Track just north of the main creek crossing +

 
A large angophera west of Jerusalem Bay
 
A large angophera west of Jerusalem Bay +
 
A overhang west of Jerusalem Bay
 
A overhang west of Jerusalem Bay +
 
Wide track beside Cowan Creek
 
Wide track beside Cowan Creek +

 
Sign near water on Jerusalem Bay Track
 
Sign near water on Jerusalem Bay Track +
 
Yellow and red pea flower
 
Yellow and red pea flower +
 
Cowan Creek south of Jerusalem Bay
 
Cowan Creek south of Jerusalem Bay +

 
Steps up to the point at Jerusalem Bay
 
Steps up to the point at Jerusalem Bay +
 
View of Jerusalem Bay
 
View of Jerusalem Bay +
 
Rocky track north of Jerusalem Bay
 
Rocky track north of Jerusalem Bay +

 
Rocky gully north of Jerusalem Bay
 
Rocky gully north of Jerusalem Bay +
 
Passing a small cave north of Jerusalem Bay
 
Passing a small cave north of Jerusalem Bay +
 
Rocky steep track north of Jerusalem Bay
 
Rocky steep track north of Jerusalem Bay +

 
Banksia
 
Banksia +
 
An appealing tree north of Jerusalem Bay
 
An appealing tree north of Jerusalem Bay +
 
Near the top of the ridge north of Jerusalem Bay
 
Near the top of the ridge north of Jerusalem Bay +

 
Signpost at the top of the ridge north of Jerusalem Bay
 
Signpost at the top of the ridge north of Jerusalem Bay +
 
Sandy flat track at the top of the ridge
 
Sandy flat track at the top of the ridge +
 
Track leading through the cleft in the rock
 
Track leading through the cleft in the rock +

 
Steep track south of Campbells Creek
 
Steep track south of Campbells Creek +
 
pink spider flower (Grevillea sericea)
 
pink spider flower (Grevillea sericea) +
 
Patersonia Lily (Patersonia sericea)
 
Patersonia Lily (Patersonia sericea) +

 
Crossing Campbells Creek
 
Crossing Campbells Creek +
 
Moss at Campbells Creek
 
Moss at Campbells Creek +
 
Small clearing north of Campbells Creek
 
Small clearing north of Campbells Creek +

 
Rock formation north of Campbells Creek
 
Rock formation north of Campbells Creek +
 
An orange fungus growing from a rotting log
 
An orange fungus growing from a rotting log +
 
Small cave north of Campbells Creek
 
Small cave north of Campbells Creek +

 
Sandstone patterns in valley north of Campbells Creek
 
Sandstone patterns in valley north of Campbells Creek +
 
Sandy track on ridge north of Campbells Creek
 
Sandy track on ridge north of Campbells Creek +
 
Metal pegs near the Brooklyn Dam trail
 
Metal pegs near the Brooklyn Dam trail +

 
Intersection of trail north of Campbells Creek
 
Intersection of trail north of Campbells Creek +
 
Freeway Lookout
 
Freeway Lookout +
 
Trail along ridge top
 
Trail along ridge top +

 
Trail leading over rock platform
 
Trail leading over rock platform +
 
Valley view from power pole
 
Valley view from power pole +
 
Gravelly trail winding down the ridge
 
Gravelly trail winding down the ridge +

 
View over the Hawkesbury River and Peats Ferry Bridge
 
View over the Hawkesbury River and Peats Ferry Bridge +
 
Walking along trail on the ridge east of Brooklyn Dam
 
Walking along trail on the ridge east of Brooklyn Dam +
 
Wide trail with power lines east of Brooklyn Dam
 
Wide trail with power lines east of Brooklyn Dam +

 
Intersection of small east of Brooklyn Dam campsite
 
Intersection of small east of Brooklyn Dam campsite +
 
The small Brooklyn dam campsite
 
The small Brooklyn dam campsite +
 
walking around Brooklyn Dam
 
walking around Brooklyn Dam +

 
pink spider flower (Grevillea sericea) at Brooklyn Dam
 
pink spider flower (Grevillea sericea) at Brooklyn Dam +
 
Sign near Brooklyn Dam
 
Sign near Brooklyn Dam +
 
Water Lilies on Brooklyn Dam
 
Water Lilies on Brooklyn Dam +

 
Large camping area at Brooklyn Dam
 
Large camping area at Brooklyn Dam +
 
Brooklyn Dam
 
Brooklyn Dam +
 
Walking along trail east of Brooklyn Dam
 
Walking along trail east of Brooklyn Dam +

 
Powerlines on ridge trail east of Brooklyn Dam
 
Powerlines on ridge trail east of Brooklyn Dam +
 
Int of Hawkesbury Track and Brooklyn Trail
 
Int of Hawkesbury Track and Brooklyn Trail +
 
Walking along the ridge trail south of Brooklyn
 
Walking along the ridge trail south of Brooklyn +

 
Upper concrete section south of Brooklyn
 
Upper concrete section south of Brooklyn +
 
Rock cutting and steep concrete trail south of Brooklyn
 
Rock cutting and steep concrete trail south of Brooklyn +
 
Sign and gate at southern end of William St, Brooklyn
 
Sign and gate at southern end of William St, Brooklyn +

 
Walking along side Parsley Bay
 
Walking along side Parsley Bay +
 
Brooklyn Baths
 
Brooklyn Baths +
 
Intersection of George and William Streets, Brooklyn
 
Intersection of George and William Streets, Brooklyn +

 
Walking along Bridge Street Brooklyn
 
Walking along Bridge Street Brooklyn +
 
Anglers Rest, Brooklyn
 
Anglers Rest, Brooklyn +
 
Memorial commemorating the naming of the Hawkesbury River
 
Memorial commemorating the naming of the Hawkesbury River +

 
Brooklyn Trackhead sign
 
Brooklyn Trackhead sign +
 
Hawkesbury River station
 
Hawkesbury River station +
 
Fish and chips at Brooklyn
 
Fish and chips at Brooklyn +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Jerusalem Bay Track (Cowan to Brooklyn) bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Jerusalem Bay Track (Cowan to Brooklyn) bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Jerusalem Bay Track (Cowan to Brooklyn) bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Jerusalem Bay Track (Cowan to Brooklyn) 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 13km
Time 5 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 4km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 3km is very steep and the remaining 290m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
5km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 4.9km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 290m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
11km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 1.4km is clearly signposted. The remaining (1.1km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 7km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 12km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.9km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 4.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (760m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Cowan Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Cowan Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus to Cowan Station
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Cowan Station
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) Cowan Station to Freeway Bridge
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 300 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -15 m
From the front of Cowan station[1], this walk follows the GNW arrow[2] up the concrete ramp, turning right to cross the track at the controlled 'Pedestrian Railway Crossing'[3][4]. The walk follows the ramp onto platform 1 (Sydney-bound side) then around the shelter[5] to follow the GNW arrow post right, down the steps[6] and through the gate.
Here the walk crosses the train lines (train storage area) and turns left, following the 'Brooklyn' sign[7] along the wide management trail[8]. After 130m, the trail leads past an electrical switching area[9] then turns right at the large 'Great North Walk' signposts[10]. Here, the narrower trail leads between the fences over a small rise[11] to cross the freeway on a large, fenced concrete bridge[12].

(0.3 km) Freeway Bridge to Jerusalem Bay
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.16 km Time = 50 mins
Climb = 61 m Descent = -222 m
Continue straight: From the overpass, this walk heads away from the freeway and down the wide track[13]. The track leads down a series of timber steps[14][15], then over a small rise (among the scribbly gums[16]) where the track begins to narrow and lead more steeply down a rocky section[17]. The walk then heads down a series of timber steps[18] (passing a 'Great North Walk' sign[19]), and crosses a short section of timber boardwalk[20]. At the other end of the boardwalk, this track leads left over a rock platform[21] (with a small creek flowing after rain) and then turns right to step off the rock platform[22].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill along the rocky track[23][24]. The track leads past a few rock walls[25] over about 350m, then turns right onto, then steps down off, a long thin rock platform[26]. The track continues down along the side of the valley for another 200m, passing into a much more lush and dense forest[27], where the track then crosses the creek at a large rock platform[28].
On the other side of the creek, the track leads right down along the other side of the valley[29], passing a few small sandstone overhangs[30][31] then a particularly broad angophora tree[32] [33] after about 500m. Soon after this angophora, the track leads down some rock steps[34] then begins to widen for about 300m, and passes a small track (on your right) marked with a 'No Camping or fires allowed' sign[35]. By this point, the broad waters (or mud flats, depending on the tide) of Cowan Creek are obvious[36], on your right. The walk now continues along the generally broad and flat track[37] for another 500m, then climbs up a set of concrete steps[38], marked with a GNW arrow post. At the top of these steps is a large, fairly flat clearing[39] with a 'No Camping' and a 'Great North Walk' sign[40] and a great view up the middle of Jerusalem Bay[41].

Jerusalem Bay Alt = 15 m
Jerusalem Bay, Ku-ring-gai National Park, is a nice bay east of Cowan Station. The bay is popular with bushwalkers as it is part of the Great North Walk. The bay is sometimes known for an iconic photo of the single palm in front of the water. The bay itself is also popular with boaters who can anchor in the bay. Jerusalem Bay can be accessed by the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay or from Brooklyn or Cowan Railway Stations.

(2.46 km) Jerusalem Bay to Ridge Top
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.08 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 201 m Descent = -24 m
Continue straight: From the clearing at Jerusalem Bay, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[42], keeping the water to your right. The track bends left then leads down some sandstone steps[43] (with a handrail). The track soon becomes fairly rough and follows the shoreline[44] for about 200m before crossing a rocky and mossy gully[45]. On the other side of this gully, the track tends right, following the GNW arrow post[46] past a sandstone overhang[47], and over a small flat timber bridge[48]. Just past this bridge, the track bends left and starts to climb steeply[49] up the particularly rocky track[50]. After about 300m of climbing, the track passes a small clearing with a small seat[51] (on your right). Over the next 400m, the rocky track still heads up, but is generally less steep[52][53]. The walk then comes to a large rock outcrop[54], where the track turns right to head up through a rocky gully[55]. About 60m after this climb, the track leads up another short climb[56] to a rock platform[57], then a third consecutive climb[58] leads up through a crack in a rock[59] to find a much welcomed bench seat[60] and 'Great North Walk - Track Register' log book box[61][62]. From here, the walk follows the the track gently uphill for another 60m to a 'Jerusalem Bay' sign[63] pointing back along the track, at the top of the ridge.

(3.54 km) Ridge Top to Campbells Ck
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 764 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -120 m
Continue straight: From the top of the ridge, this walk follows the 'Brooklyn Dam' sign[64], gently uphill, heading north through the tall heath. The mostly flat track leads through the forest[65], with an occasional glimpse[66][67] to the freeway and down to Brooklyn. after about 400m, the track bends left and leads through a long cleft in the rock[68]. Here the track start to head more and more steeply down[69] for the next 350m, until heading down some timber steps[70] which lead to Campbells Creek. The walk steps over the small (orange, polluted [71]) creek to find a flat sandy clearing [72] a few metres past the creek.

(4.3 km) Campbells Ck to Int. Jerusalem Bay Trk and Brooklyn Dam Service Trail
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.19 km Time = 34 mins
Climb = 146 m Descent = -39 m
Continue straight: From the small clearing[73], this walk follows the clear track away from the creek, and soon bends left then begins to climb. The rocky track climbs steeply for about 200m, passing among the grass trees and eucalyptus[74]. The track flattens out and passes alongside a rock wall[75], then resumes the climb up the hill. At the top of this climb, the track passes a couple of small rock overhangs[76] then climbs about halfway up a section of rock[77] to follow the longer section of rock platform[78] to the right. The track then gently undulates along the side of the hill, passing a section of hand rail[79] after about 70m. The track then follows a series of small rock walls[80] (on your left) for about 250m before climbing up onto a flat, sandy track. This soon leads to a faint intersection[81] (with a track on your right, which goes to a large rock platform[82]). From here, the sandy track stays mostly flat[83] for about 300m before veering left at a GNW arrow post, leading up a more rocky section of track[84] and then climbing up some steel pegs[85] in the rock wall at the next GNW arrow post[86]. Here the track leads up the short hill and comes to a T-intersection with a wide management trail, where a 'Jerusalem Bay' sign[87] points back down the hill.

(5.49 km) Int. Jerusalem Bay Trk and Brooklyn Dam Service Trail to freeway view point
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 104 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -11 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads in the opposite direction to the 'Brooklyn' arrow[88], uphill along the wide management trail, keeping the power lines to your left. The trail leads through the tall heath and soon heads more steeply up[89] a short hill to a concrete section of old road[90]. The concrete section leads to the unfenced view point at the top of a large cutting, overlooking the freeway[91].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

(5.49 km) Int. Jerusalem Bay Trk and Brooklyn Dam Service Trail to Upper Int. of Brooklyn Dam Service Track and Brooklyn Dam Bushtrack
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.79 km Time = 57 mins
Climb = 86 m Descent = -133 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Brooklyn' sign[92] down along the wide management trail, initially keeping the power lines to your right[93]. The trail gently undulates along the top of the ridge for about 700m, passing a few short side tracks[94][95] (which lead to the power poles) and distant valley glimpses. The trail leads over a solid rock platform[96] and less than 100m later, the walk leads past a track[97] (on your right, which leads to a unfenced view over the valleys[98], from the power pole). The walk continues along the main trail for another 90m then follows a GNW arrow post[99] as the trail bends left[100], then right, to head downhill notably steeply for a short time[101]. The trail then continues to undulate along the top of the ridge for about 1.2km, passing more side tracks to power poles[102][103] (some with unfenced views). The walk then comes to a point where the trail bends sharply right[104], and there is a filtered view over the Hawkesbury River to Peats Ferry Bridge[105].
From here, the walk heads quiet steeply down[106] for about 400m to pass under some power lines[107], where the trail then bends sharply left[108] (enjoying some filtered views down to Brooklyn Dam[109] and the Hawkesbury[110], on your right), passing under then same power lines again. The trail soon flattens out, coming to a faint three-way intersection[111] (with a re-vegetating track on your right), marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign[112].

(8.28 km) Upper Int. of Brooklyn Dam Service Track and Brooklyn Dam Bushtrack to NW Brooklyn Dam Campsite
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.35 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -95 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[113] along the wide management trail as it initially leads over a small rise[114] then heads downhill, keeping the valley to your right. After about 300m, the trail turns sharp right at the T-intersection with another wide trail[115]. This flat wide trail[116] follows the power lines for about 250m to then veer left (at the Y-intersection[117]), heading downhill away from the power lines. The trail leads downhill for just shy of 300m, passing the speed hump signs[118] to then bend right at the large clearing[119] (ignoring the fenced trail[120] on your left). Then about 100m later, this walk ignores another fenced trail[121] (on your left) as this trail is still bending right. Here the trail heads around the side of the hill for 400m to come to an intersection with a track[122] (on your left, leading a few meters to the signposted campsite[123]) marked with a GNW arrow post[124].

Small Campsite Brooklyn Dam Alt = 69 m
The small campsite next to Brooklyn Dam, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small grassy campsite which has room for approximately four sites. The close proximity to Brooklyn Dam means close water. The campsite also has a few tall shady trees and is a fuel-stove only site.

(9.63 km) NW Brooklyn Dam Campsite to NE Brooklyn Dam Campsite
Alternate Route: Track: Hard - bushtrack ( Show detail)
Length = 175 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From this intersection, this walk follows the track[125] east, away from the main trail and through the small 'Brooklyn Dam' campsite[126]. On the other side of the campsite, the narrow track bends right and leads down into the gully[127], down a few concrete steps[128] then heading alongside the small creek. Just before the dam wall, the track bends left, across the creek[129] and up the short rocky hill[130] to find a larger clearing[131]. There is a good view over the dam[132] (on your right). The track continues bending right through the clearing, and up a short hill to an intersection with the wide trail[133].
Turn left to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 10.42km 'NE Brooklyn Dam Campsite'.

(9.63 km) NW Brooklyn Dam Campsite intersection to NE Brooklyn Dam Campsite
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 792 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -15 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrows post[134] south along the wide trail, soon passing alongside the dam[135] (on your left). About 40m after passing edge of the dam wall, this walk comes to an intersection with a re-vegetating track[136] (on your right) and a large 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Brooklyn Dam' sign[137] (on your left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the wide trail, keeping the dam to your left. (This section of trail leads around to the far side of the dam.) After just over 250m, the trail crosses a small creek (at the apex of the dam) then continues bending left. The track passes some old concrete pipes[138] (on your left) then after about 400m, the trail comes to an intersection with a clearing and dam wall (to your left).

Large Campsite Brooklyn Dam Alt = 70 m
The large campsite next to Brooklyn Dam, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a spacious and well-maintained campsite which has room for plenty of tents. The close proximity to the dam means accessible water (treat before drinking). The campsite has many tall, shady trees and is a fuel stove only site. The concrete dam wall was built in 1884 to provide water for the steam trains passing about 500m to the north. The dam was enlarged six times before 1924, then in in 1989 the dam was added to the expanded Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

(10.42 km) NE Brooklyn Dam Campsite to Int of Hawkesbury Track and Brooklyn Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.56 km Time = 34 mins
Climb = 86 m Descent = -38 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post uphill along the management trail[139], directly away from the dam. After about 30m, the trail bends right and passes a 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Brooklyn Dam' sign[140] and continues uphill for another 150m, to where the trail becomes less steep (enjoying some filter views over the Hawkesbury[141] on your left) for about 180m. Here a GNW arrow post[142] guides along a short track (on the left), that runs parallel[143] before re-joining the main trail again a short distance later. The walk then continues uphill to veer right at a three-way intersection[144], under the power lines, then about 120m later, this walk veers right[145] again at another three-way intersection. About 70m up from here, the walk veers left[146] at another three-way intersection, this time the trail generally follows the power lines[147] along the side of the ridge. After another 300m, the trail bends right and passes under a set of high tension power lines[148], then continues to gently undulate for another 600m to come to a three-way intersection (with a clearing and trail[149] on your left) and a 'Cowan' sign[150] pointing back along the trail.

(11.97 km) Int of Hawkesbury Track and Brooklyn Trail to Int of George & William Sts
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.12 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -127 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Brooklyn Station' sign[151] gently downhill along the management trail, keeping the Hawkesbury River glimpses to your left. The trail gently undulates[152] for about 600m before bending left to find a large clearing[153] and water glimpses. From the clearing, the trail starts to lead downhill[154] towards the water, and after nearly 100m, the trail leads steeply down a short section of concreted trail[155]. Just after this, the trail leads steeply again over a longer section of concrete[156], where the trail then leads through a rock cutting[157] to find an even longer and steeper section of concrete trail[158]. This section of concrete leads down for about 220m, sweeping left to head around a locked gate[159], past a large 'Great North Walk' sign[160] to find the southern end of William St. Here the walk turns right to head down William St[161] then across George St[162] to find a few 'Great North Walk' signs on the corner[163].

(13.1 km) Int of George AND William Sts to Hawkesbury River Railway Station
Alternate Route: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath,servicetrail,footpath,footpath,footpath ( Show detail)
Length = 1.31 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -25 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Alternate Scenic Route' sign[164], crossing 'William St' and heading down alongside 'George Street'[165]. After about 100m, this walk follows the 'Boat Launching Ramp' sign[166], veering left into the 'Parsley Bay' car park[167]. This walk heads through the car park to follow the GNW arrow post up over the grassy verge[168] and come to the Parsley Bay Boat Ramp[169].
Turn left: From the boat ramp, this walk follows the GNW arrow post through the gate[170] and along the dirt 'Parsley Bay' management trail[171], keeping the water to your right. The trail leads along the foreshore for about 250m then passes the 'Public Loading Dock'[172] (just past a bench seat[173]), and soon bends left[174] around Flat Rock Point. The trail then leads past a square log seat[175], coming to an intersection[176] (where there is a set of stairs on your left).
Continue straight: From the intersection[177] (at the base of the stairs), this walk follows the GNW arrow post[178] along the wide flat trail, keeping the shoreline to your right. Enjoying the view over the water to Dangar Island[179], this dirt trail continues for just over 150m, passing a few seats to come to a concrete footpath[180] beside a Brooklyn Baths[181]. The footpath leads past the toilet block[182], then past several picnic shelters[183] and comes to an intersection just before the fenced children's playground[184].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the flat concrete footpath[185], keeping the water to your right. The path leads around the edge of the metal and glass 'Federation' interpretive signs[186][187] and playground[188]. Here the walk veers right to follow the gravel path[189] between the car park (on your left) and the water[190] (on your right) for about 130m before coming to the end of the car park[191].
Turn left: From near the end of the car park[192], this walk follows the GNW arrow post across Dangar Rd[193] to then turn right and follow the footpath[194]. The footpath leads past the 'Hawkesbury River Marina'[195][196], to cross a side street[197] then pass some public toilets[198] and a few cafes[199]. The walk then leads past a small park to come to the sandstone 'Obelisk' commemorating the naming of the Hawkesbury River[200]. This is just on the other side of the road, opposite some large 'Great North Walk' signs and the Hawkesbury River Railway Station[201].
Turn sharp right to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 13.3km 'Int of Brooklyn AND Dangar Rds'.

(13.1 km) Int of George & William Sts to Int of Brooklyn & Dangar Rds
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 204 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk - Direct Route' sign[202] gently uphill along the footpath beside George St. At the top of this hill, the walk turns right onto 'Bridge St'[203] and heads down past a cafe, post office[204] and 'The Anglers Rest'[205] (on the other side of the road) and crosses 'Brooklyn Rd' to find a phone box[206] on the other side.

Brooklyn Accomodation Alt = 3 m
Brooklyn is a lovely little village with plenty of holiday style accommodation. There are several small cafe/restaurants in the area, good choice for cooked meals. There are two options for overnight visits, both need to be booked in advance.
Brooklyn Motel: Newly renovated accommodation on Bridge St,nearly opposite The Anglers Rest. This studio style accommodation starts from $120 per night with a spa, television and free wifi. Ph: 99858540 or 0410454530. Breakfast can be organised for an extra fee.
The Anglers Rest: Pub style accommodation on the intersection of Brooklyn & Dangar Rds. There are shared bathroom facilities. From $60 single and $90 a double. Breakfast not included (but you can grab breakfast from a cafe) PH:(02)9985-7257

(13.3 km) Int of Brooklyn AND Dangar Rds to Hawkesbury River Railway Station
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 86 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath down along Dangar Road past the phone box[207], keeping the train line and road to your left. The path soon leads past the community centre[208] then the blue painted 'JJs Brooklyn' fish and chip store[209] to come to the sandstone 'Obelisk' commemorating the naming of the Hawkesbury River[210]. This is just on the other side of the road, opposite some large 'Great North Walk' signs and the Hawkesbury River Railway Station[211].

Catch the train from Hawkesbury River Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Hawkesbury River Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus from Hawkesbury River Railway Station
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive from Hawkesbury River Railway Station
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.
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Getting there

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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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 14 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 13.9 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 13.8 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 22.5 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 22.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Jerusalem Bay Track (Cowan to Brooklyn).
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Jerusalem Bay Track (Cowan to Brooklyn)
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 4 km (to the SW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
17 km (to the SSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 21 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 32 km (to the SW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 36 km (to the NE)

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

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MIke Ashelford IP:202.181.8.xxx | 2008-10-02 09:20:17
:D
This was a nice walk with interesting things on the way.
Chris Bustelo - 18.10.08 IP:122.148.62.xxx | 2008-10-18 21:15:14
The first 2.45 Kms were easy and rewarding at Jerusalem Bay. I think a lot of people get here and turn back to Cowan. The next 2.5 Kms to Ridge top, were a killer!! :shock: but again rewarding at the top. I also walked BACK to Cowan and the return trip was easier. Take lots of water and some snacks! ;)
Jarrah Gard IP:122.106.215.xxx | 2009-02-06 23:14:35
Totally agree with Chris, the gentle descent to Jerusalem Bay is nice and the views spectacular, so enjoy them since the next few kms are killer uphill. But it's worth sticking out the tough ascents earlier as the last 6 or 7 kms are very modest and, especially towards the end, have some spectacular views over the Hawkesbury and around Brooklyn Dam.
Ian - Fabulous flowers IP:211.30.177.xxx | 2009-09-07 12:03:57
Did this at the end of August 2009 and the wild flowers were fabulous, probably the best I have seen in the bush around Sydney.

On the so-called "killer" section, it is no worse than lots of other climbs up from the water around Sydney and easier than quite a few in the Blue Mountains. I'm 61 and had no trouble with it – it is only about a 150 m climb anyway!.
Ash - Best Northern walk IP:60.240.202.xxx | 2009-09-15 13:16:26
This is one of the best walk I have done in Sydney.
Drew B IP:123.243.247.xxx | 2010-01-08 02:24:36
I live in Brooklyn and had never done this walk. So this morning i got up at 6 30 caught a train up to Cowan and walked home. It was wonderful. Seriously recommended!
phrelanzer - Difficult, but Beautiful IP:203.206.165.xxx | 2010-02-11 05:56:46
I'm from the United States, and this was our first big hike in "the bush." We did the hike Cowan to Brooklyn (using the trains) and found the first part quite difficult, especially the third set of uphill climbs through the rocks. Leeches attacked us in the grass while picnicking at Jerusalem Bay (this is in February) -- I still had one sucking away under my sock when I got to Cowan. Otherwise, no pests! Interesting lizards along the trail. Lots of beautiful overlooks and amazing gum trees. The last half of the hike using the fireroads is not as pretty as the first half on the trails. Bring plenty of water -- we brought 2 liters apiece which was almost not enough.
Phil & Blayne - take 3 litres of water IP:202.182.147.xxx | 2010-03-06 10:26:37
we took 2 litres of water and it was not enough, the step climbs and the humidity in the vallys burns up your fluids. My 5 year old boy enkoyed the climbs i think the distance at the end tired him.
Jen G - Just Brilliant! IP:220.245.79.xxx | 2010-07-10 07:50:55
I did this walk in June - took only 1 litre due to the weight and found that ample for the walk. Just loved it, fantastic views and wonderful places to stop and catch your breath. Well worth doing and a good workout for your legs!!
I real sense of achievement at the end and there is always the pub at brooklyn to re-stock your drink bottle ;)
Alan M - Great Walk IP:125.254.73.xxx | 2010-10-30 23:58:29
Loved the walk, but a little disappointed with broken glass at the Bay and also "tagging" on the seats up the climb out. I do wonder about some people!
Spent the night at the little camp site - just for the fun of it.
Also, I followed the main track (the one the runs to the South of Brooklyn and around into William St)down to Brooklyn. It has been developed and concreted in the steep bits.
admin - re: Great Walk Super Administrator | 2010-11-01 01:12:34
Alan M wrote:
Also, I followed the main track (the one the runs to the South of Brooklyn and around into William St)down to Brooklyn. It has been developed and concreted in the steep bits.

Hi Alan
Thanks for the feedback. I re-walked this on Friday to update the notes. As you noted the GNW has changed a bit here and follows a few different trails, including that concreted section. I hope to get the new notes up in the next week or so.
Matt :)
trialex IP:203.49.163.xxx | 2010-11-23 00:14:49
The first 5.5 km of this walk were awesome, and tough too. Saw a massive goanna. The second half is not quite as interesting.

We missed the correct turn at the dam, and ended up walking the long way around it. We also continued straight on an ended up going down the steep concrete section just before making it to Brooklyn. These two "detours" made the total journey about 13.5km according to my GPS.
admin - re: detours Super Administrator | 2010-11-24 22:04:49
trialex wrote:
We missed the correct turn at the dam, and ended up walking the long way around it. We also continued straight on an ended up going down the steep concrete section just before making it to Brooklyn.

Hi Trialex,
You followed the Great North Walk as it was signposted. The GNW has been re-routed through this area. Our new notes are currently been edited and checked. I will update this walk to follow the new route of the GNW, soon.
Thanks for the feedback
Matt :)
AlanM - Video of my October Walk (See IP:125.254.75.xxx | 2010-11-25 23:07:57
Video on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ3vF0dwXKQ
Colin - Bit of a local classic IP:121.44.27.xxx | 2011-07-12 08:30:37
I've done this hike at least 5 times.

It's much easier in Winter, the climb out of Jerusalem Bay is far less difficult in 18C temperature than 30C.

What I always found demotivating about it was the seemingly endless grade - every time you think you've crested the ridge there's another steep climb just around the corner, but today I was pleased to reach the first seat in one pull.

As for water - Brooklyn Dam has plenty, you need to treat it. You could probably pick some up in the first creek crossing after the J.Bay ascent - it was all flowing well today (we have had tons of rain recently.)
Colin - Campbells Creek - pollution IP:121.44.27.xxx | 2011-07-13 04:13:02
Track notes mention Campbells Creek as "small, orange, polluted", and this is undoubtedly so, but I find myself wondering why.

The catchment is clear of habitation, and seems pretty broad. I wonder why it's as bad a water source as it clearly is in times of drought. I'd certainly have drunk from it (a bit upstream of the crossing) if necessary yesterday.

Maybe next time I hike it I'll have a look upstream to see what's going on.
admin - re: Campbells Creek - pollutio Super Administrator | 2011-07-13 04:32:55
Colin wrote:
Track notes mention Campbells Creek as "small, orange, polluted", and this is undoubtedly so, but I find myself wondering why......

Hi Colin
I am just guessing that it is pollution, I am no expert in the area. The creek flows from the east, and presumably receives a large run off from the F3 Freeway, which just through the creeks headwaters.
I would be interested in hearing any further insight into this.
Here is a photo of the creek for other peoples interest.
Posted image
Thanks for the feedback
Matt :)
Peter King - A good but tough walk IP:124.188.148.xxx | 2011-07-25 04:31:30
Really enjoyed the walk the wildwalks track notes are spot on. Late July 2011 theres a lot of water on the track.
That last bit to Hawkesbury seems to go on forever. All in all very pleased I did it.
Simon - A great Sunday morning walk IP:121.209.174.xxx | 2011-08-21 09:11:06
A really nice walk with a good mix of valley and ridge walking.

I could have sat down and stayed at the bay for hours, This is very special place.

The walk up that first hill is a good workout, we have a cooler day and some breeze which made it a little easier. The track is in great condition for all but one little section that looks like it could do with some steps, but nothing too tough.

The dam camp sites are well worth a re-visit for a overnight in summer with no fires it rules it out in winter for me.

The steep section at the end is interesting. Some great views of the bush land to right right where you get to see the lay of the land which you would not normally get to see.

Oh yeah, and the beer at the pub is a great way to finish things off.
Joli - Boring most of the way... IP:122.106.76.xxx | 2011-12-11 12:02:20
Did the walk last year, and found it quite boring most of the way - lots of wide open flats with nothing to look at. Maybe its just not to my personal taste...

Wont be repeating this one.
Molly - Toilet paper detritus; bulldoz IP:129.78.32.xxx | 2012-07-28 00:42:12
Thanks for the excellent notes. There seemed to have been a large group through recently, and there was a lot of toilet paper scattered just to the side of the track (or right on it) for the first half. I buried and picked up some of it, but there's a fair bit more that needs removal by a public-spirited walker. It would be easier if you had a separate rubbish bag and perhaps gloves.

There's also a lot of bulldozer activity after the dam on the way to Brooklyn. In some places, this has made the firetrail knee-deep in thick mud. There are large dumpsites of rocks, gouging of trees, and a general mess that greatly spoils the walk. Does anyone have any idea of what's going on?
admin - re: Toilet paper detritus; bul Super Administrator | 2012-08-02 03:02:22
Molly wrote:
Does anyone have any idea of what's going on?

Hi Molly
Hope you enjoyed the walk, glad the notes where helpful.
Shame about the rubbish, thanks for doing your bit, hopefully a few others will and it will be cleaned up again soon.
Sounds like the Bulldozers area grading the trails. The management trails are not only used for fire and park management but also to access to train and power lines for work at times. Sounds like it must have rained after the work. No mention of it on the NPWS website so not sure exactly sorry. Shame, does sound like it would make walking hard.
Matt :)
Tina Wilkie - Great notes, comment re train IP:58.104.9.xxx | 2013-04-29 23:08:58
Hi, I did this walk in February, and just wanted to say thank you for the very accurate track notes. I would say to others, though, that where the notes state "a steep climb", it really does mean STEEP! And sometimes it really does mean CLIMB. A note regarding the train station at Cowan- we came from the Newcastle, and knowing that Cowan is a small station, we sat in the rear two cars. Well it turns out that Cowan is the only station that you sit in the front two cars, and unfortunately the train announcer only mentioned this one minute before coming in to the station. Having said that, I believe if you are travelling from Sydney, then you do have to sit in the rear two cars.
Joe - Short cut IP:101.174.210.xxx | 2014-03-22 09:48:33
Been told there's a shortcut when u get near the dam, I can see it on the map, but wonder if someone can give me more detail abot this short cut track?
Admin - re: Short cut IP:60.241.114.xxx | 2014-03-24 06:32:49
Joe wrote:
Been told there's a shortcut when u get near the dam, I can see it on the map, but wonder if someone can give me more detail abot this short cut track?

Hey Joe
Yes there is a track below the dam wall that links the two campsites, it saves the longer walk around the dam. It is unsignposted and not a formal track. NPWS discourage the track been promoted hence why it does not appear on wildwalks.
Happy walking.
Matt :)
Anonymous IP:58.168.89.xxx | 2014-03-24 10:31:04
Thanks Mat, think that short cut will come in handy!
Joe IP:144.137.88.xxx | 2014-03-31 06:24:48
Thanks for accurate notes Mat, great hike,enjoyed walking on top of the ridges and walking thru these massive boulders, very cool,since I was camping at the dam, one mistake I did make,was not prepare prior to this hike with my backpack on,so I did struggle a bit,but survived to tell the story.
Side note, we met a scout leader at the dam,and he showed us a stream of clean drinking water not far from the dam,that u can drink from,that came in handy
Tejas - Enjoyed the scenery IP:110.20.186.xxx | 2014-05-23 09:27:48
I did this walk recently, enjoyed the diverse scenery in the park. You never really get away from it all as the freeway noise is always there so keep this in mind if you want total peace.

Like the others the climb was a pain, i think the 2 benches really get worn out, it is indeed very welcome.

Likewise the steep downhill section at the end was hard on the knees, you really have to control yourself. You really have to be fit to climb that coming the other way.

The first walk box is smashed but the second in tact for suggestions to the NP.

Once you get to the freeway lookout it is all on management trail to the end although the dam is a welcome break from the dirt track.
Greg & Julie - Enjoyed the Beer at the end IP:110.20.123.xxx | 2015-01-01 11:39:45
Did this walk 30/12/14 first section down to and up from Jerusalem Bay was interesting. The second section to Brooklyn via service trails was not very interesting, although the day was not a scorcher it was still very hot on the service trails due to lack of shade. The beers at the Anglers Rest were very much enjoyed, however the fish & chips were awful and expensive, I'd suggest going to the fish and chip shop opposite the train station.
Bruce - SUBW IP:152.76.1.xxx | 2015-10-20 05:48:48
Update on which train carriages to ride in for Cowan.
It is now changed to avoid the confusion where Cowan has been different from other short stations. You now need to ride in the rear 4 cars (on an 8 car train) in both directions. Obviously if it's a 4 car train it won't matter!
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