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Jerusalem Bay Track (to Jerusalem Bay and back)
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.8 km NNE of Berowra
Length: 4.9 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 4.9 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 306 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 306 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: Return
Track: Moderate

This track takes you to one of the most iconic views along the the Great North Walk. From Cowan Station, the walk passes through a variety of environments, with dryer vegetation near the freeway and moister rainforest-like plants near the water. Jerusalem Bay is a pretty area, shared by walkers and boaters, and a great place to relax before the walk back up to the station. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Jerusalem Bay Track (to Jerusalem Bay and back)
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Cowan Station
Freeway Bridge
Int of Great North Walk and Engravings track
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

 
Great North Walk track off Cowan Station
 
Great North Walk track off Cowan Station +
 
Track down from freeway bridge
 
Track down from freeway bridge +
 
Banksia Leaves
 
Banksia Leaves +

 
Bottle Brush
 
Bottle Brush +
 
Eucalypt Leaf
 
Eucalypt Leaf +
 
Jerusalem Bay Track creek crossing
 
Jerusalem Bay Track creek crossing +

 
Sign near water on Jerusalem Bay Track
 
Sign near water on Jerusalem Bay Track +
 
Stairs to Jerusalem Bay Point
 
Stairs to Jerusalem Bay Point +
 
Jerusalem Bay
 
Jerusalem Bay +

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 Jerusalem Bay Track (to Jerusalem Bay and back) bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Jerusalem Bay Track (to Jerusalem Bay and back) bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Jerusalem Bay Track (to Jerusalem Bay and back) 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 4.9km
Time 2 hrs
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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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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 2.2km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 300m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 2.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 300m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 2.2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 300m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 2.2km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 300m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 1.9km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 600m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 600m 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.
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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
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.

Catch the train from Cowan Station
Public transport (train) available from 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 from the end of the walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus from Cowan 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)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Cowan 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.
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
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
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 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 (to Jerusalem Bay and back).
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Jerusalem Bay Track (to Jerusalem Bay and back)
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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

Comments
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Amanda - coins only IP:124.189.67.xxx | 2009-12-26 04:49:06
I walked from a houseboat in Jerusalem Bay, to Cowan Station, to catch the train. The automatic ticket vending machine is on the road side in a little shelter. It takes coins only (no notes). No station staff in attendance. Nice spider flowers (pink and grey) on the upper parts of the walk.
Nicole - Picturesque IP:124.171.23.xxx | 2010-05-09 08:43:25
We walked this track yesterday and found it to be very picturesque. We enjoyed it a lot. I wish we had set off in the morning which would have allowed more time to continue the track round to Brooklyn.
Anne - Warning re Fire Trail IP:125.255.0.xxx | 2013-04-06 02:00:12
We enjoyed a very pleasant walk down to Jerusalem Bay last May (2012). However following an older guide book(possibly to Gt North Walk) attempted to do it as a circuit and followed the fire trail uphill. Big mistake-we ended up on the F3 freeway with trucks and cars zooming past. Very unsafe!Finally a kind man stopped and offered us a lift to Mt Kuringai station from where we caught trains back to our car at Cowan.
Anonymous - re: Warning re Fire Trail IP:211.30.210.xxx | 2013-04-08 22:23:36
Anne wrote:
...fire trail uphill......

Hi Anne
Thanks for the warning to others. It is possible to walk behind the safety barrier and then along the top of the cuttings along the freeway -- but it is still an unpleasant walk. You can keep walking along the great north walk to Brookyln if you want to avoid backtracking -- but this is a longer walk.
Matt :)
DOC-WHO - Great Walk IP:150.101.201.xxx | 2015-01-15 09:46:58
31-DEC-14 24°C
Did this walk down to Jerusalem Bay and then uphill towards Brooklyn Dam, turning East at the sign and visiting Taffey's Rock and doing the nearby Geocache.
My trek today was 19.8km over 8hrs done at a leisurely pace.
Really felt the final few km's back upto Cowan Station.
So much to see, highly recommended.
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