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Topham Track
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
8.9 km NNE of Terrey Hills
Length: 3.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 3.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 127 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 127 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

This is a pleasant walk along an old management trail, off West Head Rd. Following the ridge top you will pass through a variety of vegetation types including some dense heath and some tall scribbly gums which occasionally give way to a wide view over the park. There is a nice lookout at the end of the walk with views to Cowan Waters, through the trees. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Topham Track
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Int of West Head Rd and Topham track
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of West Head Rd and Topham track

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

 
Signpost at the start of Topham Track
 
Signpost at the start of Topham Track +
 
Heath vegetation by the weathered trail
 
Heath vegetation by the weathered trail +
 
Along the Topham track
 
Along the Topham track +

 
A glimpse of Pittwater from the Topham track
 
A glimpse of Pittwater from the Topham track +
 
Encroaching vegetation on the Topham track
 
Encroaching vegetation on the Topham track +
 
A tortured scribbly gum
 
A tortured scribbly gum +

 
A rocky outcrop on the Topham track
 
A rocky outcrop on the Topham track +
 
A nice scene along the Topham track
 
A nice scene along the Topham track +
 
Meandering along Topham track
 
Meandering along Topham track +

 
Glimpses over the thick heath on Topham track
 
Glimpses over the thick heath on Topham track +
 
Taller vegetation on Topham track
 
Taller vegetation on Topham track +
 
The view at the end of Topham track
 
The view at the end of Topham track +

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 Topham Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Topham Track bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Topham 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 3.8km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
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, 1.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 1.9km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.9km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.9km 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 of West Head Rd and Topham track
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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 of West Head Rd and Topham track to End of Topham track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.89 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -91 m
From West Head Rd, at the 'Topham Track' signpost[1] (~5.9km north from the intersection with General San Martin Dr), the walk follows the management trail, passing around the locked gate[2]. Just beyond the gate, this walk passes a 'Topham Track' information sign[3] then continues along the management trail, descending moderately, for some time. About 500m from the gate this walk passes a old scribbly gum that has had a hard life[4]. The trail continues to wind down along the top of the ridge until ending at an unfenced rock-platform[5] with nice views through the trees to Cowan Creek[6].

Topham Track view Alt = 118 m
The Topham Track view is at the end of the Topham Track, off West Head Rd in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This viewpoint is an informal, unfenced lookout from a rock outcrop. You get some nice views, through the trees, over parts of Cowan Waters, including America Bay and Refuge Bay.

Drive from Int of West Head Rd and Topham track
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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

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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)
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 6.2 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 13.9 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 16.3 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 14.5 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 21.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Topham Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Topham Track
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 12 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 19 km (to the N)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
21 km (to the SW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 31 km (to the NE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 39 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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