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Wallaroo Track

Time: 3 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6.7 km NNE of Terrey Hills
Length: 9.3 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 9.3 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 352 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 352 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: Hard

This is a nice walk in the Ku-ring-gai Chase NP, passing through a mix of thick heath vegetation and more open forest. There are some great views over Cowan Waters from the end of the track. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Wallaroo Track
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Salvation Picnic Area
Salvation Loop north trackhead
Int of Salvation Loop and Wallaroo track
Salvation Loop south trackhead
Int of Salvation Loop and Wallaroo track
Int of Wallaroo track and Yeomans track
End of Wallaroo track
Starting point for this hiking track: Salvation Picnic Area

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 
 Cowan 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304N 
 Mona Vale 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91301S 
 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

 
Salvation Creek from West Head Rd
 
Salvation Creek from West Head Rd +
 
Salvation Loop north track head
 
Salvation Loop north track head +
 
Scribbly gum art
 
Scribbly gum art +

 
Banksia Ericifolia on the Salvation Loop track
 
Banksia Ericifolia on the Salvation Loop track +
 
Wildflowers on the Salvation Loop track
 
Wildflowers on the Salvation Loop track +
 
Dense heath along the Salvation Loop track
 
Dense heath along the Salvation Loop track +

 
Eucalypt hanging over the Salvation Loop track
 
Eucalypt hanging over the Salvation Loop track +
 
View over the Salvation Loop hanging swamp
 
View over the Salvation Loop hanging swamp +
 
Rocky outcrop on the Salvation Loop track
 
Rocky outcrop on the Salvation Loop track +

 
A nice view over the trees
 
A nice view over the trees +
 
Cowan Waters from the Wallaroo track
 
Cowan Waters from the Wallaroo track +
 
Grasstrees and gums
 
Grasstrees and gums +

 
Closed in track
 
Closed in track +
 
Panorama over Ku-ring-gai Chase NP from the Wallaroo track
 
Panorama over Ku-ring-gai Chase NP from the Wallaroo track +
 
Hibbertia (Guinea Flowers) on the Wallaroo track
 
Hibbertia (Guinea Flowers) on the Wallaroo track +

 
View from the end of Wallaroo track
 
View from the end of Wallaroo track +
 
Wallaroo view point
 
Wallaroo view point +
 
Beautiful view from the Wallaroo viewpoint
 
Beautiful view from the Wallaroo viewpoint +

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 Wallaroo Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Wallaroo Track bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Wallaroo 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 9km
Time 3 hrs 45 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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
1.7km of this walk is very steep and another 1.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 1.2km has short steep hills and the remaining 300m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
3.1km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.2km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (300m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 3.2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.4km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 4.3km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 300m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 4.3km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 300m 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 Salvation Picnic Area
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|

Salvation Picnic Area Alt = 125 m
The Salvation Picnic Area is beside West Head Rd in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, about 3.6km north of the intersection of West Head Rd and General San Martin Dr.
The picnic area has three picnic benches and a car park. There are no other facilities.
This is a convenient point to start/finish the nearby Salvation Loop, Wallaroo and Yeomans walks.

(0 km) Salvation Picnic Area to Salvation Loop north trackhead
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 297 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -2 m
From the 'Salvation Picnic Area' (on West Head Rd, about 3.6km north from the intersection with General San Martin Dr), the walk follows the road, crossing the bridge over Salvation Creek, leaving the picnic area on the right, and soon arrives at the northern trackhead of the 'Salvation Loop Track'.

(0.3 km) Salvation Loop north trackhead to Int of Salvation Loop and Wallaroo track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.45 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -19 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Salvation Loop Track', passing around a gate and along the management trail. The trail gently arcs to the left for some time, offering occasional views over the low, dense heath vegetation. The walk then arrives at the signposted intersection with the 'Walleroo Track'.

Salvation Loop hanging swamp Alt = 126 m
The Salvation Loop hanging swamp is enclosed within the Salvation Loop Track, off West Head Rd in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, about 3.6km north of the intersection of West Head Rd and General San Martin Dr. This area of hanging swamp (swamp formed in a depression on high ground, usually near a cliff) and wet heathland is dificult to see from the surrounding Salvation Loop track due to the drier, tall, dense heath vegetation surrounding it. It may, however, reward the patient, or lucky, observer with the plant and animal life associated with this habitat type, such as reeds and frogs.

(1.75 km) Int of Salvation Loop and Wallaroo track to Salvation Picnic Area
Alternate Exit: Track: Moderate - servicetrail,road ( Show detail)
Length = 2.25 km Time = 38 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -58 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, with the 'Walleroo Track' on the right, the walk follows the management trail to the west and soon swings to the right. The walk passes through an area of dense heath vegetation so there are only limited views away from the track. The track then passes around a gate and arrives at West Head Rd.
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, the walk follows the road gently down the hill leaving the 'Salvation Loop Track' to the left and soon arrives at the 'Salvation Picnic Area'. (End of the alternative exit track)

(1.75 km) Int of Salvation Loop and Wallaroo track to End of Wallaroo track
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 2.88 km Time = 1 hr 2 mins
Climb = 111 m Descent = -159 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Walleroo Track' arrow going up the hill. This section of the walk has some short, but steep, climbs and descents and soon offers some nice glimpses of Cowan Creek before reaching the intersection with 'Yeomans Track'.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Walleroo Track' arrow down the hill, along the management trail. The trail is increasingly overgrown and passes several small but nice rocky outcrops. The main track comes to an end on a rocky outcrop with your first views over Cowan Creek.

(4.63 km) End of Wallaroo track to Wallaroo View
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 186 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the rocky outcrop, the walk follows the faint bush track gently down the hill, keeping Cowan Creek on the left. The walk continues for a short distance over some sloping rocky outcrops before reaching a rocky outcrop at the top of a small unfenced cliff with beautiful views over Cowan Creek.

Wallaroo view Alt = 112 m
The Wallaroo view is at the end of the Wallaroo Track, off the Salvation Loop track and West Head Rd in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This viewpoint is an informal, unfenced lookout at the top of a small cliff. You get beautiful views along parts of Cowan Waters, including Castle Bay and Yeomans Bay.

Drive from Salvation Picnic Area
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

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 5.2 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 12.3 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 14.6 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 13 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 19.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Wallaroo Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Wallaroo Track
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 11 km (to the W)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
19 km (to the SW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 21 km (to the N)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 33 km (to the NE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 37 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.

Walker Feedback

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Rob C IP:58.164.16.xxx | 2010-07-11 04:42:06
10 July 2010 Saturday, lots of birds sighted-wattle birds, wrens, lyrebird calling, track muddy due to recent earth works,popular with cyclists, surprisingly many plants in flower - acacias, red spider flower/ grevillea, yellow-topped ash, red & yellow bloodwoods, lots of coral fern/gliecenia, many large sandstone rocky outcrops, dense heath towards end of track ending in view of Jerusalem Bay & Cowan Waters.
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