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Belinda Cres to Whale Rock
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.8 km N of Epping
Length: 2.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 2.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 41 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 41 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
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

This walk starts from Belinda Cres and provides a lovely walk to Whale Rock. The walk first passes some exotic plants and then into more native bushland with some interesting canopies and dense growth. Whale Rock, one of the features of this walk, is quite a sight and is well worth exploring. It is possible to walk up the service trail to Boundary Rd from Whale Rock to make a one way walk. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Lane Cove National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Belinda Cres to Whale Rock

Map of Walk

Location

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Belinda cresant
Int. of Epping Trk and Belinda Cres Trail
Int of Epping Trk and Malton Rd Trail
Big Ducky Waterhole
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. of Epping Trk and Belinda Cres Trail

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)

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Photo Gallery

 
Belinda Cres track head
 
Belinda Cres track head +
 
Signpost at the track head
 
Signpost at the track head +
 
Track down to service trail
 
Track down to service trail +

 
Signpost to Whale Rock
 
Signpost to Whale Rock +
 
Service trail to Whale Rock
 
Service trail to Whale Rock +
 
Bush track surrounded by weeds
 
Bush track surrounded by weeds +

 
Bush covered in weeds beside track
 
Bush covered in weeds beside track +
 
Track viewing Devlin's Creek
 
Track viewing Devlin's Creek +
 
Track beside Devlin's Ck
 
Track beside Devlin's Ck +

 
Weeds covering bush beside track
 
Weeds covering bush beside track +
 
Service trail to Whale Rock
 
Service trail to Whale Rock +
 
Service track to Whale Rock
 
Service track to Whale Rock +

 
Signpost near Whale Rock
 
Signpost near Whale Rock +
 
Service trail to Belinda Cres
 
Service trail to Belinda Cres +
 
Track towards Lane Cove River
 
Track towards Lane Cove River +

 
Track near Whale Rock
 
Track near Whale Rock +
 
Whale Rock from the intersection
 
Whale Rock from the intersection +
 
Whale Rock
 
Whale Rock +

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 Belinda Cres to Whale Rock bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Belinda Cres to Whale Rock bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Belinda Cres to Whale Rock bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Belinda Cres to Whale Rock 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 2.8km
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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 1.3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 120m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
670m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 600m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (120m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 790m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 600m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 790m of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 600m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 790m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 600m 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.
Catch the bus to Belinda cresant
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 Belinda cresant
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) Belinda cresant to Int. of Epping Trk and Belinda Cres Trail
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 122 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -9 m
From the intersection the track follows the service trail through the metal gate and down the hill, continuing along to the intersection of the Epping bushtrack.

(0.12 km) Int. of Epping Trk and Belinda Cres Trail to Int of Epping Trk and Malton Rd Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 597 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -9 m
Turn right: From the intersection the track follows the Whale Rock sign down the service trail which narrows into a bushtrack and follows Devlin creek through the gully all the way along until it widens out into a rocky service trail again and comes to the intersection of the Cheltenham service trail.

(0.72 km) Int of Epping Trk and Malton Rd Trail to Big Ducky Waterhole
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 187 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the Lane Cove River arrow along the servicetrail for a while before it loops around the top of Big Ducky Waterhole.

Big Ducky Waterhole Alt = 49 m
The servicetrail loops around the top of the Big Ducky waterhole and there is a nice rock overhang in which to break. Is also a popular bird watching area. Unfortunately, recently there has been large quantities of rubbish in the area. (If going down to the waterhole please consider carrying out some of the rubbish if every walker carrys out a bit it will make a difference)

(0.91 km) Big Ducky Waterhole to Whale Rock
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 479 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From the top of Big Ducky Waterhole the continues through the valley keeping Devlins Creek below on the left of the track all the way to Whale Rock.

Whale Rock Alt = 48 m
This is a large boulder that looks eerily like a whale, complete with eye socket. It is a good place to break and climb around the Rock.

Catch the bus from Belinda cresant
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 Belinda cresant
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

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Lane Cove River tourist park


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 2.9 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 5.6 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 6.1 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 6 km
Snowgum Rhodes Shopping Centre Level 1, Shop 66, Rhodes (02) 8765 1035 8.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Belinda Cres to Whale Rock.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Belinda Cres to Whale Rock
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
3 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 17 km (to the W)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 17 km (to the NNE)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 24 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 40 km (to the NNE)

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      33°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|28°Possible shower.
Fri18°|33°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|26°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Lane Cove National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
This small but picturesque city park is a haven of peaceful bushland along the winding Lane Cove River. Home to the Kukundi Wildlife Shelter and 27 km of the Great North Walk, you can also hire a boat, take a stroll or enjoy a picnic by the weir.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Lane Cove National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Terrys Creek walking track maintenance
Some areas of this park will experience temporary disruptions and delays due to walking track maintenance, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. Closed areas are:
  • Terrys Creek walking track
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre on (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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