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Epping to Pennant Hills Station
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.1 km ENE of Epping
Length: 5.3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5.3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 155 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 155 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: Moderate

This walk explores the bush between Epping and Pennant Hills stations. Sections of the walk pass through the Lane Cove National Park, although not down to the Lane Cove River. The walk explores a section of Devlins and Byles Creeks before passing near Pennant Hills park. The walk then takes the road for a short distance to finish at Pennant Hills Station. (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 Epping to Pennant Hills Station

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Epping to Pennant Hills Station bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Epping to Pennant Hills Station
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Epping Station
Int of Derby street service trail
Int. of Epping Trk and Belinda Cres Trail
Int of Epping Trk and Malton Rd Trail
Big Ducky Waterhole
Int of Epping Trk and Malton Rd Trail
Int of North Epping access track
Int of North Epping service trail
Int of Pennant Hills park entry and cheltenham tracks
Int of Develin creek and Pennant Hills park entry bushtrack
Int. of Pennant Hills Park and Blackbutt Ave Trks
Int of Pennant Hills park and unnamed tracks
Mambara east int.
Mambara turning area int.
Mambara fourway int.
Britannia St shortcut int.
Mambara loopback int.
Pennant Hills Park entry
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Derby street service 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)

Print a map and track notes here
 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Gate at the end of Derby St
 
Gate at the end of Derby St +
 
Tunnel under the M2
 
Tunnel under the M2 +
 
Tunnel under motorway
 
Tunnel under motorway +

 
Motorway Tunnel
 
Motorway Tunnel +
 
Track along fence near M2
 
Track along fence near M2 +
 
Bushtrack away from M2
 
Bushtrack away from M2 +

 
Crow in this bush
 
Crow in this bush +
 
Weeds covering bush
 
Weeds covering bush +
 
Lane Cove National Park sign
 
Lane Cove National Park sign +

 
Service trail towards Lane Cove River
 
Service trail towards Lane Cove River +
 
Bush track through heath
 
Bush track through heath +
 
Signposted intersection for Whale Rock
 
Signposted intersection for Whale Rock +

 
Signpost to Whale Rock
 
Signpost to Whale Rock +
 
Track towards Cheltenham and Pennant Hills Tracks
 
Track towards Cheltenham and Pennant Hills Tracks +
 
Weeds covering bush next to track
 
Weeds covering bush next to track +

 
Exotic species next to track
 
Exotic species next to track +
 
Track through hanging vines
 
Track through hanging vines +
 
Track viewing Devlin's Creek
 
Track viewing Devlin's Creek +

 
Track through some nice bushland towards Pennant Hills
 
Track through some nice bushland towards Pennant Hills +
 
Service trail through the valley
 
Service trail through the valley +
 
Service out of Lane Cove Valley
 
Service out of Lane Cove Valley +

 
Signpost to Pennant Hills
 
Signpost to Pennant Hills +
 
Service trail out of the valley
 
Service trail out of the valley +
 
Up the hill to Pennant Hills
 
Up the hill to Pennant Hills +

 
Rocky steps to Pennant Hills
 
Rocky steps to Pennant Hills +
 
Track to Pennant Hills
 
Track to Pennant Hills +
 
Watercrossing
 
Watercrossing +

 
Railed steps
 
Railed steps +
 
Track through the heath
 
Track through the heath +
 
Leaf litter along the track
 
Leaf litter along the track +

 
Log steps up to Pennant Hills
 
Log steps up to Pennant Hills +
 
Steps up to Pennant Hills
 
Steps up to Pennant Hills +
 
Track up to the ridge
 
Track up to the ridge +

 
Track to Pennant Hills Park
 
Track to Pennant Hills Park +
 
Sign near Pennant Hills Park
 
Sign near Pennant Hills Park +
 
Once burnt bush
 
Once burnt bush +

 
Track nearing Pennant Hills Park
 
Track nearing Pennant Hills Park +
 
Track below Mambara Track
 
Track below Mambara Track +
 
Mambara Track
 
Mambara Track +

 
Mambara Track winding through the trees
 
Mambara Track winding through the trees +
 
Sign interpreting the bush on the Mambara Track
 
Sign interpreting the bush on the Mambara Track +
 
Start Mambara Track
 
Start Mambara Track +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Epping to Pennant Hills Station bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Epping to Pennant Hills Station bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Epping to Pennant Hills Station bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Epping to Pennant Hills Station 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 5km
Time 2 hrs
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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 2.6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 2.6km is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
2.5km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 1.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (1.3km) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 3.5km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1.8km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 3.9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.4km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Epping Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Epping 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 Epping 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 Epping 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) Epping Station to Int of Derby street service trail
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 938 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -33 m
The walk exits Epping Station on the Oxford St side. The walk then crosses Cambridge St and continues down Oxford St. The walk follows the footpath past the shops down Oxford St passing Chester St, Surrey St. Just after Surry St the walk turns left onto Derby St to the end. Nearing the end of Derby St the walk tends left around the yellow gate and onto the concrete driveway which veers left off the road. The walk continues towards the tunnel to come to an intersection just before the tunnel entrance.

(0.94 km) Int of Derby street service trail to Int of Epping Trk and Malton Rd Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.49 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -21 m
Veer right: From the intersection this walk follows the Great North Walk arrow up the couple of steps then down along the footpath through the tunnel under the M2 (keeping the creek and wider management trail to your left). Out of the tunnel this walk follows the track as it winds up and around the fenced sewage vent and then continues through the dense bushland in the gully passing a sign marking the entrance to Lane Cove National Park. A little while later the track leads to a signposted intersection with the 'Belinda Crs' management trail.
Turn left: 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.

(2.43 km) Int of Epping Trk and Malton Rd Trail to Whale Rock
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 666 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -10 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.
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.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

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.

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)

(2.43 km) Int of Epping Trk and Malton Rd Trail to Int of North Epping service trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 381 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left : From the intersection the track follows the day road sign down across the creek and up the gentle hill, following the service trail to the intersection of the Pennant Hills bushtrack.
Veer left: From the intersection the track follows the service trail up the gentle hill for a short distance until it comes to the intersection of the Day road access track

(2.81 km) Int of North Epping service trail to Int of Pennant Hills park and Mambara Tracks(south)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 920 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 83 m Descent = -8 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection the track follows the Pennant Hills arrow down the steps and through the bush to the signposted intersection of the Pennant Hills park entry bushtrack
Turn left: From the intersection the track heads down and across the creek, continuing up the other side, winding up the steps all the way to the top and meandering up the gentle hill to the intersection of the bushtrack at the first telegraph pole.
Veer left: From the intersection the track follows the bushtrack heading up the rocky hill to the top of the wooden steps and along the side of the valley, steadily winding all the way up past the signpost and up the hill to the intersection of the Kurrajong Street and Pennant Hills park tracks at the thin rock platform at the top of the hill.
Veer right: From the intersection the track follows the thin rock keeping the the down hill to the right and along a defined bushtrack, continuing through thick scrub all the way to the intersection of the unnamed bushtrack.
Turn left: From the intersection, the track heads up hill following the bushtrack past the large ash covered gum tree and along to the intersection of the Pennant Hills park nature trail.

(3.73 km) Mambara east int. to Pennant Hills station
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 1.55 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 51 m Descent = -15 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads gently uphill (keeping the main valley to the left) along the concrete path as it bends to the right[1]. This walk follows the path for about 35m as it comes to a turning and rest bay[2] (on the right) marked with a 'You scratch my back' sign[3] (on the left). Immediately after this point the path bends sharply right[4]. Half way through the bend there is a 3-way intersection with a dirt track[5] (on the left).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up a concrete path as it bends right[6] and meanders gently uphill through the forest[7]. This walk continues along the path for the next 35m which soon bends left[8], passing a potential trip hazard[fac=8070] on the path. After 20m this path bends to the right[9] to come to a 4-way intersection[10] (with two dirt tracks on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads distinctly but gently uphill[11] along the concrete path for about 45m to come to a 'Bush Recycling' sign[12] (on the right). After another 45m this walk bends right[13] to come to a 3-way intersection with a dirt track[14] (on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection[15], this walk follows the concrete path very gently downhill, keeping the road (a short distance) to your left. This walk continues for about 140m over a series of rough concrete sections[16] to come to a 'The Ultimate Jigsaw' sign[17] (on your right). After 5m this walk comes to a distinct T-intersection[18], marked with an arrow post[19].
Turn left : From the intersection[20], this walk follows the arrow post[21] along the concrete path gently uphill towards the road[22]. The path soon bends right and continues gently uphill for about 60m to a log seat[fac=8069] (on the left), and 'Mambara Access Track'[23], 'Mambara Track'[24] and 'Wildlife Protection Area'[25] signs (on the right). After about 10m this walk comes to the Britannia St roundabout[26] (near the car park[fac=8071][27]).
Continue straight: From the roundabout the track follows Britannia street up past the two large ovals and continuing all the way along, winding around the left and right hand bends in the road which becomes the Cresant, and heads up the hill to the intersection of Pennant Hills road. From the intersection the track turns left at the main road and follows it along the footpath for a short distance to the bottom of the overpass, turning left up the ramp that winds all the way up and over the road coming back down to the intersection of Railway street. From the intersection the track follows Railway street down the hill and past the bus stops to the entrance to the train station.

Catch the train from Pennant Hills Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Pennant Hills 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 Pennant Hills 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 Pennant Hills 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
Map Car Shuffle
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


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)
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 3.8 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 4.6 km
Snowgum Rhodes Shopping Centre Level 1, Shop 66, Rhodes (02) 8765 1035 7.1 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 7.8 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 7.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Epping to Pennant Hills Station.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Epping to Pennant Hills Station
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
4 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 16 km (to the W)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 18 km (to the NNE)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 22 km (to the S)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 42 km (to the W)

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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