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STEP Track
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.4 km WSW of Turramurra
Length: 2.7 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.7 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Bradley Reserve
Climb: 95 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 95 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: Circuit
Track: Moderate

One of the most enjoyable walks in the Lane Cove valley, this relatively short trail ventures down into the valley and explores a variety of bushland. Spend a short while and go out to the scenic lookout and take your time around the waterfall. The track is pretty well signposted with a few information signs explaining some features. This walk was established by STEP a community based environmental organisation, based in South Turramurra. (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 STEP Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of STEP Track
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Canoon Tennis Courts carpark
Int of STEP Track and Canoon Road service trail
Int of STEP track and Kingsford Avenue bushtrack
Int of STEP and Scenic Lookout tracks
Int of STEP and Scenic Lookout tracks
Int of Cove Street service trail
Int of STEP Track
Int of GNW and the STEP track (east)
Int of Great North Walk and the STEP track
Int of Step Track and Canoon road service trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Canoon Tennis Courts carpark

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

 
entry to canoon from tennis courts
 
entry to canoon from tennis courts +
 
Int of Great North Walk and Canoon Rd Servicetrail
 
Int of Great North Walk and Canoon Rd Servicetrail +
 
following a boardwalk
 
following a boardwalk +

 
following the step track bushtrack
 
following the step track bushtrack +
 
the scenic lookout
 
the scenic lookout +
 
int of step track and cove street service trails
 
int of step track and cove street service trails +

 
the step track bushtrack
 
the step track bushtrack +
 
Track leading up from the waterfall
 
Track leading up from the waterfall +
 
View of the Track
 
View of the Track +

 
bushfire regeneration plaque
 
bushfire regeneration plaque +
 
track down to the great north walk
 
track down to the great north walk +
 
Bottom of Canoon Rd servicetrail
 
Bottom of Canoon Rd servicetrail +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the STEP Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the STEP Track bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the STEP 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 2.7km
Time 1 Hr
.


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 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 1.9km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 770m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 950m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 2.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 580m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.4km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.3km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Canoon Tennis Courts carpark
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 Canoon Tennis Courts carpark
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|

Canoon Tennis Courts Alt = 103 m
This is a series of tennis and netball courts in South Turramurra and is used regularly for training, competition and leisure.

(0 km) Canoon Tennis Courts carpark to Int of Step Track and Canoon road service trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 375 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -30 m
From the tennis courts car park, the walk follows the service trail away from the courts. The trail passes through the metal gate and down the long hill, passing through another gate and arriving at the signposted intersection with the Step Track.

(0.38 km) Int of STEP Track and Canoon Road service trail to Int of STEP and Scenic Lookout tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 438 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -11 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'STEP Track' sign down along the bush track, winding down some steps to the bottom of the hill and up the other side. The walk continues along to a rock platform, where it turns right and crosses a wooden boardwalk, following the STEP track markers up the long rocky hill to the intersection with the Ulm Street track.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the STEP track markers along the thin management trail, along to the intersection with the 'scenic views' lookout track.

(0.81 km) Int of STEP and Scenic Lookout tracks to Scenic Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 87 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -10 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Scenic Views' sign down the hill along the rocky track for approximately 100 metres to the scenic lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Scenic Lookout Alt = 71 m
This lookout is a great side trip from the STEP Track in the Lane Cove National Park, as it provides you with a great view through the forest, looking down into the valley at a range of local flora.

(0.81 km) Int of STEP and Scenic Lookout tracks to Int of STEP Track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 304 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -15 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'STEP' sign up the short hill and along the thin management trail, then comes down to the intersection with the Cove Street management trail.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail down the long winding hill, to the intersection on the STEP Track.

(1.12 km) Int of STEP Track to Int of Great North Walk and the STEP track (east)
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 291 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -30 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the STEP track marker off the management trail and down through the bush. The trail turns right at the STEP Track marker and continues up the rocky track and along the side of the hill, flattening out and continuing down past a bushfire regeneration plaque. The walk heads down the steep rocky track to the intersection with the Great North Walk trail.

(1.41 km) Int of GNW and the STEP track (east) to Int of GNW and the STEP track (west)
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 582 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -9 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[1] and STEP Track markers[2] along the management trail, whilst keeping the river to your left. The trail undulates through the valley (weedy in places[3]) and tall forest[4] for just shy of 600m, to come to a clear intersection at the bottom of a sealed management trail[5] (on your right). This intersection is marked with another 'STEP Track' map/sign[6] and a 'The Great North Walk' sign[7].

(1.99 km) Int of Great North Walk and the STEP track to Canoon Tennis Courts carpark
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 680 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 63 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the sealed management trail up the steep hill. The trail flattens out and turns around a left-hand bend, continuing steeply up the side of the valley to the signposted intersection with the STEP Track.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the service trail up the hill onto the gravel trail. The trail climbs steeply up through a metal gate, flattens out while then climbs up the long hill, passing through another metal gate to reach the Canoon road tennis courts car park.

Catch the bus from Canoon Tennis Courts carpark
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 Canoon Tennis Courts carpark
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
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
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 5 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 5.1 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 6.6 km
Snowgum Rhodes Shopping Centre Level 1, Shop 66, Rhodes (02) 8765 1035 9.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to STEP Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from STEP Track
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
2 km (to the NNW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 15 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 18 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 25 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 39 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

Bradley Reserve Bradley Reserve is a large natural bushland area owned and managed by Ku-ring-gai council. The reserve extends from Lane Cove River to the end of Kissing Point Road north to George Christie playing fields. The reserve is home to the locally well know STEP track, and is cared for by the STEP inc, the "South Turramurra Environment Protection". The Great north walk also heads through this reserve, and is also home to Browns water hole.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Andrew - Nice short walk IP:27.32.119.xxx | 2011-05-23 12:55:34
Great, easy and short walk to take the kids on. Well sign posted.
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