Check out the New Wildwalks site -- This site is no longer maintained and is just for archive

Home arrow Hiking near Sydney arrow Mt Trefles     

Bushwalking track notes, photographs, maps and more for Mt Trefle are found in each of the tabs below
Mt Trefles

Time: 40 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.2 km NW of Vaucluse
Length: 1.7 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 1.7 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 58 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 58 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
Walk: Easy

This walk explores the bushy interior section of Nielsen Park. On this walk, you will visit historic Greycliffe House and the Steele Point Gun Emplacement. The walk climbs over the Mount Trefle summit. At just over 40m above sea level, I suspect most walkers will not consider it much of a mountain, but an enjoyable walk all the same. Most of this walk follows concrete and sealed paths, and there are some great harbour views on the second half of this walk. (open in app)


There are closures in Sydney Harbour National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Mt Trefle

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Mt Trefle bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Mt Trefle
Problem loading PDF Try here
Map Controls - Show Contours | Hide Path | Hide Distances | Hide Names
Map Scale 500 meters
Greycliffe Ave Car Park
Mid Nielsen Park Int
Nielsen Park Cafe
Western end of Shark Bay
Greycliffe House
NP Workshop driveway
Top of shortcut track
Steele Point int
Degaussing range
Degaussing range
Western end of Shark Bay
Nielsen Park Cafe
Mid Nielsen Park Int
Starting point for this hiking track: Greycliffe Ave Car Park

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
 Sydney Heads 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91302N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Welcome to Nielsen Park
 
Welcome to Nielsen Park +
 
Path leading through Nielsen Park towards Shark Bay
 
Path leading through Nielsen Park towards Shark Bay +
 
Path behind Shark Bay
 
Path behind Shark Bay +

 
Shark Bay
 
Shark Bay +
 
Cafe at Nielsen Park
 
Cafe at Nielsen Park +
 
Notting Memorial
 
Notting Memorial +

 
Looking down to Shark Bay
 
Looking down to Shark Bay +
 
Greycliffe House
 
Greycliffe House +
 
Steps leading to Mt Trefle from Greycliffe House
 
Steps leading to Mt Trefle from Greycliffe House +

 
Mt Trefle Track
 
Mt Trefle Track +
 
Steps on the Mt Trefle Track
 
Steps on the Mt Trefle Track +
 
Sign near the top of Mt Trefle
 
Sign near the top of Mt Trefle +

 
Track beside NPWS Workshop
 
Track beside NPWS Workshop +
 
NPWS Workshop
 
NPWS Workshop +
 
NPWS Workshop Driveway
 
NPWS Workshop Driveway +

 
Walking along the road (closed to most traffic)
 
Walking along the road (closed to most traffic) +
 
City view
 
City view +
 
Road leading beside the bush
 
Road leading beside the bush +

 
angophora
 
angophora +
 
City and Harbour View
 
City and Harbour View +
 
Steele Point
 
Steele Point +

 
Degaussing range
 
Degaussing range +
 
Steele Point Gun Emplacement
 
Steele Point Gun Emplacement +
 
View from the gun emplacement
 
View from the gun emplacement +

 
Path leading down to Shark Bay
 
Path leading down to Shark Bay +
 
Western end of Shark Bay
 
Western end of Shark Bay +
 
Path at western end of Shark Bay
 
Path at western end of Shark Bay +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Mt Trefle bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mt Trefle bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mt Trefle bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mt Trefle 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 1.7km
Time 40 mins
.


Grade 2/6

Walk: Easy
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 Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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 1km of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 700m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.2km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 540m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.7km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Greycliffe Ave Car Park
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 Greycliffe Ave Car Park
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) Greycliffe Ave Car Park to Nielsen Park Cafe
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail,footpath
Length = 196 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
From the lower end of the car park on Greycliffe Ave, this walk heads around the gate and along the sealed path (driveway) towards the water, passing the 'Sydney Harbour National Park' sign[1]. After ≈50m, the path leads to a four-way intersection just past the garbage bins.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the water following the wide path[2]. The path soon bends left (near the toilet block, on the right[3]) and heads behind the beach, past the large information sign[4]. Soon the path heads over the 'Dressing Pavilion' tunnel[5] and, ≈50m later, comes to the front of the Nielsen Park Cafe[6] with it's great water views[7].

Shark Bay Alt = 2 m
Located at the northern end of Nielsen Park, this beach faces north across Sydney Harbour. The sandy beach offers a swimming net enclosure[8], public toilets[9][10] and change rooms[11], showers[12] and is a popular place for people to simply relax. The beach is a focal point of Nielsen Park and also boasts a cafe[13]. Protected by the harbour, there is no surf at this beach. The beach is not patrolled. This is a lovely spot, with natural shade not far from the beach.

Nielsen Park Cafe Alt = 3 m
Open 8-5 daily, this historic cafe offers inside seating and a range of meals, including breakfast, sandwiches and hot food. This is one of a number of buildings in Nielsen Park which are available for functions. For further enquiries, contact 9337 1574. More info

(0.2 km) Nielsen Park Cafe to Western end of Shark Bay
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 86 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From Nielsen Park Cafe, this walk heads the short distance along the path in front of the cafe and behind the beach (keeping the water to your right)[14]. The path heads past the 'William Albert Notting'[15] and 'Niels R.W. Nielsen, MLA'[16] memorial[17] (on your left) to soon find a four-way intersection (at the base of some steps) at the eastern end of Shark Bay[18].

(0.28 km) Western end of Shark Bay to Greycliffe House
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 92 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = 0 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk heads directly away from the water[19] and up the path then steps[20], towards the grand building on top of the hill (not following the 'Hermitage Forest Walking track' sign[21]). The path heads past the sandstone toilet block[22] (on your right) and then at the top of the hill, the path bends to the right, in front of the 'Greycliffe House' information sign[23], coming to the driveway and a four-way intersection, in front of Greycliffe House[24].

Greycliffe House Alt = 16 m
Greycliffe House was completed in 1851 by John Reeve, son-in-law to the explorer W C Wentworth. The house was unoccupied between 1898 and 1911, when it was taken over by the State Government and used as a baby hospital and Tresillian mothercraft home in to the 1930s. Many of the plantings are from this era. Today, the building is home to the Sydney Harbour South office of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and is one of few remaining examples of gothic architecture in Sydney.[25] More info

(0.37 km) Greycliffe House to NP Workshop driveway
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 543 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From in front of Greycliffe House, this walk follows the 'Vaucluse Rd Via Mt Trefle' sign[26] up the steps. The track soon bends left and heads high past Greycliffe House and a 'Surviving the City' information sign[27]. The track then gently winds through the bush over Mt Trefle (the high point, but not very high), coming to a 'Greycliffe House' sign[28] pointing back along the track, just near the back of the fenced workshop. Here the walk continues to generally follow the fence around the NP workshop. Heading along the side of the workshop, there is a view of some houses on Vaucluse Rd. At the front of the workshop, this walk turns left to follow the driveway down to find a 'T' intersection with a wider road (driveway).

(0.92 km) NP Workshop driveway to Steele Point int
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 429 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -23 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads west along the road (driveway) towards the water, keeping the fence and grassy clearing on your left[29]. After ≈30m, the walk leads over a speed bump[30] as the road bends right. The road passes a large clearing (on the left) with harbour views[31], then about halfway through the next grove of trees[32], the road comes to a signposted intersection marked with a gap in the fence (down the hill on your left)[33].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads north-west along the road as it continues to bend right[34], soon passing a clearing and a filtered view of the harbour on your left[35]. The road then leads through a grove of trees for just over 100m, coming to another clearing and great view of Sydney Harbour[36]. The walk continues along the road for another ≈140m to find an intersection marked with a large 'Hermitage Foreshore Walk' sign (at the top of a set of stairs, on your left).

Steele Point Cottage Alt = 16 m
Why not make a weekend of it? Built in 1880, this one-time gunners' barracks has been restored as a one bedroom getaway. Managed by NPWS, you can hire this cottage (found on Steele Point) from $330 per night (two night min). Great for a romantic weekend away for two. More info

(1.35 km) Steele Point int to Degaussing range
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 28 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the road a short distance, keeping 'Steele Point Cottage'[37] to your left. As the road bends sharply to the right, the walk then comes to an intersection just past the fenced degaussing range, near a sign pointing to 'Greycliffe House'[38].

Degaussing range Alt = 14 m
This degaussing range, found at Steele Point, was constructed in 1960 and is still operated by the Royal Australian Navy today. Degaussing is the process of removing (or at least reducing) a magnetic field. This degaussing range services four areas in the harbour (about 500m from the building)[39], where metal ships passing over will be automatically de-magnetised[40]. Why? Mostly to prevent the triggering of seabed mines[41]. More info

(1.37 km) Degaussing range to Steele Point Gun Emplacement
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 52 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the driveway, keeping the degaussing range fence just to your left[42]. At the end of the driveway, the walk heads across the grass[43] to find the Steele Point Gun Emplacement[44] just behind the degaussing range. Beware of the unfenced drop into the emplacement[45].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn sharp left to continue along this walk.)

Steele Point Gun Emplacement Alt = 7 m
Construction of this initial emplacement took about three years and was completed in 1874[46]. The sandstone pit once had a steel dome (to protect from shells) and was part of a series of gun emplacements protecting from the threat of invasion. Today, you will find a series of tall sandstone channels[47] and the circular pit where the main gun once stood[48]. A set of un-railed steps leads into the pit - please take care in the area, as the pit is not fenced.

(1.37 km) Degaussing range to Greycliffe Ave Car Park
Walk: Easy - footpath,servicetrail
Length = 350 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -12 m
Veer left: From the degaussing range[49], this walk heads down the footpath and steps, towards the beach[50]. The path leads past an open grassy clearing (on your right) and ignores a path (on the right, leading to the toilet). At the bottom of the stairs, the path comes to a four-way intersection at the western end of Shark Bay.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the flat, wide path, keeping the beach and water to the left. The path soon passes the 'William Albert Notting'[51] and 'Niels R.W. Nielsen, MLA'[52] memorial[53] (on your right) and, not much further along, comes to the front of Nielsen Park Cafe[54].
Continue straight: From Nielsen Park Cafe, this walk heads along the path, keeping the beach and water to your left. After ≈50m, the path heads over the 'Dressing Pavilion' tunnel[55] and soon passes a large information sign[56]. At the sign, the path bends right and then comes to a four-way intersection near a large number of garbage bins[57].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide sealed path (driveway) directly away from the water, past the garbage bins. The path soon leads past the 'Sydney Harbour National Park' sign[58] and through the gate to Greycliff Ave.

Catch the bus from Greycliffe Ave Car Park
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 Greycliffe Ave Car Park
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



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 5 km
Inski 46 York St , Sydney (02) 9233 3200 6.1 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 6.1 km
Venus Repair Workshop Suite 36a 104 Bathurst St , Sydney (02) 9267 0706 6.2 km
Wildsports Upper Floor 447 Kent St , Sydney (02) 9264 2095 6.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mt Trefle.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mt Trefle
Click to re-center search
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
20 km (to the NW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 20 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 29 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 34 km (to the WNW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 46 km (to the N)

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 2 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      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu20°|26°Possible shower.
Fri20°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat18°|25°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Sydney Harbour National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
One of Sydney's most diverse parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is formed from 11 pockets of harbour islands and shoreline. Highlights include coastal walks and swimming, breath-taking viewpoints, tours of colonial buildings and Aboriginal cave art.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Sydney Harbour National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management
Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites within Sydney Harbour National Park. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:​
  • Middle Head
  • North Head
  • Quarantine Station
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Shark Island upcoming closures
Shark Island in Sydney Harbour will be closed to public access due to essential wharf repairs on the following dates:
16 to 17 September 2015
24 to 27 September 2015.

Other incidents: Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages are no longer available for accomodation bookings. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings.

Closed areas: Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


Walker Feedback

Comments
Add NewSearch
Only registered users can write comments!
 
Loading the images not too much longer now :)


-server web1.wildwalks.com- Page was generated in 0.042661 seconds Copyright | Privacy | About us | Disclaimer | Contact Us | Sponsorship | Newsletter