Providing plenty of tree cover, Continue straight: From the intersection near the campsite, this walk follows the clear track alongside Berowra Creek, whilst keeping the creek to your left. This walk is a great one-way trip from station to station with numerous water views, including a circumnavigation of Brooklyn Dam whilst enjoying a wonderful diversity of flora along the way. John’s knee gave way late on Day 1 (a compressed meniscus, apparently) and, though he soldiered on, by the time we reached Jerusalem Bay on Day 2 he was in agony and there was no going back. From here the track follows the picturesque Cowan Creek for a while before heading up the ridge to Mt Kuring-gai Station. 2 Hornsby to Brooklyn three day walk is a 43.1km, grade 4 One way hike located in the Berowra Valley and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Parks, New South Wales. 199 Bay Rd Berowra Waters, NSW 2082, Continue straight: From ‘Berowra Waters Trackhead’, Continue straight: From the end of Kirkpatrick Way, Continue straight: From beside the creek, this walk follows the GNW arrow post, Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow along the sandy management trail, About 800m from Turners Rd, Berowra Heights lies this pleasant ridge top campsite. The engravings are a little tricky to decipher but include a man in a head-dress, an animal (perhaps a koala) and another figure. The steep ascents and descents through dry sclerophyll forest and across open ridge tops are lined by angophoras, scribbly gums, and heath-leaved banksia (Banksia ericifolia), and open to sweeping views over densely forested slopes and the snaking waterways of the region. The walk ends at the popular Bobbin Head picnic area and kiosk, giving you the chance to relax and reflect on the journey. Distance: 10km Elevation: 324m Difficulty: Moderate Type of trail: One way The Berowra Track to Mount Ku-ring-gai is a moderately difficult walk, with some steep sections, and a lot of the undulating trail. The cheapest way to get from Berowra to Brooklyn costs only $588, and the quickest way takes just 23½ hours. Its rough bush track will take you from wet sclerophyll forest, full of turpentines, grass trees and ferns, along Calna Creek through to casuarina forest and a peaceful saltmarsh. Resolute Loop Track. The bay is popular with bushwalkers as it is part of the Great North Walk. Jerusalem Bay Track is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cowan, New South Wales, Australia that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The campsite has many tall, shady trees and is a fuel stove only site. This three day walk follows the Great North Walk from Hornsby Station to Brooklyn, staying overnight at the Crosslands Reserve and the Great North Walk ridge top campsite. Going from an environment of ferns and clear bushland to dry sandstone bush near Berowra Creek, this walk has a good complement of environments. We have also include an alternate exit, staying on the main trail to then end of Timbarra Rd for those walking without dogs. The Steele Bridge is quite an interesting landmark of the area. Takeaway is also available, and the nearby reserve provides picnic tables, toilets, children’s playground and parking. At the bottom of the valley a bridge spans ZigZag Creek allowing you to keep you feet dry. From Gordon station, the walk winds down past the Gordon golf course to the Great North Walk, then continues north through the Lane Cove Valley before staying overnight at the Baden Powell scout camp. Jerusalem Bay, Ku-ring-gai National Park, is a nice bay east of Cowan Station. Total climbing: 597m, This half day return walk starts from the Crosslands Reserve and follows a section of the Great North Walk along side Berowra creek, across boardwalks and bush tracks, before climbing steeply up the side of the valley to the Naa Badu Lookout. The start and end of the walk are close to good shopping centres, so this is also a good walk for those who like to start or finish their walks in a cafe. Along this walk you will see a dense and thriving forest filled with Blue Gums and Bracken Ferns, plenty of wild flowers and a wide variety of native animals. The close proximity to the dam means accessible water (treat before drinking). The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Salt Marsh, Calna Creek, Berowra Valley NP. Find the travel option that best suits you. Turpentines (Syncarpia glomulifera) and Bracken on the descent from Mt Kuring-gai Station, Berowra Valley NP. The bridge was designed by Major General Sir Clive Steele in 1942. […], Overnight in Barrington Tops via the Corker Trail, Off-track, overnight in Sydney: Waterfall to Engadine via Kangaroo Creek, Review: Boreas Lost Coast 60 backpack | The Life Outdoors, Tent Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 | The Life Outdoors, Walking from Girrakool to Patonga, Brisbane Water NP | The Life Outdoors. This re-route is due to the multi-agency decision to close the Fishponds to Steele Bridge section of the Benowie Track. Along the way are signs providing interesting information about the mangroves, estuaries and other surrounding flora and fauna. The bridge was commissioned in 1965 to allow access for fire trucks. Find the travel option that best suits you. The Bridge at Calna Creek, which links up the Hornsby to Brooklyn section of the Great North Walk, is well and truly out of action (as of August 2014), following flood damage. The walk finishes at the train station, soon after leaving the bush. Day 2, the track heads over the scenic Mt Wondabyne and around to Wondabyne Station. Total climbing: 1147m, This long day walk follows the Lane Cove River and Berowra Creek. Total climbing: 35m, The Warrimoo Track is a great walk for exploring the upper reaches of Cowan Creek. Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk. There are two options for overnight visits, both need to be booked in advance. Note this walk was re-routed in early 2016 to go via the streets of Hornsby Heights. The walk starts directly opposite Cowan railway station, and heads down a wide firetrail that roughly follows the Old Pacific Highway. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch, with dinner available on Friday through Sunday. With the promise of gorgeous weather today, I made the decision earlier in the week to complete the Great North Walk from Berowra to Brooklyn. The walk crosses a few moist and cool gullies and scrambles for a few rocky outcrops. Berowra creek is susceptible to pollution. Apparently you and Peter are partly responsible for John’s knee problems , […] Group overnight walk in Kuring-gai Chase National Park (Mt Kuring-gai to Brooklyn) […], […] ‘Really?’ exclaimed Cole and Adam, who were on their first overnight hike and starting to flag. After 2 days of ups and downs through glorious Sydney sandstone country, the challenge proved both very real and very worthwhile. From here the walk follows the Great North Walk to Thornleigh train station. To save the car shuttle you can just allow extra time and retrace your steps back to the start. 33km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 9km is clearly signposted. The side trip out to Joe’s Mountain doesn’t have the most fantastic views but is still a nice walk. The remaining (660m) is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety. There is just one steep section climbing up from Jerusalem Bay where the track runs concurrent with the Jerusalem Bay Trail. There are many different views to be seen and a variety of flora and fauna throughout makes this walk quite interesting. Total climbing: 1690m, This pleasant half day walk starts from Wareemba Avenue in Thornleigh and winds down into the valley along service trails and bush tracks. The bay is sometimes known for an iconic photo of the single palm in front of the water. The railway is long gone, but the quarry site is interesting to explore and crossing Zig Zag Creek on the bridge gives a lovely view down on the fern trees. Wild Walks track notes: the walk links up sections of the. Conversely, if you’re up for a more challenging walk you can start at Brooklyn, and finish at Cowan station… or Berowra station… or far as you feel like walking with a number of exit points as you continue south along the Great North Walk. But be warned: the walk will test you with steep scrambles up rocks and knee-jarring descents: ‘Normally, if you told me to walk up that hill,’ said John as we eyed off the unforgiving 200m ascent towards  Naa Badu lookout from the comfort of a shady boulder, ‘I’d tell you to fuck off.’ And that was only the first climb. Veer right: From the intersection, this walk crosses the ‘Historic Military Steele Bridge’, Tunks Ridge Rest Area is a large, shady and gently sloping campsite, Turn right: From the top of the rest area, this walk follows the ‘Galston Gorge’ AND ‘Crosslands Reserve’ signs. Total climbing: 44m, This is a pleasant dog-friendly walk, passing through some nice bush on the fringe of Cherrybrook. Jerusalem Bay can be accessed by the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay or from Brooklyn or Cowan Railway Stations. 25km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 17km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). This hard walk explores the ridges and valleys around Berowra Waters, with great views and vantage points along the way. The campsite is well set up and managed by Hornsby Council. Total climbing: 1423m, This overnight walk starts from Gordon train station and winds through bush filled valleys to Hornsby station. This is one of a few dog friendly bushwalks in the Berowra Valley Regional Park. There are also some good information signs explaining the rich history of the railway line and quarry that once passed through here. 12.7km Day 2: Berowra ridge campsite to Brooklyn via Cowan, approx. #######CLOSED###### This picturesque little restaurant sits on the eastern side of Berowra Creek and is just a hop, skip and a jump from the ferry. With breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, the Garden House Restaurant is a great spot for those looking to tap into the Berowra Valley’s full potential. Nourished and ready to go, I took the ferry back across and walked to the northern end of the car park where the next leg of the Great North Walk began. The campsite also has a few tall shady trees and is a fuel-stove only site. We should finish just before dark, but a torch should be carried just in case! The authorised dog walk exits up the steps to the base of De Saxe Cl. Make a day of it by enjoying the picnic areas and playground at the start of the walk. The journey continues up the steep hill through various bush environments before arriving at the Sphinx War Memorial and picnic area. Day 2 is the toughest. The campsite is not the best, and you will need to carry in water. This pleasant walk follows the Great North Walk from Berowra Station down to Berowra Waters. Hornsby to Brooklyn three day walk Unnamed Falls to Berowra Creek campsite track 3.4km 1 Hrs 25 mins (From 9.51 km) Continue straight: From the waterfall, this walk follows the GNW markers out of the gully, initially keeping the waterfall up to your right. Total climbing: 36m, From the western side of Hornsby Railway Station, Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Great North Walk’ sign, Veer right: From the lower side of Berowra Valley Bushland Park, Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Great North Walk’ arrow, Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Fishponds’ sign, Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Alternative Route’ arrow on the GNW sign. From the F3 Freeway take the Berowra turning and go down Berowra Waters Road to the ferry. After about 30m, the track crosses a small, flat, timber bridge, On the far southern end of Crosslands Reserve is a toilet block and campsite. The walk was organised by Helen for SUBW. 24km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 18km requires no previous bushwalking experience. The walk passes through the Tunks Ridge Reserve and then into Galston Gorge. The walk at a glance. Not too bad for roughing it on a bushwalk! This day walk provides great views of the Berowra creek from the Naa Badu lookout and, as it finishes at the Cowan train station, there are fairly frequent trains running, providing a good transport option for the trip home. Take your time to enjoy the views, and rock formations, and creek crossings along the way as the track leads a nearly direct route to Cowan Station, through a wonderfully remote section of bushland. It was a great walk. There are some solid climbs on this walk so be sure to allow enough time. There is a toilet block, Turn right: From the intersection at the northern picnic area, The Estuarie lookout over Berowara Creek is found at the end of the wheelchair-accessible walk in Crosslands area. The common feature, however, is how well managed these trails are. Despite being within the Berowra Valley Regional Park, this is an ‘Authorised On-Lead Dog Walking Track’. The walk includes some boardwalks. With a train station at each end and a chance to fill the tummy at Thornleigh, this is an enjoyable day out. This walk wanders down the ridge to follow the bank of Cowan Creek to Bobbin Head. I made a point of hitting the gym for some core, back and leg work to avoid a repeat of the previous year’s injuries. This campsite can be found on the Great North Walk, off the service trail just before it descends into Galston Gorge (when coming from the south). The walk follows a section of the Great North Walk along an old road, timber boardwalk and firm dirt tracks to a lovely timber lookout platform on the edge of Berowra Creek. This is the planned overnight stay for the end of day 1, happy camping. You can refill the tummy in Berowra Waters with a couple cafes to choose from. Crosslands provides road access, a chance to fill up the water bottle and an optional side trip to motel style accommodation at Crosslands Conventions centre. Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Galston Gorge’ sign, Galston Gorge track head is located at a small car park, Turn left: From the Galston Gorge trackhead, this walk follows the ‘Crosslands’ sign, Continue straight: From the waterfall, this walk follows the GNW markers, This shady campsite is located on the Benowie Track a short distance back from Berowra Creek, south of the Crosslands Reserve. Note this walk was re-routed in early 2016 to go via the streets of Hornsby Heights. Total climbing: 654m, This return walk starts from the Crosslands Reserve and follows the Great North Walk along Berowra creek. From $60 single and $90 a double. Conserve your energy for the steep sections between Berowra Waters and Cowan. The hike should take approximately 3 … There are some steep climbs, and some pleasant strolls alongside the Berowra Creek. Crosslands and Tunks Ridge Reserve are popular rest places. Ridge-top campsite overlooking Berowra Waters: a great alternative to the main camp site on Berowra Ridge, Berowra Valley NP, Boronias in bloom and a happy bee, Berowra Valley NP, Me, Garry Lomas and two very full packs after taking on our friend’s pack weight and climbing up from Jerusalem Bay, Kuring-gai Chase NP (with Boreas Lost Coast 60 maxed out), “The longest 6km of my life” (according to Garry): the fire trail to Brooklyn, Kuring-gai Chase NP, Thanks Shelley. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the Great North Walk arrow across the Pacific Highway (be careful of traffic) to the ramp at the front of Cowan Railway Station. Party - Helen, Kosta, Chantal, Luke, Laura, Mitch, Dave Day 1 - Brooklyn - Jerusalem Bay - Cowan - Berowra Waters The photos are continued on this page. Berowra to Mt Kuring-gai is a 9.4km, grade 4 One way hike located in , New South Wales. The lookout is in the Berowra Valley Regional Park and also on the Great North Walk. The lookout provides a great view down, across the valley and along Berowra creek. Total climbing: 1024m, From the Crosslands Reserve, this walk heads along the Great North Walk via Berowra Waters, Cowan, Jerusalem Bay and onto Brooklyn. Total climbing: 1757m, This overnight walk starts from Thornleigh train station and follows the Great North Walk down through the Berowra Valley Regional Park and along Berowra creek. Brooklyn Motel: Newly renovated accommodation on Bridge St,nearly opposite The Anglers Rest. The walk continues until climbing out, up to Hornsby Railway Station, through a remnant of the old Blue Gum High Forest. There is another track which goes between the same two stations via Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (East of the Pacific Highway). Trip Report- Berowra to Brooklyn – Sunday 15th July . Water is scarce on the trail (few of the freshwater creeks were running when we walked): fill up at Berowra Waters and Cowan. Plotted with the plotaroute.com route planner. The creek is fairly wide at this point and the bridge provides a great view of the sandstone overhangs along the creek’s edge. There are many small sandstone caves and a great diversity in plant life along the way. Total climbing: 287m, This delightful loop is one of the prettiest and most popular walks in the Hornsby area. Take the time to enjoy the many creek side rest areas along the way. On the western side of Berowra Waters Ferry (free trip), just a short walk up the road, is the Waterview Restaurant, upstairs at the marina. You’ll also be able to enjoy pit stops at Berowra Waters and Cowan. The bridge is designed on the Warren truss style and is one of only 4 ‘Steele’ bridges still in use in NSW. Some of the highlights along this walk are the sandstone cliffs at Fishponds, the great restaurants at Berowra Waters, and the beautiful Jerusalem Bay at Cowan Creek. Getting to the start may be tricky, but a taxi will drop you off. Soon after visiting the site of the historic Zig Zag railway you start wandering through the Berowra Creek valley, passing a few cascading creeks. Total climbing: 884m, Following mostly along the side of Berowra Creek, along a section of the Great North Walk, this walk is worth spending the day on. Berowra to Mount Ku-ring-gai Walk The stats . This decision has upset many people and the protest continues. From there, the walk continues along the Great North Walk, down through the gorge and along Berowra Creek to Crosslands Reserve, then back out the well signposted Mt Kuring-gai link track. The walk mostly follows the Great North Walk, between Cherrybrook and Hornsby. Total climbing: 187m, This walk follows a wide concrete trail through Berowra Valley Regional Park, through lovely bushland and the site of the historic Zig Zag railway. This is a short and interesting walk to one on those really beautiful pockets of bush in the middle of the suburbs. The walk crosses a few moist and cool gullies and scrambles for a few rocky outcrops. Another adventurous walking track is the 13km hike between Cowan and Berowra via Berowra Waters. The cheapest way to get from Brooklyn to Berowra costs only $1,638, and the quickest way takes just 25¾ hours. You walk through some beautiful bush with a good array of grass and eucalyptus trees. Continue straight: From the front of Cowan station, Continue straight: From the overpass, this walk heads away from the freeway and down the wide track. Starting at the wetlands at the end of Clarinda St you follow the Great North Walk alternate route until the turn off to the Simon Place. From here the walk keeps following the Berowra Creek through the Crosslands campsite to Calna creek, and then up to Mt Kuring-gai. The final 6km to Brooklyn follow a firetrail and were, in Garry’s words, the longest 6km of his life. Note this walk was re-routed in early 2016 to go via the streets of Hornsby Heights. There are some interesting rock formations on the right and the occasional valley view on the left. The remaining (670m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. After a ferry ride to Patonga, this walk climbs to the top of the ridge, reaching even more great views. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows Manor Rd as it initially heads up a gentle hill. The walk explores two rivers and ridge tops, giving a great variety of views. Main campsite is a large open area at Berowra Ridge but there are a couple of other options, including a beauty on top of the ridge just after the ascent from Berowra Waters, Walk could also be done in reverse for an easier Day 2 but there’s something nice about arriving at the water (especially when there’s a pub too). Note this walk was re-routed in early 2016 to go via the streets of Hornsby Heights. This is a fairly popular campsite on the Great North Walk, providing a flat area. Joint walk with The Bush Club. The optional side trip to see the natural rock arch is well worth it, adding some really beautiful scenery to the walk. Total climbing: 296m, This pleasant walk follows the Great North Walk from Berowra Station down to Berowra Waters. This re-route is due to the multi-agency decision to close the Fishponds to Steele Bridge section of the Benowie Track. Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill along the narrow track, following the ‘Great North Walk’ sign, Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Galston Gorge 4km’ arrow. Review: Royal Robbins Bug Barrier Expedition Long Sleeve Shirt, Review: Osprey Transporter Wheeled 90 Duffel, 2-day walk with overnight camp on Berowra Ridge, Walk will test your fitness with its 1650m of climbing but the scenery is well worth it. 15km of this walk has short steep hills and another 14km has gentle hills with occasional steps. After a short ferry trip the walk follows the Lane Cove River through the Lane Cove National Park, to Thornleigh. The Fish Café is located at 199 Bay Road, Berowra Waters, and the phone number is (02)9456 4665. Jerusalem Bay is a pretty area, shared by walkers and boaters, and a great place to relax before the walk back up to the station. Breakfast can be organised for an extra fee. Total climbing: 306m, A short walk from Hornsby to reach a great spot for admiring Berowra Creek. Also known as Benowie walking track, this beautiful bushland walk through Berowra Valley National Park follows Berowra Creek for 27km of the iconic Great North walk between Sydney and Newcastle. The walk winds down to Cowan Creek, providing some great views as the creek becomes wider. This is the planned overnight stay for the end of day 2, happy camping. is a 6.0 kilometre moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Brooklyn, New South Wales, Australia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The walk passes through Fishponds and up to the top of Galston Gorge to the campsite. After exploring the edge of the valley you will cross the Steele Military Bridge before climbing to Tunks Ridge rest area. Some sittings offers A la Carte meals from $25, and other sittings offer a fresh and cooked seafood buffet. Some of the highlights along this walk are the sandstone cliffs at Fishponds, the great restaurants at Berowra Waters, and the beautiful Jerusalem Bay at Cowan Creek. Naa Badu means ‘See water’, Continue straight: From the ‘Naa Badu’ lookout, Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Berowra Waters’ sign. Walk can be reached by public transport at both ends: departs from Mt Kuring-gai and ends at Hawkesbury River station. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This short walk links Clarinda St and Simon Pl in Hornsby Heights. Total climbing: 1103m, This walk follows the Great North Walk above Berowra Creek from Thornleigh to Galston Gorge, on bush tracks and service trails. Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Cowan Station’ sign, Continue straight: From the western bank, this walk crosses Joe Crafts Creek, Turn left: From the intersection near the ‘viewing point’, Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Cowan’ sign, Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post. We would eventually catch up to him at the Angler’s Rest in Brooklyn. This three day walk follows the Great North Walk from Hornsby Station to Brooklyn, staying overnight at the Crosslands Reserve and the Great North Walk ridge top campsite. 18km Walk will test your fitness with its 1650m of climbing but the scenery is … Breakfast not included (but you can grab breakfast from a cafe) PH:(02)9985-7257, Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath down along Dangar Road past the phone box, Jerusalem Bay Track (to Jerusalem Bay and back), Mt Kuring-gai to Cowan (via Berowra Waters), Gordon to Hornsby (overnight at Scout camp), Cowan to Wondabyne station via Patonga rest area, Stringybark Ridge and Zig Zag Creek loop from Thornleigh Station, Bellamy St to De Saxe Cl dog walking trail, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map, CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map, Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6), Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6), Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6), Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6). A decent level of fitness and a light pack is recommended. Total climbing: 231m, This track takes you to one of the most iconic views along the the Great North Walk. It would be our first overnight hike together since we did the Coast Track a year earlier – a hike that ended in severe knee pain for us both. Not far from here the walk starts to lead steeply down enjoying more sandstone caves to cross under Galston Road to find the Galston trackhead. Half Day Participants- George and girlfriend, Parastoo, Monica and Andres . The timber lookout platform provides great views over Berowra Creek, Continue straight: From the intersection at the estuaries viewing platform, this walk follows the timber ramp down to the dirt track, Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Berowra Waters’ sign, Continue straight: From the clearing, this walk leads down the north eastern side of this ridge, keeping the main valley to your left. People can drive down to Crosslands to pick you up at the end of the walk, or organise a taxi. 2-day walk with overnight camp on Berowra Ridge Day 1: Mt Kuring-gai station to Berowra Ridge campsite, approx. Be sure to pace yourself and take regular breaks. In the end, my friend and climbing partner Garry also joined us, though a couple of John’s mates bailed at the last minute. Continue straight: From the car park, this walk follows the flat dirt path, Continue straight: From the northern end of Crosslands car park, The northern section of Crosslands is in Berowra Valley NP and is a less formal picnic area compared with the southern area. John on the other hand was doing well, especially considering his past knee problems. From the Crosslands Reserve, this walk heads along the Great North Walk via Berowra Waters, Cowan, Jerusalem Bay and onto Brooklyn. 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