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Berowra to Mt Kuring-gai

3h 45 min to 4h 30 min

9.5km
oneway

↑ 510 m
↓ -508 m

Hard track
From the ridges above Cowan Creek, this walk takes in some great lookouts (especially around Mt Kuring-gai) as well as enjoying an extremely pleasant bush track along the creek. Easily accessible by public transport, this track gives walkers a good taste of what Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has to offer. Be sure to spare some time for a dawdle around the bays on Cowan Creek. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey.
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.

Getting There
Trackhead (-33.623172,151.1533134)
Mode Car (The train station is on the Pacific Hwy about 10 km north of Hornsby. There is parking in the area (although this can fill up mid week with commuters). Parking is permitted in many of the back streets.) Special (Most trains stop at Berowra and services run regularly about every 30mins during peak and hourly off peak. The station is on the Newcastle line between Hornsby and Wyong so access from the North or South is easy. More info) Train
Finish (-33.653774,151.1368008)
Car Shuttle Car (From Mt Ku-ring-gai Station it is possible to get away to either Hornsby to the South or Brooklyn and the Central Coast in the North using the Pacific Hwy.) Special (To get away from Mt Ku-ring-gai Train Station trains run approximately every hour along the Newcastle Line. This line goes both ways between Hornsby and Wyong. More info) Train

Track Notes

Getting started
From the front of Berowra Station, this walk follows the footpath between the Pacific Highway and railway line, whilst keeping the highway to your left. After about 50m this walk comes to 'Berowra Parade' marked with a large 'Harbour to Hawkesbury' information sign and map. Here the walk turns right and follows the little used road down over railway bridge then around the green metal gate to cross over the F3 on a large concrete bridge. On the other side of the freeway this walk comes to a small clearing marked with a large 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Berowra Track' sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.
After 10m pass the car park (20m on your left).
Turn right
After another 45m turn right.
After another 20m cross the bridge (about 20m long)
After another 15m cross the bridge (about 70m long)
Then head through/around the gate.
Turn left
After another 140m turn left.
After another 305m turn left.
After another 1.6km find the "Waratah Bay" entity|cove (8m on your right).
Waratah Bay
Waratah Bay sits on the eastern extent of Cowan Waters east of Berowra. The bay is home to a rusting metal boat hull, this boat marks the spot where the Edward Windybank and his family once worked and lived. Edward Windybank worked on the construction nearby railway line from 1886 to 87. Windybank also named the bay and acquired a life-long lease to use it. It seems that he built a small home, boat shed and a narrow road up the hill. Windybank operate a boat building a hire business on site
Waratah Bay
Waratah Bay sits on the eastern extent of Cowan Waters east of Berowra. The bay is home to a rusting metal boat hull, this boat marks the spot where the Edward Windybank and his family once worked and lived. Edward Windybank worked on the construction nearby railway line from 1886 to 87. Windybank also named the bay and acquired a life-long lease to use it. It seems that he built a small home, boat shed and a narrow road up the hill. Windybank operate a boat building a hire business on site
After another 4.1km cross the bridge (about 20m long)
Then find the "Cowan Creek View" lookout (on your right).
Cowan Creek View
Cowan Creek View, is a timber platform lookout on Cowan Creek. The lookout is on the northern side of a headland and provide great views down along Cowan Creek. This is a great place to rest and enjoy the water views.
Cowan Creek View
Cowan Creek View, is a timber platform lookout on Cowan Creek. The lookout is on the northern side of a headland and provide great views down along Cowan Creek. This is a great place to rest and enjoy the water views.
An optional side trip to Apple Tree Bay. Details below.
Continue straight
After another 320m continue straight.
After another 360m come to the viewpoint.
After another 1.4km come to the viewpoint (20m on your right).
Continue straight
Continue straight.
Then come to the "Firefighters Rest" viewpoint (35m on your right).
After another 250m continue straight.
After another 670m head through/around the gate.
Then pass the "Mount Ku-ring-gai Track" sign (5m on your right).
Continue straight
After another 30m continue straight.
After another 105m continue straight.
After another 100m continue straight.
Continue straight
After another 45m continue straight.
Then cross the bridge (about 90m long)
Then head through the tunnel
After another 25m head through the tunnel
The end
Continue another 4m to find the end.

An optional side trip to Apple Tree Bay.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
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After 840m pass the sign.
Then cross the bridge (about 35m long)
Turn right
After another 25m turn right.
Then to find the car park.
Turn left
After another 35m turn left.
After another 7m pass the park (7m on your right).
Turn left
After another 25m turn left.
After another 20m pass the toilet (40m on your right).
After another 25m pass the cafe (20m on your right).

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About 20m past the end is "Apple Tree Bay" picnic area
Apple Tree Bay
Apple Tree Bay, in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase national park, has a popular boat ramp for accessing Cowan creek and plenty of parking. The area has kiosk, electric BBQ's, picnic benches, toilets, drinking water, garbage facilities, and shade provided by trees. If you are after a quiet spot, head to the western end (away from the boat ramp, past the BBQ's), just beyond the car park, to a lovely clearing by the water. The area is closed between sunset and sunrise. The kiosk/cafe is open on weekend and services hot and cold drinks, ice creams and some hot food.
Apple Tree Bay
Apple Tree Bay, in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase national park, has a popular boat ramp for accessing Cowan creek and plenty of parking. The area has kiosk, electric BBQ's, picnic benches, toilets, drinking water, garbage facilities, and shade provided by trees. If you are after a quiet spot, head to the western end (away from the boat ramp, past the BBQ's), just beyond the car park, to a lovely clearing by the water. The area is closed between sunset and sunrise. The kiosk/cafe is open on weekend and services hot and cold drinks, ice creams and some hot food.
The end
The end.

An optional side trip to Apple Tree Bay Viewpoint.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
.
The end
Continue another 105m to find the end.
Mt Ku-Ring-Gai Track Lookout
Mt Ku-Ring-Gai Track Lookout
This informal, unfenced lookout is perched on some rocks, not far from the Mt Ku-Ring-Gai Track. It provides views across the valley to Cowan Creek and over much of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.
Mt Ku-Ring-Gai Track Lookout
This informal, unfenced lookout is perched on some rocks, not far from the Mt Ku-Ring-Gai Track. It provides views across the valley to Cowan Creek and over much of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.
Terrain


AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 9.5km
Time 3h 45 min to 4h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet There is one 6.5km (plus an extra 950m along side route) from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
6.5km
Waratah Bay
Waratah Bay sits on the eastern extent of Cowan Waters east of Berowra. The bay is home to a rusting metal boat hull, this boat marks the spot where the Edward Windybank and his family once worked and lived. Edward Windybank worked on the construction nearby railway line from 1886 to 87. Windybank also named the bay and acquired a life-long lease to use it. It seems that he built a small home, boat shed and a narrow road up the hill. Windybank operate a boat building a hire business on site
Cowan Creek View
Cowan Creek View, is a timber platform lookout on Cowan Creek. The lookout is on the northern side of a headland and provide great views down along Cowan Creek. This is a great place to rest and enjoy the water views.
Apple Tree Bay
Apple Tree Bay, in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase national park, has a popular boat ramp for accessing Cowan creek and plenty of parking. The area has kiosk, electric BBQ's, picnic benches, toilets, drinking water, garbage facilities, and shade provided by trees. If you are after a quiet spot, head to the western end (away from the boat ramp, past the BBQ's), just beyond the car park, to a lovely clearing by the water. The area is closed between sunset and sunrise. The kiosk/cafe is open on weekend and services hot and cold drinks, ice creams and some hot food.

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