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Baker's Cottage
Darug country

40min to 45min

1.4km
return

↑ 32 m
↓ -32 m

Moderate track
The Baker's Cottage Heritage Track is a quick and interesting walk. The track itself is mainly drivable road, and turns to bush track before going up the hill to the cottage. At over 145 years old, Baker's Cottage is the oldest unmodified structure, still standing, in the Ku-ring-gai area. All entrances to the cottage are blocked, so you can't see inside. It is worth looking around the ground to see some other historic remains. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darug people, 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 (-33.7907245,151.1560663)
Mode Car (Parking fees apply in the area.)

Track Notes

Getting started
From the bridge, this walk heads gently uphill along the road to the intersection with the visible concrete stairs just below the National Parks Office.
From the intersection, this walk follows the road uphill, keeping the short sandstone wall and National Parks office on your left. The road soon bends left and leads up past the staff parking, to an intersection (with a track on your right) marked with a large 'Great North Walk' sign.
From the intersection, the walk follows the road up the hill. The road passes over the hill, to an intersection with a track on the left, marked by wooden posts.
From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill with the river below, on the left. The walk meets a clearing on the left marked as '28 Turramburra Flat'. This walk passes a parking area on the left, and toilets on the right. The road then comes to a signposted intersection, on the right.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.
After 10m pass the "The Great North Walk" sign (15m on your left).
After another 25m find the BBQ (15m on your left).
BBQ
Two free electric BBQs hotplates in sheltered picnic area. The BBQ table is 92cm high, 2.05m wide and 75cm deep. Hot plates are 45/45cm.
BBQ
Two free electric BBQs hotplates in sheltered picnic area. The BBQ table is 92cm high, 2.05m wide and 75cm deep. Hot plates are 45/45cm.
Then find the Picnic Table (10m on your left).
Picnic Table
Two timber slat picnic tables. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 3.3m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). Room for a few chairs at end. 4x2.7m slab.
Picnic Table
Two timber slat picnic tables. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 3.3m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). Room for a few chairs at end. 4x2.7m slab.
After another 8m pass the car park (5m on your left).
Then find the "Parking Accessible" mobility parking area (on your left).
Parking Accessible
There are 8 car parking bays in the immediate area. Three are marked mobiilty parking bays at the southern edge. The mobility parking area is ashphalt, 2.4m wide and 6.3m deep.
Parking Accessible
There are 8 car parking bays in the immediate area. Three are marked mobiilty parking bays at the southern edge. The mobility parking area is ashphalt, 2.4m wide and 6.3m deep.
After another 20m find the Picnic Table (20m on your left).
Picnic Table
A timber slat picnic table. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 2.7m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). 4x2.7m slab.
Picnic Table
A timber slat picnic table. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 2.7m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). 4x2.7m slab.
Continue straight
After another 4m continue straight.
Continue straight
After another 105m continue straight.
Continue straight
After another 55m continue straight.
After another 40m pass the sign (25m on your left).
Continue straight
After another 70m continue straight.
After another 225m pass the car park (5m on your left).
Continue straight
After another 90m continue straight.
After another 15m pass the toilet (25m on your right).
Continue straight
After another 3m continue straight.
The end
Continue another 65m to find Baker's Cottagethe end.
Terrain


AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.4km
Time 40min to 45min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet There is one 650m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
650m
Baker's Cottage
Baker's Cottage was built in 1865 as the residence of William Baker and his family. The cottage once stood in the middle of a well-kept garden and orchard. The cottage itself was once larger, with more rooms and a verandah surrounding it. The residence changed hands only twice, and was then appropriated by the Minister of Lands in 1938.

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