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Great North Walk: Berowra Waters to Cowan Station

3h 15 min to 3h 30 min

7.3km
oneway

↑ 522 m
↓ -350 m

Hard track
This is a hilly walk out of the beautiful Berowra Waters valley to Cowan Station. There are many wide views across Berowra Creek providing some great excuses for well deserved rest stops. 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. 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 (-33.60058,151.1255871)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsF
Finish (-33.5937223,151.1716571)
Car Shuttle Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train

Track Notes

Getting started
From 'Berowra Waters Trackhead', this walk follows the 'Newcastle' sign along 'Kirkpatrick Way' and across the culverted Franks Gully creek. As the walk crosses the gully, there is a picnic area and public toilet (and tap water) on your right. The walk continues along the road, keeping the water to your left for about 180m, then passing under the yellow boom gate. About 30m later, the walk stays left to head alongside the fenced car park. At the far end of this car park, the walk comes to a turning area at the end of Kirkpatrick Way.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
Start.
There is a pay phone (about 70m back from the start).
There is a "Berowra Waters Garden House - closed" restaurant (about 70m back from the start).
There is a "A Chef Secrets" restaurant (about 65m back from the start).
There is a "Berowra Waters Garden House" store (about 35m back from the start).
Berowra Waters Garden House
#######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. For information on bookings and opening hours phone (02)9456 2955.
Berowra Waters Garden House
#######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. For information on bookings and opening hours phone (02)9456 2955.
There is water tap (about 15m back from the start).
After another 15m head down the 4 stone steps
Continue straight
After another 4m (at the intersection of Kirkpatrick Way & Berowra Waters Road) continue straight, to head along Kirkpatrick Way (a residential road).
After 50m pass the toilet (20m on your right).
Continue straight
After another 85m continue straight, to head along Kirkpatrick Way.
After another 90m head through/around the gate.
After another 55m pass the car park (on your right).
After another 580m head up the 14 surface|wood steps (about 3m long)
Then head up the 5 surface|wood steps (about 6m long)
Then find a seat., has no backrest.
Then pass a seat (on your left)., has no backrest.
Then head up the 26 earthen steps (about 8m long)
After another 25m head up the 28 earthen steps (about 10m long)
Continue straight
After another 235m (at the intersection of Alston Drive - GNW Track & The Great North Walk) continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 130m cross the ford.
After another 250m cross the ford.
After another 380m pass a "The Roland Murray Bench" seat (on your right)., has no backrest.
Continue straight
After another 440m (at the intersection of Great North Walk - Firetrail & The Great North Walk) continue straight, to head along Great North Walk - Firetrail (a vehicle track).
After another 325m find the "Ridge Top Campground" campsite (8m on your right).
Ridge Top Campground
About 800m from Turners Rd, Berowra Heights lies this pleasant ridge top campsite. This is a fairly popular campsite on the Great North Walk, providing a flat area with plenty of shade. There are no facilities (or water) at this large campsite. A faint track leads west from the campsite to an unfenced cliff with great views over the Berowra Waters Valley.
Ridge Top Campground
About 800m from Turners Rd, Berowra Heights lies this pleasant ridge top campsite. This is a fairly popular campsite on the Great North Walk, providing a flat area with plenty of shade. There are no facilities (or water) at this large campsite. A faint track leads west from the campsite to an unfenced cliff with great views over the Berowra Waters Valley.
Then come to the camp site (15m on your right).
This is a free campsite.
Turn left
At the intersection of Turner Firetrail & Great North Walk - Firetrail turn left, to head along The Great North Walk (a walking track).
Continue straight
After another 210m (at the intersection of Firetrail & The Great North Walk) continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
Veer left
After another 145m veer left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 265m come to the viewpoint (30m on your left).
Continue straight
After another 80m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 1000m cross the ford.
After another 400m head up the 9 surface|wood steps
After another 100m pass a seat (7m on your right).
After another 210m pass a seat (15m on your right)., has a backrest.
Then come to the viewpoint (15m on your right).
Veer left
Veer left, to head along The Great North Walk.
Turn left
After another 550m (at the intersection of Glendale Trail & The Great North Walk) turn left, to head along Glendale Trail (a vehicle track).
Turn right
After another 40m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Glendale Trail) turn right, to head along The Great North Walk (a walking track).
Continue straight
After another 295m (at the intersection of Glendale Road & The Great North Walk) continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 840m cross the bridge (about 4m long)
Continue straight
After another 35m (at the intersection of Cowan Trail & The Great North Walk) continue straight, to head along Cowan Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 470m head through/around the gate.
After another 50m pass the pay phone (105m on your left).
Veer right
At the intersection of Pacific Highway & Cowan Trail veer right (a walking track).
After another 25m to find the car park.
About 50m past the end is a toilet

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About 40m past the end is a shelter
Terrain


AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 7.3km
Time 3h 15 min to 3h 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, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite There is one 2.7km from the start.

Shelter There is one 7.3km from the start.

Toilet There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.4km apart with the largest gap of 7.2km.

Seat There are 5 on route, on average they are 1.2km apart with the largest gap of 2.9km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
60m
Campsite
2.7km "Ridge Top Campground" campsite
Camp site
2.7km
Toilet
7.3km
Shelter
7.3km
Berowra Waters Garden House
#######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. For information on bookings and opening hours phone (02)9456 2955.
Waterview Restaurant
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. The restaurant specialises in seafood, but also caters for other tastes in restaurant style dinning. Some sittings offers A la Carte meals from $25, and other sittings offer a fresh and cooked seafood buffet. Please call ahead, as the restaurant is also a popular venue for weddings. Open Friday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. Phone (02) 9456 2633 199 Bay Rd Berowra Waters, NSW 2082
The Fish Café
This seafood restaurant is located on the western side of the Berowra Waters Ferry, and offers casual dining with a great menu, overlooking the marina and river. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch, with dinner available on Friday through Sunday. The cafe is open 8:30 – 9pm Wed-Sun and closes at 3pm Mon & Tuesdays. Takeaway is also available, and the nearby reserve provides picnic tables, toilets, children's playground and parking. Kayak hire is available from the marina building. The Fish Café is located at 199 Bay Road, Berowra Waters, and the phone number is (02)9456 4665.
Ridge Top Campground
About 800m from Turners Rd, Berowra Heights lies this pleasant ridge top campsite. This is a fairly popular campsite on the Great North Walk, providing a flat area with plenty of shade. There are no facilities (or water) at this large campsite. A faint track leads west from the campsite to an unfenced cliff with great views over the Berowra Waters Valley.

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