CHOOSE A SECTION FOR YOUR SHORT WALK

The walks here have been arranged into reasonably small chunks. It is possible to break some of the longer walks into even smaller sections — read through the notes to see where the road access points are. In most cases, if the walk does not split at these points it is because access is via a particularly rough dirt road or a long sidetrack.

Walk NumberWalk NameHoursKilometresGradeComment
1Sydney to Boronia Park2.56ModerateMostly along streets (Sydney Harbour, historic monuments and buildings) and through a few small pockets of bushland.
2Boronia Park to North Ryde2.757.2ModerateMostly shaded bushland track along the tidal river bank with mangroves and Lane Cove River views.
3North Ryde Fairlands Circuit2.56.9HardMix of shaded bushland and parkland, some street walking. Fairlands, river views, picnic areas, boat shed.
4Roseville to Macquarie Park3.58.8HardMostly dry shaded forest, side of valley with Lane Cove river views, sandstone caves, Blue hole and some street walking.
5Macquarie Park to Thornleigh4.511.5HardCreek crossings, moist valleys, longer sections of trail with Upper Lane Cove River, Conscript Pass and fern trees.
6Thornleigh to Hornsby410.2HardCreek crossings, mostly pleasant walking through dry forest, some steep sections. Zig Zag railway history, walking alongside Berowra and Waitara Creeks, sandstone caves.
7Hornsby to Galston Gorge3.58.2HardCreek crossings, steep hills, mostly open dry forest with Fishponds, Steele Bridge, Depression era stairs, sandstone caves and Galston Gorge.
8Galston Gorge to Mt Kuring-gai5.512.6HardSome creek crossings, mostly walking on narrow track through shaded forest near valley floor, some hills. Berowra Creek, Galston Gorge, Crosslandsarea, Sandstone caves, plenty of good camping.
9Mt Kuring-gai to Berowra4.259.7HardSome creek crossings, mostly walking on narrow track through shaded forest near valley floor, some steep hills. Calna Creek, sandstone caves, water views, Salt marsh.
10Berowra to Berowra Waters2.755.7HardSome creek crossings, mostly walking on narrow track through shaded forest and more open ridge tops. Naa Badu and other view points, water views, wildflowers, Berowra Waters.
11Berowra Waters to Cowan3.57.2HardSeveral steep hills, creek crossings, exposed rock platforms. Wide valley views, pleasant creeks, Scribbly gums, wildflowers.
12Cowan to Brooklyn5.513.4HardSeveral steep hills, creek crossings, exposed rock platforms. Jerusalem Bay, Large Angophera’s, Brooklyn dam, Brooklyn township.
13Patonga to Wondabyne7.519.5HardSeveral steep hills, creek crossings, exposed rock platforms, long section with no shade. Warrah Lookout, Campsites, Mt Wondabyne, Kariong Brook, Wondabyne.
14Wondabyne to Mooney Mooney Creek trackhead4.2510HardSeveral steep hills, creek crossings, exposed rock platforms, long section with no shade. Large rock platforms, Scopas Peak, Piles Creek (suspension bridge), Mooney Mooney Creek.
15Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead to Somersby616.1HardSome creek crossings, mostly walking on narrow track through shaded forest near valley floor, some steep hills. Mooney Mooney Creek, campsites, F3 bridge, Lower Mooney Dam, Somersby Store.
16Somersby to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead2.56HardPartly on road, some creek crossings, mix of rainforest and dry bushland. Palm Grove forest, pleasant creeks, large fig trees.
17Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Greta Road5.515HardPartly on dirt road, some creek crossings, mix of rainforest and dry bushland. Secluded valley farmland, Ourimbah Creek, Dead Horse Creek.
18Brumble Hill Dray Track Greta Road to Yarramalong2.755.6HardPartly on country road, mix of moist and dry forest, steep section following powerlines. Historic Dray track, pleasant rock walls, mostly shaded forest, Yarramalong village.
19Yarramalong to Cedar Brush3.511EasyFollowing rural roads, mostly sealed through a pleasant rural valley.
20Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite4.59.7HardA few long sections of management trail, some steep hills and small creek crossings. Wollombi Brook, Basin Campsite, mossy valleys.
21Basin Campsite to Watagan Creek Road613HardSection of narrow track through shaded shaded forest, long sections of management trail, several steep hills and creek crossings. Wollombi Brook crossing, mossy valleys, filtered views from ridge, Watagan Valley farming area.
22Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock Lookout24.1HardSteep climb, and section of walking along remote dirt road. Views from Flat Rock Lookout, pleasant farming area and valley at start.
23Flat Rock Lookout to Congewai Valley East trackhead513.8HardLong section of rural roads, steep descent farming valley, wetlands. Views from Flat Rock Lookout, pleasant, remote.
24Congewai Valley East trackhead to Watagan HQ717.1HardSteep climb and long section of walking along remote dirt road and trail. Barraba campsite, loggers hut, Views from cliffs along ridge top.
25Watagan HQ to Heaton Lookout48.1HardCreek crossings, moist valleys, very steep sections. Good lookouts, Wallis and other mossy creek crossings, rock walls.
26Heaton Lookout to Heaton Gap24.3HardMostly on remote dirt road and trail, some steep sections. Good views, grass trees wildflowers, motel/shop.
27Heaton Gap to Teralba614.8HardLong section of roads and trails, some very steep sections of track, mostly dry forest. Sugarloaf Range, filtered views from ridge tops.
28Teralba to Charlestown4.513.3ModerateMostly walking on footpaths and roads with some sections through pockets of bushland. Lake Macquarie, various parklands and icecream.
29Charlestown to Merewether2.757.9HardPleasant track through dry forest, exposed ocean rock platform and sandy beach, small creek crossings. Glenrock Lagoon, Leichhardt’s Lookout, Burwood Beach, Mereweather Baths.
30Merewether to Newcastle1.54.4ModerateFootpaths, road crossings, minimal shade. Ocean views, Strzelecki Lookout, King Edwards Park, Obelisk, shops and the end of the GNW.