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Berowra Valley National Park

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Alerts for Berowra Valley National Park: closed areas

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Updated: 28/07/2014 01:50 PM

“Enjoying the bushland of our local area is absolutely my favourite thing about living here. Sparkling waters, cool gullies, pretty lookouts. We’re so lucky.”

This large park occupies the beautiful bushland valley between the suburbs of Hornsby Heights, Thornleigh, Galston, Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook, reaching up to the quiet waters of Berowra Creek.

Covering a 25km stretch of the Great North walk, the park offers more than 70km of walking tracks and fire trails. If you’d rather enjoy nature at a slower pace, enjoy a picnic or barbecue at Crosslands Reserve, so close to the suburbs and yet so far from the speed of daily life. Berowra Creek is a great spot for some canoeing or kayaking, and there are some good places to dangle your line overboard - you might be lucky enough to catch some lunch.

Highlights
 

Why you should visit

Berowra Valley National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Aboriginal importance
Berowra Valley National Park is the traditional Country of the Dharuk and Guringai people. It contains a number of significant Aboriginal heritage sites, including artefacts, middens and campfire sites. This special area, with its land and waterways, plants and animals, features in all facets of Aboriginal culture and continues to be of great significance to Aboriginal people today.

Bush in the ’burbs
Eucalypt forests, delightful birdlife and all manner of creatures occupy this very beautiful bush valley stretching from the suburbs out towards the Hawkesbury river. Load up your pack with sandwiches and hats and take the family for a wander along the trails or laze under a tree at Crosslands Reserve while the kids play. While you're in the park, keep your eye out for a powerful owl, sea eagle, wedgetail, or koala in a grey gum.

Making tracks
Great North walk is an iconic track that stretches 250km from Sydney to Newcastle. Constructed in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary, the walk takes in diverse landscapes and a lot of Australian history. Part of the walk travels through Berowra Valley National Park along the Benowie walking track.

Wonderful waterways
Berowra Creek is a hidden waterway perfect for canoeing, boating and fishing. Escape the noise and traffic of the city and come and while away a few hours in the perfect serenity of this lovely little spot.

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Alerts

closed areas

Great North Walk - Calna Creek bridge closed - Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park
The Calna Creek footbridge connecting Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights and the Great North Walk north of Sam's Creek was made impassable during heavy rain. As a result access to the Great North Walk northbound is from Glenview Road at Mount Ku-ring-gai. Management agencies are work to restore access to this section of the Great North Walk for further information please go to http://www.lpma.nsw.gov.au/about_recreation/walking_tracks/great_north_walk
Quarry Trail restricted access (Ends Tuesday 28 July 2015)

The North Shore Regional (NSR) Target Shooting Complex Management Association and NPWS are working to improve visitor safety along the Quarry Trail. As such access restrictions are in place where the trail bisects the danger area of the Hornsby RSL Rifle Range.  Entry points to the Rifle Range danger area are signposted. Restricted areas are:
An 800m section of trail, 2km from the Quarry Road entrance, Dural and
An 800m section of trail 300m from the Stewart Avenue entrance, Hornsby
View a map of the affected area
All visitors and personnel wishing to traverse the restricted section of trail must request prior authorisation by contacting the NSR Target Shooting Complex Management Association on their 24 hour contact number: 0417 201 606.
If shooting activities are underway unauthorised visitors and personnel must use alternative authorised routes to navigate around the affected area. Alternative routes for walkers are currently being investigated.
Great North Walk access adjacent to Berowra Creek is unaffected by the closure. 
Further information regarding the Hornsby RSL Rifle Range is available at http://hornsbyrslrc.com.au

Locations affected: Great North Walk, Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park

Getting there

 Car

For the Great North walk, Benowie walking track and Jungo walk from the M2 motorway:

  • Take the Pennant Hills Road exit and head north
  • Turn left at Observatory Park to stay on Pennant Hills Road
  • Turn left onto Boundary Road in Pennant Hills
  • Turn right onto Bellamy Street and follow all the way to the end of the road, where the tracks begin

From Westleigh, Thornleigh, Hornsby and Galston Gorge:

  • You can also join the Benowie walking track from Manor Road, Hornsby, Quarter Sessions Road, Westleigh, or the Galston Gorge on Galston Road and via the Bellamy fire trail off De Saxe Close, Thornleigh

From Hornsby to Crosslands Reserve:

  • Take the Pacific Highway north from Hornsby
  • Turn left onto Galston Road
  • Turn right onto Somerville Road
  • Follow the road through the gate to the carpark at the end of the road

From Hornsby to Barnetts lookout:

  • Take the Pacific Highway north from Hornsby
  • At Berowra Heights, turn left onto Berowra Waters Road
  • Turn left onto Barnetts Road. The carpark is located at the end of Barnetts Road

 Opening times

  • Berowra Valley National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger
  • Crosslands Reserve is open 8am to 7.30pm during daylight savings and 9am to 5pm the rest of the year
  • Barnetts Road Reserve and the lookout is closed from sunset to sunrise

 Close to

Berowra Valley National Park is close to:

  • Thornleigh (1km)
  • Pennant Hills (1km)
  • Westleigh (1km)
  • Dural (1km)
  • Hornsby Heights (1km)
  • Sydney (20km)

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Berowra Valley National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Enjoy the spring wildflowers and take on the challenge of the Great North walk before the weather gets too warm

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • Swim in Berowra creek in the warmer months - remember safety precautions around waterways

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Winter is generally great for bushwalking in the Sydney region but bring warm gear if you’re camping - nights can be cold in the bush

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 18°C and 28°C
  • The area’s highest recorded temperature in summer is 43.1°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 6°C and 18°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -3.5°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is March, the driest is July
  • The area’s highest recorded rainfall is 253mm in one day

Safety

Chatswood

Phone: 02 8448 0400
Email: Lane.Cove@environment.nsw.gov.au
Street address: Lane Cove National Park, Lady Game Drive, Chatswood NSW 2067

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View of Berowra Valley creek. Photo: John Yurasek