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Barnetts lookout

Important information

Alerts for Berowra Valley National Park: closed areas, upcoming fire bans


Updated: 31/10/2014 03:17 PM

"I always take a detour on my way back into Sydney from the north and have my lunch at Barnetts lookout. That view makes stress disappear in a second."

Take time out from the rushed pace of life and take your lunch or coffee down to Barnetts Road Reserve and the Barnetts lookout. The creek looks so peaceful from up here and your troubles just seem to fly away over the valley.

You can enjoy a picnic with a view, plus there's a small playground near the picnic area, so you can bring the kids along for some time in the great outdoors.


Getting there

Getting there:

Bernetts lookout is in the Berowra Heights precinct of Berowra Valley National Park. To get there:

  • From Hornsby, take the Pacific Highway north
  • At Berowra Heights, turn left onto Berowra Waters Road
  • Turn left onto Barnetts Road and the carpark is located at the end of Barnetts Road
  • It is a short walk to the lookout.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available for Barnetts lookout.

Important info

You should know:

Dogs are not permitted at Barnetts lookout

Wheelchair access:


This area is fully wheelchair accessible with a short concrete path from the carpark to the lookout

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- Alerts

Berowra Valley National Park

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
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

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

upcoming fire bans

Fire ban (Saturday 1 November) A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:
All tracks and trails are CLOSED within the park to walkers and cyclists. Designated picnic areas and canoe ramps remain open. Only electric barbecues provided are to be utilised.

View of Berowra Valley creek. Photo: John Yurasek