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Barnetts lookout

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Alerts for Berowra Valley National Park: closed areas


Updated: 23/04/2015 11:27 AM

"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

Berowra Valley closures due to storm damage (Ends Friday 1 May)

Due to the heavy rain and high winds experienced across Sydney, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that visitors delay their trip until trees and branches have been cleared. Priority will be given to popular picnic areas which are expected to reopen by Monday 27 April 2015. Tracks and trails remain closed and are expected to reopen later next week. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Closed areas are:

  • All tracks and trails.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Bobbin Head Information Centre on (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park, Bellamy fire trail, Place of Winds interpretive trail, Barnetts lookout
Great North Walk - Calna Creek Bridge currently closed - Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park
National Parks are working to restore access at Calna Creek after the footbridge connecting Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights and the Great North Walk north of Sam's Creek was damaged during heavy rains and became impassable. The Great North Walk northbound can be accessed from Glenview Road at Mount Ku-ring-gai. For information regarding the upcoming works contact NPWS Valleys Area office on (02) 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines. For walking information please go to Great North Walk.
Quarry Trail restricted access (Ends Tuesday 28 July)

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. Follow the link for further information regarding the Hornsby RSL Rifle Range
Locations affected: Great North Walk, Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park

View of Berowra Valley creek. Photo: John Yurasek