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Bellamy fire trail

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

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Updated: 23/11/2014 12:01 AM

“I love the variety of plants on the Bellamy fire trail. A walk in the cool fresh air sets me up for the day.”

This short walk through Berowra Valley National Park is perfect for a daily breather. A level path takes you down to Zig-Zag Creek, over a bridge and up to the high walls and towering forest of the old railway quarry, an attractive natural amphitheatre of sandstone.

You’ll see fern trees, grass trees, coachwood and a variety of tall eucalypts while hearing the joyful call of kookaburras. Interpretive signs tell the history of the historic Zig-Zag railway that used to pass through here. Take a seat on the old railway sleepers and enjoy the peace and beauty of the bush before heading back to daily life.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Bellamy fire trail is in the regional park precinct of Berowra Valley National Park. To get there:

  • 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 track begins.

From Thornleigh:

  • You can join Bellamy fire trail from De Saxe Close, which leads off the intersection of Quarter Sessions Road and Giblett Avenue, Thornleigh.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available for the Bellamy fire trail at the end of Bellamy Street, Pennant Hills, and on De Saxe Close, Thornleigh.

Important info

Distance:

400m (one-way)

Time suggested:

18 minutes each way

Difficulty:

Easy

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and drinking water
  • Dogs are not permitted on the Jungo walk or the Benowie walking track
  • On-leash dog walking is permitted along the Bellamy fire trail as it traverses the adjacent park, Berowra Valley Regional Park
  • Dogs need to be kept on a leash at all times, and please remember to pick up after them

Wheelchair access:

Medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

Opening hours:

The Bellamy fire trail is open from sunrise to sunset and may be closed due to poor weather or fire danger.

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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 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

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Sunday 23 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 Sunday 23 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:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
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.

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Looking along the Bellamy Fire Trail. Photo: John Yurasek