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Mount Ku-ring-gai track to Berowra Station

“We took some mates from out of town – they couldn’t believe we were so close to the city yet so remote. Awesome.”

When it’s time to answer the call of the wild, pack the sandwiches and grab your mates for a rugged bushwalk near Brooklyn. Only an hour from Sydney, it’s a perfect bush getaway taking in several fascinating historic sites. Mount Ku-ring-gai track links Mount Ku-ring-gai and Berowra train stations, so it’s a perfect day out by public transport.

Starting from Mount Ku-ring-gai Train Station, this moderately challenging track leads through dense woodlands past an Aboriginal midden of the Guringai people. Middens are common throughout the park and often found along creek lines and near rock overhangs.

The track leads to historic Appletree Bay, where you’ll follow Cowan Creek to Waratah Bay, the site of Windybank’s Boatshed. A rusting frame is all that’s left of a romantic holiday ‘paradise’. From here, it’s a steep climb to Berowra Station.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Mount Ku-ring-gai track to Berowra Station is in the western precinct of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. To get there:

From Sydney or Newcastle

  • Follow the Pacific Highway to Mount Ku-ring-gai Train Station
  • The walk begins east of the station at the end of Harwood Avenue.

Alternatively, if beginning from Berowra Train Station:

From Sydney or Newcastle

  • Follow the Pacific Highway to Berowra Train Station
  • The walk begins east of the station across the F3 Sydney to Newcastle Freeway

Alternatively, if taking public transport:

  • The track is a short walk from either Mount Ku-ring-gai Train Station or Berowra Station

Check out the Transport Info website for more information.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Mount Ku-ring-gai Train Station and Berowra Train Station.

Important info

Distance:

11km (one-way)

Time suggested:

4 hours each way

Difficulty:

Hard

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • Toilets are located at Mount Ku-ring-gai and Berowra train stations

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