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Mount Ku-ring-gai track to Berowra Station

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Alerts for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park: closed areas, upcoming fire bans

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Updated: 31/10/2014 03:17 PM

“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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- Alerts

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

closed areas

Bobbin head Information Centre access
Due to necessary construction works to the entrance, customers may access the Bobbin Head Information Centre through the Bobbin Head Cafe Wednesday's to Monday's. The Information Centre is not be accessible to visitors on Tuesdays, but remains open for phone and email enquiries. Throughout Tuesday exemption applications can be completed at the Operations Office on Ku-ring-gai Chase Road. We apologise for any inconvenience experienced during this time. For more information, please contact the Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.


Locations affected: Bobbin Head, Bobbin Head Information Centre

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:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
 
All tracks and trails are CLOSED within the park to walkers and cyclists. Designated picnic areas remain open.

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The view from the top of Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Photo:K. McGrath