Berowra Valley National Park

Overview

Join the Great North walk, mess about on a boat, have a barbecue or enjoy scenic views from one of the lookouts in Berowra Valley National Park, just north of Sydney.

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This large park occupies the beautiful bushland valley between the suburbs of Hornsby Heights, Thornleigh, Galston, Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook, reaching up to the quiet waters of Berowra Creek.

Covering a 25km stretch of the Great North walk, the park offers more than 70km of walking tracks and fire trails. If you’d rather enjoy nature at a slower pace, enjoy a picnic or barbecue at Crosslands Reserve, so close to the suburbs and yet so far from the speed of daily life. Berowra Creek is a great spot for some canoeing or kayaking, and there are some good places to dangle your line overboard - you might be lucky enough to catch some lunch.

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/berowra-valley-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
    • Berowra Valley National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger
    • Crosslands Reserve is open 8am to 7.30pm during daylight savings and 9am to 5pm the rest of the year
    • Barnetts Road Reserve and the lookout is closed from sunset to sunrise
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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Berowra Valley National Park.

Getting there and parking

For the Great North walk, Benowie walking track and Jungo walk 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 tracks begin

From Westleigh, Thornleigh, Hornsby and Galston Gorge:

  • You can also join the Benowie walking track from Manor Road, Hornsby, Quarter Sessions Road, Westleigh, or the Galston Gorge on Galston Road and via the Bellamy fire trail off De Saxe Close, Thornleigh

From Hornsby to Crosslands Reserve:

  • Take the Pacific Highway north from Hornsby
  • Turn left onto Galston Road
  • Turn right onto Somerville Road
  • Follow the road through the gate to the carpark at the end of the road

From Hornsby to Barnetts lookout:

  • Take the Pacific Highway north from Hornsby
  • At Berowra Heights, turn left onto Berowra Waters Road
  • Turn left onto Barnetts Road. The carpark is located at the end of Barnetts Road

By bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Berowra Valley National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

Enjoy the spring wildflowers and take on the challenge of the Great North walk before the weather gets too warm

Summer

Swim in Berowra creek in the warmer months - remember safety precautions around waterways

Winter

Winter is generally great for bushwalking in the Sydney region but bring warm gear if youre camping - nights can be cold in the bush

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 28°C

Highest recorded

43.1°C

Winter temperature

Average

6°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

-3.5°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

253mm

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Prohibited

Horses

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

Please note you can walk your dog on the section of Bellamy Fire trail* that traverses the adjacent Berowra Valley Regional Park.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Hornsby (3 km)

A suburb in Sydney's upper north shore, Hornsby is conveniently located for easy access to Lane Cove National Park, Berowra Valley Regional Park, and the heritage-listed Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Australia's second-oldest national park. Explore walking and cycling tracks and Aboriginal sites, as well as marinas, cafes and picnic areas.

www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Parramatta (17 km)

Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don't miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

www.sydney.com

Sydney City Centre (39 km)

No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.

www.sydney.com

Learn more

Berowra Valley National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Wonderful waterways

Barnetts lookout, Berowra Valley National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Berowra Creek is a hidden waterway perfect for canoeing, boating and fishing. Escape the noise and traffic of the city and come and while away a few hours in the perfect serenity of this lovely little spot. Load up your pack with sandwiches and hats and take the family for a wander along the trails or laze under a tree at Crosslands Reserve while the kids play.

Making tracks

Great North walk, Berowra Valley National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

Great North walk is an iconic track that stretches 250km from Sydney to Newcastle. Constructed in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary, the walk takes in diverse landscapes and a lot of Australian history. Part of the walk travels through Berowra Valley National Park along the Benowie walking track.

Bush in the 'burbs

Berowra Valley National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

Eucalypt forests, delightful birdlife and all manner of creatures occupy this very beautiful bush valley stretching from the suburbs out towards the Hawkesbury river. While you're in the park, keep your eye out for a powerful owl, sea eagle, wedgetail, or listen for the call of a red crown toadlet.

Aboriginal importance

Barnetts lookout, Berowra Valley National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Berowra Valley National Park is within the traditional Country of the Guringai People to the east of Berowra Creek and the Dharug People to the west. It contains a number of significant Aboriginal heritage sites, including artefacts, middens and campfire sites. This special area, with its land and waterways, plants and animals, features in all facets of Aboriginal culture and continues to be of great significance to Aboriginal people today.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Grey headed flying fox. Photo: David McKellar

    Grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

    The grey-headed flying fox is one of several threatened Australian animals and the largest Australian native bat, with a wingspan that extends up to 1m. Known to inhabit woodlands, rainforests and urban regions, these fascinating nocturnal mammals congregate in large roost sites along the east coast of NSW.

  • Kookaburra. Photo: OEH

    Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

    Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.

  •  Superb lyrebird, Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

    With a complex mimicking call and an elaborate courtship dance to match, the superb lyrebird is one of the most spectacular Australian animals. A bird watching must-see, the superb lyrebird can be found in rainforests and wet woodlands across eastern NSW and Victoria.

  • Swamp wallaby, Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

    The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

Plants

  • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

    Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

Environments in this park

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What we're doing

Berowra Valley National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Preserving biodiversity

Berowra Valley National Park upholds its biodiversity by protecting endangered species. Conservation activities are habitually carried out in this park, and can include surveys and data collection on species distribution and population.

Conservation program

BioNet

Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW. 

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Berowra Valley National Park. Risk assessments for new and emerging weeds are carried out as an ongoing initiative within the park. Pest management is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the integrity of biodiversity which exists within Berowra Valley.

Conservation program

Regional pest management strategies

Weeds and pest animals cause substantial damage to agriculture and our environment, so it’s essential we manage them in NSW national parks and reserves. Our regional pest management strategies aim to minimise the impact of pests on biodiversity in NSW.  We work hard to protect our parks and neighbours from pests and weeds, ensuring measurable results.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

Berowra Valley National Park works to keep its visitors safe and informed, and this extends to issues of signage. Displaying up to date, easily understandable signage is an ongoing priority in this park. The park’s status is reflected in clearly displayed signage along with entry points.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Berowra Valley National Park is the traditional country of Guringai and Dharug People. Containing numerous significant Aboriginal sites, including artworks, artefacts, middens and campfire areas, it features many facets of Aboriginal culture. There are ongoing projects to monitor these sites, and NPWS supports tourism initiatives of the local Aboriginal community to preserve the values of Berowra Valley National Park for future generations.

Conservation program

Connecting to Culture Sydney

Connecting to Culture Sydney is an Aboriginal educational program. It immerses urban Aboriginal youth into Aboriginal culture within NSW national parks close to Sydney. Participants take part in camping trips, ongoing fieldwork on Country, recording and preserving Aboriginal sites, and discovering Australian native plants and traditional practices.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

Conservation program

Hazard reduction program

Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

View of Berowra Valley creek. Photo: John Yurasek