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Great North walk stage 5: Hidden valleys part 1

Berowra Valley National Park

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Overview

Take on the Great North walk challenge in 2022! In stage 5, you'll walk 12km and explore the hidden valleys of Berowra Valley National Park.

When

Sunday 26 June 2022 and Wednesday 29 June 2022, 8.10am to 4pm. Meet at 8am.

Where
Berowra Valley National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Medium. Suitable for adults only (15 years and over). Some bushwalking experience is recommended.
Price

Adult (15 years and over) $25 per person. Concession (Student, Australian pension, Veterans Affairs and Seniors card holders) $20 per person.

Meeting point
West side of Hornsby Station. Meet at 8am.
Bookings
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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Here are some highlights:

  • There will be a steep downhill route where you'll follow the path through lyrebird country. From here, we’ll emerge at Berowra Creek near Crosslands Reserve.
  • Shortly into the walk you'll come across Calna Bridge. Here you'll see spectacular scenery of a wooden pathway passing over a delicate salt marsh.
  • We'll continue our journey north along Berowra Creek for most of the day.
  • If we're on time, we’ll have lunch at the subterranean 'sandstone settee' just above Sams Creek. From here we'll climb to Naa Badu lookout to see the breathtaking views of track we just traversed. Naa Badu means 'see water' and is distinctive to the Darug People.
  • The last part of our journey will be a steep climb to the top of the ridge. This will lead us into beautiful Berowra where you'll get a chance to stop for a coffee near the station.

Bring at least 2 litres of drinking water, lunch and snacks. It's a good idea to wear enclosed shoes and bring a hat, rain gear, sunscreen, insect protection and emergency contact information. We'll be using public transport for one section, so don't forget your Opal card.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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Park info

  • in Berowra Valley National Park 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 Great North walk stage 5: Hidden valleys part 1.

Getting there and parking

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    Drive or take public transport to Hornsby train station.

    Parking

    Parking is available at Hornsby Railway Station.

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    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Not wheelchair-accessible

    Learn more

    Great North walk stage 5: Hidden valleys part 1 is in Berowra Valley National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    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.

    • Lyrebird Caves guided walk Join this special 6hr, 10km walk and explore the unique landscapes in Berowra Valley National Park. You might be lucky enough to spot one of the magnificent lyrebirds that call this park home.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Grey headed flying fox hanging from a tree branch. Photo: Shane Ruming/OEH

      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.

    • Closeup of a laughing kookaburra's head and body. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/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 in 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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