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Great North walk stage 7: Hawkesbury panorama

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Overview

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Challenge yourself in stage 7 of the Great North walk series. You’ll hike 13km across Sydney’s north and be greeted with panoramic views of the Hawkesbury region.

When

Sunday 25 August and Wednesday 28 August 2019, 8.45am to 4pm.

Where
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Hard. Suitable for adults and children 12 years and over. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Price

Adult $19 per person. Child $14 per person. Price includes park entry fee.

Meeting point
West side of Cowan station. Meet at 8.30am.
What to
bring
Drinking water, snacks, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent
Bookings
Bookings required. Phone 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) or book online. For more information phone Kalkari Discovery Centre on 02 9472 9300.
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Your walking tour will start in Cowan and finish in Brooklyn within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Some highlights of the tour include:

  • We’ll begin by following the track to the beautiful foreshore of Jerusalem Bay
  • You’ll come across amazing views as you reach the top of the Govett Ridge
  • You'll notice various types of vegetation and wildflower species lining the track. These habitats are typical to the temperate rainforest and Hawkesbury sandstone country.
  • You'll see some spectacular sandstone overhangs and rock formations throughout the day
  • As we get closer to Brooklyn, you'll be greeted with sweeping views of the Hawkesbury River.
  • Before we reach our final stop at Hawkesbury River station, we'll stop by Brooklyn Dam. The dam was built in 1864 to supply steam trains travelling on the main north-south line.

Bring snacks and lunch to enjoy along the way, and plenty of drinking water. It’s a good idea to wear appropriate clothing and pack weather protection including insect protection. We’ll use public transport for one section, so remember to bring your Opal card.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am the rest of the year.
    • Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am the rest of the year.
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Bobbin Head Information Centre
      02 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
    • Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah NSW 2080
    • Email: bobbin.head@environment.nsw.gov.au
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Jerusalem Bay to Brooklyn Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: Andy Richards