Bellamy fire trail

Berowra Valley Regional Park

Affected by closures, check current alerts 

Overview

Bellamy fire trail is a northern Sydney secret. This short walk through Berowra Valley Regional Park connects Pennant Hills and Thornleigh along a dog-friendly bushland trail.

Accessibility
Medium
Distance
0.6km one-way
Time suggested
30 - 45min
Grade
Grade 3
Opening times

The Bellamy fire trail is open from sunrise to sunset and may be closed at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

What to
bring
Sunscreen, hat, drinking water

This short walk through Berowra Valley Regional Park is perfect for a city breather. Berowra Valley Regional Park is right next door to Berowra Valley National Park. A level path takes you down to Zig-Zag Creek, over a bridge and up to the high walls and towering forest of the old railway quarry, an attractive natural amphitheatre of sandstone.

You’ll see fern trees, grass trees, coachwood and a variety of tall eucalypts while hearing the joyful call of kookaburras. Interpretive signs tell the history of the historic Zig-Zag railway that used to pass through here. Take a seat on the old railway sleepers and enjoy the peace and beauty of the bush before returning the way you came.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Bushland beside the Benowie walking track. Photo: John Yurasek © OEH

    Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park

    Also known as Benowie walking track, this section of the iconic Great North walk between Sydney and Newcastle makes a great overnight hike or day walk. Camp out the night for an unforgettable bushland adventure.

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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 https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/bellamy-fire-trail/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Bellamy fire trail.

Track grading

Features of this track

Distance

0.6km one-way

Time

30 - 45min

Quality of markings

Sign posted

Experience required

No experience required

Gradient

Short steep hills

Steps

Occasional steps

Quality of path

Well-formed track

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Bellamy fire trail is in the regional park precinct of Berowra Valley National Park. To get there:

    • 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 track begins.

    From Thornleigh:

    • You can join Bellamy fire trail from De Saxe Close, which leads off the intersection of Quarter Sessions Road and Giblett Avenue, Thornleigh.

    Parking

    Parking is available for the Bellamy fire trail at the end of Bellamy Street, Pennant Hills, and on De Saxe Close, Thornleigh.

    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 you're 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

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - medium

    • The walking track follows a concrete path through bushland, between Bellamy Street, Pennant Hills and De Saxe Close, Thornleigh.
    • The path is suitable for wheelchairs, prams, and visitors with limited mobility, for the first 300m. From here, there's a short steep hill after the bridge crossing Zig Zag Creek, which requires assistance. There's a handrail on 1 side of the hill.
    • Assistance may be required to pass through the bollards at either end of this walking track.
    • There's a picnic table near the Bellamy Street end of the walk and low, log seating in the amphitheatre, around half way.

    Medium access presents some minor difficulties, such as a grassy surface. You may require a little assistance to get around in some areas.

    Permitted

    Pets

    You can walk your dog on-lead at this location. See other regional parks in NSW that have dog walking areas.

    Dog walking is permitted on Bellamy fire trail as it traverses the adjacent park, Berowra Valley Regional Park. Dogs need to be kept on a leash at all times, and please remember to pick up after them.

    Dog walking is not permitted on Benowie walking track or Jungo walk.

    Prohibited

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.