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Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park

Berowra Valley National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park.

Track grading

Grade 5

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    3 - 4 days

  • Quality of markings

    No directional signage

  • Gradient

    Very steep and difficult

  • Distance

    27km one-way

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Very experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Great North walk – Berowra Valley National Park is in 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

    You can also join the walk from:

    • Quarter Sessions Road, Westleigh.
    • Manor Road, Hornsby.
    • Galston Gorge picnic area on Galston Road
    • Near Dusthole Bay in Berowra Waters

    Alternatively, if taking public transport:

    • The track is about 1km from either Hornsby or Pennant Hills train stations

    Check out the Transport Info website for more information.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at the end of Bellamy Street, Pennant Hills, and on other residential streets in Hornsby and Westleigh, with limited spaces at Galston Gorge picnic area.

    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

    Facilities

    Visitors are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    For your safety, there's no public access through Hornsby Rifle Range along sections of Quarry fire trail near Pogsons Trig and Tunks Ridge, and northwest of the Stewart Avenue entrance to Berowra Valley National Park.

    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.

    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).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Prohibited

    Under the Firearms Act 1996 it's prohibited for the public to walk through Hornsby Rifle Range without permission. Walk leaders can contact the rifle range to pre-arrange access along Quarry fire trail, when the range is not in use.

    Pets

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

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park

    Operated by

    • Bobbin Head Information Centre
    • 10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
    • 02 9472 8949
    • Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah NSW 2080

    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
      • 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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    View of Berowra Valley creek. Photo: John Yurasek