Mt Kuring-gai Track to Berowra Station

4 h to 4 h 15 min

9.7 km
oneway

↑ 458 m
↓ -460 m

Hard track
This walk explores three valleys, with great displays of wild flowers in spring, and some nice sandstone overhangs. The section between Mt Kuring-gai and the end of Calna Creek is particularly nice, and Naa Badu Lookout is well worth the small side trip. Take the time to enjoy the many creek side rest areas along the way. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Mt Kuring-gai Station. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Mt Kuring-gai station sign. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Highway side of Mt Kuring-gai station. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking alongside the Pacific Hwy Mt Kuring-gai. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Crossing the Hwy at Mt Kuring-gai. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Trackhead at Glenview Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Trail winding down behind Glenview Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
pink spider flower (Grevillea sericea). | Photo by admin, 2010.
Clearing at the end of Glenview Rd Trail. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Flat bridge crossing channel. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Pink Boronia in flower. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Rocky track in Lyrebird Gully. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking through Lyrebird Gully. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Crossing Lyrebird Gully Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Following the GNW arrow post in Lyrebird Gully. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Ferny section of Lyrebird Gully. | Photo by admin, 2010.
A rock wall in Lyrebird Gully. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Lyrebird Gully creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Top of Lyrebird Waterfall (boardwalk washed away in 2012). | Photo by admin, 2010.
Southern Lyrebird Gully Cave. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Northern Lyrebird Gully cave. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Dense forest in Lyrebird Gully. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Pleasent section of Lyrebird Gully creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Track beside Calna Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Grass tree at the bottom of Lyrebird Gully. | Photo by admin, 2010.
small cascades on Calna Creek . | Photo by admin, 2010.
Wide sandy section of Calna Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking beside Calna Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
A walking partner. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking alongside Calna Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Calna Creek Campsite (south). | Photo by admin, 2010.
Crossing side creek near Calna Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Rocky section with steps beside Calna Creek . | Photo by admin, 2010.
Calna Creek Northern campsite. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2015.
Board walk near Calna Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Crossing the saltmarsh Near Calna Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking into the casuarina forest beside the saltmarsh. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Grass trees and track beside Berowra Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Rocky track alongside Berowra Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Top of spur south of Sams Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Flat area on spur south of Sams Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Flat marshland on south side of Sams Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Rocky track beside Sams Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Beside Sams Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Sams Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
GNW arrow post near Sams Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Water Gragon near Sams Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Track north of Sams Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Track on northen side of Sams Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Staircase on northern side of Sams Creek valley. | Photo by admin, 2010.
View from Naa Badu Lookout. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking along trail on south side of Berowra Heights. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Yellow Pea (Gompholobium). | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking through forest west of Berowra. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Sydney Boronia (Boronia ledifolia). | Photo by admin, 2010.
Pea flowers. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Trail west of Berowra. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Grey Spider Flower (Grevillea Buxifolia). | Photo by admin, 2010.
Track west of Crowley Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Rocky track west of Crowley Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Staircase west of Crowley Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Track leading behind houses are Crowley Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Crowley Rd Trackhead. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Crossing Berowra Waters Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking alongside Berowra Waters Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Some shops at Berowra. | Photo by admin, 2010.
GNW arrow at Berowra station. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Berowra Station. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.6538131,151.1367936)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
Finish (-33.6232216,151.1532334)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the middle of the tunnel at the bottom of the stairs at Mt Kuring-gai railway station, this walk follows the 'To the Great North Walk' sign through the tunnel to the Pacific Hwy. Here the walk turns left and follows the footpath between the highway and train line for about 200m to pass the traffic lights at Glenview Rd. The walk then continues straight up the ramp for another 100m and turns right onto the pedestrian bridge. Here the walk crosses the Pacific Hwy on the footbridge, then follows the concrete ramp as it zigzags back down to the ground. This ramp ends just near the Aldi shopping complex.From the bottom of the footbridge near the Aldi shopping complex, this walk follows the footpath alongside the Pacific Hwy, under the footbridge and away from the shops. Keeping the highway to your right for 100m, this walk then crosses 'Glenview Rd' (at the intersection with the Pacific Hwy) to find the top of 'Lyrebird Gully track', marked with a locked green metal gate.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head through the tunnel (about 25 m long)
After another 310 m turn right.
Then cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
Turn right.
Then head down the steps (about 15 m long)
After another 50 m pass a seat (7 m on your left).
After another 20 m veer left.
After another 70 m pass a seat (6 m on your right)., has a backrest.
Then head through/around the gate.
After another 1.9 km find the "Lyrebird waterfall" (7 m on your left).
Lyrebird waterfall
Lyrebird waterfall

This informally named waterfall is found on Lyrebird Gully creek about 300m upstream of its confluence with Calna Creek. The top of the fall is partially fenced with a timber handrail where the water flows over the solid rock platform, with naturally carved holes, to fall about 8m to the shallow pool and boulders below. The track passes the top of the fall and does not provide a good view of the face of the fall, but it is still a very pleasant spot.
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This informally named waterfall is found on Lyrebird Gully creek about 300m upstream of its confluence with Calna Creek. The top of the fall is partially fenced with a timber handrail where the water flows over the solid rock platform, with naturally carved holes, to fall about 8m to the shallow pool and boulders below. The track passes the top of the fall and does not provide a good view of the face of the fall, but it is still a very pleasant spot.

After another 200 m find the "Lyrebird Caves" (20 m on your right).
Lyrebird Caves
Lyrebird Caves

The Lyrebird caves are a series of notable sandstone overhangs on the eastern side of Lyrebird Gully. There are 3 main overhangs, with the larger (more northern) one providing significant shelter. The larger cave has a fairly flat base in the centre and provides a pleasant place to rest on a hot or rainy day.
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The Lyrebird caves are a series of notable sandstone overhangs on the eastern side of Lyrebird Gully. There are 3 main overhangs, with the larger (more northern) one providing significant shelter. The larger cave has a fairly flat base in the centre and provides a pleasant place to rest on a hot or rainy day.

After another 480 m continue straight.
After another 1.1 km find the "Calna Creek Campsite (south)" (15 m on your right).
Calna Creek Campsite (south)
Calna Creek Campsite (south)

This small signposted campsite sits on a flat grassy clearing in a small casuarina forest which provides plenty of shade. There is a small fireplace set up. This creek-side campsite is a good spot for those wanting to get the most out of a relaxing, overnight camp, just a short stroll to Berowra Creek and the main spine of the Great North Walk. Bring your own water, as the creek water is not suitable for drinking.
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This small signposted campsite sits on a flat grassy clearing in a small casuarina forest which provides plenty of shade. There is a small fireplace set up. This creek-side campsite is a good spot for those wanting to get the most out of a relaxing, overnight camp, just a short stroll to Berowra Creek and the main spine of the Great North Walk. Bring your own water, as the creek water is not suitable for drinking.

After another 460 m find the "Calna Creek Campsite (north)" (on your right).
Calna Creek Campsite (north)
Calna Creek Campsite (north)

This is a quaint little campsite, located on the Mt Kuring-gai access track to the Great North Walk, on the banks of Calna Creek. This campsite provides plenty of room for a few tents, and also a fire scar with logs for seating. Carry in your own water as the salty creek water is not suitable for drinking.
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This is a quaint little campsite, located on the Mt Kuring-gai access track to the Great North Walk, on the banks of Calna Creek. This campsite provides plenty of room for a few tents, and also a fire scar with logs for seating. Carry in your own water as the salty creek water is not suitable for drinking.

After another 5 m turn sharp right.
After another 35 m pass a seat (35 m on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 620 m cross the ford.
After another 500 m continue straight.
After another 500 m turn left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Int of Naa Badu Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 550 m turn sharp right.
After another 910 m continue straight.
After another 190 m continue straight.
After another 1 km pass the "Berowra Park" (275 m on your left).
Turn left.
After another 60 m turn right.
After another 40 m continue straight.
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 230 m pass the toilet (105 m on your left).
After another 95 m pass the "Berowra Community Centre Car Park" (170 m on your left).
Turn left.
After another 15 m pass the playground (15 m on your left).
After another 115 m pass the "Wise Monkey Cafe" (115 m on your right).
After another 100 m pass the "Berowra Chinese Resturant" (140 m on your right).
Turn right.
After another 20 m pass the park (on your left).
After another 45 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your left).
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 125 m pass the "Berowra Park" (105 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 90 m turn left.
After another 105 m pass the pay phone (6 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 45 m head into the park.
About 75 m past the end is a car park.
Turn right.
After another 9 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Int of Naa Badu Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 240 m turn left.
About 195 m past the end is a seat.
About 20 m past the end is "Naa Badu Lookout".
Naa Badu Lookout
Naa Badu Lookout

Naa Badu Lookout offers magnificent views south over Berowra Creek as well as over Sams and Calna Creeks. Naa Badu means 'See water' in the Aboriginal tribal language of the Dharug people. It is believed that Berowra Creek was the boundary between the Dharug and Guringai Aboriginal peoples. The lookout is fenced, has a bench seat, picnic table and a fair amount of natural shade.
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Naa Badu Lookout offers magnificent views south over Berowra Creek as well as over Sams and Calna Creeks. Naa Badu means 'See water' in the Aboriginal tribal language of the Dharug people. It is believed that Berowra Creek was the boundary between the Dharug and Guringai Aboriginal peoples. The lookout is fenced, has a bench seat, picnic table and a fair amount of natural shade.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 255 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Mt Kuring-gai Track to Berowra Station


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 9.7 km
Time 4 h to 4 h 15 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.2 km apart with the largest gap of 5 km.

Toilet: There is one 9.3 km from the start.

Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 2.1 km apart with the largest gap of 4.2 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Seat
430 m[seat]
Seat
530 m[seat]
Campsite
4.2 kmCalna Creek Campsite (south)
Campsite
4.7 kmCalna Creek Campsite (north)
Seat
4.7 km[seat]
Seat
6.9 km + 335 m[seat]
Toilet
9.3 km[toilet]
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