Walk No. 14


Walk 14:- Mount Kuring-gai to Berowra via Cowan Creek

                                     At A Glance

Route Summary:- This walk is all on track. It follows Harwood Ave. for about 0.4 km. from Mt Kuring-gai Station to the start of the Kuring-gai Track. It follows this track for about 2,5 km to a track junction with the Berowra Track next to Cowan Creek. The walk then follows the Berowra Track to Berowra Station

RQI:-   90

Highlights:- Views over Cowan Creek, then Berowra Track along Cowan Creek over three tributary creeks and bays to Waratah Bay where Mr Windibanks had a home, garden and boat hire business in the early 1900s, then along the old access road next to Waratah Gully and zigzag track up to Berowra. 

Negatives :- The 0.43 km walk along Harwood Ave. to start of track

Length:- 8.9 km.

Grade:- Medium 

Weather:_All weather but care on slippery rocks at gully crossings after rain

Time :- 2 hrs 40 min. continuous walking

Train Time from Central to Start :-. 1 hr 2 mins. via T1 Line

Train Time from finish to Central:-. 0.47 minutes via express or 1 hr 6 mins via T1 Line 

Total Climb :- 275 meters

Total Descent :- 280 meters

Water:- Berowra Station

Toilets:- Berowra Station

Café/Kiosk :- Berowra

Published 1:25,000 Map :- Hornsby


Walk 14 track Notes Mt Kuring-gai to Berowra


Km/hrs.min.                                                Kilometers in bold are shown on map

0.00/0.00       Leave Mt Kuring-gai Station to signboard at bottom of steps in pedestrian tunnel:- ‘ Berowra Waters 10 km’ to right and ‘ Mt Kuring-gai walking Track’ to left; turn left and walk along pedestrian bridge across motorway to the end of Harwood Av.; go straight along Harwood Ave. to its end at a gate and turning circle.

0.43/0.05      At gate with signboard:- ‘ Mt Kuring-gai National Park- Mt Kuring-gai Track’; ‘Apple Tree Bay 4 km’ and ‘berowra 8 km’; follow service road

1.05/0.11       Track junction; track on right goes to lookout; continue straight on arrowed post along what is now a wide walking track

2.86/0.40      Track junction beside Cowan Creek and signboard on left:- Mt Kuring-gai 2.5 km’ back track; turn left onto unsignposted Berowra track

3.16/0.45       timber wharf and walkway

3.45/0.50      First bay and creek crossing; take care on slippery rocks, especially at high tide

4.31/1.05      Winson Gully crossing at Winson Bay; easier crossing on rocks

5.16/1.20      Lords Bay; first of two gully crossings comprising Lords Bay

5.23/1.23       Second gully crossing

5.47/1.28       Minor creek crossing; these rocks can be slippery when wet

7.19/1.59      At end of Waratah Bay near creek entry point and start of washed out service road up along left bank of Warath Gully; in this area Mr Windibanks had a home, garden and boat hire business in the early 1900s; the old access road up from here was part of this venture; take old road up.

7.84/2.14       Waratah Gully crossing; after crossing continue up along zig zag old service road; note slab sandstone culverts

8.60/2.39       Track junction near top; take right track up

8.71/2.40       On bridge over motorway

8.86/2.42      Berowra Station

Route Quality Index

On public vehicular road:-               0.58 km/ 7%

On locked service/fire trail:-            0.62 km/ 7%

On walking track:-                             7.66 km/ 86%

RQI= 86+4+0= 90