Walk 58:- Glenbrook Circuit to Duck Pond At A Glance
Route Summary:- This short unsignposted walk is mostly on unmade track with a short (0.3 km.) section along Glenbrook Creek off track or on faint track. The first 0.5 km. is along Glenbrook streets with the next 1.4 km on walking track; then a 1.3 km loop walk via Duck Pond back to this point, then retrace 1.4 km. on track plus 0.5 km. on streets to Glenbrook Station
Highlights:- Faint track and short off track experience; Duck Pond.
Negatives :- Nil
Length:- 5 km.
Continuous walking time with a few 3-4 min. stops:- 1 hr. 35 mins.
Train Time from Central to Start :-. 1 hr. 1 min.; Western Line; every hour
Train Time from finish to Central:-. 1 hr. 1 min.; Western Line; every hour
Total Climb :- 130 m
Total Descent :- 130 m.
Café/Kiosk :- Glenbrook
Published 1:25,000 Map :- Penrith
Walk 58 Track Notes
Glenbrook Circuit To Duck Pond
Km./Hrs.min. Kilometers in bold are shown on map
0.00/0.00 Leave Glenbrook Station and turn left into Burfitt Parade; walk along this to a T junction with Cowdery St, turn left into Cowdery St. to cross the rail lines on bridge, then turn right into Station St at a T junction.
0.34/0.03 At Station St., turn right and walk along this to its end.
0.49/0.04 At the end of Station St., turn right and walk down a clearing beside No 7 Station St. to the start of a walking track on left; follow the walking track.
0.78/0.10 Track junction just after track goes over low cliff; take either track- they re-join; then turn right and walk a few meters along gully to an easy crossing.
0.80/0.11 At gully crossing; track then goes fairly steeply up.
1.01/0.14 Track T junction just before a railway cutting; go left and follow track gently up, initially parallel to rail lines, then veering left.
1.71/0.22 Track Y junction; ignore track joining from right; continue on main track.
1.88/0.25 Key track junction with lesser track on left; no signage here, but blaze on small tree on right and perhaps red bunting on right; look for prominent sandstone bluff about 50 m into the bush on right; go left and follow this track down.
1.98/0.27 Track at bare sandstone outcrop; turn right, walk a few meters along sandstone outcrop to some rough steps down.
Note:- The track down to Glenbrook Creek goes along the spine of a ridge with several low cliff lines where track is more obscure
2.43/0.37 Track emerges at Glenbrook Creek at a sandy floodway; note rocks with white graffiti on left- they are a handy marker to find the start of this track back up if required; turn right here and follow a faint walking track upstream along Glenbrook Creek, Creek on your left; this track is quite obscure in places; it goes through low scrub and over outcrop ledges; there may be some red bunting to indicate the track;
2.59/0.45 Walk past a past a fairly wide pool with rope from tree at opposite bank; this is not duck Pond.
2.74/0.50 Track T junction just before substantial gully that joins Glenbrook Creek from right; note that Glenbrook Creek also turns sharply left here; turn left and walk a few meters down to Duck Pond.
2.77/0.53 After viewing, walk back, past the track junction with prior track now on right, and continue straight up along the gully; this track is initially somewhat obscure, but becomes clearer after about 30 m.
2.92/0.57 Three-way track split ahead; take the left walking track fairly steeply up.
2.95/0.59 Track Y junction with old service road; go left and follow service road up.
3.07/1.02 Track junction just before a large dead tree across service road; turn right and follow rough walking track steeply up.
3.15/1.07 Walking track T junction with wider track; turn right and follow wider track
3.17/1.08 Back at key track junction with lesser track taken earlier now on right; note prominent sandstone bluff, now on left.
From this point, re-trace the walk back to Glenbrook Station
3.78/1.17 Track Y junction; veer right.
3.99/1.20 Track veers right and now parallel to rail lines.
4.06/1.21 Track Y junction; take track on right, now more steeply down.
4.24/1.24 Gully crossing; track junction after about 10 m; take either track up
4.48/1.28 Track at clearing next to No 7 Station St.; turn right and walk up to Station St.
4.53/1.29 At Station St, turn left, then left again into Cowdery St to cross the rail lines, then right into Burfitt Parade; follow Burfitt Parade back to Glenbrook Station.
5.03/1.35 Glenbrook Station