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Hornsby Blue Gum Walk
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.4 km SSW of Hornsby
Length: 6.7 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 6.7 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Berowra Valley National Park
Climb: 374 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 374 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This delightful loop is one of the prettiest and most popular walks in the Hornsby area. Going from an environment of ferns and clear bushland to dry sandstone bush near Berowra Creek, this walk has a good complement of environments. The side trip out to Joe's Mountain doesn't have the most fantastic views but is still a nice walk. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Berowra Valley National Park
Today's Fire rating
HIGH (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Hornsby Blue Gum Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Hornsby Train Station
Int of Quarry Rd and Old Man Valley Service Trail
Int of Quarry Road and Great North Walk
Int of Great North Walk and Quarry Road service trail
Berowra Valley Bushland Park
Int of Great North Walk and Rosemead Rd service trail
Int of Blue Gum Walk and Joes Mountain Servicetrail
Int of Blue Gum Walk and Joes Mountain Service Trail
Int of Great North Walk and Manor Rd Bushtrack
Fishponds Lookout
Int of the Great North Walk and the Blue Gum Walk (SW)
Int of powerline bushtrack and Blue Gum Walk
Int of Blue Gum Walk at bottom of wooden steps
Int of Blue Gum track and old logging trail
Int of Blue Gum and Pipeline tracks
Int up from Jimmy Banks crk int
Jimmy Banks Crk int
Ginger Meggs Park
Berowra Valley Bushland Park
Int of Great North Walk and Quarry Road service trail
Int of Quarry Road and Great North Walk
Int of Quarry Rd and Old Man Valley Service Trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Hornsby Train Station

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Photo Gallery

 
Great North Walk track head sign at Hornsby Station
 
Great North Walk track head sign at Hornsby Station +
 
Great North Walk track head sign at Hornsby Station
 
Great North Walk track head sign at Hornsby Station +
 
West side of Hornsby
 
West side of Hornsby +

 
Walking along Dural St footpath
 
Walking along Dural St footpath +
 
Walking along Quarry Rd
 
Walking along Quarry Rd +
 
Quarry road Great North Walk Track intersection
 
Quarry road Great North Walk Track intersection +

 
Quarry Rd track
 
Quarry Rd track +
 
Intersection at the top of the Hornsby stone steps
 
Intersection at the top of the Hornsby stone steps +
 
Hornsby's Historic stone steps
 
Hornsby's Historic stone steps +

 
Hornsby's depression era steps
 
Hornsby's depression era steps +
 
Steep valley on Hornsby steps
 
Steep valley on Hornsby steps +
 
Rosemead Park
 
Rosemead Park +

 
Berowra Valley Bushland Park
 
Berowra Valley Bushland Park +
 
Signs in Berowra Valley Bushland Park
 
Signs in Berowra Valley Bushland Park +
 
Rosemead Trail
 
Rosemead Trail +

 
Crossing Old Mans Creek
 
Crossing Old Mans Creek +
 
Sassafras stand on Rosemead trail
 
Sassafras stand on Rosemead trail +
 
Pea flower in bloom
 
Pea flower in bloom +

 
Trunk of gum tree
 
Trunk of gum tree +
 
Blue Gum forest
 
Blue Gum forest +
 
Turpentine Forest
 
Turpentine Forest +

 
Rock formation in Turpentine forest
 
Rock formation in Turpentine forest +
 
Int of Blue Gum and Joes Mountain Servicetrail
 
Int of Blue Gum and Joes Mountain Servicetrail +
 
View from Joes Mountain Lookout
 
View from Joes Mountain Lookout +

 
Intersectinon of the Great North Walk and Manor Rd Bushtrack
 
Intersectinon of the Great North Walk and Manor Rd Bushtrack +
 
Looking down steps south of Fishponds
 
Looking down steps south of Fishponds +
 
Steps on the Blue Gum walk south of Fishponds
 
Steps on the Blue Gum walk south of Fishponds +

 
Small bridge crossing south of Fishponds
 
Small bridge crossing south of Fishponds +
 
Patersonia sericea
 
Patersonia sericea +
 
Signs at intersection above fishponds
 
Signs at intersection above fishponds +

 
Infrastructure at  Int of GNW and Blue Gum Walk (Nth)
 
Infrastructure at Int of GNW and Blue Gum Walk (Nth) +
 
Crossing a small gully near Fishponds
 
Crossing a small gully near Fishponds +
 
Berowra Creek upstream of Fishponds
 
Berowra Creek upstream of Fishponds +

 
Under the overhang
 
Under the overhang +
 
Walking alongside Waitara Creek
 
Walking alongside Waitara Creek +
 
Tree squeezing out of the rock
 
Tree squeezing out of the rock +

 
Water Dragon beside Waitara Creek
 
Water Dragon beside Waitara Creek +
 
Waitara Creek Crossing
 
Waitara Creek Crossing +
 
Water hole below 'the Spa' on Waitara Creek
 
Water hole below 'the Spa' on Waitara Creek +

 
'The Spa' on Waitara Creek
 
'The Spa' on Waitara Creek +
 
Track on west side of Waitara Creek
 
Track on west side of Waitara Creek +
 
Couch in overhang on the western side of the Spa
 
Couch in overhang on the western side of the Spa +

 
Steep track on western side of Waitara Creek
 
Steep track on western side of Waitara Creek +
 
GNW west of Waitara Creek
 
GNW west of Waitara Creek +
 
Steps on the track on the Quarter Sessions Road ridge
 
Steps on the track on the Quarter Sessions Road ridge +

 
Int of the Great North Walk and the Blue Gum Walk (SW)
 
Int of the Great North Walk and the Blue Gum Walk (SW) +
 
Walker on the Great North Walk
 
Walker on the Great North Walk +
 
Walking through the mixed forest below Westleigh
 
Walking through the mixed forest below Westleigh +

 
Walking through the open forest
 
Walking through the open forest +
 
Intersection with steps on concreted trail
 
Intersection with steps on concreted trail +
 
Some out of place trees
 
Some out of place trees +

 
Waitara Creek sign
 
Waitara Creek sign +
 
Upper Waitara Creek crossing
 
Upper Waitara Creek crossing +
 
Management trail next to Ginger Meggs Park on Valley Rd
 
Management trail next to Ginger Meggs Park on Valley Rd +

 
Ginger Meggs Park
 
Ginger Meggs Park +
 
Valley Rd
 
Valley Rd +
 
Rosemead Rd
 
Rosemead Rd +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Hornsby Blue Gum Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Hornsby Blue Gum Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Hornsby Blue Gum Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Hornsby Blue Gum Walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 7km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
3.3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.7km is very steep. Whilst another 1.4km has short steep hills and the remaining 360m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
3km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (1.5km) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 3.9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.9km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
4.1km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.6km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (990m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 990m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 3.7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 3km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Hornsby Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Hornsby Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus to Hornsby Train Station
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive to Hornsby Train Station
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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(0 km) Hornsby Train Station to Int of Quarry Road and Great North Walk
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 717 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -34 m
From the western side of Hornsby Railway Station[1], this walk first crosses the bus lane, then follows the large 'To the Great North Walk' sign[2] across the Station St pedestrian crossing[3], and then across the Pacific Highway at the traffic lights[4]. Here the walk turns right and follows the footpath (across 'Dural Lane'[5]) past some shops to cross 'Dural St'[6]. The walk then turns left and follows the footpath down along 'Dural St'[7], past a few more shops. Continuing past the units, this walk then turns right onto 'Quarry Rd'[8][9] and follows the road down the gently hill for about 180m to an intersection with 'Old Mans Valley' management trail[10] and locked gate (on your right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows Quarry Road down the gentle hill, leaving the houses[11][12] behind to come to an intersection with a track, signposted with a 'Great North Walk' sign[13] (on your left).

(0.72 km) Int of Quarry Road and Great North Walk to Berowra Valley Bushland Park
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 544 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -89 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[14] up the hill. The track leads up over the rise, then continues down to the intersection with the Quarry Rd Management trail[15].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[16] down the steep rock steps[17]. The walk winds steeply down a number of sets of stone steps, passing some large rock walls for a bit over 100m, to find a welcome flat section of track[18] midway the hill. As the track leads past some houses (through the trees on your left), this walk heads down more steps[19] before coming to the open area of 'Berowra Valley Bushland Park'[20][21], at the end of Rosemead Road[22].

Berowra Valley Bushland Park Alt = 82 m
'Berowra Valley Bushland Park'[23] is also known as Rosemead Rd Park and is found at the bottom end of Rosemead Rd[24], Hornsby. This is an open area park surrounded by shady eucalyptus trees[25], making a pleasant spot to rest on a walk. It has a picnic table with bench seats[26], and a sheltered free electric BBQ[27]. There is a water tap[28] in the park, near the road. There is also a 'Welcome to Old Mans Valley' information sign with information about the traditional country of the Darug and Guringai peoples[29].

(1.26 km) Berowra Valley Bushland Park to Int of Blue Gum Walk and Joes Mountain Service Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 887 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 45 m Descent = -39 m
Veer right: From the lower side of Berowra Valley Bushland Park[30] (at the end of Rosemead Rd, Hornsby[31]), this walk follows the 'Fishponds 1.2km' arrow on the large sign[32], down the track[33] for approximately 30m, to the intersection with the Rosemead management trail[34], marked with a Great North Walk arrow.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill along the wide rocky management trail[35] as it bends left (and passing some houses off to the left). The trail then bends right[36] and leads across Old Mans Creek using some concrete stepping stones[37]. The walk then continues by heading up the moderately steep hill and then through a thick blue gum and bracken fern forest[38]. The wide trail leads to the top of the hill then bends left, (ignoring the track on the right[39]) to pass over a saddle[40]. Here the trail leads down the gentle hill[41], through the turpentine forest for just over 300m to find an intersection with narrower track on the right, marked with arrow posts[42].

(2.15 km) Int of Blue Gum Walk and Joes Mountain Servicetrail to Joes Mountain Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 603 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -37 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads up along the management trail, leaving the arrow marker behind to the right. Soon, the trail curves around to the left, past a track on the right, and continues for a while to the end of the management trail. There is a somewhat overgrown bush track continuing from here, about 10m further to an informal lookout over the creek, although the creek itself is not very visible. Beware of the unfenced sheer drops.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

(2.15 km) Int of Blue Gum Walk and Joes Mountain Service Trail to Fishponds Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 297 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -39 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Great North Walk' arrow[43] down the narrower track a short distance to find a three-way intersection marked with a large 'Great North walk' signpost[44].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Fishponds' sign[45] along the flat narrow track past the 'Berowra Valley Regional Park' sign[46]. The track soon bends left (passing along the top of an unfenced cliff) then winds down some steep carved rock steps (with a hand rail)[47]. The rocky track then leads down along the side of the valley for just over 100m to cross a timber foot bridge[48]. The track then continues for another 70m to find a fenced rock platform[49] and signposted intersection[50].

Fishponds Lookout Alt = 49 m
Fishponds Lookout is a fenced rock platform at the intersection of the Benowie walking track and the Rosemead trackhead. It is marked with a number of Great North Walk signs. This informally named lookout has good views down over Fishponds, a large waterhole on Berowra Creek. Looking north across the creek, there are views to the upper waterhole and the cliffs on the other side.

(2.45 km) Fishponds Lookout to Int of the Great North Walk and the Blue Gum Walk (SW)
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 988 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 87 m Descent = -21 m
Turn left: From the lookout, this walk follows the 'Thornleigh Station' arrow[51] (and 'Pennant Hills' arrow[52]) down the timber steps past the 'Blue Gum Walk' sign[53], and crosses a small creek using the small flat timber bridge[54]. The track leads around the side of the hill for about 100m, then scrambles over some rocks and under a sandstone overhang[55].
The rocky track follows alongside Berowra Creek for another 100m, passing beside some cascades[56] to the end of a notably flat section of track[57]. This walk heads over another rock platform[58] (now with Waitara Creek down and to your right), then soon climbs up through the fork in the tree on left[59], coming to a large, unfenced rock platform[60]. This leads to a flat area beside some interesting holes in a rock known as 'the spa'[61].
From here, this walk follows the Blue Gum Track arrow post[62] across Waitara Creek, stepping over 'the spa'[63]. This creek may become impassable after heavy rain, the rocks can also be slippery. On the other side, the track leads uphill[64] and bends right, passing a large rock overhang[65], where the track then leads left, following the arrow posts[66] and climbing up through the crack in the rock[67]. The track leads more gently up through another crack in a rock[68], then continues fairly gently up along the narrow ridge[69]. After about 200m, the track becomes steeper[70], climbing up rock steps[71] and over rocks[72]. This area comes alive with Patersonia lilies and pink wax flowers in early spring. The track then mostly flattens out[73] for another 200m, coming to a signposted three-way intersection, where a 'Fishponds' sign[74] points back along the track.

(3.43 km) Int of the Great North Walk and the Blue Gum Walk (SW) to Int of Blue Gum Walk at bottom of wooden steps
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 817 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 58 m Descent = -58 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the Blue Gum Walk marker along the bush track, leaving 'The Great North Walk' track behind. The track winds through the blue gum forest, keeping the valley down to the left and houses above on the right as it winds along the side of the hill. The walk comes to an intersection with a bush track, just below some overhead power lines.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track south, keeping the valley down to the left. The track winds along the side of the hill until coming down a set of wooden steps to the 'T' intersection at the top of the concrete section of management trail.

(4.25 km) Int of Blue Gum Walk at bottom of wooden steps to Ginger Meggs Park
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 653 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -60 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the Blue Gum Walk marker down the bumpy concrete management trail, winding steeply down the hill, until reaching the intersection with an old logging trail on the left .
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the more defined management trail down the hill, following the Blue Gum Walk marker. The trail meanders down the spur until a sharp left turn, shortly after which the walk comes to an intersection with a bush track (on the right) where there is another Blue Gum Walk marker.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the old management trail heads down the hill and follows Waitara Creek past a small pipeline on the left and a few houses on the right, until coming to an intersection with another management trail from the left - this intersection is marked with a Blue Gum Walk post.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads north, down the hill with the creek on the right, to the intersection just before the causeway over Waitara Creek. There are usually ducks and brush turkeys in this area.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail across Waitara Creek and up the hill, passing around the gate before arriving on Valley Road, at the lower corner of Ginger Meggs Park.

(4.9 km) Ginger Meggs Park to Hornsby Train Station
Track: Hard - road,bushtrack,bushtrack,road,road
Length = 1.84 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 149 m Descent = -35 m
Veer left: From Ginger Meggs Park, this walk follows Valley Road (past Lochness Pl on the right), keeping the children's playground on the left. Note that water is available from the park. The walk passes 'West Hornsby STP' before coming up to the intersection with Rosemead Road and turning left. The walk follows Rosemead Rd down the hill to the end and heads into Berowra Valley Bushland Park.
Veer right: From the lower side of 'Berowra Valley Bushland Park'[75], this walk follows the 'Hornsby Station' sign[76] across the park, then follows the GNW arrow[77] up the stone steps, keeping the houses to your right. The walk winds steeply up the steps[78], leaving the view of the house and finding a welcome flat section of track[79] midway up. The steps then lead more steeply up[80] the side of the valley, along the sheer rock walls for about 100m, and come to an intersection with the Quarry Road management trail, where a 'Great North Walk' sign[81] points back down the the hill.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post up a couple of timber steps[82] and then follows the track as it winds up over the gentle rise. Once over the rise, the track then leads down to the intersection with Quarry Rd, where a 'Great North Walk' sign[83] points back up the track.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows Quarry Road gently uphill away from the face of the 'Great North Walk' sign[84] until just past a couple of house, this walk comes to an intersection with the gated 'Old Mans Valley' management trail[85] (on your left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows Quarry Rd up the gentle hill[86] for about 180m, then follows the GNW arrow[87] left onto Dural St[88]. The footpath leads past the unit block, then past a few shops to come to an intersection with the Pacific Hwy. Following the GNW arrow, this walk turns right across 'Dural St'[89], passes a few more shops, then crosses 'Dural Lane'[90] before turning left across the Pacific Hwy at the traffic lights[91]. Here the walk continues straight across the 'Station St' pedestrian crossing[92], past the large 'Great North Walk' sign[93] and across the bus lane to the western entrance of Hornsby Station[94].

Catch the train from Hornsby Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Hornsby Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus from Hornsby Train Station
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive from Hornsby Train Station
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 0.1 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 0.2 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 3.6 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 11.6 km
Castle Tarpaulin Warehouse 14/ 10 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill (02) 9899 3959 11.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Hornsby Blue Gum Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Hornsby Blue Gum Walk
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
4 km (to the S)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 11 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 20 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 30 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 35 km (to the NNE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a HIGH rating and No fire ban in place. (Downloaded 35 minutes ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Possible shower.
Possible shower.
20.8°C (feels like 22.5°)
9 km/h from the W (gusting 13)
92% humidity     (as at 24/12:05am)
Sun      °Possible shower.
Mon19°|29°Showers. Possible storm.
Tue18°|24°Shower or two.
Wed16°|23°Shower or two.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Manor Road Bushland Manor Road Bushland is a small parcel of natural bushland between Manor road and the Hornsby quarry. The blue Gum walk and the Great North walk Hornsby track head pass through the section of land where there are some wonderful tall Blue gums and Black Buts. There is also a lovely array of ferns and Turpentine trees.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


Berowra Valley National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Following the Berowra Creek the Berowra Valley National Park is located on the Hornsby Plateau and is made up of typical Hawkesbury Sandstone. The great North walk, Benowie walking track, and many other great walks stretch spann this park. The area has varied vegetation including many different sorts of Eucalyptus and plenty of native animals, includingl swamp wallibies, water dragons, bandicoots, Lyre Birds, and bush turkeys. There are several campsites within the Park, and Crosslands Reserve is also a popular spot near the middle of the park.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping
Current Park Closure information for Berowra Valley National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 23rd of November 2014 11:00 PM
CLOSED AREAS
Great North Walk - Calna Creek bridge closed - Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park
The Calna Creek footbridge connecting Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights and the Great North Walk north of Sam's Creek was made impassable during heavy rain. As a result access to the Great North Walk northbound is from Glenview Road at Mount Ku-ring-gai. Management agencies are work to restore access to this section of the Great North Walk for further information please go to http://www.lpma.nsw.gov.au/about_recreation/walking_tracks/great_north_walk
Quarry Trail restricted access (Ends Tuesday 28 July 2015)

The North Shore Regional (NSR) Target Shooting Complex Management Association and NPWS are working to improve visitor safety along the Quarry Trail. As such access restrictions are in place where the trail bisects the danger area of the Hornsby RSL Rifle Range.  Entry points to the Rifle Range danger area are signposted. Restricted areas are:
An 800m section of trail, 2km from the Quarry Road entrance, Dural and
An 800m section of trail 300m from the Stewart Avenue entrance, Hornsby
View a map of the affected area
All visitors and personnel wishing to traverse the restricted section of trail must request prior authorisation by contacting the NSR Target Shooting Complex Management Association on their 24 hour contact number: 0417 201 606.
If shooting activities are underway unauthorised visitors and personnel must use alternative authorised routes to navigate around the affected area. Alternative routes for walkers are currently being investigated.
Great North Walk access adjacent to Berowra Creek is unaffected by the closure. 
Further information regarding the Hornsby RSL Rifle Range is available at http://hornsbyrslrc.com.au

Locations affected: Great North Walk, Great North walk - Berowra Valley National Park


Dog Pound Creek Reserve Dog Pound Creek reserve is managed by Hornsby Council and is home to a spectatular native Blue Gum stand. The valley has a number of walks and creeks running through it and joins Westleigh, Thronleigh and Hornsby. The reserve is named after a creek that runs from the former dog pound that was on Warrigal Dr, Westleigh.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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Lauren - Hornsby Blue Gum Walk feedback IP:124.171.16.xxx | 2008-02-23 16:37:59
I did this as my first ever bushwalk. If you are not accustomed to bushwalking i would perhaps suggest finding your way straight to the rosemead park driving, as at the end of the walk going back up those stairs is like death. But then i am fairly unfit :D
rachelle m - hornsby blue gum talk IP:203.18.241.xxx | 2010-02-22 03:34:07
A glorious walk with lots of variety. Just be prepared for the sounds of gunshots --- there's a rifle range nearby so you'll hear constant "thwacking". Still, the scenery more than makes up for it. We also got a few leeches so keep an eye out for them when you're crossing the (stunning) river and walking thru the waist-high ferns after the crossing/on the descent.
Amit - great first bushwalk IP:110.174.55.xxx | 2010-12-17 00:34:22
A superb way for me to start my bushwalking experience in Aus. The almost step by step directions provided on this website are excellent. The walk takes one through varied landscapes and scenery and solitude is rewarding. I did this a day after a heavy rainstorm had passed through, so everything was washed clean green and damp. The leeches are ready to pounce, especially through the fern forest on the descent before getting to Ginger Meggs. A great medium intensity walk to explore some precious wildlands so close to suburban Hornsby.
Graham IP:120.16.76.xxx | 2011-01-17 21:20:05
Found the track closed yesterday, 17 January 2011, shortly after leaving Quarry Road due to Myrtle plant disease. Hornsby Council could give me no information as to how long the closure would be in force or offer any alternative to the closed section.
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2011-01-17 21:28:30
Graham wrote:
Found the track closed yesterday, 17 January 2011, shortly after leaving Quarry Road due to Myrtle plant disease. Hornsby Council could give me no information as to how long the closure would be in force or offer any alternative to the closed section.

Thanks Graham, I will look into it, but I thought that the Myrtle Rust was effecting a different area with Dog Pound Creek Reserve. That Myrtle Rust is bad stuff. I will see what I can find out. 'Shortly after leaving Quarry Rd' is there a sign part-way down the steps??
Thanks
Matt :)
Graham IP:120.16.102.xxx | 2011-01-20 20:46:54
Matt: The sign is at the intersection with the Quarry Road Management Trail. It cited place names I could not locate on the map as as to the start and finish of the closed stretch.
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2011-01-21 00:33:43
Graham wrote:
Matt: The sign is at the intersection with the Quarry Road Management Trail. It cited place names I could not locate on the map as as to the start and finish of the closed stretch.

Hi Graham
Thanks for that. It is always worth been cautious with Myrtle Rust, it is a devastating disease. I had a look at the sign and it is not very clear, but looks like the issue is further up in Dog Pond Creek Reserve and does not effect this walk. They have put the sign there as it is one way of accessing the area. I spoke with someone who just finished the Blue Gum circuit and they did not see any other signs on the walk. (there is no signs at the main trackhead for the walk either)
So it looks like this walk is still open.
Enjoy
Matt :)
Michaela IP:202.81.69.xxx | 2011-02-11 09:08:40
Matt,

I completed the walk two weekends ago and did not notice any closures so the trail is definitely open. I will say I have lived in the area for 7 years and will often walk this track and I've never seen the blue gum forests ferns so overgrown (above head height in spots). Even the end of the track past the wooden stairs where you rejoin service trails is very overgrown. I'm certain this is to do with the lovely moist summer we've had but I just wanted to give a heads up as it makes the last section a little hard going. Still one of my favourite walks in the area. (even if you do pick up the odd leech :-)
Joan IP:124.189.50.xxx | 2012-09-08 11:25:15
Just did this walk today.It looks like the start of the track from the quarry management road is closed due to trail maintenance.I ended up turning back and starting from Rosemead Road. Otherwise a very enjoyable walk.From Rosemead road start,it only took me just over an hour to complete the Blue Gum walk.
Adam - Just Adam IP:58.173.120.xxx | 2012-09-16 22:39:34
I did the first part of this walk down to the fish ponds with my almost 6 year old. I thought the area was so pretty that I made a video. Its a bit abstract so not all that useful to walkers but I thought I'd share it anyway.

https://vimeo.com/49090822

Yesterday I did the whole loop starting from and finishing at Rosemead Rd. Its a great walk for families.
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-09-16 22:39:05
Joan wrote:
...It looks like the start of the track from the quarry management road is closed due to trail maintenance....

Hi Joan - glad you enjoyed the walk - nice area. Thanks for the feedback.
I checked out the trail - it is open, they are doing some works in the area to build a bike track, but the Great North Walk will remain open during this construction. (but strange things do happen)
Thanks again
Matt :)
admin - re: Just Adam Super Administrator | 2012-09-16 22:40:43
Adam wrote:
....

https://vimeo.com/49090822

Yesterday I did the whole loop starting from and finishing at Rosemead Rd. Its a great walk for families.


Thanks Adam
Nice video- great to see kids enjoying the stepping stones. I do love fishponds area.
Thanks for the feedback.
Matt :)
CAC - 28 Dec 2013 IP:220.244.225.xxx | 2013-12-28 10:57:52
Enjoyed this a lot. Interesting, varied terrain, and the waterfall/rapids at the Fishponds is really cool. Wide, clear track the whole way except for the one section of tall ferns that others have mentioned. Took me three hours including picnic time.
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