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Centre Track

Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2 km N of Terrey Hills
Length: 6.7 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 6.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 195 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 195 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
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

This interesting walk explores a rocky ridge top of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The walk is through heathland that flowers in a mass of colour in spring. The track also visits a tessellated pavement and some Aboriginal engravings. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Today's Fire rating
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Centre Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Centre Track
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Mccarrs Creek Rd
Rocky Outcrop
Tessellated Pavement
Starting point for this hiking track: Mccarrs Creek Rd

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
 Mona Vale 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91301S 
 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
The start of the walk
 
The start of the walk +
 
If you like sand stone outcrops, you will like this walk
 
If you like sand stone outcrops, you will like this walk +
 
A blooming black boy
 
A blooming black boy +

 
Little overhang at the half way point
 
Little overhang at the half way point +
 
view from Centre trail
 
view from Centre trail +
 
The easy to follow trail
 
The easy to follow trail +

 
Spring is a great time for this walk
 
Spring is a great time for this walk +
 
View south from the rocky outcrop
 
View south from the rocky outcrop +
 
Tessellated Pavement
 
Tessellated Pavement +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Centre Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Centre Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Centre Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Centre Track 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 2 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
Around 2.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 520m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 3.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 3.3km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 2.8km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 520m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Mccarrs Creek Rd
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Mccarrs Creek Rd to Rocky Outcrop
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.48 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -47 m
The track starts on Coal and Candle Drive, about 20 metres in from the toll gate.

From the intersection, the walk passes around the gate (signposted 'Centre Track') and follows the management trail along the ridge line. About halfway along the Centre track walk you will find the Rocky Outcrop (there are several rocky outcrops along the walk) on the Southern side of the track, opposite a rocky knoll with a small overhang cave. From here, there are nice views south across the valley.

(1.48 km) Rocky Outcrop to Tessellated Pavement
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.35 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -28 m
Continue straight: From the Rocky Outcrop, the walk follows the management trail east. After a short distance, the walk comes to an area of Tessellated Pavement, at another rocky outcrop.

(2.83 km) Tessellated Pavement to General San Martin Drive
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 519 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -46 m
Turn right: From the Tessellated Pavement, this walk heads south, following the main track down the hill. The track winds its way down the hill in a easterly direction. There is a locked gate just before General San Martin Drive.

Drive from Mccarrs Creek Rd
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
The Basin campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 6.3 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 9.8 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 11.2 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 10.4 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 14.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Centre Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Centre Track
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 10 km (to the NW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
14 km (to the WSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 26 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 33 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 36 km (to the SSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
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
Mostly sunny.
Mostly sunny.
18.1°C (feels like 15.6°)
9 km/h from the -
47% humidity     (as at 23/01:04pm)
Wed      18°Mostly sunny.
Thu|17°Possible shower.
Fri11°|22°Partly cloudy.
Sat11°|20°Possible early shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
A largely untouched wilderness on the northern boundary of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP is one of Australia's oldest national parks. Here at the head of the Hawkesbury River, you'll find Aboriginal engravings and sites, as well as sandstone escarpments,
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Closure information last downloaded Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 01:00 PM
CLOSED AREAS
Barrenjoey headland landscape improvements stage II - with no headland access Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 July 2014 - Barrenjoey Lighthouse (Ends Sunday 31 August)

The Smugglers Track is currently closed to allow for a low level viewing platform and stairway to be installed as well as the adjoining track upgraded, minor landscaping and adjacent building maintenance works. Access to Barrenjoey is via the trail except from Wednesday 23 July to Friday 25 July when the trail will also be closed. For the duration of improvement works visitors are asked to be aware of construction vehicle movements along the trail and adhere to safety signage and barricading which will be in place to provide a safe alternate pedestrian access around the work sites. It is anticipated that works will be completed by the end of August 2014, weather permitting.
Basin wharf upgrade works (Ends Thursday 31 July)

Necessary upgrade works will be undertaken from Monday 16 June. Works should not prevent boat access, although short delays may be experienced. Boat operators are asked to be aware when in the vicinity of the work site and follow directions from signage and work staff.
The Basin remains accessible to walkers and bike riders along the Basin Trail from West Head Road, please be aware of vehicles that may be traversing the trail to service the works at the Basin Wharf.
We apologise for any inconvenience experienced.
Locations affected: The Basin track and Mackerel track, The Basin picnic area, The Basin campground
Office closures and disruption to Bobbin Inn Visitor Centre operations (Ends Wednesday 23 July)

Due to scheduled maintenance on the powerlines along Ku-ring-gai Chase Road the Kalkari Discovery Centre, Ku-ring-gai Area Office and Metro North East Operations Office will be closed for throughout the day. The Bobbin Inn Visitor Centre will be open but will be unable to receive phone calls. We apologises for any incovenience.
Locations affected: Kalkari Discovery Centre, Bobbin Inn Visitor Centre

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Christian Mathis - Tessalatory Rock IP:175.39.53.xxx | 2012-12-16 07:19:29
To me this walk boasts the best example of tessalatory rock in the park
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