Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Sydney
Approx. 11 km
Approx. 551 m
Late June (Winter)
|Best season to go:
Minimum 4 hours
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is heritage-listed and once you’re deep into the trail, it’s not hard to see why. Valleys of dense bushland are parted with rich waterways, which makes the name ‘Ku-ring-gai’ an apt namesake for the environment. Meaning “home” or “hunting ground” by the indigenous locals, the park is located 31 km north of the Sydney CBD at an elevation approximately 214 m above sea level.
The Mount Ku-ring-gai to Berowra Station hiking trail is easily accessible by both vehicle and public transportation. Arriving by car, visitors can park at the corner of Harwood Avenue and Young Street:
Visitors arriving by public transport can catch a train on the Northern Line from the city (Central, Town Hall, or Wynyard), exiting on the eastern side of the station and making the short walk down to the end of Harwood Avenue.
The trail begins with a flat open dirt track which quickly turns into grassy bushland and luscious fern. At the top of the trail, you’re already rewarded with views expanding across Cowan Creek.
As you wind down the trail into the valley, you will come across more rockier terrain with several creek crossings with slippery rock surfaces. Be warned – parts of this trail will become muddy and slippery if it has rained in the previous days.
Once you’ve reached the creek edge, it is a pleasant hike filled with picturesque views. A great place to stop for water and a stretch is the Cowan Creek viewpoint:
Continuing on from here is a medium scramble across boulders, but the view is definitely worth it when you reach Winson Bay (recommend this for a lunch spot – can fit 10 or so hungry hikers comfortable).
After Winson Bay, the well worn trail will take you through Lords Bay and Waratah Bay. The latter is a photographers dream as it is the site of Windybanks ferry – a boat of a local ferryman that sunk on its moorings in the mid 20th century:
From here, the trail begins to head back up and into bushland with several waterfalls to guide you along the way:
As the trail continues, the incline becomes steeper and steeper, calling on for more rest and water breaks. Finally, you will zig-zag your way up to the top to be rewarded with one last view over the national park.
Once you reach the end of the trail, it is only one stop from Berowra to Mount Ku-ring-gai if you need to return to you car. Trains run approximately 30 minutes apart on the weekends. See helpful resources for further information.
– Find further images, information and maps of the trail (this is the reverse of our trail) http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/ku-ring-gai-chase-national-park/berowra-to-mt-kuring-gai.html