Mount Ku-ring-gai to Berowra Station Hiking Trail

Location:
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Sydney
Trail length:
Approx. 11 km
Trail style:
One-way
Inclination:
Approx. 551 m
Season completed:
Late June (Winter)
Best season to go:
All
Time:
Minimum 4 hours
Permits required?
No
Grade:
Medium/Hard

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.

Getting there

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.

Walking the trail

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.

Muddy rocks at the beginning of the trail

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:

Cowan Creek - perfect place to take a break

Cowan Creek – perfect place to take a break

Cowan Creek Viewpoint

Cowan Creek Viewpoint

Cowan Creek from Cowan Creek Viewpoint

Cowan Creek from 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).

Scrambles over rocks

Scrambles over rocks

Creek crossing

Creek crossing

Team work scrambling over rocks

Team work scrambling over rocks

View from Winson Bay

View from Winson Bay

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:

Windybanks Moorings

Windybanks Moorings

Windybanks Ferry

Windybanks Ferry

From here, the trail begins to head back up and into bushland with several waterfalls to guide you along the way:

Windybanks Ferry shipwreck

Windybanks Ferry shipwreck

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.

Heading to Berowra train station

Heading to Berowra train station

Recommendations

  • Wear hiking shoes/boots
  • Print out a map of the trail or equip yourself with a GPS – see helpful resources below
  • If you have weak ankles, the trail can be quite rocky – ankle braces are a must.

Helpful resources:

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/Walking-tracks/Mount-Kuringgai-track-to-Berowra-Station – Official information from National Parks government website

http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/ku-ring-gai-chase-national-park/berowra-to-mt-kuring-gai.html – Find further images, information and maps of the trail (this is the reverse of our trail)

http://www.sydneytrains.info/timetables/#landingPoint – Train timetables and scheduled trackwork information.

2 Comments on “Mount Ku-ring-gai to Berowra Station Hiking Trail

  1. This track is absolutely beautiful! Had to do it twice as I twisted my ankle coming off a rock but conquered it 3 months later in my new hiking shoes! Proper hiking shoes is a must on this one!

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