About this walk
This walk follows a section of the Great North Walk in Berowra Valley National Park.
The rules for passing near the rifle range are prone to change, follow the instructions on the signs near the Steele bridge and check here.
It takes about 7 hours to complete the full 20 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops.
A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.
Getting there and back
Get the train to Berowra using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Asquith at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
Exit the station and cross the Pacific Highway at the trafic lights.
Follow the footpath to the left and turn right at the Great North Walk marker, down Berowra Waters Road.
Continue straight on past the two roundabouts and follow the last one to the left.
Look for the white Great North Walk marker on the right side of the road, right after the roundabout.
Continue for a short distance to find the trailhead of the Great North Walk.
The bushtrails meanders away from the houses to a steel staircase down into the gully.
Follow the trail until it intersects a fire trail, which you should follow to the right.
After a short distance, follow the fork in the firetrail to the left.
A sign to the left indicates where the Great North Walk leaves the firetrail.
Continue a few hundred meters past this point to visit the nearby lookout first.
After visiting the lookout, return to the Great North Walk signs.
Follow the Great North Walk sign down a steep descend into the gully.
At the bottom of the gully, look for the arrows on the rock, showing where to cross the creek.
At the other side follow the trail to the right along the creek to the campside at the end of the ridge.
After the campsite the trail continues to the left, following the creek.
The trail follows the creek to a large clearing. Cross the wetlands across the boardwalk. It is not a field.
On the other side of the wetlands, cross the creek across the bridge.
From the bridge onwards to the camping, educational signs can be found at regular intervals.
Closer to the camping the trail becomes a boardwalk through another wetlands area.
The boardwalk ends at the campgrounds of Crosslands Reserve. Continue left.
Follow the road across the campground to the car park.
From the car park, follow the path across the second camping area to the toilet blocks.
Refill your water bottles at the taps if needed, before continuing.
Past the toilets the trail narrows and continues into the bush.
The trail will follow the creek all the way to Galstone Gorge.
Close to the gorge, the trail starts to leads up the ridge. Look for markers on the rocks.
The trail ends at a rest area along the road through Glaston Gorge. Take the staircase down to the creek directly to the right.
Cross the creek across the contrete steps under the brige. Or across the bridge above if he water level is too high.
On the far side of the creek, follow the rougly hewn steps all the way to the top of the ridge.
At the top of the climb, the Great North Walk continues right down the firetrail.
Follow the firetrail to the campground and continue past it to the left.
On the other side of the campground, follow the sign to Hornsby.
The trail winds its way down the ridge with several gradual descends.
Cross the historic Steele Military Bridge to the left.
On the other side of the bridge follow the Great North Walk sign to the left.
Partway up the firetrail, watch for the Great North Walk sign leading off to the left and follow it.
From there a rough bushtrail leads past a small waterfall and then ascends up our of the gully.
At the top of the climb the bushrail join a firetrail. Follow it to the right.
Before this firetrail ends at a gate, follow the sidetrail down to the right.
At the next junction follow the firetrail to the right.
The trail finally ends at a gate at the end of a suburban streets.
Make your way up the suburban street, following the directions to the Great North Walk.
At the first intersection, don't follow the Great North Walk marker to the right, but continue straight on.
The second intersection will be Galston Road, follow it to the right.
At the intersection with Peats Ferry Road, follow it to the left.
Peats Ferry Road eventually leads to another intersection, continue to the shops along the Pacific Highway.
Cross the Pacific Highway at the traffic lights near the shops to enter Asquith Station.
What to bring
- Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
- Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
- Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
- Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
- Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
- Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.