Sydney Train Walks

From Mount Kuring-gai via Berowra Valley 9h / 18km to Cowan

About this walk

This walk follow a section of the Great North Walk in Berowra Valley National Park.

It takes about 9 hours to complete the full 18 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 Mount Kuring-gai using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Cowan at transportnsw.info.

Along the way

From the station cross the Pacific Highway and find the firetrail to the right of the intersection.

Follow the steep road down into the gully where it becomes a hiking trail.

The trail crosses the creek several times, but follows it all the way down the gully.

The rocky trail along the creek gradually turns into a wider forested area.

When the trail reaches the wetlands, follow the great north walk across the boardwalk.

From the wetlands the Great North Walk skirts the next ridge along the bank of Berowra Creek

The trail then runs up the next gully to the next creek crossing.

Immediately after crossing the creek, there is a steep climb up the next ridge.

At the top, follow the sign to Berowra Waters to the left along the firetrail.

A few hundred meters along the trail there is a lookout and picnic area on the left.

Continue along the trail until a sign to Berowra Waters points down a bush trail on the left.

The trail winds a way all the way down to the creek and continues along its bank.

Take the free ferry to find a restaurant and picnic area across the creek.

Continue along the parking lot until the bush trail continues along the bank.

Follow the sign to Cowan to start your climb back up the ridge.

At the top a slightly hidden lookout overlooks Berowra Waters.

The trail descend down into another gully, crosses a creek and climbs out the other side.

At the top follow the Great North Walk signs around Berowra Heights.

The trail descends once more into a gully, crosses a creek.

A steep ascent leads up the Cowan side of the gully.

At the top follow the Great North Walk along the ridge.

The trail crosses a road and continues along a firetrail.

Follow the fire trail around the suburb until it leads out between the houses on the right.

Cowan station is across the road from the trail head. A cafe is located a few hundred meters to the left.

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.