Sydney Train Walks

From Hornsby via Cumberland State Forest 8h / 31km to Parramatta

About this walk

This walk follow part of the Great North Walk through Berowara Valley National Park.

Then continues through Cumberland State Forest and Lake Parramatta Reserve to Parramatta Park.

Thanks to Nick Collins from the All Nations Bushwalkers for pioneering this route.

It takes about 8 hours to complete the full 31 kilometre walk, but plan extra for plenty of breaks and photography stops. Consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Get the train to Parramatta using Plan your return trip from Parramatta Wharf at

Along the way

Exit the station to the right on past the bus stops.

Cross the Pacific Highway and follow it right to Dural Street.

Follow Dural Street and follow the split to the right down Quarry Road.

Watch for the little white markers that show the way to the Great North Walk.

At the end of Quarry Road follow the stone staircase down.

+ 0.5h / 1km For a rougher alternative start following the Great North Walk from the trackhead in the park.

From the trackhead follow the signs to Thornleigh down the Rosemead firetrail.

Follow the markers for for the Blue Gum Walk along the way.

At the trail to Galston Gorge, continue along the Blue Gum Walk.

The next intersection has a fenced lookout. Follow the sign to Thornleigh from there.

At the marker, cross Waitara Creek across the rocks.

At the intersection with the Blue Gum Walk, continue down the Great North Walk towards Thornleigh.

Cross the reserve at the bottom and follow Rosemead Road then Valley Road on the right to the sewage treatment plant.

After the sewage treatment plant turn right through Ginger Meg Park to find the Blue Gum Walk.

Follow the signs down the Blue Gum Walk.

The optional detour continues from here. At the intersection turn left and keep following the Great North Walk.

Don't miss the turn right down the bush trail on the side of the firetrail.

Follow the Great North Walk markers until the bush trail ends at Boundary Road.

Continue following the white Great North Walk markers meandering through the suburban streets.

The trail of markers continues through a reserve with a small duck pond and past a scout hall.

At the intersection follow Victoria Road to the right.

At the intersection with Castle Hill Road follow the sign to Cumberland State Forest.

Follow the bush trails along the road to the cafe and garden centre.

Enter Cumberland State Forest on the left.

Continue past the cafe to the car park.

Follow the road past the garden centre out the other side of Cumberland State Forest.

At the exit of the park follow Oratava Avenue to the right.

At the roundabout follow Aiken Road to the right.

Enter the reserve on the left.

From the reserve follow the Murri Yanna track.

Look for the red markers to follow the right track.

The trail follows the creek through the fully and crosses it across step stones several times.

The trail passes underneath two viaducts along the way.

Use the tunnel underneath the dam.

On the other side of the dam, take the stairs back up to the road.

Watch for the marker pole on the right side of road to find where the bush trail continues.

Follow the red marker poles along the overgrown gully.

The trail take a sharp left turn up a ridge to a small reserve and sports fields.

Follow the footpath out of the reserve.

At the intersection follow North Rocks Road to the left.

Enter the carpark of Lake Parramatta on the right.

From the carpark follow the footpath to the lakeside.

Follow the path around the lake to the right towards the dam.

Take the path down from the dam and cross the creek across the stepping stones.

Follow the path up to the other side of the dam and continue along the lakeside.

Follow the lakeside path to the cafe.

From the cafe follow the road out of the park.

After the viaduct follow Bourke Street to the right.

At the intersection with Church street follow the footpath right to the pedestrian crossing.

Cross the road and turn left down Boundary Road after the bridge.

Follow Boundary Road and enter the footpath along the riverside on the left.

Cross the bridge and immediately turn left.

A short distance down the road, Govenor Phillips Walk continues along the riverside.

Past the gate at the end of the trail, follow the road through Parramatta Park.

Continue down the footpath along the river on the left.

Cross the bridge and follow the footpath to the right through the the park.

After the car park follow the footpath under the bridge.

+ 0h / 0km Optionally cross the bridge at Church Street and follow the shopping arcade to the train station.

After passing under several more bridges, the path opens up to a riverside park.

Cross the damn on the far side of the riverside park and continue left to the ferry dock.

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.