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Great North Walk sections and walks

Walking Track sections on the Great North Walk

The 250km walk can be undertaken in one long walk, which will take approximately two weeks, or it can be broken down into shorter walks, as detailed below.

Each of the six sections of the walk has their own camp sites and other facilities, to make for a fun and exciting family holiday or a leisurely day-long nature walk for all fitness levels.

For further details on the six section and shorter walks, track heads and facilities available, see the Great North Walk Discovery Kit - order form (PDF 4 mb) available in the Great North Walk discovery brochure.

Lane Cove Valley Walk (map 1)

  • Sydney/Thornleigh
  • 27 km 1 day
  • Easy/moderate

The first section of the walk travelling north from Sydney starts at the Obelisk in Macquarie Place near Sydney Cove and proceeds by ferry from Circular Quay to Hunters Hill, where you can see fine examples of historical architecture before entering into the Lane Cove Valley bushland where this walk continues until joining the Benowie walking track at Thornleigh.

Benowie Walking Track (map 2)

  • Thornleigh/Berowra
  • 25 km 2-3 days
  • Easy/moderate/hard

For most of this section of the Great North Walk you follow the Berowra Creek through the relatively undisturbed bushland of Berowra Valley Regional Park. The entire Benowie track journey is regarded as a comfortable two to three days walk, with cleared areas having been provided as non-facility overnight resting/camping areas.

There are a number of link tracks, with a choice of two one day walks, either from Hornsby to Thornleigh or from Berowra to Mt. Kuring-gai. Shorter walks passing through many vantage points are also possible. The Benowie Track has been designed to cater for all age groups, but does include some steep sections, so plan your journeys to cater for the capabilities of all the walkers in your party.

Hawkesbury Track (map 3)

  • Berowra/Somersby
  • 78 km 3-4 days
  • Moderate/hard

The Hawkesbury Track is centred around the majestic and beautiful Hawkesbury, making its way from Berowra Waters to Cowan, down to scenic Jerusalem Bay, through Kuring-gai Chase National Park, then on to the town of Brooklyn located on the Hawkesbury River.

To continue on the Great North Walk, you can choose to cross the Hawkesbury River, either by ferry to Patonga or by train to Wondabyne. The track then proceeds from both these points, through the Brisbane Waters National Park to the small rural settlement of Somersby.

Important Note:
  • A water taxi service exists between Brooklyn/Patonga/Brooklyn.
  • Taxis operate every day between the Patonga beach fish co-op and Brooklyn Wharf.
  • Cost: $80 for under 10 people, for 10 people and over $10 each. (Note: these prices may be subject to change in future based on rising fuel costs etc)
  • If at all possible, booking the taxi service the day before is preferred. - Contact Tom T: 02 9985 7005 or 1800 686 864
  • Maximum number of passengers the service is licensed to carry is 36 persons.
  • An alternative to catching the water taxi, is to use the regular passenger train service between Brooklyn and Wondabyne Station:

If travelling North (Sydney to Newcastle) you are able to catch a train from Brooklyn to Wondabyne Station. From the station, follow the Great North Walk signage approx 2 km to link up to the main Great North Walk track. (This will bypass Patonga, which is 16 kms in distance from the Wondabyne Station link track) In this instance, you will need to let the train guard that you wish to stop at Wondabyne Station.

If travelling South from Newcastle to Sydney, follow the 2 km link track (signage to Wondabyne Station at the Great North Walk link track junction is provided) and catch the passenger train to Brooklyn and proceed South. You will need to signal the train driver of your intention to board at Wondabyne station.

Changes have occurred to drinking water conditions of Map 3 The Hawkesbury Track. The link access track between Somersby Falls and the Great North Walk is no longer available. Access to the Great North Walk within this area is available from Silvesters Rd and Reservoir Rd Somersby, NPWS Girrakool Picnic area (Quarry Rd Somersby), Somersby Store (Wisemans Ferry Rd) and the old Mooney Mooney Bridge (75 metres south of the bridge on the old Pacific Highway). For more information contact the track coordinator on M: 0428 601 203.

Cedar Brush Walk (map 4)

  • Somersby/Flat Rock Lookout
  • 61 km 3 days
  • Easy/moderate/hard

This walk starts at Somersby and passes through the scenic farmland of the Ourimbah and Yarramalong Valleys and the rugged slopes of the Watagan Mountains, to Flat Rock lookout overlooking the majestic Hunter Valley. Much of this walk is through State Forests and features majestic stands of tall native timbers and delightful pockets of rainforest.

Watagan Track Walk (map 5)

Changes have occurred to drinking water conditions on Map 5 The Watagan Track. Water at the Forestry campsite is unreliable. Rainwater tanks have been installed at Flat Rock Lookout Rest Area and Kingtree Ridge Fire Road on top of Cedar Brush. Water in these tanks are untreated and levels are not monitored.

  • Flat Rock Lookout/Teralba
  • 61 km 3 days
  • Easy/moderate/hard

Leaving Flat Rock Lookout in the north west of the Watagan Mountains, the Watagan Track winds through the rich eucalypt and rainforest landscapes of the magnificent Corrabare, Heaton and Awaba State Forests. While crossing the Myall and Sugarloaf Ranges you have majestic panoramic views of the Lower Hunter Valley and the Central Coast. The picturesque Congewai Valley also provides scenic farmland views as the walk continues to the town of Teralba located on the shores of Lake Macquarie.

Yuelarbah Track Walk (map 6)

  • Teralba/Newcastle
  • 25 km 1 day
  • Easy/moderate

This walk passes through a variety of landscapes including lake foreshore, urban, dry sclerophyll forest and coastline. Starting at Teralba, walk along Five Islands Road and after crossing Watkins bridge you follow the foreshores of Lake Macquarie around Speers Point to Warners Bay.

On leaving the urban area of Warners Bay, the walk continues through 3 kms of dry sclerophyll forest before reaching the urban areas of Charlestown and Kahibah. Proceed through Glenrock State recreation area by following Flaggy Creek down to Glenrock Lagoon and onto Burwood beach, following the coastline past Merewether, Dixon Park and Bar Beaches to Shepherds Hill to finish at Queens Wharf, Port Hunter.