17.2 km, 8 hour hard walk
This bushwalk explores some of the most spectacular scenery in the Hornsby area, featuring big views with big hills, so it’s really for the regular walker and reasonably fit. Start with a coffee at Mt Ku-ring-gai, then explore the sandstone caves and waterfalls as you wander down Lyrebird Gully to the lovely open salt marsh near Calna Creek Bridge.
Wander alongside Berowra Creek before climbing the infamous Sam’s Creek Hill, before enjoying the spectacular views from Naa Badu Lookout. Continue along the Great North Walk enjoying the cliff and water views before a good, solid lunch at Berowra Waters.
After refuelling there’s another hill – I did warn you about the hills! But it’s worth it as at the top, you reclaim the picturesque views of Berowra Waters. Continue through the remote area, crossing a few lovely creeks and finishing the walk at Cowan Station.
It’s a stunning day out for those who are fit and up for an adventure, especially if you enjoy a cafe lunch. You can make this walk a bit easier by skipping Lyrebird Gully and starting from Berowra Station. A great way to enjoy the truly wild parts of Sydney on public transport, or by car.
If using public transport: start the walk by catching the train to Mt Kuring-gai Station. Once you leave the platform, turn right at the bottom of the station stairs to follow the Great North Walk sign over the highway, past the shops to the signposted track head at Glenview Rd. There is also free on-street parking in Glenview Rd. The walk finishes at Cowan Station where you can catch the train back home or back to the start of the walk.