Hawkesbury Bushwalks

Below are details of the most popular bushwalks in the Hawkesbury area: Always carry water with you, wear suitable clothing and shoes, as well as sunscreen.

For you own health and safety it is advisable to always let someone know what your bushwalking plans are.


Wollemi National Park

Wollemi National Park is the second largest conservation reserve in NSW and covers an area over 487,500 hectares (200,000 hectares of this is the largest remaining wilderness area in NSW). The Hawkesbury has the privilege of being part of this World Heritage area. As well as being home to the famous Wollemi Pine this park is a natural wonderland offering spectacular scenery and a diversity of plant and animal life. The Colo River Valley, which is one of the largest sandstone canyons systems in Australia, runs through the park.
Access to this National Park from the Hawkesbury area is via the northern side of Bells Line of Road west of Richmond, also off Comleroy Road, Kurrajong, as well as on the western side of Putty Road (Singleton Road) north of Windsor.

Wheeny Creek Reserve: Accessible via Comleroy Road, Kurrajong (2WD). Tracks lead both up and down the creek from the picnic area where you will see spectacular Sydney Blue Gums and tall buffs. If the water level is high enough this area is suitable for swimming with nice sandy beaches.
Grade: Easy
Hours: 30 minutes return  

Warrigal Rd off Comleroy Rd:   A lovely walk from the end of Warrigal Road to Wheeny Creek.  Trip back is a steep climb.
Hours: 2 hours return

T3 Track, Mountain Lagoon: To commence this walk you can either park your car in Sam’s Way off Mountain Lagoon Road near the NPWS sign, or take the 4WD track to the end. The track is well sign-posted and leads down to the junction of the Colo River and Tootie Creek; consequently the climb back up is steep. There are side tracks that lead to Cabbage Tree Creek & Condor Trig.
Beware: Cliff Warning
Grade: Hard
Hours:
3 - 4 hours return

Mailes Ridge Walking Track: This is a marked 12km track that descends to Colo Meroo Camping area. Access is from Gospers Ridge Fire Trail, off Mountain Lagoon Road, Mountain Lagoon. This track can be combined with the T3 Walking Track for an overnight trip.
Grade: Experienced
Hours:
5 hours one-way, 23km return

Bob Turner Track, Colo Heights: A well sign-posted walk that is located 700m west of the Shell service station at Colo Heights on the south side of Putty Road, (Singleton Road). Follow 2WD dirt track for 3km to start of the walk. The walk descends down to the riverbank to a lovely picnic area. The return trip is steep. Ensure you carry plenty of water.
Grade: Hard 6km return
Hours:
4 hours return

LOOKOUTS:
Bellbird Lookout is a roadside lookout at the top of the eastern escarpment, 7km west of Kurmond on Bells Line of Road. The views showcase the Hawkesbury Valley and back to the Sydney skyline.

wheeny creek bushwalk
Wheeny Creek Reserve

Blue Mountains National Park

The Blue Mountains National Park is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and covers an area of 247,000 hectares. Blue Mountains National Park is a haven for canyoners and bushwalkers alike. There are many scenic lookouts and walking tracks and this park is one of the major nature-based tourist destinations within Australia. Blue Mountains National Park with its untouched wilderness, its sheer sandstone cliffs, valleys, gorges, rivers and waterfalls is located only one hour from Sydney.
Access to this National Park from the Hawkesbury area is on the southern side of Bells Line of Road, west of Richmond and Kurrajong.

Bowen Mountain:  There are several walks in this area and all are detailed in the Bowen Mountain Bushwalks.

Vale of Avoca:  Cabbage Tree Rd, off the Grose Vale Rd, follow the fire trail from the end of the sealed road to the lookout about 45 minute walk and is steep.  There is a second trail leading off to the left which will take you to the Grose River.
Grade: Moderate but with some steep parts to climb out.

Burralow Creek: Burralow Creek, a tributary of the Grose River, can be reached from two directions. From Kurrajong Heights on Bells Line of Road, turn left into Warks Hill Road then left into Burralow Road and follow the 4WD trail 7 km into the valley. Or further west on Bells Line of Road and 1km east of the ‘Fruit Bowl’, turn left onto the Paterson Range Trail and follow it for 10 km.

 Burralow Rainforest Walk or Bulcamatta Falls Walk: On the western side of Burralow Creek camping area there is a sign-posted track. (To find this track stand with the camp toilet at your back and walk across the camping area, go past the side fence and look for sign near stepping stones across creek). Cross the creek and follow the trail past convict ruins to a small waterfall. Glow-worm grottos can be found in the rock face.
Grade:
Easy 3km return
Hours:
1 hour return

The Gorge Walking Track:  To access this track follow Bells Line of Road 7km west of Bilpin then turn into Valley Ridge Road and follow it for 2km (sealed road) to the Waratah Native Garden Picnic Area. The track leaves from the picnic area wanders around the hillside and overlooks the deep mossy gully of a tributary of Hungerfords Creek. If you look closely you may spot a koala or be lucky enough to see or hear the mimic of a lyrebird.
Grade: Moderate 2km return Hours: 1 hr. return

Mount Banks: Entrance to the Mount Banks picnic area is on the southern side of the Bells Line of Road 6 km past Mount Tomah. There are sign-posted walks to the summit (approx. 1hour.) or to the Explorers Walls (2 hours return). You will see fantastic views of the Grose River Gorge as well as distant views of Katoomba and Blackheath.
Grade:
Moderate 11km return
Hours:
2 – 4hours return

Walls Lookout: This walk is well sign-posted. Turn off Bells Line of Road 11km west of Mount Tomah. Travel along gravel road for 1 km to picnic area where walks commence. Park in top carpark. This walk offers spectacular views over the Grose Valley.
Grade: Moderate 3km return
Hours: 1 hour return

Pierces Pass: This walk is well sign-posted. Turn off Bells Line of Road 11km west of Mount Tomah. Travel along gravel road for 1 km to picnic area where walks commence. Park in top carpark. This walk starts off quite gently as you enter the Grose Valley, however, be prepared for steep descent and ascent with many steps. Walk leads you onto a lush rainforest gorge before emerging at the base of cliff lines providing views of the valley.
Grade: Difficult 5km return
Hours: 3 hours return

Rigby Hill: From Pierces Pass Picnic area follow the steep track to the top of Rigby Hill for great views over the Grose Valley.
Grade:
Moderate 1.5km
Hours:
1 hour return

LOOKOUTS:
Vale of Avoca Lookout
is located at the end of Cabbage Tree Road, Grose Vale. Travel along Bells Line of Road at North Richmond and turn onto Grose Vale Road. Turning into Cabbage Tree Road and follow to end.

The majestic cliffs of the Grose Valley, from the end of Yileen Canyon, Blue Mountains National Park

Grose Valley Blue Moutains National Park

The Grose Valley from the cliffs on the far side of Mt Banks

Grose Valley From Mt. Banks

Yengo National Park

Yengo National Park stretches for over 70 kilometres from Wisemans Ferry to the Hunter Valley. Yengo consists of a wild area of steep gorges and rocky ridges, and forms an integral, natural link from east to west, between the coastal region and the Hawkesbury Valley.

Access to Yengo National Park is via Windsor on the Putty Road (Singleton Road), via Wisemans Ferry on St. Albans Road, and Settlers Road, via St. Albans on Wollombi Road and Mogo Creek Road, and south of Wollombi on George Downes Drive.

Circuit Flat Bridge and Old Great North Road: Starting from Mogo Creek Camping area this track winds its way to the Circuit Flat Bridge. Continuing on brings you to the Old Great North Road.
Grade: Easy 6 km return
Hours: 2 hours return


Yengo national park

Circuit Flat Bridge and Old Great North Road

Old Great North Road

Old Great North Road

Dharug National Park

Dharug National Park is located on the north of the Hawkesbury River opposite Wisemans Ferry, adjacent to Yengo National Park. Dharug National Park contains a substantial section of the historic Old Great North Road, the original convict road connecting Sydney and Newcastle. The Old Great North Road has easy access and is fun to explore.

Access to Dharug National Park is via Wisemans Ferry Road and Settlers Road at Wisemans Ferry.

Old Great North Road: Accessible from Settlers Road (on the way to St. Albans) on the northern side of the Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry. This historic area offers great evidence of convict life, road construction work and the role of convict labour in the development of NSW. To walk the full extent of the Old Great North Road takes several days however, there are a number of short walks around the Wisemans Ferry area that offer great views of the Hawkesbury River and the surrounding valleys. These walks range from gentle 1 hour walks to 3-4 hour challenges.

Devines Hill: This walk involves a gradual ascent providing an insight into the hardships faced by the convicts during the construction of the Old Great North Road and the amazing achievements it took to complete the road. View towering buttresses, quarries and Hangmans Rock. Information signs detail the methods used in construction. The track commences 0.5km west of the ferry on the northern side of the Hawkesbury River.
Grade: Moderate 3.6km return
Hours: 1hour 30 min return

Finchs Line:  Finchs Line is the original ascent of the Old Great North Road, abandoned due to its steepness. Finchs line is now a beautiful 3-4 hour walk with spectacular scenery and lookouts. You can complete a circular walk of about 9km (including 2km along Wisemans Ferry Road) to ascending Devines Hill and descending along Finchs Line.
Grade: Moderate 9 km return
Hours: 3-4 hours return

Shepherds Gully and Sternbecks Gully are both beautiful walks through a cool rainforest and provides an ideal circular walk lasting 1-2 hours. Shepherds Gully Road starts 9 kilometres north west of the main ferry landing on the Settlers Road to St. Albans on the northern side of the Hawkesbury River. The road gradually ascends, and after about 15 minutes walking you will be able to see the remains of a small bridge in a gully below the road. This is where you have a choice of continuing along Shepherds Gully or taking Sternbecks Gully Road. Sternbecks Gully Road reveals examples of early stone walling construction styles and colonial graffiti. These two roads merge again about 100 metres below the gate at the top of Devines Hill.
Grade:
Moderate 1km return
Hours:
1hour return

Ten Mile Hollow is on the Old Great North Road 16km from Wisemans Ferry. Turn right at the top of Devines Hill and continue along the road which soon narrows. After 10km a major intersection is reached. The Western Commission Track comes in from the right and although closed to public vehicles, it may be used by cyclists and walkers who want to make a round trip back to the ferry.
Turn left at the intersection and after passing the buildings at the Wat Buddha Dhamma retreat, the Ten Mile Hollow camping area is reached. A water tank and pit toilet are provided.  This is an ideal place to camp overnight to visit Clare’s Bridge, 1km further along the road, or to explore Simpsons Track.

The Grass Tree Circuit is a pleasant 1.5km level walk which commences at Mill Creek Picnic Area.
Grade: Easy 1.5km
Hours:
1 hour return

The 11km Walking Track is a rugged track with steep climbs which also commences at the Mill Creek Picnic Area
Grade: Hard 11km return
Hours: 4 hours return

Darug national Park
Photo: Copyright Anthony Dunk
Dharug National Park

Scheyville National Park

Scheyville National Park is located 5km east of Windsor and is 954 hectares in size. The park protects a large remaining portion of the Cumberland Plain woodland, which is an ecosystem threatened by urban expansion. Longneck Lagoon lies within the park and is a significant wetland area.

Access is from Pitt Town Road (off Windsor Road), turn into Saunders Road and follow the signs to Scheyville National Park. Alternatively from Boundary Road, turn into Old Pitt Town Road and follow sign to Scheyville Road. The park can also be accessed from Whitmore Road, Marayla.

Longneck Lagoon has a series of walking tacks around the lagoon. This is a great area for bird watching and is a very picturesque wetland environment. Access is on the eastern side of Cattai Road, park just before the bridge.
Grade:
Easy 3 – 4 km return
Hours:
1 hour return

A History Walking Trail starts from the National Parks Office. You will find plenty of informative signs describing the early European occupation of this area. Access from Old Pitt Town Road.
Grade: Easy 1km return
Hours: 2 hours return

Cattai National Park

Cattai National Park is located 15km from Windsor alongside the Hawkesbury River. The park contains pockets of small wetlands areas, tall forests and gallery rainforest. Part of the park was an original first fleet grant and contains important historic and archaeological resources.

Access to the park is well signposted from Cattai Road, Maraylya. On the eastern side of the road, turn into Mitchell Park Road for the Field Studies Centre.

Mitchell Park (via Mitchell Park Road off Cattai Road) offers more than 5 km of bushwalking tracks. Some of these have interpretive signs. Enjoy a rainforest walk; wander through the paper barks or over sandstone outcrops.

Mount Wilson

Mount Wilson is a quaint mountain village which is famous for its beautiful gardens and cool climate conditions. It is part of the Blue Mountains National Park and features some superb walks and scenery.

Mount Wilson is a 60 minute drive from Richmond off Bells Line of Road. The turnoff is 14km west of Mount Tomah. The township is well signposted and is 8 km off Bells Line of Road.

Cathedral of Ferns walk starts from Cathedral Reserve on Mount Irvine Road and is a must for all visitors to Mount Wilson. The walk features a magnificent rainforest with towering tree ferns. Follow the path and turn right onto the track. This track circles to the left, keep going to the left. (Do not go through the private property gate!)
Grade: Easy
Hours: 30 min return

Waterfall Circuit Track features superb rainforest vegetation including giant coachwood, sassafras, corkwood and tree ferns; as well as delightful waterfalls on Waterfall Creek. From Waterfall Reserve on Waterfall Road, veer left as you head across the picnic grounds to the start of the track. The track follows the creek past two waterfalls, one small and one large, then returns to the reserve.
Grade: A little steep in parts
Hours:
1 hour return

Chinaman’s Hat From De Faurs Rocks (beside the Fire Station), follow the track along the cliff top that wanders south. You have beautiful views of Bell, the Wollangambe River, De Faur and Bell Creeks. At Chinaman’s Hat, you will see markings on the rocks, which were made when Aboriginal sharpened their tools. The walk returns below the cliffs, joining the Pheasant’s Cave walk. Grade: The return is rather steep
Hours: 45 min return

Wollangambe River Track Commence this walk on the Avenue between the Study Centre and the war Memorial. Follow the fire trail for approximately one kilometer and then follow the sign pointing to the track leading from the fire trail. Enjoy the views through this part of the track and where the path divides around a stand of rocks; take the track to the left. Continue walking across the top and you will eventually see that the river is on both sides of you, the path will divide and you can make a choice of direction.

The track to the left will take you upstream, where you can picnic at “the beach”. Follow the rough track upstream, on the right, and you will come to the junction of Bell Creek and the Wollangambe River. Cross here and continue up the magnificent ravine on the right. Where you can walk beside the water, walk to the left.

The track to the right will lead downstream. You will soon come to the river. If you feel like it, by taking off your shoes you could wander down the sandy stretchers of the river to the start of the canyons.
Grade: This is very rough and wild country and is quite a haul back up the mountain.
Hours: 3 – 4 hours

LOOKOUTS:

De Faurs Lookout Follow The Avenue for 0.9km and turn left down a gravel road at the Bush Fire Brigade Shed. Follow this for a further 0.4km. This lookout provides spectacular views over the canyon country of the Wollangambe River.

Wynns Rock Lookout Travel to the junction of Queens Avenue and The Avenue. Travel for 1.3km along Queens Avenue and Wynns Lookout Road. This lookout provides wonderful views over the valley of Bowens Creek.

Other Reserves and Walks

Swallow Reach Rock Walking Trail – Ebenezer Swallow Rock Reach Walking Trail is found to the right of the Ebenezer Church parking area, Coromandel Road, Ebenezer. Picnic facilities are available before you enter the trailhead. This 45 minute (return) walk follows the river with lookouts and interpretive signs; ends at Ebenezer Wharf Road.

Bowen Creek take Mt. Irvine Road off Bells Line of Road at Bilpin; park car at barricade and walk down the old road to Bowen Creek.
Grade: Steep Grade uphill on return
Hours: 2 hours return

Woods Reserve take Grose Wold Road, then Avoca Road & Woods Reserve Road. The track from the end of Woods Reserve Road goes down to the Hawkesbury River.
Grade: Steep scramble back up from the river
Hours: 1 hour return

Poets Rock park at the southern end of Lt. Bowen Drive, Bowen Mountain.  Head south along the main firetrail and after 100 metres take the left hand trail that heads gradually down the hill.  Follow this firetrail for a couple of km's until it ends.  A foottrack on the right hand side winds through the bush for 200m to Poets Rock; views of the Cumberland Plain and the Grose River.
Hours: 1.5 hours return