Berowra to Hornsby

9 hrs 18 mins

22.6 km One way

1423 m

Hard track
One of the longer day walks in Berowra Valley National Park, this walk mostly follows Berowra Creek along the Great North Walk. Excellent views of the creek can be expected, especially at places like Crosslands and Fishponds. Be sure to pace yourself and take regular breaks. Crosslands and Tunks Ridge Reserve are popular rest places. Note this walk was re-routed in early 2016 to go via the streets of Hornsby Heights. This re-route is due to the multi-agency decision to close the Fishponds to Steele Bridge section of the Benowie Track. This decision has upset many people and the protest continues.

Maps for the Berowra to Hornsby walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series 91304S HORNSBY NSW-91304S
Cowan 1:25 000 Map Series 91304N COWAN NSW-91304N
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Berowra to Hornsby bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Berowra to Hornsby

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 22.6 km
Time 9 hrs 18 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


10km of this walk has short steep hills and another 7km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 3.3km is very steep and the remaining 3.1km is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 7km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 3.6km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 3.4km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


Around 15km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 8km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

11km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 11km requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (670m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 23km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 13km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 10km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Berowra to Hornsby walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Berowra to Hornsby walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Berowra to Hornsby walk starts at the Berowra Station (gps: -33.62318, 151.15328)
Your transport options to Berowra Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

The Berowra to Hornsby ends at the Hornsby Train Station (gps: -33.703509, 151.09801)
Your transport options to Hornsby Train Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt :)