Refuge Rock and Natural Arch

Download & Print Map and Notes

30 mins

1.4 km Return

38 m

Moderate track
A very nice walk through a small part of the Berowra Valley Regional Park. The extensive rock platforms of Refuge Rock make a beautiful place to relax and explore. The optional side trip to see the natural rock arch is well worth it, adding some really beautiful scenery to the walk. Another great bushland walk in the midst of the suburbs.

Maps for the Refuge Rock and Natural Arch 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
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Refuge Rock and Natural Arch bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Refuge Rock and Natural Arch

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 1.4 km
Time 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
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


This whole walk, 690m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

This whole walk, 690m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


This whole walk, 690m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 690m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 690m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 690m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Refuge Rock and Natural Arch walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Refuge Rock and Natural Arch walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Refuge Rock and Natural Arch walk starts and ends at the End of Trevors Ln (gps: -33.708264, 151.05772)
Your transport options to End of Trevors Ln are by;
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 🙂