Gordon to Hornsby (overnight at Scout camp)

Download & Print Map and Notes

2 Days

25.8 km One way

1024 m

Hard track
This overnight walk starts from Gordon train station and winds through bush filled valleys to Hornsby station. From Gordon station, the walk winds down past the Gordon golf course to the Great North Walk, then continues north through the Lane Cove Valley before staying overnight at the Baden Powell scout camp. The next day, the walk continues along the Great North Walk, through Thornleigh and down into the Berowra Valley Regional Park, following Berowra creek to the beautiful Fishponds waterhole. From here, the walk passes up through a piece of the old Blue Gum High Forest to Hornsby Quarry, and on to Hornsby train station.

Maps for the Gordon to Hornsby (overnight at Scout camp) 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
Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series 91303N PARRAMATTA RIVER NSW-91303N
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Gordon to Hornsby (overnight at Scout camp) bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Gordon to Hornsby (overnight at Scout camp)

Daily actual walking time estimates

Day Walking Time Length
1 4 hrs 39 mins 13.7 km
2 4 hrs 24 mins 12.2 km

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 25.8 km
Time 2 Days

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 Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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


13km of this walk has short steep hills and another 8km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 3.6km is flat with no steps and the remaining 1.6km is very steep.

Quality of track

11km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 10km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 2.7km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 1.4km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


14km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 11km is clearly signposted. The remaining (800m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required

16km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 9km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (990m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.


Around 22km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 4.1km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


Around 16km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 10km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Gordon to Hornsby (overnight at Scout camp) walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Gordon to Hornsby (overnight at Scout camp) walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Gordon to Hornsby (overnight at Scout camp) walk starts at the Gordon Station (gps: -33.756038, 151.15425)
Your transport options to Gordon Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

The Gordon to Hornsby (overnight at Scout camp) 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



Short URL = http://wild.tl/gthwoabpsc

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 🙂