Hike Berowra Valley to Mount Kuring-gai
This hike was a tough one. Though it probably shouldn't have been. And you shouldn’t be put off giving it a go! Clocking in at around 10 or so kilometres, the trek from Berowra to Mount Kuring-gai via Naa Badu lookout on a section of the Great North Walk can generally be knocked out in a few hours.
The Great North Walk
The Great North Walk is a 250km track between Newcastle and Sydney. Given its proximity to Sydney, the Central Coast, and Newcastle — and all the smaller towns along the way — people often hike sections of the Great North Walk as day hikes or shorter multi-day hikes.
Day Hike: Berowra Valley to Mount Kuring-gai
The morning I tackled this hike I started out a little later than I'd planned. That combined with my many photo jaunts meant that I spent the final couple of hours — slicked in a layer of greasy sunscreen and sweat — hiking up a reasonably steep gully in 32 degree Sydney summer heat.
The last half a kilometre on the sealed road between the trailhead and the highway took all of my effort to not collapse in a sweaty heap. I was exhausted.
Dreaming of an icy lemon Calippo and motivated by the thought of drinking something that wasn't the now warm water in my day pack, I slowly made my way. Euphoria looked like a highway with a train station on one side and a grocery store on other.
All of that aside, I'm glad I did this stretch of track with its soft morning light through the trees, deafening cicada sounds of summer, the stunning view from the lookout over the tree filled valley and its winding creek, the ferns, creekside saltmarsh, sandstone caves, and the tiny cascades and rock pools under the shade of tall trees in the gully.
How to get to the Berowra to Mount Kuring-gai hike
Choose which end you’d like to start at and the track head is a short distance from each train station. There are signs pointing to the Great North Walk and you can look up the train on Google Maps too if you need a steer. I started at Berowara train station and ended at Mount Kuring-gai station before getting the train back into the city.