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Great North Walk


1. Impasse of Calna Bridge

The Calna Creek footbridge connecting Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights and the Great North Walk north of Sam's Creek was made impassable during a high rainfall event. Therefore access to the Great North Walk is from Glenview Road at Mount Ku-ring-gai. Management agencies are working to restore access to this section of the Great North Walk however it is currently unknown when this section of track will be reopened.  

2.  Changes   have occurred to drinking water/shower conditions on sections of Map 3 The Hawkesbury Track (pdf) and Map 5 The Watagan Track (pdf). For more information contact Crown Lands on T: 1300 886 235 or email: image Great North Walk poster

The Great North Walk, a 250 kilometre bush walking track linking Sydney city with the Hunter Valley and Newcastle, is a one-stop-shop of the best scenery highlights NSW has to offer.

Passing through a diverse range of natural habitats and bushland as well as rural and urban settings, including Sydney Harbour, Berowra Valley, Hawkesbury River, Watagan Mountains, Lake Macquarie and the Newcastle coastline, The Great North Walk is a must-see for bushwalkers and nature lovers alike.

Wine lovers are also catered for, with 75 kilometres of link tracks connecting the walk to the Pokolbin vineyards and to the Sydney-Newcastle bus and railway lines. 

With camping grounds, water stations and other facilities scattered throughout, the walk boasts lookouts, rainforest, a plethora of diverse native flora and fauna, sandstone ridges, coastal terrain and well-maintained boardwalks.

Shorter walks for all fitness levels can also be undertaken on the track, ranging in length from a few hours to a few days. See our colourful track overview (PDF 669 kb) which details shorter walks available on the Great North Walk and the route the walk takes from Sydney to Newcastle.

For further information or assistance on the Great North Walk track, contact Crown Lands on T: 1300 886 235 or email: complete our enquiry form

To help plan and enjoy the Great North Walk, a map kit has been produced to provide general information such as the localities of main and link tracks, public transport, flora, fauna, points of interest, historical background and geology etc.

The kit has six individual maps in easy foldout format, enclosed weatherproof plastic sleeve. The kit also contains details on the six shorter walks available to hikers.

To obtain a Great North Walk Discovery kit for $20 (plus postage and handling) from the NSW Trade and Investment Book Shop at Maitland, call (02) 4931 6666 or email

You can also use the order form (PDF 138kb). 

Waterfall on the Great North WalkHistory

The Great North Walk was initially constructed as a celebration of Australias Bicentenary in 1988.

In 1981, two walkers from Sydney, Garry McDougall and Leigh Shearer-Heriot, came up with the idea to walk from Sydney to Newcastle. After spending some time identifying an appropriate route, they decided to try and create a formal track.

In 1983 they approached the NSW Bicentennial Committee for support. Minor grants followed and in 1986, the Bicentennial Committee allocated a major grant. The track was then adopted by The Department of Lands and became a reality in 1988.

Crown Lands continues to undertake its maintenance, construction, conservation enhancement and future development.

It is estimated that more than 40,000 local, interstate and international visitors use the walk annually, either taking the challenge of the full 12-16 day hike, or enjoying shorter walks of one or two days in different sections of the walk.

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