Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Cowan to Brooklyn Trail

Home > Sydney > Walks | Outdoor | National Parks | Free | Adventure
by LG (subscribe)
Published August 8th 2022
A taste of The Great North Walk
Cowan to Brooklyn Trail
Destination Brooklyn

One-way trails can be awkward, as you either need two cars or be prepared to walk back the way you came unless there is a train station at either end. As luck would have it, both Cowan and Brooklyn are home to train stations, so you can opt to start this trail from either side, though you might want to begin at Cowan for reasons that will come apparent.

Situated approximately 40km north of Sydney, it takes one train and around one hour to travel to Cowan from Central Station. It is important to note that to be able to alight at Cowan you must be travelling in the rear 4 carriages (or the front 4 carriages if travelling from the north).

The 11km trail starts as soon as you exit the station, cross over the pedestrian railroad crossing and follow the signs to The Great North Walk and into Ku-ring-gai National Park. The route gets tricky fairly quickly and more so if the ground is wet, and the first 5km is slow going and tough on the legs. You will feel the burn with multiple climbs down to the water and back up again, the toughest of which is around 200m straight up a rocky path

Cowan to Brooklyn Trail
A steep climb

The track is mostly single and uneven for the first 5km, and certainly not runnable as you will be faced with obstacles which include crossing slippery creeks, navigating tree-rooted paths and rocky inclines. Walking poles would certainly come in handy.

Cowan to Brooklyn Trail
Tricky terrain

The trail isn't difficult to stay on, as there aren't any junctions with other tracks, so it's unlikely that you'll find yourself lost. The only problem with the first part of the trail is that due to its technical nature your eyeballs are mostly looking down, so don't forget to stop to have a look around occasionally.

Cowan to Brooklyn Trail
Enjoy the view

Eventually, you will complete your final ascent and reach the second part of the track, the fire trail. From here on it is a fairly easy 6km down into Brooklyn, and the runners among you will be able to let rip. However the last 150m or so is a very steep descent on a concrete path.

Cowan to Brooklyn Trail
Home stretch

At Brooklyn, you will find The Anglers Rest Hotel, or you can head round to the waterfront where you will find a selection of eateries to replenish your energy supplies.

Whilst you don't need great navigational skills, this trek does require you to have a reasonable level of fitness as it is very challenging and technical. But if you do manage to take it on, you will most definitely have earned yourself a beer or some fish and chips afterwards.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  123
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? For a technical challenge
When: Daylight hours
Where: Cowan
Cost: Free
Your Comment
What a great picture that you took, really love them
by Mindo Koerber (score: 2|375) 37 days ago
Top Events
Popular Articles