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Jerusalem Bay Track

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by Margarita Steinhardt (subscribe)
A wildlife photographer and blogger, I spend my free time finding and photographing wildlife in different parts of the world. Check out my blog at https://www.thewildlifediaries.com/
Published October 21st 2016
A scenic walk north of Sydney
Only an hour north of Sydney, Jerusalem Bay track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers an excellent opportunity to get a taste of the Great North Walk that runs for 250 kilometres between Sydney and Newcastle.

Jerusalem Bay track
Jerusalem Bay track


When to visit: Any time
Distance: 4.9km return
Time required: 2 hrs
Level of difficulty: Moderate (due to the steep climb at the start of the track)

Jerusalem Bay track starts at Cowan train station and continues for 2.4 kilometres to Jerusalem Bay. The start of the track is well signposted from the station. Follow the signs to Brooklyn. Do not be discouraged by the steep decent at the beginning of the trail it is the only steep part of the walk. Once over the initial climb, the track meanders through open eucalypt woodland descending to the bottom of the gully. Here the track runs along Cowan creek through wet eucalypt forest, past mighty trunks of fallen gum trees and small waterfalls.

Jerusalem Bay track
Eucalypt tree


Towards the Bay the creek widens and the forest opens up over it, turning the water a light shade of blue that contrasts dramatically with dark green forest on its banks.

Jerusalem Bay track
Fallen tree


Jerusalem Bay is a pleasant spot for a picnic, with vistas of Cowan creek stretching out to the horizon, boats bobbing up and down on the water and puffer fish cruising between the rocks in the shallows.

Jerusalem Bay
Jerusalem Bay


After lunch, you could either retrace your steps to Cowan train station or follow the track all the way to Brooklyn for another 11 kilometers, if you have enough daylight left. The entire track from Cowan to Brooklyn takes about 5.5 hours.

Jerusalem Bay track
Small waterfall on Cowan creek
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Why? To enjoy the great outdoors
When: Anytime
Phone: (02) 9472 8949
Where: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Cost: Free
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This map is Africa. Jerusalem Bay is part of the Kuring-gai NP. NSW Australia !
by Sandy (score: 0|2) 1115 days ago
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