Berowra Valley Nationall Park is managed by NSW Parks & Wildlife Service.
Friends of Berowra Valley inc. is an authorised community service group dedicated to assist the managers in the support of the Park
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1: Jungo Walk
Pennant Hills circuit
Bellamy Street, Pennant Hills, to the Jungo, to Boundary Road, returning to Bellamy Street by public streets
About 2 hours
Single car, or one car at Bellamy Street and another at Boundary Road; or by train or bus
Official track, except for optional Morrison Place exit section
The walk, which is part of the Great North Walk, passes through a clearing known as the ‘Jungo’, and it
overlaps sections of Walk 4: Elouera, and Walk 2: Callicoma. The walk is a circuit, the final 1.5 km section being on public streets and through school grounds.
The beginning of this walk is at the northern end of Bellamy Street, about 1.6 km from both Pennant Hills and Thornleigh stations. There is a water bubbler at the Bellamy Street parking area, and along the walk there are
suitable spots for picnics. The distance to the clearing known locally as the Jungo is 1.6 km.
Bellamy Street is named after landowner and special constable James Bellamy (1798-1875).
Close to the end of Bellamy
Street is the site of the old zigzag railway settlement of the 1880s known as the Halls Creek camp, and before that known as Slaughterhouse Paddock, both long vanished and now built over by housing. The first of several access
points to traces of the old zigzag railway is on the right at the end of the fence of the first house below the Bellamy Street parking area. Zig Zag Creek, as Halls Creek is now known, and the line of the old zigzag railway, may
be reached after about 100 m along this side track.
Return to the main concrete pathway and after about 150 m cross a tributary to Zig Zag Creek.
On the higher and drier ground to the left is flora typical of Sydney
sandstone. The taller trees are Sydney Peppermint Eucalyptus piperita with rough bark on the trunk and smooth upper branches with hanging strips of bark, and the Sydney Red Gum Angophora costata, with its pink-tan
smooth bark and twisted branches. Under the canopy grow some large Heath-leaved Banksia Banksia ericifolia, which from January to May bear spikes about 20cm long of red and yellow flowers.
About 150 m from the ford,
at a 15 m high green metal sewer vent, the concrete cycleway branches off to the right and leads to the Historic quarry. For the present walk, carry straight on along the Great North Walk.
Zig Zag Creek to the Jungo
WALK 1: JUNGO AND WALK 4: ELOUERA OVERLAP STARTS HERE
The track leaves the fire trail and becomes a narrow path following Zig Zag Creek. Soon you pass through an extensive patch of Lomandra longifolia, herbaceous plants with long straplike
There are views of a steep sheltered cliff on the right. The sunlight slants down through the canopy of Sydney Peppermints Eucalyptus piperita and Sydney Red Gums Angophora costata to highlight leaves,
plants and rocks in the dimness of the gully. Old Man Banksia Banksia serrata, as well as Hairpin Banksia Banksia spinulosa and Heath-leaved Banksia Banksia ericifolia, all grow along here and can be seen
flowering from summer to winter. There are also ferns and grass trees.
After about 300 m and just before a walk-marker-post, a side path to the right descends to the sound of running water, opening onto a 10 m-diameter
rocky clearing through which the creek passes, trickling down a broad waterfall cascade into a pool of similar size. This is the waterfall below the quarry and hopper site mentioned in the section on the ‘Historic quarry and
River Rose Bauera rubioides, Graceful Bush-Pea Pultenaea flexilis and Handsome Flat Pea Platylobium formosum, flower profusely in spring, as do black-centred deep pink Black-eyed Susan Tetratheca thymifolia,
whose flowers face the ground.
Continue along the main track. Many of the trees have burnt-out trunks where bushfire has reached the central heartwood. When the outer part, the sapwood, survives, so does the
About halfway to the Jungo, just after a pair of 1 m-diameter Sydney Red Gums, you cross a timber bridge over north-flowing Tedbury Creek, which rises in the vicinity of Observatory Park on Pennant Hills Road, Pennant
Hills. This bridge and others like it make access easier and prevent disturbance to the plants growing on the banks. Note the soft-leaved fern Common Maidenhair Adiantum aethiopicum. Fallen trees and a few large tree stumps
along the track remind walkers of the timber-getting era in this area. Eventually the logs decay and add nutrients to the soil, and new trees grow to replace them.
The track rises slightly and you pass through open-forest
of Sydney Red Gums and Sydney Peppermints. The valley closes in with the sandstone piling up on both sides, steeper on the right (or north-east); this is one of the prettiest sections of the walk.
Those with sharp eyes may
spot a concentric rings pattern on a boulder beside a pair of fallen logs (the left hand boulder of a pair almost opposite one another flanking the track). These boulders are just past another pair of boulders and a large fallen
mossy log, cut to clear the track. Some 250 m further on, and 10 m off to the left, a boulder has a hole through it.
WALK 1: JUNGO AND
WALK 4: ELOUERA OVERLAP ENDS
Detour to the Historic Quarry
The concrete cycleway to the right replaced the old quarry road constructed about 1912. It re-crosses Zig Zag Creek then ascends to the top of the hill
160 m away. This is the site of the Historic Quarry and the end of the one-time zigzag railway branch line. (For details see Walk 4: Elouera , as well as the section ‘Historic Quarry and Zigzag railway’ in
Zig Zag Creek is a low-volume watercourse typical of sandstone areas in Sydney, but it comes rapidly
to life during wet or stormy weather. The waterfall near the Historic Quarry is one of many such impressive water features in the Park This photograph may also be familiar as the cover of the
Guide to Elouera Bushland Natural Park.
Umbrella Fern Sticherus flabellatus
.Graceful Bush-pea Pultenaea flexilis
Today the Jungo is an open flat sandstone space loosely covered with sand, grass and a few shrubs, about 20 m across, where the track meets the fire trail to Schofield Parade, Pennant Hills, coinciding briefly with the Great
Near the Jungo Rest Area there used to be a popular swimming hole at the junction of Zig Zag Creek and Berowra Creek, both of which flow to the north in the direction of Westleigh, Hornsby and Berowra Waters. Here
the water used to be clear and deep but by 2000 it was silted-up and overgrown. The site of the waterhole can be found by following the exposed sandstone in the Jungo picnic area down through the bushes to the creek.
Old Swimming holes
There used to be a number of swimming holes in the Park. Two of these are further downstream and were known as Big Sandy and Little Sandy. These are also now silted up from the combined effects of quarrying and sub-division in
the catchment in earlier times.
Trees of interest here include an almost pure stand of Narrow-leaved Apple Angophora bakeri. These have contorted limbs and narrow leaves, and generally grow on poor sandy soils or
At the Jungo, temporarily join Walk 2: Callicoma. This is a circular track opened in 1995 from the Lakes of Cherrybrook. A signboard shows that the Lakes are 1.7 km away in the direction of Fishponds and 3.4 km in
the direction of the Cumberland State Forest.
The Jungo to the metal bridge
WALK 1: JUNGO AND WALK 2: CALLICOMA OVERLAP STARTS
Take the fire trail to the left and follow
the track up the slope westwards, rather than the GNW track, which leads downhill over the ford across Berowra Creek. Continue up the hill, leaving the fire trail when it sweeps away to the left.
The walking track goes
straight on, dropping down to Berowra Creek beside a rock overhang. In the dimness of a narrow gully, almost rainforest, are Coachwood Ceratopetalum apetalum, Black Wattle Callicoma serratifolia, and Water Gum Tristaniopsis laurina,
which block out much of the sky. The Umbrella Fern Sticherus flabellatus lines the track and mossy boulders lie in the creek. The track follows the creek, twisting and turning among the rocks.
Follow along beside Berowra Creek, diminishing now in its upper reaches. The track rises steadily then descends by a flight of 25 log steps back to the creek bank. A few hundred metres of shady walking in near-rainforest conditions, mostly beside the stream, leads to marker 5 of the Callicoma Walk, then to a fallen tree forming a log bridge and about 10 m later a narrow single-person metal bridge, which you cross.
Callicoma Walk Marker 5
The most common tree here is Coachwood with its distinctive grey blotches or lichen spots on the trunks. Coachwood’s close relative, Christmas Bush Ceratopetalum gummiferum, is also present. Turpentine Syncarpia glomulifera
can be seen from the bridge.
Long-term effects of weathering on the Hawkesbury sandstone of the Park have resulted in waterfalls and gullies. In the water under the bridge you can see evidence of this process in the grains of
sand that are gradually transported away to cause siltation, as at the Jungo downstream.
About 150 m further along the track, on the right, is a natural rock shelter large enough for a dozen adults standing.
until, just after another natural log crossing, Berowra Creek joins Nyrippin Creek, which the path then follows. Almost immediately afterwards, cross Nyrippin Creek by means of log steps and five vertical concrete cylindrical
Twining Guinea Flower Hibbertia dentata, a climber with large yellow flowers, grows near the creek.
WALK 1: JUNGO AND WALK 2: CALLICOMA OVERLAP ENDS
A Coachwood Ceratopetalum apetalum seedling rises beside the fallen trunk of an adult tree.
Attractive waterfall and former swimming hole on Berowra Creek near Morrison Place in average weather conditions
The waterfall near Morrison Place in full storm flow - well worth a quick look on a stormy day!
Returning to a car in Bellamy Street
- Turn left on Boundary Road.
- Turn left at the traffic lights into Bellamy Street.
- Proceed to the far end.
More scenic route
- Turn left on Boundary Road.
- Turn left opposite Lutanda Close onto the 1 m concrete footpath leading to Pennant Hills High School.
- Follow the path past the sports courts and continue straight ahead across an oval.
- Turn left at the footpath parallel to the power lines beyond.
- Cut across the oval towards the power pylon.
- Leave the school grounds at the Tedbury Creek exit.
- Cross Lawrence Street into Wearne Avenue.
- At the end of Wearne Avenue, turn right into Thorn Street.
- Turn left at Bellamy Street.
- Proceed to the end. Do not continue round into Stevens Street, but go straight on into the ‘no through road’ section of Bellamy
Street to the end.
Stepping stones to the waterfall
The path forks on the other side of the crossing, with the Callicoma Walk turning off to the right or south following Nyrippin Creek towards Cherrybrook. Ignore the Callicoma Walk turn off and take the Great North Walk,
continuing straight on (south-east), along Berowra Creek.
For several hundred metres the track follows close to the creek, heading upstream. At a 2 m-long sandstone ‘paving rock’ close to a Sydney Red Gum Angophora costata,
if you are curious about the sound of water, take the side path to the left. This leads to a waterfall about 8 m in height, with a pool below it.
The track then rises from creek level to the drier gully sides where
Graceful Bush-pea Pultenaea flexilis, golden in spring, is found.
At the top of the rise, at a flat exposed area with a sandstone outcropping ridge on the right, side paths on the left lead to the site of a heavily
silted pool below a second waterfall, once a considerable swimming hole. During heavy rain, this waterfall (6 m wide, 8 m high, with an overhanging rock-ledge) is spectacular. On the far side, a 600 mm hole in the sandstone
overhang allows the water to run through. By using a lower side path it is possible with little difficulty to get behind the waterfall curtain. The River Rose Bauera rubioides and ferns grow round about.
Just after the waterfall there is a second 15 m-high green metal sewer vent. Continue along the main track for two ways to complete this walk.
Morrison Place exit
By keeping to the left when the path forks, it is possible to reach either Morrison Place or the Boundary Road exit, but as the track may be indistinct these options are best left to those with local knowledge.
Great North Walk exit
This is the preferred, more picturesque and easier route. Avoid the Morrison Place path to the left and continue along the walking track following the Great North Walk signs.
The next feature
of note stands several hundred metres after the Morrison Place turn-off: a large Sydney Red Gum beside the path with broadly spreading roots, one of the largest such specimens in the Park.
When the path approaches the creek
again, take a turn-off to the left to see another flat sandstone portion of the creek bed. This is about 10 m wide, ending in a waterfall lip, with a modest 1 m fall, scenic after rain.
Piled boulders on the right in the form
of massive walls and roof could provide a natural refuge in heavy rain.
After a well-shaded section of bush with many Turpentines (trees with very rough bark with greyish leaves, flowers like a eucalypt and fruits like
‘flying saucers), the roar of traffic heralds the walk’s end in Boundary Road, just below Kitchener Road.
Black Wattle Callicoma serratifolia, is one of the common plants encountered along the track.
‘Callicoma’ means ‘a head of hair’, poetically characteristic of wattles in flower. ‘Serratifolia’ means ‘saw-toothed leaf’ — an apt description.
A sign in the reserve
near the footbridge shows bushwalk distances: Berowra Waters, 27 km; Sydney Cove, 35 km; Newcastle, 218 km.