Blackwattle Trail

50 min to 1 h

2.2 km
oneway

↑ 83 m
↓ -52 m

Moderate track
This walk follows the Blackwattle Trail around the fringe of Cherrybrook, starting at the Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade building, in Shepherds Drive, and finishing in Patricia Place. It is a nice walk and follows a management trail for its whole length. The walk passes through a mix of dry eucalypt forest and wetter areas with ferns. There are also some patches of casuarinas and plenty of grasstrees to see along the way. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade building. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Blackwattle Trail gate behind Cherrybrook RFS. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Blackwattle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grass tree on Blackwattle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gully crossing on Blackwattle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Causeway on Blackwattle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Ferns and forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Blackwattle management trail east of Blackwattle Place. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Ferns and forest on the Blackwattle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Casuarinas and Eucalypts on the Blackwattle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rocks by the Blackwattle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A small causeway on the Blackwattle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Blackwattle trail near Appletree Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Ferns by the trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Some dry forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Nice rock outcrops along the Blackwattle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Some Casuarinas. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Patricia Pl track head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7207226,151.0460303)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pennant Hills Road, A28
  • Turn on to M2 Hills Motorway, M2 then drive for 35 m
  • Turn left onto Pennant Hills Road Exit and drive for another 1.1 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 660 m
  • Turn right onto New Line Road and drive for another 400 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto New Line Road and drive for another 1.4 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Boundary Road and drive for another 250 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 450 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Macquarie Drive and drive for another 670 m
  • Turn right onto Francis Greenway Drive and drive for another 235 m
  • Turn left onto Gavin Place and drive for another 125 m
  • Turn right onto McKinley Place and drive for another 175 m
  • Keep left onto McKinley Firetrail and drive for another 100 m
  • Turn sharp left onto Benowie Walking Track and drive for another 590 m
Finish (-33.7098101,151.0562096)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From in front of the 'Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade' building (in Shepherds Dr, just up the hill from the roundabout intersection with Macquarie Dr), the walk goes behind the fire brigade building, then passes around a locked gate onto the 'Blackwattle Trail'. The walk soon arrives at an intersection with a bush track on the right, marked with a short timber signpost.
From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail down the hill, keeping the houses to the left, arriving at the signposted intersection at the top of the stairs (with a track on the right).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Cherrybrook Girl Guides (about 20 m back from the start).
Cherrybrook Girl Guides
Cherrybrook Girl Guides

The Cherrybrook Girl Guides building is at the corner of Shepherds Dr and Macquarie Dr, Cherrybrook.
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The Cherrybrook Girl Guides building is at the corner of Shepherds Dr and Macquarie Dr, Cherrybrook.

After another 380 m (at the intersection of Benowie Walking Track & Blackwattle Trail) continue straight (a walking track).
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Blackwattle Trail.
After another 220 m continue straight, to head along Blackwattle Trail.
After another 580 m (at the intersection of Blackwattle Trail & Daphne Trail) continue straight, to head along Daphne Trail.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Daphne Trail.
After another 800 m continue straight, to head along Patricia Trail.
After another 185 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Blackwattle Trail


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.2 km
Time 50 min to 1 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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