Eastwood to Thornleigh
Darug Country

3 h 30 min to 3 h 45 min

10.2 km
oneway

↑ 218 m
↓ -116 m

Hard track
This walk explores Terrys Creek and the Lane Cove National Park. From Eastwood station the track follows Terrys creek past a small waterfall, under the M2, past Browns Water hole and along the Lane Cove river before climbing up to Thornleigh Oval and the train station. There are picnic tables at Browns waterhole, not a bad place for lunch, otherwise there are a few nice creek banks to rest along the way Let us begin by acknowledging the Darug people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Terry's Creek Waterfall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Terrys Creek track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Coming out from the creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Signposts on Terrys Creek track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Terrys Creek Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Terry's Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Causeway under Epping Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Down at waterlevel. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Terrys Creek track south of M2. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Browns Waterhole Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Browns Waterhole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Browns Water Hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Browns Water hole causeway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Great North Walk service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Great North walk near the STEP track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Creek beside Great North walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
continuing along the valley floor. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Creek crossing in Lane Cove Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Creek Crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Great north walk in Northern end of Lane Cove Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Great North Walk track and sign below Thornleigh Oval. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Thornleigh oval. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Streets of Thornliegh. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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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 (-33.7900958,151.0823621)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
Finish (-33.7319004,151.0780436)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.) Train  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the east side of Eastwood Railway Station, this walk heads east along Ethel Street and left into Blaxland Road. At the traffic lights at Balaclava Road, this walk turns right then immediately left Vimiera Road. As Vimiera Rd bends to the right (about 100m past Vanimo Place), this walk turns left onto a bridge, crossing Terry's Creek. This takes the walk onto a corner of Davis Avenue. The walk turns right and heads north-west along Davis Avenue, soon coming to Forrester Park.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Eastwood station.
Then head through the tunnel (about 10 m long)
Turn right.
Eastwood Park (about 95 m back from the start).
After 100 m pass a seat (8 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the shelter (15 m on your left).
After another 8 m turn left, to head along Railway Parade.
After another 10 m pass the "Yogurberry" (20 m on your right).
After another 30 m pass the "Bou" (25 m on your right).
At the intersection of Ethel Street & Railway Parade turn right, to head along Ethel Street (a residential road).
After another 30 m pass the pay phone (9 m on your left).
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Ethel Street & Ethel Lane) continue straight, to head along Ethel Street.
After another 35 m pass the "Kuya Sushi Bar" (9 m on your right).
At the intersection of Station Lane & Ethel Street continue straight, to head along Ethel Street.
After another 250 m (at the intersection of Blaxland Road & Ethel Street) turn left, to head along Blaxland Road (a highway|primary).
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Blaxland Road & Ethel Lane) continue straight, to head along Blaxland Road.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Blaxland Road & May Street) continue straight, to head along Blaxland Road.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Blaxland Road & Lansdowne Street) continue straight, to head along Blaxland Road.
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Blaxland Road & Balaclava Road) turn right, to head along Balaclava Road (a road).
After another 10 m turn left.
After another 10 m turn right.
After another 25 m turn right.
After another 8 m turn left, to head along Vimiera Road.
After another 6 m pass the "Moore Park" (6 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the shelter (40 m on your right).
After another 75 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your right).
After another 45 m pass the BBQ (25 m on your right).
After another 55 m pass a seat (45 m on your right).
At the intersection of Vimiera Road & Bertram Street continue straight, to head along Vimiera Road.
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Vimiera Road & Vanimo Place) continue straight, to head along Vimiera Road.
After another 90 m turn left.
Then cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
After another 15 m pass the "Forrester Park" (40 m on your right).
At the intersection of Essex Street & Davis Avenue turn right, to head along Essex Street (a residential road).
After another 30 m pass the "Vimera Reserve" (15 m on your right).
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Terrys Creek Track & Essex Street) turn right, to head along Terrys Creek Track (a walking track).
After another 110 m pass the sign (6 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the sign (7 m on your left).
After another 750 m head into the "Forsyth Park".
After another 35 m cross the ford.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Terrys Creek Waterfall. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 2 m turn left.
After another 125 m continue straight.
After another 55 m continue straight.
After another 90 m continue straight.
After another 470 m continue straight.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 490 m pass the "Summerset Park" (8 m on your right).
After another 125 m continue straight.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 205 m turn left, to head along Terrys Creek Trail.
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Terrys Creek Trail.
After another 690 m continue straight.
After another 55 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 35 m pass the picnic table (9 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 35 m find the "Browns Waterhole" (15 m on your right).
Browns Waterhole
Browns Waterhole

Browns Waterhole is a wide, shallow section of the Lane Cove River, downstream of a concrete weir. There is a concrete shared cycle/footpath crossing over the top of the weir, linking Kissing Point Road, South Turramurra to Vimiera Rd, Macquarie Park. On the western side of the waterhole, there is a picnic table and small clearing with a view over this section of the river.
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Browns Waterhole is a wide, shallow section of the Lane Cove River, downstream of a concrete weir. There is a concrete shared cycle/footpath crossing over the top of the weir, linking Kissing Point Road, South Turramurra to Vimiera Rd, Macquarie Park. On the western side of the waterhole, there is a picnic table and small clearing with a view over this section of the river.

After another 6 m cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
After another 10 m turn left.
After another 50 m pass the "Walking and Service Trails in the Lane Cove Valley" (8 m on your right).
After another 10 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (5 m on your right).
After another 190 m pass the "Great North Walk".
After another 245 m turn left.
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 75 m pass the sign (on your right).
Then pass the sign (7 m on your left).
After another 550 m continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your right).
Then pass the sign (on your right).
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your right).
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Great North Walk Track.
After another 55 m pass the "Walking and Service Trails in the Lane Cove Valley" (on your right).
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 690 m cross the ford.
After another 235 m continue straight, to head along Great North Walk Track.
After another 70 m cross the ford.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Great North Walk Track.
After another 470 m continue straight.
After another 590 m continue straight.
After another 6 m pass the "Walking and Service Trails in the Lane Cove Valley" (on your right).
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 40 m pass the "Depth Marker" (on your left).
After another 235 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (5 m on your right).
Then cross the stepping stones.
After another 45 m pass the sign (6 m on your left).
After another 40 m find the "Conscript Pass" (on your right).
Conscript Pass
Conscript Pass

Conscript Pass is a small sandstone pass between the Lane Cove River and Thornleigh, on the Great North Walk. During the 1930s, some stone steps were built through a cleft in the rock as part of a public works program, in response to the depression. The pass has two main engravings. Firstly 'Conscript Pass' is followed with a downwards pointing arrow and a series of initials and numbers. On another wall (that you face when walking up) is engraved 'B Stevens' followed a surprisingly good caricature of the then Premier of NSW, Bertram Stevens. Stevens (later knighted) replaced Jack Lang in 1932 as Premier of NSW, when Lang was dismissed by the Governor (just two months Lang after opening the Sydney Harbour Bridge).
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Conscript Pass is a small sandstone pass between the Lane Cove River and Thornleigh, on the Great North Walk. During the 1930s, some stone steps were built through a cleft in the rock as part of a public works program, in response to the depression. The pass has two main engravings. Firstly 'Conscript Pass' is followed with a downwards pointing arrow and a series of initials and numbers. On another wall (that you face when walking up) is engraved 'B Stevens' followed a surprisingly good caricature of the then Premier of NSW, Bertram Stevens. Stevens (later knighted) replaced Jack Lang in 1932 as Premier of NSW, when Lang was dismissed by the Governor (just two months Lang after opening the Sydney Harbour Bridge).

After another 60 m turn left, to head along Lorna Pass.
After another 45 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 45 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (7 m on your right).
After another 90 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (5 m on your right).
After another 45 m turn right.
After another 55 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 6 m pass the sign (on your left).
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 190 m pass the "Walking and Service Trails in the Lane Cove Valley" (on your left).
Then pass a seat (6 m on your right)., has a backrest.
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 180 m pass the toilet (30 m on your right).

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Continue straight.
After another 70 m find the "Thornleigh Oval" (10 m on your right).
Thornleigh Oval
Thornleigh Oval

Thornleigh Oval is found at the intersection of Handley and Ferguson Avenues, Thornleigh. There is a large playing field, tap water, public toilets and some shelter in the awning of the club house. The oval has a car park, and a number io signs for the Great North walk and other local tracks.
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Thornleigh Oval is found at the intersection of Handley and Ferguson Avenues, Thornleigh. There is a large playing field, tap water, public toilets and some shelter in the awning of the club house. The oval has a car park, and a number io signs for the Great North walk and other local tracks.

Continue straight, to head along Handley Avenue.
After another 10 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (15 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (10 m on your right).
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Clifford Avenue & Handley Avenue) continue straight, to head along Handley Avenue.
After another 140 m (at the intersection of Orchard Street & Handley Avenue) turn right, to head along Orchard Street.
After another 320 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (7 m on your right).
At the intersection of Orchard Street & Station Street turn left, to head along Station Street.
After another 200 m (at the intersection of Station Street & Wood Street) continue straight, to head along Station Street.
After another 175 m continue straight, to head along Station Street.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 40 m find the "Subway" (30 m on your right).
Subway
Subway

This branch of the popular sandwich chain Subway, who make a variety of subs and sandwiches as you order them. For more details contact the store on (02) 9481 4200 or visit at Shop 2, 291 Pennant Hills Rd, Thornleigh, NSW 2120.
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This branch of the popular sandwich chain Subway, who make a variety of subs and sandwiches as you order them. For more details contact the store on (02) 9481 4200 or visit at Shop 2, 291 Pennant Hills Rd, Thornleigh, NSW 2120.

Then cross the bridge (about 100 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 85 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
Then head down the 14 concrete steps (about 6 m long)
After another 15 m pass the car park (5 m on your right).
Turn right, to head along Station Street.
After another 3 m (at the intersection of Railway Parade & Station Street) continue straight (a footpath).
After another 65 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your right).
After another 20 m pass the "Curl and Wisker Cafe" (on your left).
Then head up the 4 concrete steps (about 15 m long)
Then find the "Zacs Great Food" (40 m on your left).
Zacs Great Food
Zacs Great Food

This restaurant can be found on Pennont Hills road just a stones throw from the station. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a continental menu ranging from about $20. for a meal. The opening hours are from 6.oo am to 10.00 pm from Tuesdays to Saterdays, and closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information on bookings call (02) 9484 6799.
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This restaurant can be found on Pennont Hills road just a stones throw from the station. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a continental menu ranging from about $20. for a meal. The opening hours are from 6.oo am to 10.00 pm from Tuesdays to Saterdays, and closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information on bookings call (02) 9484 6799.

Then cross the bridge
Then head up the 19 concrete steps (about 8 m long)
Then cross the bridge
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 25 m come to the end.
About 20 m past the end is a toilet., female.
About 20 m past the end is a pay phone.
About 15 m past the end is a seat., has a backrest.
About 65 m past the end is "Monday Morning".

An optional side trip to Terrys Creek Waterfall.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Pembroke Park at the start.
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 150 m continue straight.
After another 50 m come to the end.
About 10 m past the end is "Terrys Creek Waterfall".
Terrys Creek Waterfall
Terrys Creek Waterfall

This is a small waterfall on Terrys Creek, and makes a good spot to break from the walk.
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This is a small waterfall on Terrys Creek, and makes a good spot to break from the walk.

A viewpoint.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 265 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Eastwood to Thornleigh


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 10.2 km
Time 3 h 30 min to 3 h 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.4 km apart with the largest gap of 9.4 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.4 km apart with the largest gap of 9.3 km.

Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 2.1 km apart with the largest gap of 8.2 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
45 m[shelter]
Shelter
780 m[shelter]
Toilet
9.3 km[toilet]
Building
10 kmSubway
Building
10.2 kmZacs Great Food
Toilet
10.2 km[toilet]
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