The Perimeter Trail to Smiths Creek
Guringai Country

5 h 15 min to 6 h

16 km
return

↑ 487 m
↓ -487 m

Moderate track
This walk to Smiths Creek follows a wide trail for most of the way, however it is well worth the walk, for Smiths Creek is a lovely spot with open grasslands and a creek to explore. The optional side trip to Wilkins Viewpoint is also worthwhile, with a fabulous view into Cowan Creek - consider including it on the return journey, to break up the walk home. Let us begin by acknowledging the Guringai 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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Cullamine Rd and Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cullamine Rd and Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Horse riding on Cullamine Rd near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cullamine Rd near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Locked gate on western end of Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail sign near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Horse riding information sign near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Long Trail sign on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wilkins Viewpoint looking north into Cowan Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Timber gate on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View from Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Ford on Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail intersection near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Metal fence and golf course behind on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View of homes on Perimeter Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View of house on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View of house on Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Locked gate at start of Smiths Creek Trial. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sandstone rock on Smiths Creek Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wild Flowers. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
View from Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Scribbly gum on Smiths Creek Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Rocks and Trees on Smiths Creek Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View from Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View on Smith Creek Trail near Terry Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek at high tide. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View into Smith's Creek at high tide. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The track into Smith's Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Smiths Creek grasslands. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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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 (-33.6640826,151.1887753)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Mona Vale Road, A3
  • Turn on to then drive for 30 m
  • Turn slight left onto McCarrs Creek Road and drive for another 25 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Booralie Road and drive for another 4.3 km
  • Turn right onto Eurabba Road and drive for another 540 m
  • Turn right onto Mallawa Road and drive for another 630 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk follows the unsealed public road gently downhill away from the 'Callamine Trail' sign for about 150m (crossing a culverted creek halfway). This walk turns left at a three-way intersection, coming to a locked gate with a 'Perimeter Trail 7.1km One-Way' sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 135 m turn left.
After another 50 m pass the car park (7 m on your left).
Then head through/around the gate.
After another 130 m pass the sign (20 m on your left).
After another 580 m continue straight.
After another 20 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Wilkins Track Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 800 m continue straight.
After another 1.5 km veer left.
After another 570 m turn left.
After another 450 m turn left.
After another 55 m head through/around the gate.
After another 2.5 km come to "Smiths Creek".
Smiths Creek
Smiths Creek

Smiths Creek of Terrey Hills, offers a refreshing rest by a creek and secluded grasslands to explore. Camping has occurred here previously, however visitors should be aware that the creek water is salty and not drinkable.
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Smiths Creek of Terrey Hills, offers a refreshing rest by a creek and secluded grasslands to explore. Camping has occurred here previously, however visitors should be aware that the creek water is salty and not drinkable.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 8 km to get back to the start.

An optional side trip to Wilkins Track Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 620 m come to a gate.
Then find the "Wilkins Track Lookout" (on your right).
Wilkins Track Lookout
Wilkins Track Lookout

The Wilkins Track Lookout of Terrey Hills, offers good views over Cowan Creek after a short, mostly level walk. Wilkins Track Lookout consists of an unfenced level sandstone platform with the ground dropping away dramatically to the north, offering fabulous views through trees down over Cowan Creek.
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The Wilkins Track Lookout of Terrey Hills, offers good views over Cowan Creek after a short, mostly level walk. Wilkins Track Lookout consists of an unfenced level sandstone platform with the ground dropping away dramatically to the north, offering fabulous views through trees down over Cowan Creek.

After another 4 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 620 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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The Perimeter Trail to Smiths Creek


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 16 km
Time 5 h 15 min to 6 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 Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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