Smiths Creek
Guringai Country

2 h to 2 h 30 min

5.3 km
return

↑ 215 m
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Moderate track
This return walk to Smiths Creek offers a quiet spot to sit by a creek or explore open grasslands, while being surrounded by Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. There is plenty of shade available to cool off on a hot day, before climbing back up the wide trail to Terrey Hills and the start of the walk. 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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Locked gate at start of Smiths Creek Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Near Smiths Creek Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Start of Smiths Creek Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Locked gate at start of Smiths Creek Trial. | 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.
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.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Wild Flowers. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | 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.
Wildflowers and 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.
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.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | 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.
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.
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 Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View into Smith's Creek at high tide. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek at high tide. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek and Mangrove Trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The track into Smith's Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Smiths Creek grasslands. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Smiths Creek at high tide. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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Safer Bushwalks
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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 (-33.6736747,151.2085304)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the end of Booligal Rd (Terry Hills), this walk follows a management trail, passing a locked gate with a 'Ku-Ring-Gai National Park Perimeter Trail, 7.1km Trail' sign. After about 80m, the walk comes to a four-way intersection with another management trail.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a car park (about 15 m back from the start).
Find the gate at the start.
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Perimeter Trail & Smiths Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along Smiths Creek Trail.
After another 35 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.

About 80 m past the end is "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 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 be aware that the creek water is salty and not drinkable.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.6 km to get back to the start.
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Smiths Creek


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.3 km
Time 2 h to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
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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