Challenger Track
Guringai Country

1 h to 1 h 15 min

3 km
return

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Moderate track
The Challenger Track is a simple track which heads through the heath and some forest to arrive at a pleasant lookout. Starting at West Head Rd, the track follows a ridge out to a rocky outcrop where views over the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay reveal Patonga and Brooklyn. 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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Start of Challenger Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Challenger Management Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Heath either side of the Challenger Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rock landing to the side of the Challenger Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Forest on Challenger Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Challenger Track cul-de-sac. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Views over the Hawkesbury. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Views over the Hawkesbury. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Views over the Hawkesbury River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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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 (-33.5956027,151.2784959)
Mode Car (There is a national park entry fee for vehicles)
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 2 onto McCarrs Creek Road and drive for another 5 km
  • Turn left onto West Head Road and drive for another 350 m
  • Turn slight left onto West Head Road and drive for another 9 km
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Track Notes
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Getting started
From the intersection, the walk heads past a gate and an information sign. The trail tends right, up the hill, continuing to wind as it undulates for approximately 1km through the heathy bush. The walk then rises and swings into a shady eucalypt forest, continuing down the hill to the end of the wider trail.....
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Start.
After another 980 m continue straight.
After another 175 m come to the viewpoint (110 m on your left).
Continue another 360 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.5 km to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is a viewpoint.
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Terrain
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Challenger Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3 km
Time 1 h to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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