Topham Track
Guringai Country

1 h 15 min to 1 h 30 min

3.8 km
return

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Moderate track
This is a pleasant walk along an old management trail, off West Head Rd. Following the ridge top you will pass through a variety of vegetation types including some dense heath and some tall scribbly gums which occasionally give way to a wide view over the park. There is a nice lookout at the end of the walk with views to Cowan Waters, through the trees. 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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Signpost at the start of Topham Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heath vegetation by the weathered trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the Topham track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A glimpse of Pittwater from the Topham track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Encroaching vegetation on the Topham track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A tortured scribbly gum. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A rocky outcrop on the Topham track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A nice scene along the Topham track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Meandering along Topham track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Glimpses over the thick heath on Topham track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Taller vegetation on Topham track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The view at the end of Topham track. | 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 At the intersection of Topham Track & West Head Road (-33.6095054,151.2691265)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From West Head Rd, at the 'Topham Track' signpost (~5.9km north from the intersection with General San Martin Dr), the walk follows the management trail, passing around the locked gate. Just beyond the gate, this walk passes a 'Topham Track' information sign then continues along the management trail, descending moderately, for some time. About 500m from the gate this walk passes a old scribbly gum that has had a hard life. The trail continues to wind down along the top of the ridge until ending at an unfenced rock-platform with nice views through the trees to Cowan Creek.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Topham Track & West Head Road Start heading along Topham Track (a vehicle track).
Continue another 1.9 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.9 km to get back to the start.
"Topham Track view".
Topham Track view
Topham Track view

The Topham Track view is at the end of the Topham Track, off West Head Rd in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This viewpoint is an informal, unfenced lookout from a rock outcrop. You get some nice views, through the trees, over parts of Cowan Waters, including America Bay and Refuge Bay.
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The Topham Track view is at the end of the Topham Track, off West Head Rd in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This viewpoint is an informal, unfenced lookout from a rock outcrop. You get some nice views, through the trees, over parts of Cowan Waters, including America Bay and Refuge Bay.

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Terrain
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Topham Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.8 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
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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