Belinda Cres to Whale Rock

50 min to 1 h

2.8 km
return

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Moderate track
This walk starts from Belinda Cres and provides a lovely walk to Whale Rock. The walk first passes some exotic plants and then into more native bushland with some interesting canopies and dense growth. Whale Rock, one of the features of this walk, is quite a sight and is well worth exploring. It is possible to walk up the service trail to Boundary Rd from Whale Rock to make a one way walk. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Belinda Cres track head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signpost at the track head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track towards Cheltenham and Pennant Hills Tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signpost to Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Service trail to Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Exotic species next to track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track through hanging vines. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track viewing Devlin's Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track beside Devlin's Ck. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Weeds covering bush beside track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Service track to Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signpost near Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Service trail to Belinda Cres. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track towards Lane Cove River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track near Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Whale Rock from the intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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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 (-33.7570087,151.0854609)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Beecroft Road Offramp
  • Turn on to Beecroft Road Offramp then drive for 85 m
  • Turn left onto Beecroft Road and drive for another 1.1 km
  • Turn sharp left onto Langston Place and drive for another 550 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Oxford Street and drive for another 200 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Oxford Street and drive for another 320 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Norfolk Road and drive for another 910 m
  • Turn left onto Valley View Crescent and drive for another 110 m
  • Turn left onto Valley View Crescent and drive for another 50 m
  • Turn right onto Belinda Crescent and drive for another 220 m
  • Turn left onto Belinda Crescent and drive for another 45 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection the track follows the service trail through the metal gate and down the hill, continuing along to the intersection of the Epping bushtrack.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 60 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 85 m pass the sign (7 m on your right).
Veer right.
After another 580 m continue straight, to head along Devlins Creek Trail.
After another 80 m pass the sign (10 m on your left).
After another 170 m find the "Big Ducky Waterhole" (on your left).
Big Ducky Waterhole
Big Ducky Waterhole

The servicetrail loops around the top of the Big Ducky waterhole and there is a nice rock overhang in which to break. Is also a popular bird watching area. Unfortunately, recently there has been large quantities of rubbish in the area. (If going down to the waterhole please consider carrying out some of the rubbish if every walker carrys out a bit it will make a difference)
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The servicetrail loops around the top of the Big Ducky waterhole and there is a nice rock overhang in which to break. Is also a popular bird watching area. Unfortunately, recently there has been large quantities of rubbish in the area. (If going down to the waterhole please consider carrying out some of the rubbish if every walker carrys out a bit it will make a difference)

Continue another 420 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.4 km to get back to the start.
"Whale Rock".
Whale Rock
Whale Rock

This is a large boulder that looks eerily like a whale, complete with eye socket. It is a good place to break and climb around the Rock.
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This is a large boulder that looks eerily like a whale, complete with eye socket. It is a good place to break and climb around the Rock.

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Terrain
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Belinda Cres to Whale Rock


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.8 km
Time 50 min to 1 h
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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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