Jerusalem Bay Track

2 h to 4 h

4.9 km
return

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Moderate track
This track takes you to one of the most iconic views along the the Great North Walk. From Cowan Station, the walk passes through a variety of environments, with dryer vegetation near the freeway and moister rainforest-like plants near the water. Jerusalem Bay is a pretty area, shared by walkers and boaters, and a great place to relax before the walk back up to the station. 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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Great North Walk track off Cowan Station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track down from freeway bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Banksia Leaves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Bottle Brush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Eucalypt Leaf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Jerusalem Bay Track creek crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Sign near water on Jerusalem Bay Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Stairs to Jerusalem Bay Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Jerusalem Bay. | 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 (-33.5937148,151.1717728)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
DirectionsFrom Pennant Hills Road, A28
  • Turn on to Pacific Motorway Onramp, M1 then drive for 9.8 km
  • Keep left onto Berowra Offramp and drive for another 630 m
  • Turn slight left onto Windybanks Interchange and drive for another 55 m
  • Turn right onto Pacific Highway, B83 and drive for another 5.7 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 20 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the front of Cowan station, this walk follows the GNW arrow up the concrete ramp, turning right to cross the track at the controlled 'Pedestrian Railway Crossing'. The walk follows the ramp onto platform 1 (Sydney-bound side) then around the shelter to follow the GNW arrow post right, down the steps and through the gate. Here the walk crosses the train lines (train storage area) and turns left, following the 'Brooklyn' sign along the wide management trail. After 130m, the trail leads past an electrical switching area then turns right at the large 'Great North Walk' signposts. Here, the narrower trail leads between the fences over a small rise to cross the freeway on a large, fenced concrete bridge.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a car park (about 15 m back from the start).
After 100 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).

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Then head down the 13 steps (about 3 m long)
After another 15 m turn left, to head along Jerusalem Bay Track.
After another 130 m turn right, to head along Jerusalem Bay Track.
After another 50 m cross the bridge (about 50 m long)
Then pass the "Great North Walk" (6 m on your left).
After another 280 m head down the 4 surface|wood steps (about 10 m long)
After another 30 m cross the ford.
After another 100 m find the "Aboriginal rock engravings" (60 m on your right).
Aboriginal rock engravings
Aboriginal rock engravings

Located just a short walk from the Great North Walk, these Aboriginal rock engravings are on a large rock platform and consist of three definable carvings, a man, a whale and a bird.
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Located just a short walk from the Great North Walk, these Aboriginal rock engravings are on a large rock platform and consist of three definable carvings, a man, a whale and a bird.

After another 470 m cross the ford.
After another 195 m cross the ford.
After another 620 m continue straight, to head along Jerusalem Bay Track.
After another 440 m continue straight.
After another 20 m find the "Jerusalem Bay" (on your left).
Jerusalem Bay
Jerusalem Bay

Jerusalem Bay, Ku-ring-gai National Park, is a nice bay east of Cowan Station. The bay is popular with bushwalkers as it is part of the Great North Walk. The bay is sometimes known for an iconic photo of the single palm in front of the water. The bay itself is also popular with boaters who can anchor in the bay. Jerusalem Bay can be accessed by the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay or from Brooklyn or Cowan Railway Stations.
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Jerusalem Bay, Ku-ring-gai National Park, is a nice bay east of Cowan Station. The bay is popular with bushwalkers as it is part of the Great North Walk. The bay is sometimes known for an iconic photo of the single palm in front of the water. The bay itself is also popular with boaters who can anchor in the bay. Jerusalem Bay can be accessed by the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay or from Brooklyn or Cowan Railway Stations.

Continue another 25 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.5 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Jerusalem Bay Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.9 km
Time 2 h to 4 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 90 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
90 m[toilet]
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