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Cowan to Crosslands Reserve along Great North Walk

Walk downhill to enjoy Berowra Waters, find the hidden Aboriginal Engraving and then follow Berowra Creek to Crosslands
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 9.4 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  COWAN TO CROSSLANDS: 14.1 km (moderate)

Walking west from Cowan station down a steep trail eventually coming to the Hawkesbury River ... more »

Berowa Car Ferry -- takes foot passengers too -- runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is well worth the ride. Great Deal –... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Great North Walk - Get on Track

From Cowan Station (arriving by train is best but there is car parking here) carefully cross the Pacific Highway and walk south to the signpost leading west. Cowan offers cafes and toilet facilities. Make sure you have enough water with you.

2. GNW Signs

The descent into Berowra Creek's valley starts on easy trails and becomes steeper as you descend. Keep an eye out for Great North Walk trail signs.

Berowra Waters Engraving: just 200 m from an easy-to-reach car park and on the Great North Walk track itself, this rock is often overlooked even by those who know this trail well. From the F3 Freeway take the Berowra turning and go down Berowra Waters Road to the ferry. Walk north along the track by the side of the creek past the car park and look... More

4. Berowra Car and Foot-passenger Ferry

Berowra Waters offers a couple of small cafes one each side of the creek -- cross by the Car & Foot Ferry which runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The ride is worth the trip -- just for fun!
For a more up-market experience there is the Berowra Waters Inn [Great North Walk Heritage Dinners]: (33° 35′ 44″S, 151° 7′ 18″E). You can even arrive on... More

5. Track by Berwora Creek

Grass trees about along the side of this creek and there are also a few small campsites. These offer only space for tent and abundant wood for fires (check the status of fire bans in the summertime). There is water in the creek but this MUST be treated before drinking.

6. Footbridge

As you walk beside Berwora Creek there are many crossing places where tiny tributaries join the creek. Some of these are forded with stepping stones and a few have footbridges.

7. Berowra Creek

This part of the Great North Walk runs very close to the edge of Berowra Creek. You are best advised to check on tides since this part is tidal and, after very wet weather can submerge the trail.

8. Saltmarsh Information Board

There are quite a few signs along this part of the trail with information about local Aboriginal people, flora and fauna and particularly explaining about the salt-marsh ecosystems that you will see.

9. Rock Shelter

Along the side of the creek there are many places where middens (old shell piles) can be seen -- look especially near Berowra Waters and also rock shelters which show evidence of long occupation prior to European settlement of Australia.

10. Grass Trees

You will admire the Grass trees — Xanthorrhoea — that grow along this part of the Great North Walk's path. These impressive plants can live 900 years; have flower spikes that can grow at a rate of 7 cm per day. They were used as food by Aborigines; used by European settlers for explosives, glue, medicine and perfume.

11. Indigenous Information

Stop here to learn more about Australia's earliest settlers - Darug Aboriginal People.

12. Crosslands Park

Crosslands Reserve is a popular Park and quite heavily used in holiday periods and at weekends. There are toilet facilities, self-guided walks, barbecue places and loads of picnic tables. There is also a keen boating, canoeing and kayaking community. Although the sign-posting and play areas make this very family-friendly, the traffic around the ... More

13. Darug People

More details of the Darug People (this region's original inhabitants) can be found at the Hawkesbury Regional Museum. This museum offers guided heritage walks and exhibits on indigenous heritage of the Darug people and the European built environment dating back to the earliest days of British coloisation. Located at 8 Baker Street, Windsor, NSW (... More