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Crosslands to Jungo Rest Area on Great North Walk

Lovely walk along hidden creeks and admiring Aboriginal and European cultural impacts.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 9.3 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  CROSSLANDS RESERVE PARK TO JUNGO REST AREA: 16.0 km (moderate to hard)

South from the picnic park in Crosslands Reserve following... more »

It is easy to access this part of the Great North Walk at both ends and near the centre along a spur from Hornsby Station. From... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Crosslands Reserve

This is a family-friendly park well used in holidays and weekends. There are toilets, water, picnic tables and barbecues plus boating and kayaking facilities here. Car parks can be busy so take care of kids and pets. Walks north (towards Berowra Waters) include many information signs. Walks south (also along Berowra Creek) pass a few small... More

2. Rocks and Small Creek Crossings

A few kilometres south of Crosslands you arrive at the Rockyfalls rapids: an impressive series of rocks that limit boating upstream along Berowra Creek.

3. Lace Monitor

If you move fairly quietly you may come across one of these beautiful lizards sunning itself on a tree trunk or fallen log. If you startle one it may rear up a little before scuttling off. They live around 20–30 years if they escape being eaten by currawongs, kookaburras and snakes when they’re young.

4. Banksias

Banksia: Seventy-five of the known 76 Banksia species occur naturally only in Australia. These strange plants are named to honour Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), who, in 1770 while travelling with James Cook on the Endeavour, was the first European to collect specimens. A number of Banksia cultivars have also been developed. The flowers occur in... More

5. Galston Gorge

The walk upstream to Galston Gorge climbs and then drops dramatically to the road bridge over the gorge itself. There is another steep climb up after the crossing that is rewarded by the fantastic views from the ridge-top until the track winds back downhill towards Steeles bridge.

6. Hawkesbury Sandstone

The ridges that border Berowra Creek and its tributaries are made of sandstone. These rocks are frequently heavily eroded an you can see many exfoliated rock ledges and cliff faces, as well as several wind blown caves. These natural rock formations are really beautiful.

7. Sandstone & Hornsby Quarry

An eroded volcanic extrusion of which the northern section was worked as the Hornsby Blue Metal Quarries. They took the hard rock for road base and gravel from the early 1900s. In the late 1990s, the poor quality of the excavated material meant that the quarry became commercially unviable. It’s a controversial site now because its most visible... More

8. Steeles Bridge

Steeles Bridge: This bridge is an old military bridge that crosses Berowra Creek along the Quarry Road Track. This bridge appears to be an Australian adaptation of the Bailey Design Bridge.

9. Fishponds Waterhole

Jimmy Bancks, the Ginger Meggs creator, stayed here for about twenty years including a childhood ranging throughout Old Mans Valley and up to the Fishponds, where we had lunch on Berowra Creek. His fruit-raiding exploits on the Higgins family orchards in Old Mans Valley are believed to have inspired many of the exploits of the comic strip... More

10. Pennant Hills Rock Carved Sign

About 200 m south of Fishponds Waterhole on Berowra Creek, walking upstream at the junction with the spur to Hornsby, there is a set of old carvings scored into the rocks, perhaps by the makers of the track years ago. These give arrows to P.H. (Pennant Hills), G (Galston) and H (Hornsby). Following the “P.H.” direction, we soon reach ‘the spa’,... More

11. Washpool

Around here the Great North Walk trail passes ‘the spa’, sometimes referred to as the Washpool — a crossing of one of the tributary creeks - a favourite swimming hole and also beautifully carved by water erosion.

12. Westleigh (or Quarter Sessions) Aboriginal Rock Art Site

Quarter Sessions Campsite: this is where an Aboriginal meeting and camping place once was. Many carvings have been lost in European times but a few still remain here including two wallabies, some fish, other lines that have been described as a noose and a koala. There is a notice at the NW corner of Quarter Sessions Road, Westleigh on the loop of ... More

13. Ginger Meggs Park

The Ginger Meggs Park is a few hundred metres off the Great North Walk. The Park, so named in July 1997 to commemorate Jimmy Bancks (1889-1952), creator of Meggs, and an associated short walk commemorates Australia's longest running cartoon strip character and Ginger’s various cartoonists: Ron Vivian, then Lloyd Piper, James Kemsley (honoured by... More

14. Jungo Rest Area

The Jungo Rest Area is in Elouera Par. Access can be by car or public transport --walk from a bus stop in Cherrybrook.