The Perimeter Trail to Smiths Creek
Guringai Country

5 h 15 min to 6 h

16 km
return

↑ 487 m
↓ -487 m

Moderate track
This walk to Smiths Creek follows a wide trail for most of the way, however it is well worth the walk, for Smiths Creek is a lovely spot with open grasslands and a creek to explore. The optional side trip to Wilkins Viewpoint is also worthwhile, with a fabulous view into Cowan Creek - consider including it on the return journey, to break up the walk home. 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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Cullamine Rd and Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Cullamine Rd and Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Horse riding on Cullamine Rd near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Cullamine Rd near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Locked gate on western end of Perimeter Trail. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Perimeter Trail sign near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Horse riding information sign near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Long Trail sign on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Wilkins Viewpoint looking north into Cowan Creek. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Timber gate on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
View from Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Ford on Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Perimeter Trail intersection near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Metal fence and golf course behind on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
View of homes on Perimeter Track. | Photo by admin, 2010.
View of house on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by admin, 2010.
View of house on Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Locked gate at start of Smiths Creek Trial. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail sign. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Sandstone rock on Smiths Creek Trail. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Wild Flowers. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2007.
View from Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Scribbly gum on Smiths Creek Trail. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Rocks and Trees on Smiths Creek Trail. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
View from Smiths Creek Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
View on Smith Creek Trail near Terry Hills. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Smiths Creek at high tide. | Photo by admin, 2010.
View into Smith's Creek at high tide. | Photo by admin, 2010.
The track into Smith's Creek. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Smiths Creek grasslands. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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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 (-33.6640826,151.1887753)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Mona Vale Road, A3
  • Turn on to then drive for 30 m
  • Turn slight left onto McCarrs Creek Road and drive for another 25 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Booralie Road and drive for another 4.3 km
  • Turn right onto Eurabba Road and drive for another 540 m
  • Turn right onto Mallawa Road and drive for another 630 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk follows the unsealed public road gently downhill away from the 'Callamine Trail' sign for about 150m (crossing a culverted creek halfway). This walk turns left at a three-way intersection, coming to a locked gate with a 'Perimeter Trail 7.1km One-Way' sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 135 m turn left.
After another 50 m pass the car park (7 m on your left).
Then head through/around the gate.
After another 130 m pass the sign (20 m on your left).
After another 580 m continue straight.
After another 20 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Wilkins Track Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 800 m continue straight.
After another 1.5 km veer left.
After another 570 m turn left.
After another 450 m turn left.
After another 55 m head through/around the gate.
After another 2.5 km come to "Smiths Creek".
Smiths Creek
Smiths Creek

Smiths Creek of Terrey Hills, offers a refreshing rest by a creek and secluded grasslands to explore. Camping has occurred here previously, however visitors should be aware that the creek water is salty and not drinkable.
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Smiths Creek of Terrey Hills, offers a refreshing rest by a creek and secluded grasslands to explore. Camping has occurred here previously, however visitors should be aware that the creek water is salty and not drinkable.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 8 km to get back to the start.

An optional side trip to Wilkins Track Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 620 m come to a gate.
Then find the "Wilkins Track Lookout" (on your right).
Wilkins Track Lookout
Wilkins Track Lookout

The Wilkins Track Lookout of Terrey Hills, offers good views over Cowan Creek after a short, mostly level walk. Wilkins Track Lookout consists of an unfenced level sandstone platform with the ground dropping away dramatically to the north, offering fabulous views through trees down over Cowan Creek.
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The Wilkins Track Lookout of Terrey Hills, offers good views over Cowan Creek after a short, mostly level walk. Wilkins Track Lookout consists of an unfenced level sandstone platform with the ground dropping away dramatically to the north, offering fabulous views through trees down over Cowan Creek.

After another 4 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 620 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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The Perimeter Trail to Smiths Creek


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 16 km
Time 5 h 15 min to 6 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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