East Killara Track
Darug Country

2 h 30 min to 2 h 45 min

6 km
oneway

↑ 274 m
↓ -273 m

Hard track
This walk starts and finishes at different points on Eastern Arterial Road. The walk follows a mixture of service trails and bush tracks through Garigal National Park, along Middle Harbour Creek, then heads back out to Eastern Arterial Road, on the other side of Killara. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darug 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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Start of the Gordon Creek service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the management trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Climbing up through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading along the side of the hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Climbing up the rough bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing along the trail behind the houses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Start of the bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking up the hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track dividing the burnt and unburnt bushland. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Down the rocky hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Middle Harbour Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing a small creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Middle Harbour Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Climbing up a short hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Middle Harbour Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Climbing up some steps to the pipe bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Gordon Creek Pipe Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the Two Creeks Track arrow down the steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing Gordon Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Climbing up the wooden steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coming up to the intersection with the Two Creeks Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Two Creeks Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing small creek on Gordon Creek Service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coming to the end of the service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Small parking area at end of service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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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 (-33.7515329,151.1717022)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Lane Cove Road, A3
  • Turn on to Pacific Highway Exit then drive for 235 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 50 m
  • Turn right onto Pacific Highway, A1 and drive for another 1.8 km
  • Turn left onto Powell Street and drive for another 1.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Koola Avenue and drive for another 185 m
  • Turn left onto Birdwood Avenue and drive for another 1 km
Finish (-33.7684085,151.1778966)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Eastern Arterial Rd at the bottom of the hill near the speed camera (approximately 300m south of Nicholson Ave), this walk passes the 'Bushranger Reserve' sign and heads through the metal gate. The walk follows the grassy trail up the hill and through the dense bush, undulating gently as it steadily climbs the side of the valley. The walk passes an intersection with an overgrown trail (downhill on the left) and continues for a while to the end of the management trail.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 35 m head through/around the gate.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 750 m continue straight.
After another 710 m veer left.
After another 680 m continue straight.
After another 580 m continue straight.
After another 460 m pass the waterfall (15 m on your right).
After another 440 m continue straight.
After another 460 m continue straight, to head along Barrie Street Track.
After another 285 m (at the intersection of Barrie Street Track & Gordon Creek Track) turn left, to head along Gordon Creek Track.
After another 70 m cross the stepping stones (about 8 m long)
After another 145 m (at the intersection of Two Creeks Track & Gordon Creek Track) turn right, to head along Two Creeks Track (a vehicle track).
After another 65 m veer left, to head along Two Creeks Track.
After another 300 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 820 m continue straight, to head along Two Creeks Track.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Two Creeks Track.
After another 45 m come to a gate.
The end.
About 35 m past the end is "Gordon Creek waterfall".
Gordon Creek waterfall
Gordon Creek waterfall

This waterfall (not officially named) cascades off the top of a rock platform, soon after passing under Eastern Arterial Rd. It is difficult to view the full waterfall, but it still can be a great sight, watching the water on its journey over the rock platform and cascading off the edge.
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This waterfall (not officially named) cascades off the top of a rock platform, soon after passing under Eastern Arterial Rd. It is difficult to view the full waterfall, but it still can be a great sight, watching the water on its journey over the rock platform and cascading off the edge.

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Terrain
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East Killara Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 6 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 2 h 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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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