Baker's Cottage
Darug Country

40 min to 45 min

1.4 km
return

↑ 32 m
↓ -32 m

Moderate track
The Baker's Cottage Heritage Track is a quick and interesting walk. The track itself is mainly drivable road, and turns to bush track before going up the hill to the cottage. At over 145 years old, Baker's Cottage is the oldest unmodified structure, still standing, in the Ku-ring-gai area. All entrances to the cottage are blocked, so you can't see inside. It is worth looking around the ground to see some other historic remains. 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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Main entrance below NPWS building. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Max Allen Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Turrumburra Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Int. of Baker's Track and Max Allen Dr. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Grass interpretation. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Baker's Cottage. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Baker's Cottage curtilages. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rear slab and curtilages to cottage. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
North side of Baker's Cottage. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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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 (-33.7907245,151.1560663)
Mode Car (Parking fees apply in the area.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the bridge, this walk heads gently uphill along the road to the intersection with the visible concrete stairs just below the National Parks Office.
From the intersection, this walk follows the road uphill, keeping the short sandstone wall and National Parks office on your left. The road soon bends left and leads up past the staff parking, to an intersection (with a track on your right) marked with a large 'Great North Walk' sign.
From the intersection, the walk follows the road up the hill. The road passes over the hill, to an intersection with a track on the left, marked by wooden posts.
From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill with the river below, on the left. The walk meets a clearing on the left marked as '28 Turramburra Flat'. This walk passes a parking area on the left, and toilets on the right. The road then comes to a signposted intersection, on the right.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 10 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (15 m on your left).
After another 25 m find the "BBQ" (15 m on your left).
BBQ
BBQ

Two free electric BBQs hotplates in sheltered picnic area. The BBQ table is 92cm high, 2.05m wide and 75cm deep. Hot plates are 45/45cm.
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Two free electric BBQs hotplates in sheltered picnic area. The BBQ table is 92cm high, 2.05m wide and 75cm deep. Hot plates are 45/45cm.

Then find the "Picnic Table" (10 m on your left).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

Two timber slat picnic tables. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 3.3m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). Room for a few chairs at end. 4x2.7m slab.
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Two timber slat picnic tables. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 3.3m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). Room for a few chairs at end. 4x2.7m slab.

After another 8 m pass the car park (5 m on your left).
Then find the "Parking Accessible" (on your left).
Parking Accessible
Parking Accessible

There are 8 car parking bays in the immediate area. Three are marked mobiilty parking bays at the southern edge. The mobility parking area is ashphalt, 2.4m wide and 6.3m deep.
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There are 8 car parking bays in the immediate area. Three are marked mobiilty parking bays at the southern edge. The mobility parking area is ashphalt, 2.4m wide and 6.3m deep.

After another 20 m find the "Picnic Table" (20 m on your left).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A timber slat picnic table. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 2.7m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). 4x2.7m slab.
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A timber slat picnic table. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 2.7m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). 4x2.7m slab.

After another 4 m continue straight.
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 55 m continue straight.
After another 40 m pass the sign (25 m on your left).
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 225 m pass the car park (5 m on your left).
After another 90 m continue straight.
After another 15 m pass the toilet (25 m on your right).
After another 3 m continue straight.
(Baker's Cottage) Continue another 65 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 720 m to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Baker's Cottage


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.4 km
Time 40 min to 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 650 m from the start.


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