Callicoma Caves

1 h to 1 h 30 min

2.5 km
return

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Hard track
This walk provides a beautiful mixture of scenery, including rainforest-like sections along the creek, as well as drier forest with grass trees and beautiful sandstone overhangs. The walk starts on Francis Greenway Dr and follows part of the Callicoma Walk. There are two main points of interest on the walk, the 'Coachwood Grotto' and the 'Callicoma Caves', making it a rewarding walk. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Francis Greenway Dr trackhead. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track marker on the Callicoma Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Easier walking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A scene on Nyrippin creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing Nyrippin creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Ferns by the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Well formed steps on the Callicoma Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Moist forest and a muddy track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Part of the Coachwood Grotto. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Viewing spot at the Coachwood Grotto. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track along an overgrown management trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Ferns and sandstone. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Another set of steps on the Callicoma Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Easy walking on an old management trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A nice rock outcrop. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking towards Callicoma Caves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking between the rocks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
One of the large overhangs at Callicoma Caves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grasstrees near Callicoma Caves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A big overhang at Callicoma Caves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rocks on the Callicoma Walk. | 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 (-33.7280602,151.04836)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pennant Hills Road, A28
  • Turn on to Boundary Road then drive for 2.4 km
  • Keep left onto Boundary Road and drive for another 150 m
  • Turn right onto Francis Greenway Drive and drive for another 460 m
  • Enter roundabout and drive for another 50 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection of Francis Greenway Drive and Macquarie Drive, the walk follows the 'Bushland Walking Trail' arrow, then goes steeply down the stepped bush track, arriving at an intersection with a management trail, marked with a 'Callicoma Walk' signpost.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head down the steps (about 90 m long)
Turn right.
After another 20 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 35 m continue straight.
After another 60 m cross the stepping stones.
After another 45 m veer left.
After another 470 m find the "Coachwood grotto" (15 m on your left).
Coachwood grotto
Coachwood grotto

This beautiful, shady spot is beside Nyrippin creek, on the Callicoma Walk near Cherrybrook. The 'grotto' is an open area, shaded by Coachwood trees, with a curved section of low cliffs across the creek, giving an 'amphitheatre' feeling. This is a very atmospheric spot to sit and relax for a while.
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This beautiful, shady spot is beside Nyrippin creek, on the Callicoma Walk near Cherrybrook. The 'grotto' is an open area, shaded by Coachwood trees, with a curved section of low cliffs across the creek, giving an 'amphitheatre' feeling. This is a very atmospheric spot to sit and relax for a while.

After another 330 m continue straight.
Continue another 210 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.3 km to get back to the start.
"Callicoma caves".
Callicoma caves
Callicoma caves

The Callicoma caves are a series of large sandstone overhangs on the Callicoma Walk near Cherrybrook. These beautiful sandstone overhangs are a highlight on the walks in the area. The sandstone has some beautiful texture and golden colouring.
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The Callicoma caves are a series of large sandstone overhangs on the Callicoma Walk near Cherrybrook. These beautiful sandstone overhangs are a highlight on the walks in the area. The sandstone has some beautiful texture and golden colouring.

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Terrain
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Callicoma Caves


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 2.5 km
Time 1 h to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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