Perimeter Trail
Guringai Country

2 h to 3 h 15 min
1 h to 1 h 45 min

7.2 km
oneway

↑ 178 m
↓ -174 m

Moderate track
This Perimeter Trail walk contours gently around the northern side of Terrey Hills on a wide mostly level trail, with occasional views across Ku-Ring-Gai National Park. However, it is the side trips that make this walk truly worthwhile - if you are only going to do one side trip, the lookdown into Cowan Creek from Wilkins Viewpoint is fabulous. With a variety of side trip options and easy access to the start and finish, this walk is well worth considering. 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 Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cullamine Rd and Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Horse riding on Cullamine Rd near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cullamine Rd near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Cullamine Rd near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cullamine Rd near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cullamine Rd near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Perimeter Trail sign near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Horse riding information sign near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Long Trail sign on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wilkins Viewpoint looking north into Cowan Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Timber gate on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View from Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Timber gate on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Ford on Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Metal fence on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Metal fence on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Metal fence and golf course behind on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View of homes on Perimeter Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Water over Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View of house on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View of house on Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The track into Smith's Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Creek/culvert on Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Culvert next to Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Private fence next to Perimeter Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Hidden Nerang Track sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Terrey Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Perimeter Trail near Nerang Ave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Locked gate at the north end of Nerang Ave Terrey Hills.. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 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
Finish (-33.6770371,151.2250546)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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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 190 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 2.3 km veer left.
After another 570 m turn left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Smiths Creek. 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 450 m continue straight.
After another 670 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Nerang Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 990 m veer right.
After another 80 m come to a gate.
The end.

An optional side trip to Wilkins Track Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Perimeter Trail & Wilkins Track Start heading along Wilkins Track (a vehicle track).
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.

An optional side trip to Smiths Creek.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Perimeter Trail & Smiths Creek Trail Start heading along Smiths Creek Trail (a vehicle track).
After 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.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 2.6 km to the main route.

An optional side trip to Nerang Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 1 km come to the end.
About 65 m past the end is "Nerang Lookout".
Nerang Lookout
Nerang Lookout

Upon arriving at Nerang Lookout of Terrey Hills, the ground drops away to the north, offering filtered views through Banksia trees. Nerang Lookout is an unfenced sandstone platform, with large boulders scattered about. These large boulders create small attractive chasms. Nerang Lookout is a relaxed and pleasant spot to appreciate a typical bush setting within Ku-Ring-Gai National Park.
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Upon arriving at Nerang Lookout of Terrey Hills, the ground drops away to the north, offering filtered views through Banksia trees. Nerang Lookout is an unfenced sandstone platform, with large boulders scattered about. These large boulders create small attractive chasms. Nerang Lookout is a relaxed and pleasant spot to appreciate a typical bush setting within Ku-Ring-Gai National Park.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1 km to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Perimeter Trail


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 7.2 km
Time 2 h to 3 h 15 min
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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