Blackwattle Close Loop

15 min to 30 min

600 m
circuit

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Moderate track
This is a pleasant loop walk, close to Cherrybrook. The walk crosses Disturbed Creek (not officially named) a couple of times and includes some nice scenery along the creek with ferns, grasstrees and eucalypt forest. 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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Gate at the end of Blackwattle Place. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gully crossing on Blackwattle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Disturbed creek crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Ferns and forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A fork in the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rockpools at Disturbed creek crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Blackwattle management trail east of Blackwattle Place. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading down to Disturbed creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A colourful pool in Disturbed creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Some landscaping along the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A nice fern by the steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trackwork ahead. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Short boardwalks along Disturbed creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stepping stones across Disturbed creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Nice scenes along Disturbed creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading down to Disturbed creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Some steps leading down from the Blackwattle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A red GNW marker on the Blackwatttle trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
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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 (-33.7195328,151.0501497)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Marsden Road, A6
  • Turn on to M2 Hills Motorway, M2 then drive for 35 m
  • Turn left onto Pennant Hills Road Exit and drive for another 1.1 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 660 m
  • Turn right onto New Line Road and drive for another 400 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto New Line Road and drive for another 1.4 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Boundary Road and drive for another 250 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 450 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Macquarie Drive and drive for another 920 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Shepherds Drive and drive for another 300 m
  • Turn right onto Blackwattle Place and drive for another 430 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection behind the gate at the end of Blackwattle Place, the walk follows the management trail steeply downhill to cross the concrete causeway. The track then meanders along before coming to the intersection with another management trail (which goes steeply down the hill on the right).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Blackwattle Trail.
After another 220 m turn right.
After another 60 m turn right, to head along McKinley Firetrail.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of McKinley Firetrail & Benowie Walking Track) continue straight, to head along Benowie Walking Track.
After another 195 m cross the stepping stones.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Benowie Walking Track & Blackwattle Trail) turn right (a walking track).
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Blackwattle Trail.
After another 15 m come to the end.
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Blackwattle Close Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 600 m
Time 15 min to 30 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 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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