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Cowan Station to Hawkesbury River (Brooklyn) Station, Saturday, 29th July, 2017

Brooklyn Dam

This walk had to be deferred due to bad weather in May.  It follows a popular section of the Great North Walk from Cowan Station to Brooklyn Station, with scenery ranging from foreshore to ridge top lookouts.

The first 2.5 km, from Cowan Station to Jerusalem Bay, is mostly easy and is suitable for kids.  The scenery at Jerusalem Bay is worthy of a postcard and is one of the most iconic views along the Great North Walk.  Those with children or who don’t feel up to doing the whole walk could turn around here.

From Jerusalem Bay the track is very steep and rough as the walk climbs up over a series of ridges before descending into Brooklyn. Although it is a lovely 12.5km section, with water views and a circumnavigation of Brooklyn Dam, it’s rated hard and isn’t suitable for the very young, very old or unfit.

We’ll meet in the car park at Cowan Station at 10.30am on Saturday, 29th July. The walk will 4-5 hours.  We’ll have lunch on the knoll overlooking Jerusalem Bay, then continue on to Brooklyn. We’ll have a debrief at The Anglers Rest Hotel in Brooklyn before catching the train back to cars.  Hopefully, anyone who turns back at Jerusalem Bay can join us for the debrief.

Sunday trains from Hawkesbury River station to Cowan station leave just after half past the hour on Sundays.  The trip takes 9 minutes.  If we catch the 4.37pm train we’ll be back at the cars by 4.46pm.

There is no water available at Jerusalem Bay or along the way, so you will need to carry at least a litre of drinking water. Kit will carry a first aid kit. Given how variable the weather has been I suggest walkers carry wet weather gear.  The track is well-defined with rock steps on most steep sections, but you should wear boots or stout walking shoes ― the creek crossings can be very slippery.  Bring a camera to preserve the memories, money for the debrief and your Opal card for the train trip.

For more information see 2017 Walk 3 rescheduled (Cowan-Brooklyn) flyer

To register for the walk contact Kit Craig at cartophiles@stjohnswahroonga.org or on  0411 507 422.

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