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Harbour to Hawkesbury walk

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Harbour to Hawkesbury Track between Manly and Berowra is about 47km and another 6km to reach Berowra Waters.

The walk connects Manly with the Great North Walk at Berowra Waters, which extends between Sydney and Newcastle so that if you had a spare two weeks, you could walk from Manly to Newcastle!

Another option for the long distance walker is that, together with the Great North Walk, the Harbour to Hawkesbury provides a continuous loop of walking track (about 105km in length), beginning and ending at Circular Quay, including a ferry journey. This loop takes five to six days to complete.

The track allows walkers to experience some of Sydney's most scenic bushland and waterways.

Regular public transport connects with points along the route, so the walk lends itself to being completed as a series of half-day or one-day walks. Camping is not permitted along the Harbour to Hawkesbury Track, so ongoing walkers need to plan overnight accommodation off-track.

The route uses mostly existing tracks within the Sydney Harbour, Ku-ring-gai Chase and Garigal National Parks and outside these, uses reserves where possible, plus local streets.

The track has been established using Commonwealth National Heritage Trust funding and supportive funding from Lands, sponsorship funding from Banrock Station and NPWS funds.

The route of the Harbour to Hawkesbury Track is signposted throughout with a distinctive red logo marker — a H-H symbol together with a walking man.

Getaway filmed the 9.6km Manly Wharf to Spit Bridge section. The track heads south-west along the Sydney Harbour foreshore, passing under the Spit Bridge. Known as the Manly Scenic Walkway, this part came about as a joint project between Manly Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. It opened in 1988 and takes around three to four hours to walk at a steady pace. There are numerous entry points to allow for shorter walks.

Panoramic views of the entrance to Sydney Harbour greet you as the track traverses bushland which has changed little since the first fleet of British ships arrived in 1788. It includes native coastal heath and pockets of subtropical rainforest. There are historic structures, rock formations, flora and fauna along the walk, all protected.

Oxfam Trailwalker is one of the toughest team events in the world and takes place at two locations in Australia — Sydney and Melbourne. In Sydney, they use this walkway.

The Oxfam Trailwalker challenge is to get your team of four across 100km of Australian bush in less than 48 hours — and collectively, to raise at least $1000 to help overcome poverty and suffering around the world.

It's all about teamwork and is a great way to bond or develop team spirit. You need to start together, go through each checkpoint together and finish together. You'll also have to train and fundraise together beforehand and find some volunteers to give you support at the event.

Oxfam Trailwalker is challenging — but you don't need to be a marathon runner or professional athlete to do it. With training and the right mental attitude, any reasonably fit team should be able to complete the course.


The far north of Queensland.


Virgin Blue has flights to Sydney. One-way fare from;
  • Brisbane, $99
  • Melbourne, $109
  • Adelaide, $129
  • Darwin, $189
  • Perth, $229

There are limited seats, which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at November 16, 2006, and are subject to change.

More information

The walk to Berowra Waters starts at Manly Wharf and is well signposted.

Oxfam Trailwalker

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789

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