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Jungo Rest Area to West Pymble on Aussie Great North Walk

Enjoy the woodland aspect of the north shore suburbs of Sydney and learn some natural history and early settlement facts
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.1 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  JUNGO REST AREA TO WEST PYMBLE: 9.7 km (easy to moderate)

Beginning near the source of Berowra Creek at the Jungo Rest Area in... more »

This is easy at both ends. Parking on street or use buses and trains.

The trail is rocky and you have to cross and re-cross... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Elouera Bushland Reserve and Park

The amphitheatre in this park is the site of the first quarry, which has been renovated into a rather attractive public space by the Eloura Bushland Natural Park Trust. A bush-horror drama, ‘Spook’ was made by Tesha Media Productions in 1988 in cooperation with the Elouera Bushland Trust was based here, around an old shack — it’s worth a look -... More

2. Zig Zag Railway and Thornleigh Quarry

Climbing this slope up to Thornleigh, you are walking along the path of a small, and now mostly underground, creek: the Zig Zag Creek. I have wondered for ages which name came first, the creek or the railway? The Thornleigh Zig-Zag Railway, a 1.2 km branch-line off the Strathfield to Hornsby line, was built in 1884 and was one of only four in NSW... More

3. Bushfires and Flora and Fauna

In January 1994 an extremely high intensity bushfire started in the Browns Waterhole area. This apparently spread south-east along the valley burning approximately 87% of the Lane Cove Park. Almost certainly the result of arson, the fire was intensified by adverse weather conditions. Even worse, this fire was followed only 11 months later ... More

4. Trail and History of Thornleigh

On 22nd June 1830, two police constables, Thorn and Horne, were on duty in the Windsor Road when bushrangers attacked them. A gunfight ensued and Thorn shot and killed one of the attackers who turned out to be the notorious (and wanted) leader of the so-called North Rocks Gang, one John MacNamara. Thorn was rewarded with the gift of 640 acres (260... More

5. Bertran_Stephens Cartoon Rock Engraving

The carvings, by the track workers, include an arrow and name ‘Lorna Pass’ and a caricature of the then Premier of NSW: Bertram Stevens. On the Great North Walk.

6. Conscript Pass European Rock Engraving

Conscript Pass dates back to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Out-of-work men were employed on funds raised by local communities to build these trails. The workers found time to carve names, initials and even some political cartoons.

7. GNW Signpost at Baden Powell Campsite

The Baden-Powell Campsite is located here -- beautifully situated in 36 hectares of parkland adjoining Lane Cove National Park, the Scout Centre offers flexible training facilities and cabin style accommodation in a bushland setting only 25 kms from the centre of Sydney. Visit

8. Lorna Pass

Lorna Track and Conscript Pass are now part of the Great North Walk running from Thornleigh Oval to the Lane Cove River. These walks were built during the Great Depression of the 1930s as a means of offering employment to those who had none. The funds were provided by contributions organized by a local lady, Lorna Brand.

9. Rooted in Rock

Take care along this part of the Great North Walk as there are many rocks and small obstacles. There are also some fantastic trees and bushes as well as plants affected by floods in the Lane Cove River and its tributaries.

10. STEP Trail in Turramurra

The first big landowner was not Irish but German: Johann Henri Rhule, later Reely. But most settlers here were from Ireland. The Connolly and Bourke were both Michaels, or speaking as if in that earlier and much more derogatory world — the ‘Micks’; they bought blocks in North Turramurra and established very successful orchards growing fruit for... More

11. Brown's Waterhole- Flying Foxes

Brown's Waterhole is at the end of Kissing Point Road in South Turramurra.
There has probably been a flying-fox colony (or ‘camp’) near Browns Waterhole since around 1900 and also perhaps a second camp further upstream — higher up the valley of the Lane Cove River.” Flying foxes roost in the large trees around the waterhole, preferring to gather ... More

12. Lane Cove National Park

Lane Cove National Park is well signed and becomes steadily better maintained as you walk southwards. After De Burgh's Bridge (Ryde Road) there is a choice of walking on the north or south bank.

Rose Seidler House: built by renowned architect Harry Seidler for his parents between 1948 and 1950, this is often described as one of the most uncompromising modernist houses in Australia, offering panoramic views of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Open Sundays (+61 2 9989 8020) and located at 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, NSW about 3 km from the... More