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Brooklyn to Cowan Walk

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  • Sydney
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View of the Hawkesbury River from high up during the Brooklyn to Cowan Bushwalk
Photograph: Emma Joyce

Time Out says

Prepare for a half-day hike for this spectacular bushwalk by the Hawkesbury River

Your heart will be racing with the steep inclines, rocky cliff faces and spectacular views of the Hawkesbury River and serene Jerusalem Bay on this 13.4km walk. It’s an adventurous trail, as part of the Great North Walk, with smooth boulders to squeeze through and metal pegs to clamber up/down. Bring your best boots and metal poles to help steady yourself on the sandy surfaces as you head downwards. 

We suggest starting at Brooklyn where you’ll hit a brutal uphill fire track straight away. The sweaty start gets you high up above the glittering water of the Hawkesbury, which you’ll spy from every angle, including Dangar Island and the boats travelling to and fro. Closer to your sightline there’ll be bright bottlebrush flowers, spiky banksia pods, and lush green foliage either side of the dusty path. 

Should I pack snacks? If you’re starting at Cowan, you can reward yourself with Fitzies’ fish and chips at the finish line, but there’s very little open once you reach Cowan Station. Bringing your own water is a must. The nearest toilets to the walk are at Brooklyn Train Station. Allow for 3.5 hours walking time. 

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Emma Joyce
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