The 3km trail to the Naa Badu Lookout from Berowra train station is a moderately challenging walking track through thriving bushland, heading towards the Berowra Creek Valley.
The panoramic valley views from the lookout point in Berowra Heights are well worth the effort it takes to get there.
|Berowra to Naa Badu Lookout|
|Distance:||3 km (one way)|
|Grade:||Medium / hard|
|Dogs:||Not allowed on the trail|
How to Get There
The easiest way to to get to Berowra is by train. From Berowra train station, make your way to Crowley Road (less than 1km), where you will find the start of the bush trail to Naa Badu Lookout.
If you’re driving to Berowra, simply park your car along Crowley Road, which has free street parking.
If you’re not too keen on bushwalking and really only want to visit the lookout, it’s best to park your car along Berkeley Close in Berowra Heights.
There you will find access to a fire trail, the Berkeley Trail, which leads directly to the Naa Badu Lookout, an easy 15 minutes away.
Berowra to Naa Badu Lookout
As mentioned, this exciting hike starts at Berowra train station, but the actual bushwalk starts at Crowley Road, close to the roundabout off Berowra Waters Road.
At the Great North Walk signpost, that’s where you are going to head straight into the bush. This part of the track is the hardest bit as it’s quite steep, involving a few creek crossings and a bit of mild rock scrambling.
It’s definitely not the best-maintained walking track, but it’s certainly do-able. Needless to say that good shoe wear is essential in order to safely conquer this track.
Once the track connects with the Berkeley fire trail further down in the valley, the walking path becomes a lot easier. From that point on, it’s another 20 minutes to get to Naa Badu Lookout.
And once you see the lookout, you will know it has all been worth it. The views across the valley and along Berowra creek are absolutely stunning.
The site where the fenced lookout is located is also home to a couple of picnic benches and seats, which makes it the perfect spot to sit back, relax and perhaps have some lunch.
Berowra Creek, as seen from the lookout, is believed to be the boundary between the Guringai (or Kuringgai) and Darug (or Dharug) Aboriginal peoples. The expression Naa Badu means “see water” in the Darug language.
From the lookout, you can either make your way back via the same walking track, or you can decide to continue the fire trail to Berowra Heights.
It takes roughly another 15 minutes to reach the suburban streets of Berowra Heights, from where you can easily return to your original starting point in Berowra.
Distance wise, it’s about the same, but returning back via the streets is much easier than it is returning via the bush, which is a steep hike out of the valley.
Map and Route
In the below map, Berowra train station is marked with “1”, the start of the bush walking trail at Crowley Road with “2”, and the Naa Badu Lookout with “3”.
If you’re arriving by train, simply head to Crowley Road to find the start of the bushwalk. Otherwise, if you’re driving, park your car along Crowley Road which has free street parking.