A pleasant bushwalk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, the Smiths Creek Trail descends through eucalypt forest to open grassland and a tidal creek.
Smiths Creek Trail starts at the end of Booligal Rd in Terry Hills; the first 100 metres is actually the Perimeter Trail, before the junction with Smiths Creek Trail is reached (it’s signposted on the gate as Smith Creek West Trail). Although it’s a wide firetrail, which often makes for fairly boring walking, this is one of the nicer bushwalks in the area. There’s shade from the light eucalypt forest and views through the trees across the valley to the west.
The track is mostly flat, before descending at the end to the creek. It’s not a steep descent, and there’s nice sandstone rock formations and ferns along the firetrail. Near the end you can see a creek below the trail.
At the bottom is a large, open grassy area with an informal campsite in the middle. A muddy path leads to the tidal and mangrove-lined creek, which flows into Cowan Creek.
Flowing into Smiths Creek here is another small creek; where Smiths Creek is surrounded by mangrove trees, this one is lined by grass and ferns.
Exploring upstream, there are shallow pools and moss-covered rocks, and the forest is more dense and “rainforesty”.
It is this creek (not Smiths Creek) that you can see from the firetrail. So rather than backtracking along the creek, I head directly up the slope, through ferns and past rock overhangs, to re-join the main trail.
It’s then back up along Smiths Creek Trail to the start. Definitely a walk I’d do again, with some more time to see how far upstream it’s possible to go.
0.0km Perimeter Trail at end of Booligal Road (Terrey Hills) 0.1km Junction with Smiths Creek Trail 2.8km Smiths Creek 3.3km Unnamed creek 5.8km Return to Booligal Road
|Location||End of Booligal Road, Terrey Hills. Limited parking available.|
|Grade||Easy. 185m total elevation gain.|
|Map/s||Interactive topographical map [AllTrails]
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|GPS Route||Gaia GPS map with option to download GPX / KML file|