One of the longer firetrails in the area, the Long Trail is also one of the nicer ones which has views along the way and a stunning lookout over Cowan Creek at the end. Watch out for mountain-bikers…
Branching off the Perimeter Trail near its western end in Duffys Forest, the Long Trail is popular with mountain bikers – but is also a very pleasant bushwalking track.
It’s generally fairly sandy and flat, with the occasional rocky section, as it heads north along the ridge.
Not long after the junction with the Cowan Track (which goes to another lookout and an Aboriginal engraving site), I veer off the track and into some thick bush to find TS3914 ROACH. There’s not much left of this trig point, which was “unpiled” (destroyed) most likely in the 1970s, othet than a two circles of stones.
Unmarked and also off the track on the western side, a bit further down the Long Trail, a broad rock platform features some Aboriginal engravings. The site includes two shields and what seems to be a wallaby or kangaroo.
On the eastern side of the track and even further off-track, some determined bush-bashing through often head-high undergrowth takes me to another Aboriginal engraving site. There are at least three distinct sites here including a significant depiction of Baiame amongst others, which were documented by W. D. Campbell in 1899.
The main site has a very long line of footprints (mundoes) stretching across the top of the rock, and at the end of the footprints there are four circles. The puncture marks used to create the circular figures are clearly visible in the circles.
Below the footprints is the depiction of a man, with arms outstretched.
Not shown in the site diagram is the Baiame Group, which appears to be a one larger and one smaller figure, both wearing head dresses. The larger one seems to have an eel-like tail.
There’s also two engravings for which I can find no reference in Campbell’s book: a weathered and partly damaged shark, and what seems to be an over-sized dog or dingo (which makes no sense here).
At the end of the rock platform are some clearlt defined sharpening grooves.
A smaller, adjoining rock platform to the south has a small school of fish.
There are many more engravings that are either very faint and weathered – or that I’ve missed on the long rock platform. After negotiating the thick scrub back to the main track, I continue down the Long Trail. Around the middle of the trail is another huge open section of sandstone, which slopes steeply downhill and has the appearance of a series of rock waves.
The trail follows the edge of the ridge fairly closely, with some sweeping views to the west, toward Mt Ku-ring-gai and down to Cowan Creek.
The next section has some nice sandstone rock formations and overhangs, which are especially nice in the late afternoon sun.
A last, short uphill section reaches the highest point of the track – just visible from the track is TS2882 LONG, my last trig station of the day.
After abother 800m, the track finishes at “Peach Trees” (I can’t find any reference as to how it got this name), from where there are spectacular views across to Cowan Creek from the rocky outcrop.
Almost directly below is Cowan Creek, perhaps more appropriately referred to here as Cowan Waters, as it’s a little big for a creek…
…looking north-east down Cowan Waters, you can see almost as far as the point where it reaches the Hawkesbury River.
On the way back, the top of one of the rock outcrops provides the perfect vantage point to catch the sun setting over the distant ridge.
0.0km Perimeter Trail at end of Cullamine Road (Terrey Hill) 0.8km Turn onto with Long Trail 1.8km Junction with Cowan Track 5.2km Peach Trees (lookout) and end of trail 10.4km End of Perimeter Trail
|Location||End of Cullamine Road (near junction with Bulara St)|
|Grade||Easy. 210m 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|