Summary: The relatively unknown Wedgewood Fire Trail in Cowan ends at a large rock platform, which offers filtered bush views. It's not the most exciting trail, but offers some great wildflower displays in Spring.

Following a narrow corridor of bushland between the old Pacific Highway and Muogamarra Nature Reserve, the Wedgewood Fire Trail starts from the old Pacific Highway. It’s not the most enticing start to a bushwalk, with the firetrail passing some heavy machinery and crossing a few muddy sections. Soon after the start, another firetrail (the Wedgewood Trail Branch 1) branches off to the left – despite the sign saying “No through trail, it crosses Kimmerikong Creek and connects to the Bujwa Fire Trail.

The morning mist makes the scenery a bit more photogenic – although the first half of the bushwalk is not particularly attractive.

What is more impressive is the wildflowers; as the trail is adjacent to Muogamarra Nature Reserve and is not very heavily trafficked, you get a similar display of flora.

The firetrail crosses a tributary of Kimmerikong Creek, which has a small cascade into a nice waterhole just below the trail.

The second part of the Wedgewood Fire Trail is more pleasant walking, as the trail ascends gently and passes a few small rock platforms that provide a view over bush.

At the end of the Wedgewood Fire Trail is an expansive rock platform, which has some more filtered views. This is as far as the trail seem to go (although on some maps it’s shown as continuing onto the Kimmerikong Trail).

I return the same way, until I reach the Wedgewood Trail Branch 1 (a very imaginative name!), where I turn right. This slightly overgrown firetrail crosses Kimmerikong Creek, then heads up the other side of the valley to meet the Bujwa Fire Trail.

A short detour up the Bujwa Fire Trail leads to a long ledge, below which is an equally long shelter.

From the top of the ledge is a great view over Muogamarra Nature Reserve and Berowra Creek to the west. (You can continue another few hundred metres before reaching a gate, which marks the boundary of Muogamarra.)

Instead of returning the same way, you can take the Bujwa Fire Trail to Cowan Oval, and then walk back through Cowan village to Pacific Highway.

Getting to the Wedgewood Fire Trail

The most direct way to access the Wedgewood Fire Trail is from Pacific Highway; there is limited parking near the start of the firetrail on the shoulder of the road. You can also take the Bujwa Fire Trail from behind Cowan Oval, and then turn right onto Wedgewood Trail Branch 1 which crosses Kimmerikong Creek to reach the Wedgewood Fire Trail. It’s just under one kilometre north of Cowan, and about an hour north of Sydney. If taking public transport, it’s about 850m walk from Cowan Station.

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