Bushwalk 4 - GNW: T2H via The Giant Fissure

Bushwalk 4 - GNW: T2H via The Giant Fissure

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Bushwalk 4 – GNW: T2H via The Giant Fissure – Sunday 27th September, 2020 – Sydney Course

Escape to the great outdoors with our resident bushwalking guide, Greg Williams, who has been leading bushwalks around Sydney for over 33 years. You can book each bushwalk individually or book the 'Bushwalking – Sunday Adventure Bushwalks Package' which includes all four bushwalks at a discounted price.

Bushwalk 2 – GNW: T2H via The Giant Fissure: This walk starts off with a short rail transfer before a short walk through the suburbs where once stood the Thornleigh Zig Zag Railway. This was the third and last zig zag railway built in NSW. The other two being Lapstone in 1867 and the Great Zig Zag at Lithgow in 1869. The railway was built to haul white metal (sandstone ballast) from a quarry up to the main line for the construction of the Homebush to Waratah line in 1883. After our short suburban walk, we quickly enter the forested areas as we make our way to see some of the left-over features of the railway and quarry.

Our walk sidles down beside a number of creeks before going bush on wallaby and foot pads to discover The Giant Fissure. This is a great area to explore and provides a good opportunity to sit back and enjoy morning tea. Later in the day we’re back on the Great North Walk and heading north to the aptly named Fish Ponds. From the Fish Ponds the walk strolls through open forest of Eucalypt, Turpentine and remnants of Blue Gum High Forest as it makes a steady climb out of the valley on open trails then ascends an historic stairway built in the depression years of the 1930s.

All bushwalks have morning tea provided with tea, coffee and delicious chocolate treats available.

Macquarie Community College also operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Ryde, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more. Enrol online today or call us to have a chat about your options.

Course Outline

  • Rating: Medium – Moderately challenging
  • Distance: 12km

Course Outcome

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Discovered new trails around Sydney and Greater Sydney Basin
  • Have more confidence and experience in bushwalking
  • Been inspired to accept new challenges
  • Gained an understanding of bushwalking preparedness and safety

What to Wear/Bring

On our bushwalks you will need:

  • Sturdy comfortable shoes
  • Clothes for all weather conditions
  • Wet weather gear (if required)
  • Hat
  • Small backpack
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Snacks, lunch
  • Water bottles

A Course Information Guide regarding the bushwalk will be provided beforehand. Please consult the Course Information Guide prior to the walk for comprehensive information on meeting places, start times, travel directions and more.

Important Information

Participants are expected to arrange their own transport to get to each meeting place on time, so that the group can start on schedule.

  • Meeting Place: Hornsby
  • Driving Instructions: Meet at the Cenotaph, 240 Pacific Highway, Hornsby

Event Amendments

  • Bushwalks can sometimes be re-scheduled to an alternative location due to park closures, bushfires, flooding, and for other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Bushwalk amendments are usually sent out by email or by phone on the Friday/Saturday before the walk.
  • To ensure you are properly informed of any changes, please be sure to enrol with your current email address and mobile phone number.

Operational Conditions and Postponements

  • Macquarie Community College reserves the right to alter or postpone the bushwalk/s or part thereof due to extremes of weather or changes to operational conditions such as road closures, bushfires or conditions beyond our usual control. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary and advertised departure times, but no guarantee can be made and no compensation shall be made for failure to meet those times.
  • Our bushwalks take place in all but exceptional weather conditions. Conditions such as mist, fog showers, rain and windy conditions do not usually affect the event operation. However, if the weather is deemed to be extreme, the event/s will be postponed to another date. Pre-paid event fees will be credited to the new date or a future event.


The College conducts a wide range of bushwalks for people who have little or no bushwalking experience right through to the experienced bushwalker.

Our walks are generally staggered in such a way that it allows for you to gain experience as you progress through the term. Although no previous bushwalking experience is necessary for many of our walk, some bushwalking experience along with a greater level of fitness is desirable for walks which are listed as challenging. Each walking trail is generally suitable for most fitness levels. If you have any questions, please contact us on 1300 845 888.

Delivery Mode

This course is delivered in the outdoors.