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Brooklyn, New South Wales Map

The trail as shown on the map simply doesn’t exist. The start follows Brooklyn Loop Firetrail (part of The Great North Trail) towards Brooklyn Dam and Cowan. After about 1.5km there should be a left fork but I could not find anything like a trail despite looking for about 10 minutes.

You can easily park on George St near William St where the trail starts. You walk up William St past some houses on the right to the cement laid trail on the left. Be warned, the first segment is very steep. After this the trail becomes very pleasant, undulating nicely with only one or two spots closer to the dam that are a little steep. Lots of bird calls and wild bush flowers along the way to the peaceful dam. Some patches with loose rock to be careful of your foot fall.

Wide fire trail, starts with a very steep hill climb. Flattens off, then there’s a bit of undulation heading down towards the dam. The path often has rubble/rocks. With good ankle protection & careful foot placement, you should be fine. There’s a few moguls to steady water flow in heavy rainfall, but they’re small. There’s campsites at the dam, be mindful/respectful of others. On the return journey, there’s a steep down hill to finish. I carried a 15kg pack, so the downhill hurt my knees. Without the extra weight, I wouldn’t have had a problem. The trip took about an hour & 20mins. Including a 2 min stop at the dam. The views are pretty.