Check out the New Wildwalks site -- This site is no longer maintained and is just for archive

Home arrow Hiking near Sydney arrow Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop     

Bushwalking track notes, photographs, maps and more for Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop are found in each of the tabs below
Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.1 km ESE of St Ives
Length: 3.5 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 3.5 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Garigal National Park
Climb: 190 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 190 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This circuit walk starts at Founders Way and follows the Bungaroo bush track through the national park to Middle Harbour Creek. There is an optional side trip to the creek crossing before returning, via the pipe bridge and the Pipeline Track. Along the Bungaroo Track there are plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the great forest like surroundings, in what is a tiny portion of the Garigal National Park. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop
Problem loading PDF Try here
Map Controls - Show Contours | Hide Path | Hide Distances | Hide Names
Map Scale 1 km
Int of Hunter Ave and Founders Way
Int of Pipeline Track and Founders Way
Int of Pipeline and Bungaroo Tracks
Int of Bungaroo and upper Link track
Int of Bungaroo and middle Link tracks
Int of Bungaroo and Lower Link Track
Int of Bungaroo and Lower Link Track
Int of Pipeline and Middle Harbour Creek tracks
Int of Pipeline and middle Link track
Int of Pipeline and upper Link track
Int of Pipeline and Bungaroo Tracks
Int of Pipeline Track and Founders Way
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Pipeline Track and Founders Way

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Founders Way
 
Founders Way +
 
Founders Way
 
Founders Way +
 
Intersection near the lower entrance from Hunter St
 
Intersection near the lower entrance from Hunter St +

 
Welcome to Garigal National Park
 
Welcome to Garigal National Park +
 
Top of Bungaroo track at pipeline
 
Top of Bungaroo track at pipeline +
 
exploring Bungaroo track
 
exploring Bungaroo track +

 
Steps on Bungaroo track
 
Steps on Bungaroo track +
 
The Bungaroo Track
 
The Bungaroo Track +
 
One of several view points on the Bungaroo track
 
One of several view points on the Bungaroo track +

 
Most of the Bungaroo track is very clear
 
Most of the Bungaroo track is very clear +
 
Bungaroo Track
 
Bungaroo Track +
 
The track passes several information signs
 
The track passes several information signs +

 
Steps at the bottom of the Bungaroo track
 
Steps at the bottom of the Bungaroo track +
 
Following the creek
 
Following the creek +
 
Crossing over a fallen tree
 
Crossing over a fallen tree +

 
Following the bushtrack
 
Following the bushtrack +
 
Looking through the bush to the pipe bridge
 
Looking through the bush to the pipe bridge +
 
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk
 
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk +

 
Following the Pipeline Track
 
Following the Pipeline Track +
 
Heading through the bush
 
Heading through the bush +
 
Track head at Hunter St
 
Track head at Hunter St +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 3.5km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
.


Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
1.8km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (490m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
1.7km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.1km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (660m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 2.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 870m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.7km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.2km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.3km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Int of Hunter Ave and Founders Way
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Int of Hunter Ave and Founders Way
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Int of Hunter Ave and Founders Way to Int of Pipeline Track and Founders Way
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 66 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
From the intersection, this walk follows the Founders Way service trail, heading away from the road and past a picnic seat, continuing along to the 'T' intersection with the pipeline track.

(0.07 km) Int of Pipeline Track and Founders Way to Int of Pipeline and Bungaroo Tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 177 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail keeping the pipeline on the right as it heads up the gentle hill and past a Garigal National Park sign. It then continues through the bush for a while before coming to the signposted intersection with the Bungaroo Track.

(0.24 km) Int of Pipeline and Bungaroo Tracks to Int of Bungaroo and Lower Link Track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.3 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -165 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bungaroo Track' sign along the bush track, heading away from the pipeline and through the gum trees, winding down some wooden steps before coming to the intersection of the lookout rock at the track markers. Here, the track turns right and continues along through the bush to the intersection with the upper link track, where a power line tower comes into view at a rock surface with some painted green arrows.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track east towards the rock platforms, where it follows the steps down a cleft between the rocks. The walk continues along the bush track, winding through the bush and under some high-tension power lines and down some spaced-out wooden steps, until it comes to the intersection with the middle link track at a rock surface with some green painted arrows.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading east, down the hill and through the bush for a while, steadily winding down wooden and rock steps. The track heads down around some rock platforms and past an information sign on a local bird called the Anomalous Hornbill. The walk passes a track marker and continues down some more wooden steps to the intersection of the lower link track.

(1.54 km) Int of Bungaroo and Lower Link Track to Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 236 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, with the ground sloping up to the left and keeping the wide creek a short distance (through the bush) to the right. The track continues through the thick bush and around some boulders for a little while before bending to the right and coming to the Middle Harbour Creek, which it crosses at the large sandstone steppingstones (not safe to cross if stepping stones covered in water). The walk then continues up the steps on the other side to the signposted intersection of the 'Governor Phillip Track'.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Bungaroo Alt = 9 m
Governor Arthur Phillip (first governor of NSW) described this section of the river as where "the flowing of the tide ceased". Phillip and his party of nine camped here in 1788 whilst looking for land suitable for farming. John White (Surgeon General) described the the area as "the most desert, wild and solitary seclusion that the imagination can form any idea of". Over the past 200 years the river has changed, but somewhere not far upstream of the stepping stone is Bungaroo. More info

(1.54 km) Int of Bungaroo and Lower Link Track to Int of Pipeline and Middle Harbour Creek tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 425 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -13 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, with the ground sloping up to the right, through the bush to a grassy clearing at the waters edge. From here, it continues along the track, winding back through the thick bush, keeping the creek on the left as it winds along to the intersection of the Pipeline Track, at the end of the pipe bridge.

Pipeline Alt = 2 m
This pipeline is unearthed at Hunter Street, St Ives, and travels through Garigal National Park, across Middle Harbour Creek to John Oxley Drive, Sorlie. The pipe carries water under pressure From Ryde to Pymble to the reservoir at Beacon Hill. The old smaller-capacity pipe can still be seen running parallel to the larger pipe. [1]

(1.97 km) Int of Pipeline and Middle Harbour Creek tracks to Int of Hunter Ave and Founders Way
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.49 km Time = 35 mins
Climb = 126 m Descent = -11 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the pipeline service trail away from the wide creek, steadily climbing up the long hill for a while. In time, the track flattens out and then comes to the faint intersection with the middle link track on the right (just before it starts up another gentle hill). (Look for an 'X' marked into the concrete pipeline support opposite the track)
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail up the gentle hill, keeping the pipe line on the left as the track winds through the bush, coming to the intersection of the upper link track, almost directly below the high-tension power lines. (Look for an arrow marked into the concrete pipeline support opposite the track)
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail, keeping the pipe line on the left as the track heads through the bush for a short while before coming to the signposted intersection of the 'Bungaroo Track'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the Pipeline Track arrow along the management trail, keeping the pipeline on the left as it heads through the bush for a while, before it passes a 'Garigal National Park' signpost and comes down to the intersection with the wide management trail heading off to the right.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail heading away from the pipeline and past a picnic seat, continuing along for a short distance to the intersection with Hunter Avenue.

Catch the bus from Int of Hunter Ave and Founders Way
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Int of Hunter Ave and Founders Way
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 5.9 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 5.9 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 6 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 5.8 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 9.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop
Click to re-center search
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
7 km (to the W)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 15 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 25 km (to the W)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 26 km (to the SSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 36 km (to the NNE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Garigal National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Largely following Middle Harbour Creek and stretching from Seaforth in the south to St Ives in the north Garigal National Park is hidden through Sydney's Northern suburbs. Despite how close it is to large urban centres Garigal is quite beautiful with lots of different walking and cycling tracks. For those just wishing to picnic Davidson Reserve is a great spot just next to Middle Harbour Creek, under the Roseville Bridge.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

Walker Feedback

Comments
Add NewSearch
Only registered users can write comments!
 
Loading the images not too much longer now :)


-server web1.wildwalks.com- Page was generated in 0.080015 seconds Copyright | Privacy | About us | Disclaimer | Contact Us | Sponsorship | Newsletter