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Currie Rd to Davidson Park
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.7 km ENE of Forestville
Length: 7.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 7.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Garigal National Park
Climb: 280 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 280 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: One way
Track: Moderate

Starting at Currie Rd in Forestville, this walk follows Middle Harbour to Davidson Park, under Roseville Bridge. There are two optional side trips, one to Natural Bridge and the other short one to Flat rock beach. The walk starts on a service trail, but mostly follows bush tracks, providing great views of Bantry Bay and Middle Harbour. There are plenty of spots to stop for a snack and enjoy the view. Davidson Park has great facilities for a picnic at the end of the walk. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Currie Rd to Davidson Park

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Currie Rd to Davidson Park
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Start of Currie Road service trail
Int of Currie Road and Cannons Parade service trails
Int of Natural Bridge and Currie Road Tracks
Int of Natural Bridge and Currie Road Tracks
Int of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks
Int of Magazine Track and Tipperary Road service trail
Back of Magazine Buildings
Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks
Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks
Int of Flat Rock and Magazine Tracks
Int of Flat Rock and Killarney Drive Tracks
Int of Downpatrick Road Servicetrail and Flat Rock Track
Int of Davidson Park driveway and Flat Rock Track
Int of Davidson Park Driveway and Warringah Road on-ramp
Int of Davidson Park driveway and Rotary Rotunda path
Starting point for this hiking track: Start of Currie Road service trail

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

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Photo Gallery

 
Currie Rd Service trail trackhead
 
Currie Rd Service trail trackhead +
 
Gate on Curry rd track
 
Gate on Curry rd track +
 
Currie Rd Service trail
 
Currie Rd Service trail +

 
Currie Rd Management Trail
 
Currie Rd Management Trail +
 
Currie Rd service trail
 
Currie Rd service trail +
 
Currie Rd Service trail
 
Currie Rd Service trail +

 
Continuing through the bush
 
Continuing through the bush +
 
Int Currie Rd track and Natural Bridge track
 
Int Currie Rd track and Natural Bridge track +
 
Intersection of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks
 
Intersection of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks +

 
Following the bushtrack
 
Following the bushtrack +
 
Magazine Track
 
Magazine Track +
 
Along the Magazine bushtrack
 
Along the Magazine bushtrack +

 
Small creek on Magazine Track
 
Small creek on Magazine Track +
 
Magazine Track
 
Magazine Track +
 
Bates Creek Track
 
Bates Creek Track +

 
Sign on the Magazine track
 
Sign on the Magazine track +
 
The Magazine Track
 
The Magazine Track +
 
The Magazine track
 
The Magazine track +

 
Fence behind Magazine Buildings
 
Fence behind Magazine Buildings +
 
View of Middle Harbour and Magazine buildings
 
View of Middle Harbour and Magazine buildings +
 
Looking down at the Magazine Buildings
 
Looking down at the Magazine Buildings +

 
The Magazine track
 
The Magazine track +
 
Following the waters edge
 
Following the waters edge +
 
View of the bay through the trees
 
View of the bay through the trees +

 
Shore line of Middle harbour
 
Shore line of Middle harbour +
 
Flat Rock beach
 
Flat Rock beach +
 
Flat Rock beach track
 
Flat Rock beach track +

 
Climbing up the hill from the Bantry bay
 
Climbing up the hill from the Bantry bay +
 
Small pipeline
 
Small pipeline +
 
Heading through the ferns
 
Heading through the ferns +

 
Passing a private property
 
Passing a private property +
 
Ferns near Davidson Park on Magazine track
 
Ferns near Davidson Park on Magazine track +
 
Looking down on Middle Harbour Creek
 
Looking down on Middle Harbour Creek +

 
Track along Middle Harbour
 
Track along Middle Harbour +
 
The Flat Rock Trackhead
 
The Flat Rock Trackhead +
 
Welcome to Davidson Park
 
Welcome to Davidson Park +

 
Heading down into Davidson Park
 
Heading down into Davidson Park +
 
Davidson Picnic area
 
Davidson Picnic area +
 
Davidson Park
 
Davidson Park +

 
Views of Middle Harbour Creek
 
Views of Middle Harbour Creek +
 
Rotary Rotunda
 
Rotary Rotunda +
 
Rotary Rotunda
 
Rotary Rotunda +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Currie Rd to Davidson Park bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Currie Rd to Davidson Park bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Currie Rd to Davidson Park bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Currie Rd to Davidson Park 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 7km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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
4.6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.9km is flat with no steps. The remaining (770m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (770m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 4.6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.6km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 4.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 4.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Start of Currie Road service trail
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.
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Drive to Start of Currie Road service trail
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.
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(0 km) Start of Currie Road service trail to Int of Natural Bridge and Currie Road Tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 909 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -28 m
From the intersection, this walk heads through the metal gate and along the service trail for a short distance before coming to some power lines. This trail follows the power lines through the bush, winding along beside the telegraph poles for a little while before coming to the intersection with the service trail that heads up the hill to the right.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the flat service trail heading south, in the opposite direction of the closest telegraph pole, winding alongside the power lines for a little while. The trail then breaks away from the power lines, heading through thicker vegetation until it comes to the signposted intersection of the Natural Bridge Track.

(0.91 km) Int of Natural Bridge and Currie Road Tracks to Natural Bridge
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 254 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -39 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Natural Bridge' sign along the bush track, heading down the rocky hill which steepens as it winds down a few sets of wooden steps. The track then flattens out to a gentle descent, and winds down through the bush until coming to a wide stone arch referred to as the Natural Bridge, crossing a creek that feeds into Bantry Bay.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Natural Bridge Alt = 39 m
The Natural Bridge is a sandstone arch in Garigal National Park. The arch spans an unnamed creek feeding into Bantry Bay. The Natural Bridge track uses this arch to cross the creek, and is not always noticed by walkers as the surrounding vegetation hides the full view of the feature from the track. The arch has formed the eroding forces of water flowing down the creek. The arch provides an interesting natural feature to explore and enjoy.

(0.91 km) Int of Natural Bridge and Currie Road Tracks to Int of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 182 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the H/H walker on the 'Currie Road Track' sign south, along the service trail. The track soon comes to a four-way intersection with a large gum tree in the centre.

(1.09 km) Int of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks to Back of Magazine Buildings
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.88 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 50 m Descent = -114 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, heading through the dense vegetation. After a little while, the track starts to zigzag down the rocky hill and through the bush until it flattens out and crosses Bates Creek. The walk then turns left and continues through the bush, meandering along the flat bush track until coming to the signposted intersection with the Magazine Track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Magazine Track' sign along the wide, flat trail which winds around behind some houses (on the right). The track continues along a narrower, rocky bush track which steadily winds down a long hill to the bottom of the valley, where it flattens out just above the water. From here, the walk continues along the bush track, winding up and down along the side of the hill until it follows a track marker up to the magazine buildings' fence line. The track runs parallel to this fence as it heads along to an open, square concrete tank just off to the left of the track, from which the roofs of the magazine buildings and Middle Harbour Creek are both visible.

Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex Alt = 12 m
The Magazine Buildings were the premier storage facility for merchants' explosives between 1915 and 1974. During this time, the carefully constructed building where crucial for the safe storage of explosives used for building public works such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and additionally used by the Australian Navy during World War II. There is currently no public access to the site, and the buildings are best viewed from across the water at Bantry Bay Picnic Area, or anywhere on the other side of Bantry Bay. More info

(2.97 km) Back of Magazine Buildings to Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.05 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 44 m Descent = -53 m
Continue straight: From the open concrete tank, this walk follows the bush track, with the ground sloping up to the right, as it heads down a short rocky hill. The track flattens out and follows the fence line to the end, where it turns left and continues down the rocky hill, along the bush track running parallel to a shorter fence. Soon, the track turns right and leaves the fence line. The walk follows the bush track heading away from the buildings and down the rocky hill, to the waters edge where it continues along the side of the hill, following Middle Harbour Creek for a long while. In time, the track winds around behind a small beach to the intersection of a narrow bush track heading down a short hill on the left.

(4.02 km) Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks to Flat Rock Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 29 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the narrow bush track heading down the hill to the small beach at the bottom.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Flat Rock Beach Alt = 2 m
Flat Rock Beach is a small, south-facing beach on Middle Harbour, in Garigal National Park. The sand is deposited on a rock shelf that pokes through in places, forming interesting sculptures. The beach is frequented by walkers and boaters enjoying their day by the water. The beach can be accessed by a bush track from the end of Killarney Drive, Killarney Heights. Historically, the beach was a popular picnic area and serviced by a ferry in the early 1900's. Today, there are no facilities, but some shade is provided by the trees at the back of the beach.

(4.02 km) Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks to Int of Flat Rock and Magazine Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 187 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track with the ground sloping up to the right, heading up the wooden steps. The track flattens out and turns right, following the track marker through the bush and up the rocky hill, using the spread-out sets of wooden steps. The walk comes to an intersection and a signpost for the 'Magazine Track'[1].

(4.21 km) Int of Flat Rock and Magazine Tracks to Int of Downpatrick Road Servicetrail and Flat Rock Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.54 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 86 m Descent = -116 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Flat Rock Track' sign along the bush track heading down the side of the hill, with the ground sloping up to the right. The walk winds down the rocky track for a little while, before flattening out as it passes by a small pipeline and then continues along the side of the hill. The track meanders through the bush for a while before coming to the four-way intersection with a bush track (which heads up the rocky hill to the right, and down to a private property at the bottom of the hill on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track along the side of the hill, with the ground sloping up to the right. The track meanders through the dense bushland, occasionally catching a nice view over Middle Harbour Creek down to the left, and continues to the intersection of a rough service trail on the right, which heads uphill.

(5.75 km) Int of Downpatrick Road Servicetrail and Flat Rock Track to Int of Davidson Park driveway and Flat Rock Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 688 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 32 m Descent = -41 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track along the side of the hill, with the ground sloping up to the right as it heads through the bush. The walk stays above Middle Harbour Creek for a while before it drops down a steep set of wooden steps to the intersection with the Davidson Park driveway, at a wooden picnic seat.

(6.44 km) Int of Davidson Park driveway and Flat Rock Track to Rotary Rotunda
Walk: Easy - road,footpath
Length = 797 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -13 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the flat driveway towards the Roseville Bridge, heading under a pipe bridge and coming to the intersection with the driveway to Davidson Park.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the Davidson Park driveway, crossing under Roseville Bridge with Middle Harbour Creek on the left. The walk passes a small car park and bends to the right, winding around the large picnic areas (on the left), passing a building with some toilets (also on the left), and continuing along for a little while before coming to the signposted intersection of the Rotary Rotunda footpath.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads through the 'Rotary Rotunda' arch[2] and along the concrete footpath to the rotunda in the picnic area nearby.

Davidson picnic area Alt = 4 m
Davidson Picnic Area is in Garigal National Park, under Roseville Bridge (access via Warringah Road, south bound lanes, or via many walking tracks in the area). The picnic area has a boat ramp, wheelchair-accessible toilets, large open grassy areas, picnic tables, free electric BBQ's, and a large rotunda. There are plenty of shady spots provided by the trees. The northern section of the picnic area has a small beach swimming area, and the southern section boasts a boat ramp. The park is open 6am to 8pm (6:30pm outside daylight savings time). Ticket machines are provided to pay the car access fee.

Catch the bus from Rotary Rotunda
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.
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Drive from Rotary Rotunda
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
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Getting there

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

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

Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 4.6 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 5.5 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 5.4 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 5.4 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 5.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Currie Rd to Davidson Park.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Currie Rd to Davidson Park
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
12 km (to the WNW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 18 km (to the NNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 26 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 29 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 36 km (to the N)

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
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Rowena - Fallen branches IP:203.206.220.xxx | 2010-01-17 22:43:49
We did this walk on 10-Jan-10, and there were a few large fallen branches across the trail up behind the Magazine buildings that we had to step over or go under.
Diana van Driel IP:58.109.74.xxx | 2015-09-15 06:14:20
As of Aug 2015, the path is pretty rough going. As you get to Flat Rock Beach the path disappears as a large rock looms over you. Clamber up the rock to the other side and the path reappears before the turnoff to the beach. More importantly the Flat Rock Track is CLOSED and there is now no bush track to Davidson Park. At the intersection with the track up to Killarney Drive, where my map indicates the Flat Rock Track starts, there is no sign. If you walk up towards Killarney Drive there is a sign part way up indicating the Flat Rock track is closed. The only way is back through suburbia, unless you retrace your steps.
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