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Curry Rd to The Bluff (via the Natural Bridge)
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.7 km ENE of Forestville
Length: 3.7 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 3.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Garigal National Park
Climb: 165 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 165 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: Return
Track: Hard

From Currie Rd in Forestville, this walk visits the sandstone archway known as the Natural Bridge before climbing the hill and continuing to the Bluff. The Bluff is a large rocky point, with its own interesting shapes and a fantastic view down Middle Harbour and across to the city. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Curry Rd to The Bluff (via the Natural Bridge)

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Curry Rd to The Bluff (via the Natural Bridge)
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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
Natural Bridge
Int of the Natural Bridge and Currie Road Oval Tracks
Int of Bluff and Natural Bridge Tracks
Int of Bluff and Scout Hall Tracks
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

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

Print a map and track notes here
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Photo Gallery

 
Currie Rd Service trail trackhead
 
Currie Rd Service trail trackhead +
 
Start of the Currie Road service trail
 
Start of the Currie Road service trail +
 
Currie Rd Service trail
 
Currie Rd Service trail +

 
Following the powerlines through the bush
 
Following the powerlines through the bush +
 
Currie Rd Management Trail
 
Currie Rd Management Trail +
 
Currie Rd Service trail
 
Currie Rd Service trail +

 
Currie Road Track
 
Currie Road Track +
 
Int Currie Rd track and Natural Bridge track
 
Int Currie Rd track and Natural Bridge track +
 
signs at western end of Natural Bridge track
 
signs at western end of Natural Bridge track +

 
Epacris Longiflora in Garigal National Park
 
Epacris Longiflora in Garigal National Park +
 
Natural Bridge Track steps
 
Natural Bridge Track steps +
 
Natural Bridge track
 
Natural Bridge track +

 
Crossing the Natural Bridge
 
Crossing the Natural Bridge +
 
Top of the Natural Bridge
 
Top of the Natural Bridge +
 
Looking over edge of the Natural Bridge
 
Looking over edge of the Natural Bridge +

 
Natural Bridge Track
 
Natural Bridge Track +
 
Following the rocky track
 
Following the rocky track +
 
View from Natural Bridge track
 
View from Natural Bridge track +

 
Natural Bridge Track
 
Natural Bridge Track +
 
Climbing up through the large rock outcrop
 
Climbing up through the large rock outcrop +
 
Following the track markers
 
Following the track markers +

 
Views along the Natural Bridge Track
 
Views along the Natural Bridge Track +
 
The Natural Bridge Track
 
The Natural Bridge Track +
 
Bluff track
 
Bluff track +

 
Bluff track
 
Bluff track +
 
Following the Bluff Track service trail
 
Following the Bluff Track service trail +
 
Glimpse from the Bluff
 
Glimpse from the Bluff +

 
The Bluff track
 
The Bluff track +
 
View from the Bluff Lookout
 
View from the Bluff Lookout +
 
Warning signs on the Bluff track
 
Warning signs on the Bluff track +

 
Rock formation on the Bluff
 
Rock formation on the Bluff +
 
Looking up Middle Harbour from the Bluff
 
Looking up Middle Harbour from the Bluff +
 
Top of the Bluff
 
Top of the Bluff +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Curry Rd to The Bluff (via the Natural Bridge) bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Curry Rd to The Bluff (via the Natural Bridge) bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Curry Rd to The Bluff (via the Natural Bridge) bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Curry Rd to The Bluff (via the Natural Bridge) 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 3.7km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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
1.2km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 460m is very steep. The remaining (250m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 960m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 910m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 1.4km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 450m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 460m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 960m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 910m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
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.
(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 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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(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
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.

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.

(1.16 km) Natural Bridge to Int of Bluff and Natural Bridge Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 501 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 71 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the other side of the Natural Bridge, this walk follows the bush track heading east, steadily climbing up the long and sometimes steep rocky hill, to the top of the valley through a few large rock outcrops. The track flattens out and continues along for a short distance to the 'T' intersection of the bush track at the track marker.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track facing the track marker, heading south-east for a short distance before it coming to the signposted intersection of the Bluff Track at the service trail.

(1.66 km) Int of Bluff and Natural Bridge Tracks to The Bluff Lookout
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 208 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the Bluff Track signpost along the service trail, heading south-east through the bush for a short while before coming to the intersection with an unsignposted track on the left, which heads through the bush.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail (with the bush track on the left) heading south through the bush for a while before it comes to the Bluff Lookout at the signposted intersection of "The Bay Track", looking down on Bantry Bay and the magazine buildings.

Bluff Lookout Alt = 102 m
The Bluff is a large, unfenced rocky hilltop, in Garigal National Park, that provides great views up Middle Harbour. The views extend across the bushland of the National Park, along Bantry Bay, to the city of Sydney (You can even see Centrepoint Tower). Apart from the distant views, the bluff is also an interesting rock feature, with a number of caves containing honeycomb rock formations.

Catch the bus from Start of Currie Road service trail
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 Start of Currie Road service trail
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

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From the end of the walk

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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 Curry Rd to The Bluff (via the Natural Bridge).
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Curry Rd to The Bluff (via the Natural Bridge)
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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.

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