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Davidson Exploration
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km SW of Davidson
Length: 5.8 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5.8 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Garigal National Park
Climb: 243 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 243 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: Hard

This walk partially circumnavigates the suburb of Davidson. Starting on Stone Pde, the walk follows the cascades track down to Middle Harbour Creek and follows the creek downstream to the pipeline. The walk finishes with an uphill slog, following the pipeline, to John Oxley Drive. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Davidson Exploration
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Stone Pde
Int of Cascades and French's Creek service trails
Int of Cascades and Frenchs Creek service trails
The Cascades
Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks
Int of Davidson and Governor Phillip tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Cascades and Frenchs Creek service trails

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

 
Cascades Trackhead at Stone Pde
 
Cascades Trackhead at Stone Pde +
 
The Cascades Track Head
 
The Cascades Track Head +
 
Crossing Borgnis Creek
 
Crossing Borgnis Creek +

 
Cascades track
 
Cascades track +
 
Cascades track
 
Cascades track +
 
Rock platform at Tributary Cascades
 
Rock platform at Tributary Cascades +

 
Tributary Cascades
 
Tributary Cascades +
 
Cascades Track
 
Cascades Track +
 
The Cascades Track and Frenchs Creek
 
The Cascades Track and Frenchs Creek +

 
The Cascades
 
The Cascades +
 
Waterhole at the Cascades
 
Waterhole at the Cascades +
 
The Cascades
 
The Cascades +

 
Looking down on the waterhole
 
Looking down on the waterhole +
 
Middle Harbour Track
 
Middle Harbour Track +
 
Middle Harbour Track
 
Middle Harbour Track +

 
Small cave on Middle Harbour Track
 
Small cave on Middle Harbour Track +
 
Middle Harbour Track
 
Middle Harbour Track +
 
Middle Harbour Track
 
Middle Harbour Track +

 
Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks
 
Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks +
 
Stepping stones across Middle Harbour Creek
 
Stepping stones across Middle Harbour Creek +
 
track on middle Harbour creek
 
track on middle Harbour creek +

 
Governor Phillip track
 
Governor Phillip track +
 
Middle Harbour Creek
 
Middle Harbour Creek +
 
winding through the bush on Governor Phillip walk
 
winding through the bush on Governor Phillip walk +

 
Governor Phillip track at base of Davidson Track
 
Governor Phillip track at base of Davidson Track +
 
Governor Phillip track near pipe bridge
 
Governor Phillip track near pipe bridge +
 
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk
 
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk +

 
Bottom of Davidson track
 
Bottom of Davidson track +
 
Davidson service trail
 
Davidson service trail +
 
Davidson service trail
 
Davidson service trail +

 
Garigal national park boundary
 
Garigal national park boundary +
 
Viewing point on Davidson service trail
 
Viewing point on Davidson service trail +
 
The view
 
The view +

 
Steep section on Davidson service trail
 
Steep section on Davidson service trail +
 
Pumping station on Davidson service trail
 
Pumping station on Davidson service trail +
 
Davidson Track trackhead at John Oxley Drive
 
Davidson Track trackhead at John Oxley Drive +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Davidson Exploration bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Davidson Exploration bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Davidson Exploration bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Davidson Exploration 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 6km
Time 2 hrs 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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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
3.5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.3km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (1000m) is very steep.

Quality of track
Around 3.3km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 2.5km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 4.9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 950m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 3.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 4.8km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1000m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 4.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 950m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Stone Pde
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 Stone Pde
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) Stone Pde to Int of Cascades and Frenchs Creek service trails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 946 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -77 m
From the intersection, the walk passes through the metal gate marked with the Cascades Track sign, and follows the (initially) asphalted service trail. The service trail winds down into the valley, steeply at times, until it comes to the signposted intersection with the French's Creek Track.

(0.95 km) Int of Cascades and French's Creek service trails to Tributary Cascades
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 30 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'French's Creek Track' sign[1] down the gentle rocky hill, crossing the creek just upstream of some cascades.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

(0.95 km) Int of Cascades and Frenchs Creek service trails to The Cascades
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 565 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -22 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail, leaving the French's Creek track to the right. The walk descends before following a creek for a short distance to the cascades.

The Cascades Alt = 27 m
The Cascades are a series of small cascades (little waterfalls) in Garigal National Park. The cascades centre around a large rock platform on Middle Harbour Creek and are found in the northern section of the park, at the intersection of the Middle Harbour and Cascade Tracks. The cascades make a great spot to sit and rest when exploring the area.

(1.51 km) The Cascades to Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.6 km Time = 51 mins
Climb = 72 m Descent = -89 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up and across the rock platform, keeping the creek to the right. The walk passes a rock overhang and bends around to the left, climbing up onto a track which stays low alongside the creek. The track crosses over rock platforms and under overhangs as it continues south along the creek. After quite some time, the vegetation starts to get thicker and greener, and the walk comes to a signposted intersection with the 'Bungaroo Track'[2].

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

(4.11 km) Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks to Int of Davidson and Governor Phillip tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 695 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -38 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the track follows the 'Governor Phillip Walk' sign, keeping Middle Harbour Creek to the right of the track. The track mostly follows the bank of the creek, bending to avoid a few obstacles along the way. Before long, the track comes to an intersection at the bottom of the concrete Davidson Track management trail. This intersection is well-signposted and is a few meters before the large 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. [3]

(4.8 km) Int of Davidson and Governor Phillip tracks to John Oxley Drive (Sth of Prahran Ave)
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 995 m Time = 27 mins
Climb = 121 m Descent = -11 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the concrete management trail up the hill as it bends to the right. The track soon passes a sign 'Davidson Track' pointing up the hill, as the track winds its way up. Then, about halfway up this hill, the track flattens out to cross a creek and to leave the National Park. The track continues steeply up the hill, with the pipe on the right of the track. There is a lookout point partway up, and, at the top of the hill, there is a brick pump house. From here, the trail become dirt and follows the pipe to John Oxley Drive (just a little way south of Prahran Ave).

Catch the bus from John Oxley Drive (Sth of Prahran Ave)
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 John Oxley Drive (Sth of Prahran Ave)
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
Map Car Shuffle
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)
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 6.2 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 6.6 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 6.6 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 6.7 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 8.3 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Davidson Exploration.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Davidson Exploration
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
9 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 27 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 27 km (to the SSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 35 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.

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