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Davidson Track to Carroll Creek and Ferguson St
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.3 km NNE of Roseville
Length: 3.8 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 3.8 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Garigal National Park
Climb: 128 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 128 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

Starting from John Oxley Drive, Davidson, this walk descends steeply into Garigal National Park, along a wide asphalt service trail. The walk follows a lovely bush track along the eastern bank of Middle Harbour creek before following Carroll Creek up to the end of Ferguson St, Forestville. There are plenty of lovely water views, and several interesting sandstone overhangs on this walk. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Davidson Track to Carroll Creek and Ferguson St

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Davidson Track to Carroll Creek and Ferguson St
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John Oxley Drive (Sth of Prahran Ave)
Int of Davidson and Governor Phillip tracks
Int of Lyrebird and Carroll Creek tracks
Int of Casuarina and Carroll Creek Tracks
Int of Carrol Crk and Northern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrails
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Davidson and Governor Phillip tracks

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

 
Davidson Track trackhead at John Oxley Drive
 
Davidson Track trackhead at John Oxley Drive +
 
Down into the valley
 
Down into the valley +
 
Continuing through the bush
 
Continuing through the bush +

 
Coming down to the pipe bridge
 
Coming down to the pipe bridge +
 
Following Middle Harbour Creek
 
Following Middle Harbour Creek +
 
The Governor Phillip Walk
 
The Governor Phillip Walk +

 
Passing an old rope swing
 
Passing an old rope swing +
 
Heading through the bush
 
Heading through the bush +
 
Middle Harbour from Governor Phillip track
 
Middle Harbour from Governor Phillip track +

 
Following the waters edge
 
Following the waters edge +
 
winding through the trees
 
winding through the trees +
 
Looking out across the creek
 
Looking out across the creek +

 
Following the Governor Phillip Walk
 
Following the Governor Phillip Walk +
 
The Carroll Creek Crossing
 
The Carroll Creek Crossing +
 
The Carroll Creek Track
 
The Carroll Creek Track +

 
Following the edge of the creek
 
Following the edge of the creek +
 
Waterfall on Carroll Creek
 
Waterfall on Carroll Creek +
 
Cave near top of the Carroll Creek track
 
Cave near top of the Carroll Creek track +

 
Climbing up to the end of the management trail
 
Climbing up to the end of the management trail +
 
Nothern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrail
 
Nothern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrail +
 
Top of Nothern Beaches Area Service trail
 
Top of Nothern Beaches Area Service trail +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Davidson Track to Carroll Creek and Ferguson St bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Davidson Track to Carroll Creek and Ferguson St bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Davidson Track to Carroll Creek and Ferguson St bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Davidson Track to Carroll Creek and Ferguson St 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 3.8km
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 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
1.6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.1km has short steep hills. The remaining (1000m) is very steep.

Quality of track
Around 2.3km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 1.5km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 2.8km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1000m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 2.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 870m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 2.8km 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 2.5km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to John Oxley Drive (Sth of Prahran Ave)
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 John Oxley Drive (Sth of Prahran Ave)
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) John Oxley Drive (Sth of Prahran Ave) to Int of Davidson and Governor Phillip tracks
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 995 m Time = 27 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -121 m
From John Oxley Drive, just a little way south of Prahran Ave, this walk follows the dirt management trail and the 'Davidson Track' sign around the gate, keeping the pipe on the left of the track. The track soon passes a brick pump house, as the track becomes asphalt and starts to steeply head downhill. Partway down the hill, there is a lookout point on the pipe, then at the bottom of the first hill is a creek-crossing and sign welcoming people to 'Garigal National Park'. Past the sign, the track starts to head downhill again, as it winds down to the creek and the signposted intersection with Governor Phillip track, just near 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 km) Int of Davidson and Governor Phillip tracks to Int of Lyrebird and Carroll Creek tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.51 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = -31 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk crosses under the pipebridge and continues along the rocky bush track, following Middle Harbour Creek as the track undulates up and down for a while. The walk then steadily climbs up the side of the hill to the left for some time, before dropping back down and continuing along beside Carrol Creek. The walk passes a "Governor Phillip Walk" sign, as the track bends to the right and crosses the creek at the stepping stones at the signposted intersection of 'Carroll Creek Track' and 'Lyrebird Track'.

(2.51 km) Int of Lyrebird and Carroll Creek tracks to Int of Casuarina and Carroll Creek Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 743 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -3 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Carrol Creek Track' sign along the bush track, winding through the dense vegetation as it follows the creek for a while. The walk winds under a long rock overhang and continues up to the bottom of a concrete staircase and a metal bridge. (The track doesn't cross the bridge but does have quite a pretty view of Carroll Creek.) From here, the track turns right and climbs the concrete staircase to the end of the management trail at the top.

(3.25 km) Int of Casuarina and Carroll Creek Tracks to Int of Carroll Crk and Nothern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 405 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 51 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail, heading up the long gentle hill which progressively steepens as it passes a short loop trail on the right, and winds up to the intersection with an asphalt service trail. (Note: The National Parks Depot is just down the hill along the asphalt trail to the right)

(3.66 km) Int of Carrol Crk and Northern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrails to End of Ferguson St
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 124 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -3 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the driveway, crossing under the power lines and passing the 'Northern Beaches Area Office and Depot' on the right (and a small car park on the left). Not much further up, the driveway passes through a white gate and comes to the end of Ferguson Rd, Forestville.

Catch the bus from End of Ferguson St
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 End of Ferguson St
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 5.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 5.6 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 5.6 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 5.7 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 7.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Davidson Track to Carroll Creek and Ferguson St.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Davidson Track to Carroll Creek and Ferguson St
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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 16 km (to the NNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 26 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 27 km (to the W)
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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