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East Bantry Bay
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
6.3 km E of Killara
Length: 4.6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Garigal National Park
Climb: 274 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 274 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 at Currie Road in Forestville, this walk follows the edge of Bantry Bay to Seaforth Oval. The main highlights of the walk include the Natural Bridge, the views from the Bluff Lookout and Bantry Bay Picnic Area. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views and wildlife along the way. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of East Bantry Bay
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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
The Bluff Lookout
Bantry Bay Picnic Area
Int of the Timbergetters and Old Bullock Track
Int of the Timbergetters and Engraving 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
 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
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Photo Gallery

 
Start of the Currie Road service trail
 
Start of the Currie Road service trail +
 
Following the powerlines through the bush
 
Following the powerlines through the bush +
 
Heading into thicker vegetation
 
Heading into thicker vegetation +

 
The Natural Bridge Track
 
The Natural Bridge Track +
 
Heading down through the bush
 
Heading down through the bush +
 
Crossing the Natural Bridge
 
Crossing the Natural Bridge +

 
Climbing up the side of the valley
 
Climbing up the side of the valley +
 
Climbing up through the large rock outcrop
 
Climbing up through the large rock outcrop +
 
Continuing along the top of the ridge
 
Continuing along the top of the ridge +

 
Following the Natural Bridge Track
 
Following the Natural Bridge Track +
 
Coming to the end of the management track
 
Coming to the end of the management track +
 
View from the Bluff Lookout
 
View from the Bluff Lookout +

 
Rock steps
 
Rock steps +
 
Bushtrack beside a short cliff
 
Bushtrack beside a short cliff +
 
Looking down the valley towards the Bay
 
Looking down the valley towards the Bay +

 
West across to the Magazine Buildings
 
West across to the Magazine Buildings +
 
Passing cliffs
 
Passing cliffs +
 
Following the Bushtrack
 
Following the Bushtrack +

 
View of the magazine buildings
 
View of the magazine buildings +
 
Bantry Bay picnic area
 
Bantry Bay picnic area +
 
Bantry Bay picnic area wharf
 
Bantry Bay picnic area wharf +

 
Toilet at Bantry Bay Picnic Area
 
Toilet at Bantry Bay Picnic Area +
 
Bottom of the Timber Getters Track
 
Bottom of the Timber Getters Track +
 
Climbing up the side of the valley
 
Climbing up the side of the valley +

 
Long set of wooden steps
 
Long set of wooden steps +
 
Passing an old telegraph pole
 
Passing an old telegraph pole +
 
Crossing a small stream
 
Crossing a small stream +

 
Following the defined track
 
Following the defined track +
 
Timmber Getters track near Seaforth Oval
 
Timmber Getters track near Seaforth Oval +
 
Top of the Timber Getters Track
 
Top of the Timber Getters Track +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the East Bantry Bay bushwalking track

Cross Section of the East Bantry Bay bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the East Bantry Bay bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the East Bantry Bay 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 4.6km
Time 2 hrs
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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
2.8km of this walk is very steep and another 1.2km is flat with no steps. The remaining (640m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 3.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 1.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 3.2km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1.4km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 2.8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.8km 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.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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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 Currie Road and Cannons Parade service trails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 563 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -16 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.

(0.56 km) Int of Currie Road and Cannons Parade service trails to Int of Natural Bridge and Currie Road Tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 346 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -12 m
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.

(1.87 km) The Bluff Lookout to Bantry Bay Picnic Area
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.83 km Time = 48 mins
Climb = 77 m Descent = -166 m
Turn left: From the lookout, this walk follows the "The Bay Track" signpost along the short bush track, to a large rock platform which it crosses, then follows a track marker down some rock steps. The walk continues to wind down into the valley, following the defined rocky bush track for a long while, dropping down past rock platforms and outcrops as it descends to a point not far above the water. The walk continues to undulate gently along the side of the hill, providing great views of the magazine buildings on the opposite side of the bay. The track continues in this manner to the Bantry Bay Picnic Area, situated just above a small wharf.

Bantry Bay Picnic Area Alt = 9 m
The area of Bantry Bay has been popular with day visitors since the late 1800s. In the early 1900s, the picnic area was also home to a dance hall (foundations still visible), dining room, picnic ground and overnight accommodation. Today, the picnic area has a picnic table and a number of fireplaces. There is also a public wharf, toilets, open grassy area, shade from trees and a great view across the water. There are no garbage facilities. The picnic area is at the bottom of the Timber Getters Track, below Seaforth Oval, on the eastern shore of Bantry Bay. More info

(3.7 km) Bantry Bay Picnic Area to Int of the Timber Getters and Engraving Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 841 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 109 m Descent = -9 m
Turn left: From the picnic area, this walk follows 'Timber Getters Track' sign[1] near the toilets, heading up a long set of rock steps that wind up the hill. The walk then flattens out and continues along a short bush track to another long set of wooden steps. From here, the walk climbs the steps, winding up and out of the valley until the walk flattens out again at a rock platform. The walk continues past an old telegraph pole with no power lines attached, and across a small creek at some stepping stones, as it winds along to the signposted intersection with the 'Old Bullock Track'[2] (closed for maintenance at time of writing).
Continue straight: From the intersection (with the signposted Bullock Track on the left), this walk follows the bush track heading up the hill and up a set of wooden steps, continuing through the dense scrub as the track steadily winds up the long hill, passing a bush regeneration sign and climbing up some more steps to the signposted intersection with the Engraving Track[3].

(4.54 km) Int of the Timbergetters and Engraving Tracks to Seaforth Oval
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 46 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill, climbing up the wooden steps for a short distance before flattening out at the corner of the Seaforth Oval car park, next to some information signs.

Seaforth Oval Alt = 113 m
Seaforth Oval is a large playing oval on the Wakehurst Parkway in North Balgowlah. It is managed by Manly Council, who have also recently been upgrading the Timber Getters Track in association with NPWS. There is a distant view of Chatswood from the oval. There are toilets, but they are usually locked. There is a large car park, shelter and sign with information about the Harbour to Hawkesbury walk. More info

Catch the bus from Seaforth Oval
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 Seaforth Oval
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

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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
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

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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 East Bantry Bay.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from East Bantry Bay
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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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