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Flat Rock Beach track
Time: 20 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.2 km SE of Forestville
Length: 0.5 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.5 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Garigal National Park
Climb: 50 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 50 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: Moderate

This short walk starts from the end of Killarney Drive, in Killarney Heights and heads down the hill to Flat Rock Beach. The beach is a secluded sandy area on the shores of Middle Harbour. A nice spot for swimming, relaxing and enjoying the boats as they pass by. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Flat Rock Beach track
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End of Killarney Drive
Int of Flat Rock and Magazine Tracks
Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Flat Rock and Magazine 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
 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
End of Killarney Drive
 
End of Killarney Drive +
 
Welcome to Garigal National Park
 
Welcome to Garigal National Park +
 
Near the end of Killarney Drive
 
Near the end of Killarney Drive +

 
The Flat Rock Track
 
The Flat Rock Track +
 
Flat Rock Beach track
 
Flat Rock Beach track +
 
Flat rock Beach track
 
Flat rock Beach track +

 
Flat Rock Beach
 
Flat Rock Beach +
 
Flat Rock Beach
 
Flat Rock Beach +
 
View from Flatrock Beach
 
View from Flatrock Beach +

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 Flat Rock Beach track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Flat Rock Beach track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Flat Rock Beach track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Flat Rock Beach track 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 520m
Time 20 mins
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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
Around 190m of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 70m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 220m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 40m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 230m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 30m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 190m of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 70m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 260m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 220m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 40m 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 End of Killarney Drive
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 End of Killarney Drive
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) End of Killarney Drive to Int of Flat Rock and Magazine Tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 42 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
From the end of Killarney Drive, this walk heads past the 'Garigal National Park' sign and along the bush track, winding through the bush and down the rocky hill for a little while before coming to the intersection of 'Magazine Track' and 'Flat Rock Track'.

(0.04 km) Int of Flat Rock and Magazine Tracks to Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 187 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -36 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Magazine Track' sign[1] along the rocky bush track, heading down the steep hill with the occasional set of wooden steps. The track flattens out and turns left, following the track markers down another rocky hill with another set of wooden steps. The track then flattens out again, coming to an intersection with a narrow bush track (heading down the hill to the right).

(0.23 km) Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks to Flat Rock Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 29 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the narrow bush track heading down the hill to the small beach at the bottom.

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.

Catch the bus from End of Killarney Drive
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 Killarney Drive
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

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 3 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 3.8 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 3.9 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 3.9 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 6.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Flat Rock Beach track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Flat Rock Beach track
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
13 km (to the WNW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 20 km (to the NNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 24 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 29 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 39 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 2 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 )
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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Jen G - Lovely Beach IP:220.245.79.xxx | 2010-07-10 07:55:14
We did this walk while actually doing another adjoining walk and popped down to flat rock beach. Such a pretty area to have a swim or a play with the kids in summer. Will definitely take the boys back there for a splash. Pretty spot.
Derrick J - Waterfall IP:124.188.66.xxx | 2011-06-16 12:15:04
After rains there is nice waterfall at the top of the track after leaving Killarney Drive.
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