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Little Digger Track to Davidson Reserve and Lyrebird Circuit
Time: 4 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.5 km ENE of Lindfield
Length: 11.5 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 11.5 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Garigal National Park
Climb: 470 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 470 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

Exploring both the eastern and western sides of Middle Harbour Creek, this walk follows the Little Digger and Two Creeks Tracks down to the Roseville Bridge, and into Davidson Reserve. This is a fantastic spot to take a break before following the waterline along the Lyrebird Track for a while and looping back to Davidson reserve along the ridge, via the Casuarina track. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Little Digger Track to Davidson Reserve and Lyrebird Circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Little Digger Track to Davidson Reserve and Lyrebird Circuit
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End of Carnarvon Road
Int of Little Digger and Little Falls Tracks
Int of Little Digger and Little Falls Tracks
Int of Little Digger and Babbage Falls Tracks
Int of Little Digger and Babbage Falls Tracks
Moores Creek bridge
Carlyle Road track and Little Digger Track Int
Int of Two Creeks and Carlyle Road tracks
Int of Two Creeks and Ormonde Road tracks
End of Ormonde Road Track
Int of Roseville Bridge footpath and Warringah Road
Int of Davidson Park Driveway and Warringah Road on-ramp
Int of Davidson Park driveway and Rotary Rotunda path
Bottom of the Casuarina Steps
Int of the Lyrebird Track and end of Davidson Park driveway
End Lyrebird service trail
Int of Lyrebird and Carroll Creek tracks
Int of Casuarina and Carroll Creek Tracks
Int of Casuarina Track and Boree Road service trail
Casuarina Lookout
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Carnarvon Road

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Photo Gallery

 
Little Digger Track
 
Little Digger Track +
 
Heading through the bush
 
Heading through the bush +
 
Little Falls
 
Little Falls +

 
Heading through the trees
 
Heading through the trees +
 
Occasional Steps
 
Occasional Steps +
 
Babbage Falls
 
Babbage Falls +

 
Under a rock overhang
 
Under a rock overhang +
 
Example of Track
 
Example of Track +
 
Passing the Moores Creek bridge
 
Passing the Moores Creek bridge +

 
Bridge across Moores Creek
 
Bridge across Moores Creek +
 
Cave on Two Creeks Track Little Diggers park
 
Cave on Two Creeks Track Little Diggers park +
 
Views over Middle Harbour Creek
 
Views over Middle Harbour Creek +

 
Following the side of the hill
 
Following the side of the hill +
 
View of Davidson Park
 
View of Davidson Park +
 
Two Creeks track near Ormonde Road track
 
Two Creeks track near Ormonde Road track +

 
Climbing up to Ormonde Road
 
Climbing up to Ormonde Road +
 
Roseville Bridge
 
Roseville Bridge +
 
Heading down into Davidson Park
 
Heading down into Davidson Park +

 
Davidson Park
 
Davidson Park +
 
Rotary Rotunda
 
Rotary Rotunda +
 
Passing through a National Park gate
 
Passing through a National Park gate +

 
Winding along Middle Harbour Creek
 
Winding along Middle Harbour Creek +
 
Passing a Lyrebird Track sign
 
Passing a Lyrebird Track sign +
 
Looking down on the creek
 
Looking down on the creek +

 
Under a shallow overhang
 
Under a shallow overhang +
 
Climbing up to the end of the management trail
 
Climbing up to the end of the management trail +
 
Following the Casuarina Track
 
Following the Casuarina Track +

 
Passing under a rock overhang on Casuarina track
 
Passing under a rock overhang on Casuarina track +
 
The trees above the Casuarina Track
 
The trees above the Casuarina Track +
 
Tower on Casuarina track
 
Tower on Casuarina track +

 
Top of the Casuarina Steps
 
Top of the Casuarina Steps +
 
looking up the Casuarina Steps
 
looking up the Casuarina Steps +
 
Davidson Reserve
 
Davidson Reserve +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Little Digger Track to Davidson Reserve and Lyrebird Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Little Digger Track to Davidson Reserve and Lyrebird Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Little Digger Track to Davidson Reserve and Lyrebird Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Little Digger Track to Davidson Reserve and Lyrebird Circuit 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 12km
Time 4 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
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
4.4km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3.6km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 2.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 1.4km is very steep.

Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 3.2km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 2.1km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 130m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 4.9km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.3km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 12km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 10km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.3km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to End of Carnarvon Road
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.
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Drive to End of Carnarvon Road
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
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(0 km) End of Carnarvon Road to Int of Little Digger and Little Falls Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 245 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -31 m
From the end of Carnarvon Road, the walk follows the Little Digger Track sign, stepping up onto the short rock platform and following the bush track up the hill. After passing around the houses, the walk steadily winds down through the gully to the signposted intersection with the Little Falls Track.

(0.25 km) Int of Little Digger and Little Falls Tracks to Little Falls
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 31 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -5 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the "Little Falls 2min return" arrow along the bush track, heading down the hill and through the ferns to a small flat clearing next to a creek, just down stream from a small waterfall.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Little Falls Alt = 32 m
Little falls are found along the Little Digger Track in East Lindfield. The small cascade is on Moores Creek, and is a single drop over a sandstone shelf. There is a small clearing on the western bank of the creek making a quiet area to sit and rest whilst trying to spot lyrebirds.

(0.25 km) Int of Little Digger and Little Falls Tracks to Int of Little Digger and Babbage Falls Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 133 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, leaving the signposted 'Little Falls Track' on the right, the walk follows the bush track. The walk winds through the gully and down some wooden steps, continuing along for a little while before coming to the signposted intersection with the 'Babbage Falls Track'.

(0.38 km) Int of Little Digger and Babbage Falls Tracks to Babbage Falls
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 8 m Time =
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Babbage Falls' sign down the short hill, to the rock platform looking down on the Babbage Falls.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn sharp right to continue along this walk.)

Babbage Falls Alt = 34 m
Babbage Falls are on Moores Creek in East Lindfield, just off the side of the Little Diggers Track. The falls flow off a large rock platform to a small pool in the creek below. Babbage Falls are named in honour of Eden Herschel Babbage. Babbage (1843-1924) was known as 'The Father of Roseville' and was committed to developing a series of tracks through the area which was then known as Roseville park. More info

(0.38 km) Int of Little Digger and Babbage Falls Tracks to Moores Creek bridge
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 324 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -35 m
Continue straight: From the intersection (with the signposted 'Babbage Falls Track' on the right), the walk follows the bush track, heading north through the gully, winding through the bush and down some rock steps, where it crosses under two large rock overhangs. The walk continues through the bush, crossing a small creek and undulating through the gully until it comes down to the Moores Creek Bridge. (The track does not cross this bridge but it does provide nice views of the creek.)

(0.7 km) Moores Creek bridge to Carlyle Road track and Little Digger Track Int
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 88 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: With the Bridge on the right, the walk follows the bush track, heading north through the bush, passing a Little Digger Track information sign and continuing along the now wider track for a short distance before turning left and coming up to the 'T' intersection with the Carlyle Road management trail.

Little Diggers Park Alt = 9 m
Little Diggers Park is a bushland reserve to the north of Roseville Golf Course. The reserve protects the native flora and fauna on the banks of Moores Creek. The park was named in honour of William Hughes who lived in the area and was Australia's 7th Prime Minister. Billy Hughes was also nicknamed 'little digger' during WW1, a name he carried to his grave in death in 1952. The park is now managed by Ku-ring-gai Council, and regeneration is undertaken by the Moores Creek Bushcare Group. More info

(0.79 km) Carlyle Road track and Little Digger Track Int to Int of Two Creeks and Carlyle Road tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 128 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads north for approximately 100m until coming to an intersection with a management trail, near a bridge and a stone seat. This intersection is marked with a 'Carlyle Rd' signpost.

(0.92 km) Int of Two Creeks and Carlyle Road tracks to Int of Two Creeks and Ormonde Road tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 876 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 46 m Descent = -46 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads across the wooden bridge and follows the track through the bush and along the side of the hill. After a while, the track bends around to the right and follows the wide Middle Harbour Creek, with Davidson Park across on the other side. The track continues along the side of the hill above Middle Harbour Creek for a while, before coming to the signposted intersection of the 'Ormonde Road 200m' track, uphill on the right.

(1.79 km) Int of Two Creeks and Ormonde Road tracks to End of Ormonde Road Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 146 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 34 m Descent = -1 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Ormonde Road 200m' arrow up the steep rocky hill. The walk flattens out and continues to the end of Ormonde Rd.

(1.94 km) End of Ormonde Road Track to Int of Davidson Park driveway and Warringah Road on-ramp
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 1.75 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 69 m Descent = -107 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows Ormonde Rd up the hill (passing Chase Ave, Cardigan Rd and The Kingsway), passing the off-ramp from Warringah Rd, then turning right at the Warringah Rd on-ramp (just before the bridge over Warringah Rd). The walk follows the grassy strip at the left hand edge of the on-ramp, as it loops around under the bridge. The walk continues down the hill following the very narrow verge on the left-hand side of Warringah Rd until reaching an intersection with a concrete footpath (which goes down the hill to the left, closed at the time of writing), just before the Roseville Bridge.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath on the left-hand side of Warringah Rd and crosses the long Roseville Bridge. The walk continues up the hill before turning sharply to the left and following the off-ramp road down the hill. After crossing under the Roseville Bridge the walk arrives at the intersection with the Davidson Park driveway.

(3.69 km) Int of Davidson Park Driveway and Warringah Road on-ramp to Int of the Lyrebird Track and end of Davidson Park Driveway
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 1.14 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -17 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the Davidson Park driveway, crossing under Roseville Bridge with Middle Harbour Creek on the left. The walk passes a small car park and bends to the right, winding around the large picnic areas (on the left), passing a building with some toilets (also on the left), and continuing along for a little while before coming to the signposted intersection of the Rotary Rotunda footpath.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the road, keeping the park and Middle Harbour on the left. After a little while, this walk comes to the signposted intersection at the bottom of the 'Casuarina Stairway', uphill on the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection at the bottom of the 'Casuarina Stairway', this walk follows the driveway, keeping the park and Middle Harbour Creek on the left. The walk heads along for little while before coming to the end of the driveway, at the signposted start of the 'Lyre Bird Track 4km'.

(4.83 km) Int of the Lyrebird Track and end of Davidson Park driveway to Int of Lyrebird and Carroll Creek tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 2.66 km Time = 48 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -46 m
Continue straight: From the gate at the north-western corner of Davidson Park, this walk follows the 'Lyrebird Track' sign through the metal gate and along the service trail, heading through the bush and following Middle Harbour Creek for a while before the track narrows to a bush track at a long grassy clearing.
Continue straight: From the clearing at the end of the management trail, this walk continues along the bush track, keeping Middle Harbour Creek on the left as it meanders along the water's edge for a while. The track climbs up the side of the hill, then flattens out and continues through the bush, steadily winding down to the edge of Carroll Creek, which it follows for a while before the track comes down to the signposted intersection of the 'Carroll Creek Track' at the stepping stones.

(7.48 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 right: 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.

(8.23 km) Int of Casuarina and Carroll Creek Tracks to Int of Casuarina Track and Boree Road service trail
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.42 km Time = 34 mins
Climb = 101 m Descent = -45 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Casuarina Track' sign, following the bush track as it winds up the side of the hill for a while. The track flattens out and passes under a long rock overhang, then continues to wind up the hill until it comes to a large rocky outcrop. Here, the walk flattens out for a little while before undulating up and down along the side of the hill for a while, before coming to the base of a large high-tension power line tower.

(9.65 km) Int of Casuarina Track and Boree Road service trail to Casuarina Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.75 km Time = 46 mins
Climb = 111 m Descent = -182 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Casuarina Track' signpost along the bush track, heading around the large power line tower (keeping the tower on the left of the track) and down the steep rocky hill. The track crosses under the power lines before flattening for out a short distance, continuing along the rough track as it undulates up and down along the side of the hill, crossing a few rock platforms and a creek. As the track continues along the side of the hill, it becomes more defined and easier-going, passing under a short rock overhang and down one last rocky hill before flattening out and continuing to the lookout at the top of the Casuarina Stairway.

(11.39 km) Casuarina Lookout to Bottom of the Casuarina Steps
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 131 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk heads down the long wooden staircase descending to the bottom of the hill where it comes to Davidson Park.

Davidson picnic area Alt = 4 m
Davidson Picnic Area is in Garigal National Park, under Roseville Bridge (access via Warringah Road, south bound lanes, or via many walking tracks in the area). The picnic area has a boat ramp, wheelchair-accessible toilets, large open grassy areas, picnic tables, free electric BBQ's, and a large rotunda. There are plenty of shady spots provided by the trees. The northern section of the picnic area has a small beach swimming area, and the southern section boasts a boat ramp. The park is open 6am to 8pm (6:30pm outside daylight savings time). Ticket machines are provided to pay the car access fee.

Catch the bus from Bottom of the Casuarina Steps
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.
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Drive from Bottom of the Casuarina Steps
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
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Getting there

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Hornsby
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Manly
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Penrith
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Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

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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 2.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 2.5 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 2.5 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 2.6 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 10.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Little Digger Track to Davidson Reserve and Lyrebird Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Little Digger Track to Davidson Reserve and Lyrebird Circuit
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
10 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 23 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 26 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 39 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
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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.


Moores Creek Reserve Moores Creek Reserve is a large bushland reserve owned and managed by Ku-ring-gai council. The reserve is bound by Middle Harbour, Garigal National Park, Moore Creek, Chase Ave and Carlye Rd. The area has a number of well managed walking tracks. The reserve is home to several small but nice water falls and several sandstone caves.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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