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Magazine Track
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1 km E of Forestville
Length: 3.4 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 3.4 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Garigal National Park
Climb: 139 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 139 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: Moderate

This walk is named after the heritage magazine buildings at about the halfway point. There is not a great view of the buildings but the walk provides great views of Bantry bay, and visits the secluded flat rock beach. Most of the walk is on bush track and there are plenty of rocky points along the way to sit and soak up the views. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Magazine Track
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Bend in Cook St
Int of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks
End of Service trail
Int of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks
Int of Magazine Track and Tipperary Road service trail
Back of Magazine Buildings
Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks
Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks
Int of Flat Rock and Magazine Tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Bates Creek and Currie Rd 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

 
Start of the walk
 
Start of the walk +
 
Following the track
 
Following the track +
 
Heading through the bush
 
Heading through the bush +

 
Along the Magazine bushtrack
 
Along the Magazine bushtrack +
 
One of the locals
 
One of the locals +
 
Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil) Flower
 
Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil) Flower +

 
Bantry Bay view
 
Bantry Bay view +
 
Following the bushtrack
 
Following the bushtrack +
 
Passing a large rock outcrop
 
Passing a large rock outcrop +

 
Crossing a small creek
 
Crossing a small creek +
 
Continuing through the National Park
 
Continuing through the National Park +
 
Heading along the side of the valley
 
Heading along the side of the valley +

 
Winding through the trees
 
Winding through the trees +
 
Fencing behind the Magazine Buildings
 
Fencing behind the Magazine Buildings +
 
Looking down at the Magazine Buildings
 
Looking down at the Magazine Buildings +

 
Passing the base of a short cliff
 
Passing the base of a short cliff +
 
Following the waters edge
 
Following the waters edge +
 
View from Flatrock Beach
 
View from Flatrock Beach +

 
Rock Formations Next to the Track
 
Rock Formations Next to the Track +
 
Climbing up the hill from the Bantry bay
 
Climbing up the hill from the Bantry bay +
 
Near the end of Killarney Drive
 
Near the end of Killarney Drive +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Magazine Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Magazine Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Magazine Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Magazine 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 3.4km
Time 1 hr 30 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 3.4km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 40m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 3.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 330m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 2.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 960m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 3.1km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 330m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.5km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Bend in Cook St
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 Bend in Cook St
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) Bend in Cook St to Int of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 288 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -25 m
From the bend in Cook St, Forestville, this walk follows the management trail, between the green transformer box and number 75, as it heads down the hill and around the gate (alternatively use the stairs on the other side of the power box). The management trail soon turns left to head behind the village - after a gentle uphill, the track then turns right and heads downhill to a four-way intersection with a large tree in the centre.

(0.29 km) Int of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks to Bantry Bay View
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 1.15 km Time = 22 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -89 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail heading south east, gently down hill. The track gently winds down the hill passing some interesting rocky outcrops along the way. As the track starts to steepen it passes two service trails on the left (same track looping around), then becomes steeper before coming to an end at a small clearing (with a bush track heading down to the water).
Continue straight: From the end of the service trail, this walk follows the bush track down the rocky path for a short distance to the waters edge where there is a great view of Bantry Bay from the rocky shoreline.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Bantry Bay View Alt = 2 m
Bantry Bay View is a small, informal lookout, found at the end of a track on the northern end of Bantry Bay, in Garigal National Park. The track finishes on the rocky shoreline looking down Bantry Bay. On the right of the bay is the Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex, and on the left is the Bantry Bay Picnic Area. You can see along Middle Harbour to Seaforth. There are usually plenty of boats in the otherwise quiet waters.

(0.29 km) Int of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks to Int of Magazine Track and Tipperary Road service trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 731 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -35 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, heading through the dense vegetation. After a little while, the track starts to zigzag down the rocky hill and through the bush until it flattens out and crosses Bates Creek. The walk then turns left and continues through the bush, meandering along the flat bush track until coming to the signposted intersection with the Magazine Track.

(1.02 km) Int of Magazine Track and Tipperary Road service trail to Back of Magazine Buildings
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.15 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 45 m Descent = -79 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Magazine Track' sign along the wide, flat trail which winds around behind some houses (on the right). The track continues along a narrower, rocky bush track which steadily winds down a long hill to the bottom of the valley, where it flattens out just above the water. From here, the walk continues along the bush track, winding up and down along the side of the hill until it follows a track marker up to the magazine buildings' fence line. The track runs parallel to this fence as it heads along to an open, square concrete tank just off to the left of the track, from which the roofs of the magazine buildings and Middle Harbour Creek are both visible.

Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex Alt = 12 m
The Magazine Buildings were the premier storage facility for merchants' explosives between 1915 and 1974. During this time, the carefully constructed building where crucial for the safe storage of explosives used for building public works such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and additionally used by the Australian Navy during World War II. There is currently no public access to the site, and the buildings are best viewed from across the water at Bantry Bay Picnic Area, or anywhere on the other side of Bantry Bay. More info

(2.17 km) Back of Magazine Buildings to Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.05 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 44 m Descent = -53 m
Continue straight: From the open concrete tank, this walk follows the bush track, with the ground sloping up to the right, as it heads down a short rocky hill. The track flattens out and follows the fence line to the end, where it turns left and continues down the rocky hill, along the bush track running parallel to a shorter fence. Soon, the track turns right and leaves the fence line. The walk follows the bush track heading away from the buildings and down the rocky hill, to the waters edge where it continues along the side of the hill, following Middle Harbour Creek for a long while. In time, the track winds around behind a small beach to the intersection of a narrow bush track heading down a short hill on the left.

(3.22 km) Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks to Flat Rock Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 29 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the narrow bush track heading down the hill to the small beach at the bottom.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

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.

(3.22 km) Int of Magazine and Flat Rock Beach Tracks to Int of Flat Rock and Magazine Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 187 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track with the ground sloping up to the right, heading up the wooden steps. The track flattens out and turns right, following the track marker through the bush and up the rocky hill, using the spread-out sets of wooden steps. The walk comes to an intersection and a signpost for the 'Magazine Track'[1].

(3.4 km) Int of Flat Rock and Magazine Tracks to End of Killarney Drive
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 42 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the rocky bush track, climbing up the hill for a little while before the track flattens out and continues along to the end of Killarney Drive.

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

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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 3.6 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 4.4 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 4.5 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 4.5 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 6.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Magazine Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Magazine Track
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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 19 km (to the NNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 25 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 29 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 37 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.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Jen IP:220.245.79.xxx | 2010-07-10 07:43:21
Great walk, wonderful views and very pretty and well worth doing.
Joe IP:155.143.11.xxx | 2015-01-28 10:18:08
Went today on a rainy day, torrential water rushing down across the track perhaps 500m from the end at killarney drive - unsafe to cross and had to turn back.
Generally the track looks like it has not been maintained in quite a while and there are quite a few fallen trees plus views to the water are very restricted.
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