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Natural Bridge Walk
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1 km E of Forestville
Length: 1.4 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.4 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Garigal National Park
Climb: 71 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 71 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

Starting at Cook Street in Forestville, this walk follows service trails and bush tracks through Garigal National Park, to the Natural Bridge. The walk uses the arch as a natural bridge to cross the creek. The rock formation is the main highlight of this walk, though the wild flower displays in the warmer months can be quite spectacular as well. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Natural Bridge Walk
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Map Scale 500 meters
Bend in Cook St
Int of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks
Int of Natural Bridge and Currie Road 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
 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Start of the walk
 
Start of the walk +
 
Cook St Service trail
 
Cook St Service trail +
 
Cook St service trail
 
Cook St service trail +

 
View from Cook St service trail
 
View from Cook St service trail +
 
Intersection of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks
 
Intersection of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks +
 
Currie Rd track
 
Currie Rd track +

 
Epacris Longiflora in Garigal National Park
 
Epacris Longiflora in Garigal National Park +
 
Int Currie Rd track and Natural Bridge track
 
Int Currie Rd track and Natural Bridge track +
 
signs at western end of Natural Bridge track
 
signs at western end of Natural Bridge track +

 
Rocky steps on Natural Bridge track
 
Rocky steps on Natural Bridge track +
 
Natural Bridge track
 
Natural Bridge track +
 
Natural Bridge track
 
Natural Bridge track +

 
Natural Bridge
 
Natural Bridge +
 
Crossing the Natural Bridge
 
Crossing the Natural Bridge +
 
The Natural Bridge
 
The Natural Bridge +

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 Natural Bridge Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Natural Bridge Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Natural Bridge Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Natural Bridge Walk 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 1.4km
Time 45 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 No experience required (1/6)
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 540m of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 180m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 470m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 250m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 440m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 290m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 720m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 720m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 470m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 250m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

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 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)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(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 Int of Natural Bridge and Currie Road Tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 182 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail north, keeping the uphill slope to the left of the track. This section of track is flat and soon comes to signposted intersection with the 'Natural Bridge' track heading off to the right.

(0.47 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 right: 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.

Catch the bus from Bend in Cook 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 Bend in Cook 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
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 3.6 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 Natural Bridge Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Natural Bridge Walk
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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 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 )
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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