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Pipeline to Davidson Park via Casuarina Track
Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.4 km SSE of St Ives
Length: 9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Garigal National Park
Climb: 399 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 399 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

This walk starts in St Ives and follows the Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks down to Middle Harbour Creek, crossing the creek at the stepping stones and continuing to Davidson Picnic area. Much of this walk follows Middle Harbour Creek, providing great water views and passing some interesting sandstone caves along the way. The Davidson park picnic area is a great place for a rest and play after this walk. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for St Ives to Davidson Park via Casuarina Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of St Ives to Davidson Park via Casuarina Track
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Hunter Ave (opposite Yarrabung Rd)
Int of Pipeline Track and Founders Way
Int of Pipeline and Bungaroo Tracks
Int of Bungaroo and upper Link track
Int of Bungaroo and middle Link tracks
Int of Bungaroo and Lower Link Track
Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks
Int of Davidson and Governor Phillip tracks
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
Bottom of the Casuarina Steps
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Pipeline Track and Founders Way

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

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Photo Gallery

 
following the pipeline near scout hall
 
following the pipeline near scout hall +
 
heading through the bush
 
heading through the bush +
 
Welcome to Garigal National Park
 
Welcome to Garigal National Park +

 
Top of Bungaroo track at pipeline
 
Top of Bungaroo track at pipeline +
 
exploring Bungaroo track
 
exploring Bungaroo track +
 
Steps on Bungaroo track
 
Steps on Bungaroo track +

 
Bungaroo track
 
Bungaroo track +
 
One of several view points on the Bungaroo track
 
One of several view points on the Bungaroo track +
 
Most of the Bungaroo track is very clear
 
Most of the Bungaroo track is very clear +

 
Steps at the bottom of the Bungaroo track
 
Steps at the bottom of the Bungaroo track +
 
Passing between some boulders
 
Passing between some boulders +
 
Middle Harbour Creek crossing
 
Middle Harbour Creek crossing +

 
Governor Phillip track near south of stepping stones
 
Governor Phillip track near south of stepping stones +
 
Cave on Governor Phillip walk
 
Cave on Governor Phillip walk +
 
Continuing throught the bush
 
Continuing throught the bush +

 
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk
 
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk +
 
The Governor Phillip Walk
 
The Governor Phillip Walk +
 
Passing an old rope swing
 
Passing an old rope swing +

 
Following the waters edge
 
Following the waters edge +
 
Following the bushtrack
 
Following the bushtrack +
 
The Carroll Creek Crossing
 
The Carroll Creek Crossing +

 
The Carroll Creek Track
 
The Carroll Creek Track +
 
Following the edge of the creek
 
Following the edge of the creek +
 
Waterfall on Carroll Creek
 
Waterfall on Carroll Creek +

 
Climbing up to the end of the management trail
 
Climbing up to the end of the management trail +
 
Start of the Casuarina Track
 
Start of the Casuarina Track +
 
Following the Casuarina Track
 
Following the Casuarina Track +

 
Casuarina track cave
 
Casuarina track cave +
 
The Casuarina Track
 
The Casuarina Track +
 
Heading inbetween some rock outcrops
 
Heading inbetween some rock outcrops +

 
Tower on Casuarina track
 
Tower on Casuarina track +
 
Casuarina Track
 
Casuarina Track +
 
Blue tongue on Casuarina Track
 
Blue tongue on Casuarina Track +

 
Middle Harbour Creek from Casuarina track
 
Middle Harbour Creek from Casuarina track +
 
The trees above the Casuarina Track
 
The trees above the Casuarina Track +
 
Top of the Casuarina Steps
 
Top of the Casuarina Steps +

 
Bottom of Casuarina Steps
 
Bottom of Casuarina Steps +
 
Davidson Park
 
Davidson Park +
 
Rotary Rotunda
 
Rotary Rotunda +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the St Ives to Davidson Park via Casuarina Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the St Ives to Davidson Park via Casuarina Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the St Ives to Davidson Park via Casuarina Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the St Ives to Davidson Park via Casuarina 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 9km
Time 4 hrs
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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
3.7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3.6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 1.4km is very steep and the remaining 330m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
4.2km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and another 3.4km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 1.2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 160m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 4.9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 4.1km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 3.5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Hunter Ave (opposite Yarrabung Rd)
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 Hunter Ave (opposite Yarrabung Rd)
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) Hunter Ave (opposite Yarrabung Rd) to Int of Pipeline Track and Founders Way
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 914 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 28 m Descent = -43 m
From the intersection, this walk heads through the metal gate and follows the service trail down the hill, keeping the pipeline on the right, as it heads through the bush and behind the houses to the intersection of the wide service trail on the left.

(0.91 km) Int of Pipeline Track and Founders Way to Int of Pipeline and Bungaroo Tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 177 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail keeping the pipeline on the right as it heads up the gentle hill and past a Garigal National Park sign. It then continues through the bush for a while before coming to the signposted intersection with the Bungaroo Track.

(1.09 km) Int of Pipeline and Bungaroo Tracks to Int of Bungaroo and Lower Link Track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.3 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -165 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bungaroo Track' sign along the bush track, heading away from the pipeline and through the gum trees, winding down some wooden steps before coming to the intersection of the lookout rock at the track markers. Here, the track turns right and continues along through the bush to the intersection with the upper link track, where a power line tower comes into view at a rock surface with some painted green arrows.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track east towards the rock platforms, where it follows the steps down a cleft between the rocks. The walk continues along the bush track, winding through the bush and under some high-tension power lines and down some spaced-out wooden steps, until it comes to the intersection with the middle link track at a rock surface with some green painted arrows.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading east, down the hill and through the bush for a while, steadily winding down wooden and rock steps. The track heads down around some rock platforms and past an information sign on a local bird called the Anomalous Hornbill. The walk passes a track marker and continues down some more wooden steps to the intersection of the lower link track.

(2.39 km) Int of Bungaroo and Lower Link Track to Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 236 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, with the ground sloping up to the left and keeping the wide creek a short distance (through the bush) to the right. The track continues through the thick bush and around some boulders for a little while before bending to the right and coming to the Middle Harbour Creek, which it crosses at the large sandstone steppingstones (not safe to cross if stepping stones covered in water). The walk then continues up the steps on the other side to the signposted intersection of the 'Governor Phillip Track'.

Bungaroo Alt = 9 m
Governor Arthur Phillip (first governor of NSW) described this section of the river as where "the flowing of the tide ceased". Phillip and his party of nine camped here in 1788 whilst looking for land suitable for farming. John White (Surgeon General) described the the area as "the most desert, wild and solitary seclusion that the imagination can form any idea of". Over the past 200 years the river has changed, but somewhere not far upstream of the stepping stone is Bungaroo. More info

(2.63 km) Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks to Int of Davidson and Governor Phillip tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 695 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -38 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the track follows the 'Governor Phillip Walk' sign, keeping Middle Harbour Creek to the right of the track. The track mostly follows the bank of the creek, bending to avoid a few obstacles along the way. Before long, the track comes to an intersection at the bottom of the concrete Davidson Track management trail. This intersection is well-signposted and is a few meters before the large pipe bridge.

Pipeline Alt = 2 m
This pipeline is unearthed at Hunter Street, St Ives, and travels through Garigal National Park, across Middle Harbour Creek to John Oxley Drive, Sorlie. The pipe carries water under pressure From Ryde to Pymble to the reservoir at Beacon Hill. The old smaller-capacity pipe can still be seen running parallel to the larger pipe. [1]

(3.32 km) Int of Davidson and Governor Phillip tracks to Int of Lyrebird and Carroll Creek tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.51 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = -31 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk crosses under the pipebridge and continues along the rocky bush track, following Middle Harbour Creek as the track undulates up and down for a while. The walk then steadily climbs up the side of the hill to the left for some time, before dropping back down and continuing along beside Carrol Creek. The walk passes a "Governor Phillip Walk" sign, as the track bends to the right and crosses the creek at the stepping stones at the signposted intersection of 'Carroll Creek Track' and 'Lyrebird Track'.

(4.83 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 left: 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.

(5.58 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.

(7 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.

(8.74 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.

(8.87 km) Bottom of the Casuarina Steps to Int of Davidson Park driveway and Rotary Rotunda path
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 155 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows along the driveway (keeping the park and Middle Harbour Creek on the left) for a little while before coming to the signposted intersection of the 'Rotary Rotunda' footpath.

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 Int of Davidson Park driveway and Rotary Rotunda path
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 Int of Davidson Park driveway and Rotary Rotunda path
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
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
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To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 6.3 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 6.3 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 6.4 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 6.2 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 8.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to St Ives to Davidson Park via Casuarina Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from St Ives to Davidson Park via Casuarina Track
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
6 km (to the W)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 14 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 24 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 26 km (to the SSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 36 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
°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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