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Seaforth Oval to the Bluff Lookout
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.3 km N of Seaforth
Length: 5.4 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 5.4 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Garigal National Park
Climb: 363 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 363 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: Hard

This great return walk starts from Seaforth oval and follows the Timbergetters Track down to Bantry Bay, and the pleasant waterfront picnic area. The walk then climbs steadily, out of the valley, to the Bluff Lookout. From this lookout you can see all the way across Middle Harbour. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Seaforth Oval to the Bluff Lookout

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Seaforth Oval to the Bluff Lookout bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Seaforth Oval to the Bluff Lookout
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Seaforth Oval
Int of the Timber Getters and Engraving Tracks
Int of the Timber Getters and Old Bullock Track
Bantry Bay Picnic Area
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of the Timbergetters and Engraving 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 
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Photo Gallery

 
Top of the Timber Getters Track
 
Top of the Timber Getters Track +
 
Following the signposts
 
Following the signposts +
 
Heading down the wooden steps
 
Heading down the wooden steps +

 
Looking up the hill
 
Looking up the hill +
 
Heading through a bush regeneration area
 
Heading through a bush regeneration area +
 
Following the defined track
 
Following the defined track +

 
Passing the Old Bullock Track
 
Passing the Old Bullock Track +
 
Crossing a small stream
 
Crossing a small stream +
 
View from the stream crossing
 
View from the stream crossing +

 
Passing an old telegraph pole
 
Passing an old telegraph pole +
 
Looking back up the hill
 
Looking back up the hill +
 
Views of the magazine buildings from the side of the valley
 
Views of the magazine buildings from the side of the valley +

 
Long set of wooden steps
 
Long set of wooden steps +
 
Winding down the hill
 
Winding down the hill +
 
Heading down the last set of rock steps before the bottom
 
Heading down the last set of rock steps before the bottom +

 
Bottom of the Timber Getters Track
 
Bottom of the Timber Getters Track +
 
Bantry Bay picnic area
 
Bantry Bay picnic area +
 
Bantry Bay picnic area wharf
 
Bantry Bay picnic area wharf +

 
The Bay Track
 
The Bay Track +
 
View of the magazine buildings
 
View of the magazine buildings +
 
Following the Bushtrack
 
Following the Bushtrack +

 
The Bay Track
 
The Bay Track +
 
Following the Bay Track
 
Following the Bay Track +
 
Heading up the rocky hill
 
Heading up the rocky hill +

 
Looking down the valley towards the Bay
 
Looking down the valley towards the Bay +
 
Rock steps
 
Rock steps +
 
View from the Bluff Lookout
 
View from the Bluff Lookout +

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 Seaforth Oval to the Bluff Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Seaforth Oval to the Bluff Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Seaforth Oval to the Bluff Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Seaforth Oval to the Bluff Lookout 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 5km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
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 2.3km of this walk is very steep, whilst the remaining 380m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 2.3km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 380m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 2.7km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 2.3km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 380m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 890m 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 Seaforth Oval
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 Seaforth Oval
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|

Seaforth Oval Alt = 113 m
Seaforth Oval is a large playing oval on the Wakehurst Parkway in North Balgowlah. It is managed by Manly Council, who have also recently been upgrading the Timber Getters Track in association with NPWS. There is a distant view of Chatswood from the oval. There are toilets, but they are usually locked. There is a large car park, shelter and sign with information about the Harbour to Hawkesbury walk. More info

(0 km) Seaforth Oval to Int of the Timbergetters and Engraving Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 46 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
From the corner of the car park with the information signs, the walk heads into the bush and down the wooden steps to the bottom, where it flattens out at the signposted intersection with the Engraving Track[1].

(0.05 km) Int of the Timber Getters and Engraving Tracks to Bantry Bay Picnic Area
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 841 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -109 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Timbergetters Track' sign[2] down the wooden steps and through the bush, winding steadily down a long hill as it drops down several more sets of steps, following the bush track to the signposted intersection with the Old Bullock Track[3] (closed for maintenance at time of writing).
Continue straight: From the intersection (with the signposted 'Old Bullock Track'[4] on the right), this walk heads west down the three wooden steps and along the track, winding through the dense scrub for a while. The walk crosses a small creek at some stepping stones and passes an old telegraph pole with no power lines attached. The track continues in this manner for a little while longer before it comes to the top of a short set of rock steps, where it starts to wind down into the valley using several scattered sets of wooden steps and one long set of rock steps, until coming down to the large picnic area at the bottom.

Bantry Bay Picnic Area Alt = 9 m
The area of Bantry Bay has been popular with day visitors since the late 1800s. In the early 1900s, the picnic area was also home to a dance hall (foundations still visible), dining room, picnic ground and overnight accommodation. Today, the picnic area has a picnic table and a number of fireplaces. There is also a public wharf, toilets, open grassy area, shade from trees and a great view across the water. There are no garbage facilities. The picnic area is at the bottom of the Timber Getters Track, below Seaforth Oval, on the eastern shore of Bantry Bay. More info

(0.89 km) Bantry Bay Picnic Area to The Bluff Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.83 km Time = 48 mins
Climb = 166 m Descent = -77 m
Turn right: From the picnic area (keeping the water on the left), this walk follows the "Bantry Bay Track" sign along the rocky bush track which undulates along the side of the hill, winding through the bush for a little while. The walk passes by the base of some cliffs and starts to climb up the hill at a rocky outcrop, continuing to wind up the long rocky hill as the track climbs to the top of the valley, eventually winding up some rock steps to a large rock platform, Here, the walk passes some track markers pointing back down the valley to a short bush track, leading to the signposted intersection of the Bluff Track at the lookout.

Bluff Lookout Alt = 102 m
The Bluff is a large, unfenced rocky hilltop, in Garigal National Park, that provides great views up Middle Harbour. The views extend across the bushland of the National Park, along Bantry Bay, to the city of Sydney (You can even see Centrepoint Tower). Apart from the distant views, the bluff is also an interesting rock feature, with a number of caves containing honeycomb rock formations.

Catch the bus from Seaforth Oval
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 Seaforth Oval
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 4.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 5 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 5 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 5.1 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 5.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Seaforth Oval to the Bluff Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Seaforth Oval to the Bluff Lookout
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
14 km (to the WNW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 21 km (to the NNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 24 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 30 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 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 )
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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