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Spit to Lindfield
Time: 9 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km ESE of Seaforth
Length: 22.6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 22.6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Garigal National Park
Climb: 1181 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 1181 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 There is a train station near the end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This full day walk starts at the southern end of the Spit Bridge and explores a lot of Garigal National Park and Middle Harbour Creek. The walk follows the 'Harbour to Hawkesbury' track into Garigal National Park, skirting around Bantry Bay and along Middle Harbour Creek before crossing Roseville Bridge. The walk continues to explore the other side of Garigal, before leaving the National Park and arriving at Lindfield train station. (open in app)


There are closures in Sydney Harbour National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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Map of Walk

Location

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Spit Bridge South
Int. Spit Rd and Ellery's Punt Reserve Road
Int. Ellery's Punt Rd and Avona Cres Trk
Int. Ellery's Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway
End of Battle Boulevard
Int. Battle Boulevard and Manly Rd
Top of the Gallipoli Steps
Int of Sangrado Street and Seaforth Crescent
Int of Sangrado Street and the Powder Hulk Bay footpath
bottom of the Jenner Street Steps
Top of the Jenner Street Steps
Wakehurst Pkwy Bus stop
End of grassy clearing
Seaforth Oval
Int of the Timber Getters and Engraving Tracks
Int of the Timber Getters and Old Bullock Track
Bantry Bay Picnic Area
The Bluff Lookout
Int of Bluff and Scout Hall Tracks
Int of Bluff and Natural Bridge Tracks
Int of the Natural Bridge and Currie Road Oval Tracks
Natural Bridge
Int of Natural Bridge and Currie Road Tracks
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
Int of Flat Rock and Killarney Drive Tracks
Int of Downpatrick Road Servicetrail and Flat Rock Track
Int of Davidson Park driveway and Flat Rock Track
Int of Davidson Park driveway and Warringah Road on-ramp
Int of Roseville Bridge footpath and Warringah Road
End of Ormonde Road Track
Int of Two Creeks and Ormonde Road tracks
Int of Two Creeks and Carlyle Road tracks
Int of Two Creeks and Wellington Road tracks
Eastern end of Two Creeks detour
Western end of Two Creeks detour
End of Gordon Creek service trail
Gordon Creek Pipebridge
Int of Gordon Creek Crossing track and servicetrail
Int of tunnel track and Gordon Creek servicetrail
Gordon Creek waterfall
Foot Bridge Intersection
Picnic area intersection
Sandstone Pillar overhang
Slade Ave (Just north of Tryon Rd)
Starting point for this hiking track: Spit Bridge South

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Photo Gallery

 
Spit Bridge footpath
 
Spit Bridge footpath +
 
Sangrado Street
 
Sangrado Street +
 
Passing the Seaforth Scouthall
 
Passing the Seaforth Scouthall +

 
Powder Hulk Bay path
 
Powder Hulk Bay path +
 
Seaforth Oval
 
Seaforth Oval +
 
Top of the Timber Getters Track
 
Top of the Timber Getters Track +

 
The Timbergetters Track
 
The Timbergetters Track +
 
Bantry Bay picnic area
 
Bantry Bay picnic area +
 
View of the magazine buildings
 
View of the magazine buildings +

 
The Bay Track
 
The Bay Track +
 
View from the Bluff Lookout
 
View from the Bluff Lookout +
 
Following the rocky track
 
Following the rocky track +

 
Crossing the Natural Bridge
 
Crossing the Natural Bridge +
 
Natural Bridge Track steps
 
Natural Bridge Track steps +
 
Continuing through the bush
 
Continuing through the bush +

 
Following the bushtrack
 
Following the bushtrack +
 
Crossing a small creek
 
Crossing a small creek +
 
The Magazine Track
 
The Magazine Track +

 
Looking down at the Magazine Buildings
 
Looking down at the Magazine Buildings +
 
Following the waters edge
 
Following the waters edge +
 
Flat Rock beach
 
Flat Rock beach +

 
Climbing up the hill from the Bantry bay
 
Climbing up the hill from the Bantry bay +
 
Heading through the ferns
 
Heading through the ferns +
 
The surrounding bushland south of Davidson Reserve
 
The surrounding bushland south of Davidson Reserve +

 
Looking down on Middle Harbour Creek
 
Looking down on Middle Harbour Creek +
 
Following the Flat Rock Track
 
Following the Flat Rock Track +
 
The Flat Rock Trackhead
 
The Flat Rock Trackhead +

 
Davidson Park
 
Davidson Park +
 
Roseville Bridge
 
Roseville Bridge +
 
Two Creeks track near Ormonde Road track
 
Two Creeks track near Ormonde Road track +

 
Two Creeks Track
 
Two Creeks Track +
 
Crossing a short bridge
 
Crossing a short bridge +
 
Cave on Two Creeks Track Little Diggers park
 
Cave on Two Creeks Track Little Diggers park +

 
Two creeks track next to middle harbour, near  Wellington Road
 
Two creeks track next to middle harbour, near Wellington Road +
 
Two Creeks track
 
Two Creeks track +
 
Through the trees
 
Through the trees +

 
Gordon Creek Pipeline
 
Gordon Creek Pipeline +
 
The Two Creeks Track
 
The Two Creeks Track +
 
Tunnel under Eastern Arterial Road
 
Tunnel under Eastern Arterial Road +

 
Following the bushtrack
 
Following the bushtrack +
 
Bridge over Gordon Creek
 
Bridge over Gordon Creek +
 
Seven Little Australians Park Picnic area
 
Seven Little Australians Park Picnic area +

 
Historic steps on Two Creeks Track
 
Historic steps on Two Creeks Track +
 
Rock overhang
 
Rock overhang +
 
Two Creeks Trackhead
 
Two Creeks Trackhead +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Spit to Lindfield bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Spit to Lindfield bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Spit to Lindfield bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Spit to Lindfield 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 23km
Time 9 hrs 45 mins
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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 Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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
8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 8km has short steep hills. Whilst another 4km is flat with no steps and the remaining 2.8km is very steep.

Quality of track
13km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 4.8km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (4.6km) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 13km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 9km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 15km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 8km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 22km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 220m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 14km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 9km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Spit Bridge South
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 Spit Bridge South
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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Sydney Harbour Kayaks Alt = 2 m
Sydney Harbour Kayaks, at the southern end of the Spit Bridge, provide sales and rentals of kayaks. One hour in a single plastic kayak costs $20, and a double $40. The enterprise also provides tours of the harbour, catering for individuals through to large groups. For further information and bookings, contact: info@sydneyharbourkayaks.com.au or (02) 99604389 More info

(0 km) Spit Bridge South to Int. Spit Rd and Ellery's Punt Reserve Road
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 351 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -2 m
From the intersection, this walk heads over the Spit Bridge, with the road to the left of the footpath. The walk crosses the bridge to where it meets the road down to Ellery's Punt Reserve, first on the right.

(0.35 km) Int. Spit Rd and Ellery's Punt Reserve Road to Int. Ellery's Punt Rd and Avona Cres Trk
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 43 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill away from the main road for approximately 20m to the intersection below the bridge, on the left.

(0.39 km) Int. Ellery's Punt Rd and Avona Cres Trk to Int. Ellery's Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 61 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill towards the water. The walk soon comes to Ellery's Punt Reserve car park on the right. This walk continues past this, down the footpath to the signposted intersection.

Ellery's Punt Reserve Alt = 6 m
Ellery's Punt Reserve is a very nice grassed area on the north eastern side of the Spit Bridge. The reserve has road access and parking, and seems to be a popular spot for fishing from the bank. There is also seating and shaded areas.

(0.46 km) Int. Ellery's Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway to End of Battle Boulevard
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 92 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the 'Manly Scenic Walkway' map and info sign, this walk heads across the grass following the coast line, keeping the water to the left and heading towards the "Ellery's Punt Reserve" sign. From the sign, the walk passes under the Spit Bridge and then up the flight of stairs that come to the end of Battle Boulevard.

(0.55 km) End of Battle Boulevard to Int. Battle Boulevard and Manly Rd
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 140 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the end of the cul-de-sac, this walk follows Battle Bvd up the road to the car park just near the intersection with Manly Road.

(0.69 km) Int. Battle Boulevard and Manly Rd to Top of the Gallipoli Steps
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 158 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 40 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the car park, the walk crosses to the other side of Battle Boulevard and follows the footpath up the hill for a short distance, to the signposted Gallipoli Steps. From here, the walk heads up the Gallipoli Steps to the top of the hill, where it flattens out and follows the short path to the intersection with Edgecliff Esplanade.

(0.85 km) Top of the Gallipoli Steps to Int of Sangrado Street and Seaforth Crescent
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 1.98 km Time = 44 mins
Climb = 82 m Descent = -99 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, the walk follows the track marker along the Edgecliff Esplanade, keeping Middle harbour down to the left. At the intersection with Palmerston Place, the walk turns left and heads down the short hill before turning right onto Seaforth Crescent. From here the walk follows Seaforth Crescent all the way around the top of the headland, providing frequent views of middle harbor over and inbetween the houses, until it reaches the 'T' intersection with Princes Promenade. At the intersection, the walk turns left onto Seaforth Crescent, heading down the gentle hill, and almost immediately bending to the right. The walk continues along the road for a little while longer until it comes to the intersection with the narrow road, heading down the hill to the left, just before the Seaforth Scout Hall.

(2.83 km) Int of Sangrado Street and Seaforth Crescent to Int of Sangrado Street and the Powder Hulk Bay footpath
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 79 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the track marker along the narrow road, heading down the hill with the Seaforth Scout Hall on the right. The walk continues down to the intersection at the top of the concrete steps (heading down the hill to the right).

(2.91 km) Int of Sangrado Street and the Powder Hulk Bay footpath to Top of the Jenner Street Steps
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 263 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -31 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the track marker down the concrete steps and along the footpath. The footpath winds down the hill, crossing two small footbridges and comes to the waters edge, where it passes the North Ridge Sailing Club, then continues along for a little while to the intersection at the bottom of a long set of concrete steps.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the track marker up the concrete steps. The walk follows the steps all the way up the hill to a driveway, which it crosses and continues up the steps on the other side, climbing up to the top of the hill at the intersection with Jenner Street.

(3.17 km) Top of the Jenner Street Steps to Wakehurst Pkwy Bus stop
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 1.59 km Time = 30 mins
Climb = 78 m Descent = -25 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows Jenner Street up the hill. The walk turns left into Abernethy Street and continues to the end of the road. From here the walk climbs up a concrete staircase to the end of Harvey Street, which it follows. The walk then turns left into Dalwood Avenue and continues to the end of the road where it comes to the intersection of Clontarf Street. From here, the walk continues straight onto Clontarf Street, and soon turns left onto Callicoma Road, then turns right onto Acacia Road (which becomes Castle Circuit) and continues all the way along to the end of the footpath, where it comes to a small reserve on the right. From here, the walk follows the track marker through the reserve for a little distance to the Wakehust Parkway, where it turns left and follows the side of the road to a bus stop almost directly opposite the intersection with Armstrong Street.

(4.76 km) Wakehurst Pkwy Bus stop to Seaforth Oval
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 527 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track behind the bus stop, heading away from the road and down through the bush. The walk steps over a few fallen trees and passes small rock outcrops, continuing along until passing a track marker and heading up to the end of a long grassy clearing, from which the playground at Seaforth Oval is clearly visible.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads across the long grassy clearing towards the play equipment. Upon reaching the play equipment, the walk then follows the asphalt path, heading up on the right-hand side of the club house to the car park. Here, it turns left, passing the club house and coming to the information signs on the other side of the car park.

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

(5.29 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
Continue straight: 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].

(5.34 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

(6.18 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.

(8.01 km) The Bluff Lookout to Int of Bluff and Natural Bridge Tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 208 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bluff Track' sign along the rocky service trail, heading away from the lookout and through the bush for a little while before coming to the intersection with a defined bush track on the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the track follows the service trail (with the bush track on the right), heading north-west through the bush for a little while before coming to the signposted intersection with the Natural Bridge Track.

(8.21 km) Int of Bluff and Natural Bridge Tracks to Natural Bridge
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 501 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -71 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the Natural Bridge Track along the bush track, heading away from the service trails for a short distance before coming to the intersection of the Currie Road Oval bush track at the track marker.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track marker along the bush track, heading west through the bush for a short distance to a large rock outcrop. From here, the walk continues along the defined bush track, winding down the long and sometimes steep rocky hill, into the valley. The vegetation gradually gets thicker, until this walk comes down to a wide rock arch crossing a creek - the Natural Bridge.

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.

(8.71 km) Natural Bridge to Int of Natural Bridge and Currie Road Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 254 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the bridge, the walk follows the bush track heading west (with downstream to the left) up the hill and away from the creek, steadily winding up a gentle hill. This steepens as the walk climbs up a few sets of wooden steps, continuing up the rock hill to the top, where it comes to the signposted intersection of the Currie Road Track.

(8.97 km) Int of Natural Bridge and Currie Road Tracks to Int of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 182 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the H/H walker on the 'Currie Road Track' sign south, along the service trail. The track soon comes to a four-way intersection with a large gum tree in the centre.

(9.15 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
Continue straight: 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.

(9.88 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

(11.03 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.

(12.08 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.

(12.08 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'[5].

(12.26 km) Int of Flat Rock and Magazine Tracks to Int of Downpatrick Road Servicetrail and Flat Rock Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.54 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 86 m Descent = -116 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Flat Rock Track' sign along the bush track heading down the side of the hill, with the ground sloping up to the right. The walk winds down the rocky track for a little while, before flattening out as it passes by a small pipeline and then continues along the side of the hill. The track meanders through the bush for a while before coming to the four-way intersection with a bush track (which heads up the rocky hill to the right, and down to a private property at the bottom of the hill on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track along the side of the hill, with the ground sloping up to the right. The track meanders through the dense bushland, occasionally catching a nice view over Middle Harbour Creek down to the left, and continues to the intersection of a rough service trail on the right, which heads uphill.

(13.81 km) Int of Downpatrick Road Servicetrail and Flat Rock Track to Int of Davidson Park driveway and Flat Rock Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 688 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 32 m Descent = -41 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track along the side of the hill, with the ground sloping up to the right as it heads through the bush. The walk stays above Middle Harbour Creek for a while before it drops down a steep set of wooden steps to the intersection with the Davidson Park driveway, at a wooden picnic seat.

(14.49 km) Int of Davidson Park driveway and Flat Rock Track to Int of Davidson Park driveway and Warringah Road on-ramp
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 66 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -2 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the flat driveway towards the Roseville Bridge, heading under a pipe bridge and coming to the intersection with the driveway to Davidson Park.

(14.56 km) Int of Davidson Park driveway and Warringah Road on-ramp to End of Ormonde Road Track
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 1.75 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 107 m Descent = -69 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the road, heading up the hill and crossing under the Roseville Bridge. The road continues up the hill to reach Warringah Road, where the walk turns sharply to the right and continues along the footpath on the right-hand side of Warringah Road. The walk crosses Roseville Bridge and continues for a few meters to find an intersection with a concrete footpath (which goes down the hill to the right, closed at the time of writing).
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows very narrow verge on the side of Warringah Rd up the hill away from Roseville Bridge. After about 270m the walk passes under a road bridge the turns right to follow the on-ramp up the hill to Ormonde Rd. The on-ramp loops around to an intersection with Ormonde Rd, where the walk turns left, following Ormonde Rd away from Warringah Rd. The walk passes The Kingsway, Cardigan Road and Chase Avenue before reaching the end of Ormonde Rd.

(16.31 km) End of Ormonde Road Track to Int of Two Creeks and Ormonde Road tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 146 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -34 m
Veer right: From the end of Ormonde Rd, the walk follows the bush track down the gentle hill. The walk becomes quite steep before reaching the intersection with the Two Creeks Track at the bottom of the hill.

(16.46 km) Int of Two Creeks and Ormonde Road tracks to Int of Two Creeks and Carlyle Road tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 876 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 46 m Descent = -46 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track with Middle Harbour Creek down on the right, as the track follows the side of the hill through the bush. After some time, the track leaves the creek as it bends to the left and continues along for a while before crossing a wooden bridge to the signposted intersection of the 'Carlyle Road' track.

(17.34 km) Int of Two Creeks and Carlyle Road tracks to Eastern end of Two Creeks detour
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.03 km Time = 43 mins
Climb = 106 m Descent = -72 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide bush track opposite the signposted 'Carlyle Road' track, past the stone chair on the left. The walk follows along the wide bush track for a little while before crossing a short wooden bridge. Further along the bush track, this walk passes another stone chair and heads under a shallow rock overhang, following the side of the hill above Moores Creek for a while until coming down to the water level as the creek meets Middle Harbour Creek. From here, the track bends around to the left and follows Middle Harbour Creek through the bush and along the side of the hill to the signposted intersection of the 'to Wellington Road' track.
Continue straight: From the intersection (at the 'to Wellington Road' sign), this walk follows the Two Creeks bush track (keeping the Middle Harbour Creek down the hill on the right) as it heads though the bush for a while. The track passes a 'Garigal National Park' sign while bending into the Gordon Creek valley, and continues through the trees, keeping the valley down to the right as it heads along to the intersection with the defined bush track on the left.

(19.36 km) Eastern end of Two Creeks detour to Western end of Two Creeks detour
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 218 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -20 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading uphill, steadily climbing up the long gentle hill and up some rock steps. The track then flattens out and continues through the trees for a short distance before turning downhill and winding down the steep rock steps, coming to the intersection with the Two Creeks Track.

(19.58 km) Western end of Two Creeks detour to End of Gordon Creek service trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 101 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -10 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, keeping the valley down to the right, as the track continues along the side of the hill for a short while before winding down a steep set of rock steps, coming to the end of a service trail at the bottom.

(19.68 km) End of Gordon Creek service trail to Int of Gordon Creek Crossing track and servicetrail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 278 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -18 m
Veer right: From the bottom of the steps, this walk follows the service trail (with the ground sloping up to the left) as it continues through the bush for a short while, before coming to a pipe bridge, which extends across the valley on the right.
Continue straight: From the pipeline, this walk follows the service trail, with the pipeline on the right and the ground sloping up to the left. The trail heads through the bush and along the side of the hill to the signposted intersection with wooden steps on the right.

(19.96 km) Int of Gordon Creek Crossing track and servicetrail to Int of tunnel track and Gordon Creek servicetrail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.2 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 68 m Descent = -36 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the Two Creeks Track, with the ground sloping up to the left as it heads through the bush. The walk crosses a short wooden bridge after a little while and continues along the side of the hill until coming to an intersection with some rock steps (down to a bush track) on the right.

(21.16 km) Int of tunnel track and Gordon Creek servicetrail to Gordon Creek waterfall
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 51 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk winds down the bush track and steps through the dense bush. Soon, the track opens up to a large rock platform, next to the tunnel under Eastern Arterial Road.

Gordon Creek waterfall Alt = 42 m
This waterfall (not officially named) cascades off the top of a rock platform, soon after passing under Eastern Arterial Rd. It is difficult to view the full waterfall, but it still can be a great sight, watching the water on its journey over the rock platform and cascading off the edge.

(21.21 km) Gordon Creek waterfall to Foot Bridge Intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 165 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the rock platform, this walk passes under Eastern Arterial Rd using the foot path on the left of the tunnel (track not safe to use if covered with water). The first half of the tunnel has sandstone walls. Past the tunnel, the walk turns left then follows the defined bush track, keeping the creek to the right. Soon, this track come to an intersection just before a foot bridge.

(21.38 km) Foot Bridge Intersection to Picnic area intersection
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 44 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk crosses the foot bridge, veering right and heading up the stone steps. The track then veers to the left, passing a small picnic area, then comes to a well-signposted intersection, with 'Slade Ave carpark' track on the right.

Seven Little Australians Picnic Area Alt = 40 m
This small picnic area is in the middle of the Seven Little Australian Park reserve, at the intersection of Two Creeks Track and Slade Ave track. The picnic area has three picnic tables and some shade, provided by the surrounding trees. The picnic area is bordered with sandstone blocks, dating from prior to WW1.

(21.42 km) Picnic area intersection to Sandstone Pillar overhang
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 219 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Tryon Road' sign. The track passes though a coachwood forest, with some tall pine trees scattered throughout. The track keeps the wide valley on the left and soon climbs up to a large sandstone overhang, supported by stone pillars.

Sandstone Pillar overhang Alt = 58 m
This sandstone overhang is of particular note, due to the stone pillar supports that appear to be reinforcing it. Prior to WW1, members of the army built these pillars and surrounding tracks as part of their training. It appears that this was added to during the depression, with further sandstone masonry work. Their efforts have resulted in a Lara Croft reminiscent ruin - OK, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but the cave is a highlight of the tracks in the area.

(21.64 km) Sandstone Pillar overhang to Slade Ave (Just north of Tryon Rd)
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 209 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the sandstone overhang, this walk heads up the stairs, keeping the wide valley to the left. The bush soon thins out as the track approaches some houses and a brick wall at the end of laneway. The track the follows the laneway to Slade Ave, just north of Tryon Rd.

(21.85 km) Slade Ave (Just north of Tryon Rd) to Lindfield Station
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 792 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows Slade Ave to the nearby 'T' intersection with Tryon Road. The walk turns right and follows Tryon Rd. At the 'T' intersection with Nelson Road, the walk turns left and immediately right, continuing along Tryon Road, crossing Lindfield Ave and arriving at Lindfield Station.

Catch the train from Lindfield Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Lindfield Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus from Lindfield Station
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)
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Drive from Lindfield Station
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.
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Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
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Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
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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 5 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 5.7 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 5.7 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 5.7 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 6.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Spit to Lindfield.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from Spit to Lindfield
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
16 km (to the WNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 23 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 23 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 31 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 41 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
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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.


Hermits Retreat Hermits Retreat is a large natural bushland reserve bound by Eastern Arterial Rd, Lindfield Oval, Garigal National Park, and Monash Ave. The reserve is home on Lindfield Rocks a popular rock climbing area. There are several walking tracks and service trails through this park that is owned and managed by Ku-ring-gai council.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


Seven Little Australians Seven Little Australians Park is a reserve of bushland with some clearings that extends north of Tryon Rd and west of Eastern Arterial Rd, Lindfield. The reserve is named in honour of Ethel Turner's classic novel "Seven Little Australians". The reserve has preserved bushland, sandstone pillars, steps, seats and other features that date back to engineers training before WW1. Other work was done during the great Depression, and today the area is managed by Ku-ring-gai Council. The main entrance to the park is at the cross-streets of Northcote Rd and Slade Ave Linfield. At this entrance there is a great set of sandstone pillars, a clearing, signposts and a tap with town water.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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RichieC - Spit to Lindfield 26APR2010 IP:114.73.173.xxx | 2010-04-26 11:25:54
A solid walking session today. Took 5.5 hours. The one thing about this walk is the lousy signage along the track. There are about a hlaf a dozen different 'track' signs along the way - but what is desperately needed is a single sign at one end of the walk (back of Balgowlah Oval) where it drops to 'Timbercutters Track' or whatever(?) - to say... 19.5kms to Lindfield or similar (and vice a versa). Also, the bit coming off Roseville Bridge according to your map is VERY unclear and frankly hairy, as you walk up a non existent verge while cars blast past at 80kms an hour.

This is a really excellent leg stretch of awesome variation in terms of vegetation and diversity and must be one of the most decent walking hits you can get in the 'inner Sydney' vicinity. Highly recommended.
admin - re: Spit to Lindfield 26APR201 Super Administrator | 2010-04-27 23:36:08
RichieC wrote:
Also, the bit coming off Roseville Bridge according to your map is VERY unclear and frankly hairy, as you walk up a non existent verge while cars blast past at 80kms an hour.

Hi RichieC
Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like you had a great walk, and what great time you did it in. I have updated the notes just past Roseville Bridge to make it clearer that you are following a very narrow verge, and also make it a bit clearer where to turn off the road. There is a footpath 'shortcut' track just at the end of the bridge, but it has been closed each time we have gone to check it out, but when open will remove this leg beside the road.
About the signage, there is little I can do about that, but if the notes could be clearer to help there please let me know.
Thanks
Matt :)
Don Urquhart - Belfast Boy IP:110.33.117.xxx | 2012-10-28 08:40:39
Hello any walkers, when you cross Roseville Bridge, you can avoid the dangerous strip that is not protected by a traffic barrier by taking the laneway just up from the bridge (on the Roseville side), there is a bit of scramble down a rocky slope under one of the bridge pylons but it will get you onto the track well before the Ormonde Road junction, happy walking

Don U
Tristan - Fire closure IP:130.155.98.xxx | 2013-09-16 00:07:02
There are currently (15th Sep 2013) signs saying that the Natural Bridge track is closed for a controlled burn, and there's also tape blocking off one end of the Currie Road track. I met some locals who told me the burn was last week and that they'd probably just forgotten to take the signs away, so I decided to walk it anyway. I wasn't alone on it, there was also a large group of school children and a few families.

I don't advocate crossing the tape, but I hope the fire service will remove it if they have no more work planned, as it's a long and uninteresting detour to the Roseville Bridge otherwise.
Molly - Trail works IP:129.78.233.xxx | 2014-07-26 00:30:00
This is a superlative walk, especially done the other way (Lindfield to Spit, or just Lindfield to Seaforth Oval). But on the Natural Bridge section, there is construction of a mountain bike trail, and endless helicoptering-in of rocks and other materials. The noise is horrendous, from the Magazine, right round the inlet to the end of the Bay trail. And it's terrifying just before Natural Bridge, when rocks are dropping from the sky 50 metres off the trail, and there are no humans around monitoring it (not when I was there anyway). The trail is open, it seems (a sign says closure to June 30th), but you need to be very aware of the rock drops. The noise is unpleasant but survivable. Be nice when it's over, as long as the mountain bikers aren't knocking people over at the new junction near the stone bridge.
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