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The Bluff Track
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.4 km SSW of Frenchs Forest
Length: 1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Garigal National Park
Climb: 23 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 23 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

This short return walk starts from the end of Grattan Crescent, Frenchs Forest and follows the service trails along the Bluff Track to the spectacular lookout perched above Bantry Bay. There is an optional side trip down the into the valley to the Natural Bridge, which is a interesting natural rock archway bridging a creek. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of The Bluff Track
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End of Grattan Crescent
Int of Bluff and Natural Bridge Tracks
Int of the Natural Bridge and Currie Road Oval Tracks
Int of Bluff and Natural Bridge Tracks
Int of Bluff and Scout Hall Tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Grattan Crescent

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

 
Track head at end of Grattan Cres
 
Track head at end of Grattan Cres +
 
Entering Garigal National Park
 
Entering Garigal National Park +
 
Heading through the bush
 
Heading through the bush +

 
The Natural Bridge Track
 
The Natural Bridge Track +
 
Following the track markers
 
Following the track markers +
 
Heading down the side of the valley
 
Heading down the side of the valley +

 
The rocky bushtrack
 
The rocky bushtrack +
 
Crossing the Natural Bridge
 
Crossing the Natural Bridge +
 
Following the Bluff Track
 
Following the Bluff Track +

 
Following the Bluff Track service trail
 
Following the Bluff Track service trail +
 
Coming to the end of the management track
 
Coming to the end of the management track +
 
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 The Bluff Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the The Bluff Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Bluff Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the The Bluff 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 990m
Time 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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 290m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 210m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
290m of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 160m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (50m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 440m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 50m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 490m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 490m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 290m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 210m 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 End of Grattan Crescent
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 End of Grattan Crescent
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) End of Grattan Crescent to Int of Bluff and Natural Bridge Tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 285 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -12 m
From the end of the road, this walk heads through the large metal gate and past the 'Garigal National Park' sign, continuing south-west along the management trail until coming to an intersection with a track, signposted as the 'Natural Bridge Track'.

(0.29 km) Int of Bluff and Natural Bridge Tracks to Natural Bridge
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 501 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -71 m
Turn right: 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.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

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.

(0.29 km) Int of Bluff and Natural Bridge Tracks to The Bluff Lookout
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 208 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the Bluff Track signpost along the service trail, heading south-east through the bush for a short while before coming to the intersection with an unsignposted track on the left, which heads through the bush.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail (with the bush track on the left) heading south through the bush for a while before it comes to the Bluff Lookout at the signposted intersection of "The Bay Track", looking down on Bantry Bay and the magazine buildings.

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 End of Grattan Crescent
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from End of Grattan Crescent
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)
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 5.1 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 4.6 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 5.4 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 5.5 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 5.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to The Bluff Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from The Bluff Track
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
12 km (to the WNW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 19 km (to the NNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 26 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 30 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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