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The Cambourne Loop
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.3 km NE of St Ives
Length: 4.4 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 4.4 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Garigal National Park
Climb: 204 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 204 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: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This pleasant walk starts in the outskirts of St Ives and follows several tracks to explore a section of the Garigal National Park. The walk follows the Upper Cambourne Track down into Garigal National Park, then the Lower Cambourne Track into the valley, and the Bare Creek Track, through the forest. The walk then follows the Cascades Track to climb out of the valley. There is an optional side trip to the Cascades. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of The Cambourne Loop
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Int of Cambourne Ave and Upper Cambourne Track
Int of Upper Cambourne and Douglass Street East tracks
Int of Cascades and Upper Cambourne service trails
Int of Cascades and Lower Cambourne service trails
Int of Lower Cambourne and Waterhole Track
Int of Lower Cambourne and Waterhole Track
Int of Bare Creek and Lower Cambourne service trails
Int of Bare Creek service trail and link track
Int of Bare Creek and Cascades service trails
Int of Bare Creek and Cascades service trails
Int of Cascades service trail and link track
Int of Cascades and Lower Cambourne service trails
Int of Cascades and Upper Cambourne service trails
Int of Upper Cambourne and Douglass Street East tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Upper Cambourne and Douglass Street East 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
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 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Start of the Upper Cambourne Track
 
Start of the Upper Cambourne Track +
 
Following the service trail through the bush
 
Following the service trail through the bush +
 
The Upper Cambourne Track
 
The Upper Cambourne Track +

 
The Lower Cambourne Track
 
The Lower Cambourne Track +
 
Looking up the hill
 
Looking up the hill +
 
Winding down the side of the valley
 
Winding down the side of the valley +

 
Winding down to the bottom of the valley
 
Winding down to the bottom of the valley +
 
A small waterhole
 
A small waterhole +
 
Looking downstream
 
Looking downstream +

 
Crossing a wide creek
 
Crossing a wide creek +
 
Continuing through the bush
 
Continuing through the bush +
 
Climbing up to the Bare Creek Track
 
Climbing up to the Bare Creek Track +

 
The Bare Creek Track
 
The Bare Creek Track +
 
Bare Creek Track
 
Bare Creek Track +
 
Crossing the Bare Creek
 
Crossing the Bare Creek +

 
Heading through the bush
 
Heading through the bush +
 
Following the Cascades Track
 
Following the Cascades Track +
 
Crossing east of the Cascades
 
Crossing east of the Cascades +

 
The Cascades
 
The Cascades +
 
Climbing up the side of the valley
 
Climbing up the side of the valley +
 
Heading up through the bush to the Lower Cambourne Track
 
Heading up through the bush to the Lower Cambourne Track +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the The Cambourne Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the The Cambourne Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Cambourne Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the The Cambourne Loop 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 4.4km
Time 2 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required 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
2.5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (90m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 3.5km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 900m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 2.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.2km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 3.2km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.2km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 4.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 310m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Int of Cambourne Ave and Upper Cambourne Track
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 Int of Cambourne Ave and Upper Cambourne Track
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) Int of Cambourne Ave and Upper Cambourne Track to Int of Cascades and Upper Cambourne service trails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 604 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -47 m
From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Upper Cambourne Track' arrow through the metal gate and along the management trail. After crossing the creek, the walk continues up and along to the intersection with the Douglass Street East service trail (at the track marker).
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the service trail along the side of the hill with the ground sloping up to the right. The trail then zigzags all the way down to the intersection with the Cascades service trail, marked with an 'Upper Cambourne Track' sign.

(0.6 km) Int of Cascades and Upper Cambourne service trails to Int of Cascades and Lower Cambourne service trails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 92 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -15 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail opposite the 'Upper Cambourne' sign, heading down the hill for a short distance to the signposted intersection of the Lower Cambourne track.

(0.7 km) Int of Cascades and Lower Cambourne service trails to Int of Lower Cambourne and Waterhole Track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.2 km Time = 26 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -65 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Lower Cambourne Track ->' sign along the management trail, with the ground sloping up to the left. The trail starts to descend into the valley, dropping down the side of the hill and crossing a small creek. The trail undulates gently through the bush, winding steadily down into the valley and steepening after a while. At the bottom, the trail flattens out, coming to the intersection with a narrow bush track a short distance later.

(1.9 km) Int of Lower Cambourne and Waterhole Track to Middle Harbour Creek Waterhole
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 21 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the short bush track, heading away from the management trail and through the bush. The walk soon comes to a rockshelf, situated above a waterhole in Middle Harbour Creek.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Lower Cambourne waterhole Alt = 48 m
This unnamed waterhole and cascade is on Middle Harbour Creek, just below its junction with Bare Creek in Garigal National Park. The waterhole accessed by a short track from the Lower Cambourne track. There is a large rock platform, and a waterhole with a small waterfall flowing into it. This can be a great spot to relax and enjoy the local area, if you sit quietly enough you may see a Water Dragon.

(1.9 km) Int of Lower Cambourne and Waterhole Track to Int of Bare Creek and Lower Cambourne service trails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 195 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail heading north, down the gentle slope. It soon crosses a wide creek via some stepping stones, and continues up the other side, following the management trail as it climbs to the 'T' intersection with the Bare Creek management trail.

(2.09 km) Int of Bare Creek and Lower Cambourne service trails to Int of Bare Creek and Cascades service trails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.15 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 33 m Descent = -48 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail over the crest of the hill and down the other side, with the ground sloping up to the left. The track continues through the bush for a long while, descending a little every now and then, until it turns down to the right and crosses the creek, continuing up the other side to the intersection with the link track (which climbs up the rocky hill).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail away from the creek, with the ground sloping up to the right. It soon comes to the intersection with the Cascades management trail (where there is a 'Bare Creek Track' sign).

(3.24 km) Int of Bare Creek and Cascades service trails to The Cascades
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 300 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -14 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Cascades Track' arrow along the service trail, heading down the hill and across a creek, continuing up the other side as the track winds through the bush for a short while before crossing a creek and coming to the cascades.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

The Cascades Alt = 27 m
The Cascades are a series of small cascades (little waterfalls) in Garigal National Park. The cascades centre around a large rock platform on Middle Harbour Creek and are found in the northern section of the park, at the intersection of the Middle Harbour and Cascade Tracks. The cascades make a great spot to sit and rest when exploring the area.

(3.24 km) Int of Bare Creek and Cascades service trails to Int of Cambourne Ave and Upper Cambourne Track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.2 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 114 m Descent = -26 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the "Cascades Track" sign along the service trail. The walk climbs for a while to reach the intersection with the Link track (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the service trail going up the hill. After winding up the long, and sometimes steep hill, the walk passes an intersection and continues up the hill on an asphalted section of management trail to reach the signposted intersection with the 'Lower Cambourne Track'.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the Cascades track arrow along the service trail, climbing up the hill for a short while before coming to the intersection of the Upper Cambourne track.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the service trail, zigzagging up the hill behind the 'Upper Cambourne' sign. The walk flattens out for a while and reaches an intersection with a service trail at a track marker.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the service trail down the side of the hill, with the ground sloping up to the left. The walk descends steadily until it crosses a small creek and climbs up the hill on the other side, passing through a metal gate to arrive at Cambourne Ave.

Catch the bus from Int of Cambourne Ave and Upper Cambourne Track
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 Int of Cambourne Ave and Upper Cambourne Track
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)
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 8 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 8 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 8.1 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 7.7 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 7.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to The Cambourne Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from The Cambourne Loop
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
8 km (to the W)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 13 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 26 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 28 km (to the SSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 33 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.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Andrew - Great walk IP:27.32.119.xxx | 2012-03-24 09:58:25
Great walk!! Just long enough to tire out the 7 and 5 year olds. The best part about this walk is that it crosses so many creeks which give plenty of opportunity for the kids to play. The cascades on the detour are a must see. Bring your swimmers and old shoes in summer and have a great time swimming around in the pools! The photos don't do it justice.
admin - re: Great walk Super Administrator | 2012-03-27 02:17:36
Andrew wrote:
Great walk!!

Thanks Andrew, sounds like a great family day out. If we get a summer next year, then I will try to get down there with my swimmers and grab some better photos as well :)
Thanks
Happy walking
Matt :)
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