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The Pipeline Track
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.9 km S of Saint Ives
Length: 4.7 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 4.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Garigal National Park
Climb: 206 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 206 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 walk explores the bush from St Ives, and follows the pipeline down the the banks of Middle Harbour. There are a few steep sections in the second half of the walk. This walk is an interesting way to get into the heart of Garigal National Park following the Founders track. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of The Pipeline Track
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Hunter Ave (opposite Yarrabung Rd)
Int of Pipeline Track and Founders Way
Int of Pipeline and Bungaroo Tracks
Int of Pipeline and upper Link track
Int of Pipeline and middle Link track
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Pipeline Track and Founders Way

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

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
top of the pipeline
 
top of the pipeline +
 
following the pipeline near scout hall
 
following the pipeline near scout hall +
 
heading through the bush
 
heading through the bush +

 
Walking behind some houses
 
Walking behind some houses +
 
Welcome to Garigal National Park
 
Welcome to Garigal National Park +
 
Top of Bungaroo track at pipeline
 
Top of Bungaroo track at pipeline +

 
Continuing through the bush
 
Continuing through the bush +
 
Heading down a long hill
 
Heading down a long hill +
 
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk
 
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk +

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 Pipeline Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the The Pipeline Track bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the The Pipeline 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 4.7km
Time 2 hrs
.


Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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 Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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
1.4km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 760m has short steep hills. The remaining (180m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 2.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 1.2km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1.1km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 2.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 2.3km 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 Hunter Ave (opposite Yarrabung Rd)
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(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 Hunter Ave (opposite Yarrabung Rd)
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

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

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

(1.09 km) Int of Pipeline and Bungaroo Tracks to Int of Pipeline and upper Link track
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 150 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail in the opposite direction to the Pipeline Track arrow. The track keeps the pipe line on the right while heading through the bush, until the track comes to the intersection of the upper link track almost directly below the high-tension power lines. (Look for an arrow marked into the concrete pipeline support opposite the bush track.)

(1.24 km) Int of Pipeline and upper Link track to Int of Pipeline and middle Link track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 339 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail, keeping the pipeline on the right as the track heads through the bush. The trail comes down a gentle hill to the intersection with the middle link track as it flattens out. (Look for an 'X' marked into the concrete pipeline support opposite the bush track)

(1.58 km) Int of Pipeline and middle Link track to Int of Pipeline and Middle Harbour Creek tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 760 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -88 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail, keeping the pipeline on the right as it steadily heads down the long hill into the valley, coming to the intersection with the Middle Harbour Creek bush track at the pipe bridge.

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

Catch the bus from Hunter Ave (opposite Yarrabung Rd)
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 Hunter Ave (opposite Yarrabung Rd)
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 6.3 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 6.3 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 6.4 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 6.2 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 8.2 km


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

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Garigal National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Largely following Middle Harbour Creek and stretching from Seaforth in the south to St Ives in the north Garigal National Park is hidden through Sydney's Northern suburbs. Despite how close it is to large urban centres Garigal is quite beautiful with lots of different walking and cycling tracks. For those just wishing to picnic Davidson Reserve is a great spot just next to Middle Harbour Creek, under the Roseville Bridge.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Rob IP:122.106.238.xxx | 2009-02-15 17:22:31
A fairly easy walk of about 90 minutes there and back. The 2 hours stated in the notes would be a very leisurely pace.
The only place you can go wrong on this one is at the very beginning. On passing the boom gates the walk is stated in the track notes to be “along the asphalt service trail”. That may have been the case 25 years ago but very little asphalt remains now. At the start of the walk as you pass through the gates there is an asphalt track to the immediate right of the pipeline, but this dead ends at the scout hall. The service trail you want runs along the LEFT of the pipeline.
admin - re: Service track Super Administrator | 2009-02-16 10:48:22
Rob wrote:
The only place you can go wrong on this one is at the very beginning. ..... The service trail you want runs along the LEFT of the pipeline.

Thanks Rob
I have looked at your notes, and through our photos, it was not very clear. I have updated the notes for this section of track. It should be clearer now, sorry for any hastle. I hope to get out and rewalk the area in the next month there are lots of updates for the whole park, that need doing. Thanks again for the feedback.

Matt :)
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