On this walk, you will explore the isolated community of Elvina Bay, accessible only by boat or on foot. Starting at the Elvina Track car park, you follow a mostly level management trail, before descending steeply through she oaks and large eucalyptus to the coast and houses. At Elvina Bay Park, you will find picnic areas and a fabulous rope swing. There are optional side trips to aboriginal rock engravings and an historic grave site. Please remember you are visiting a small community please respect the privacy of the local people.
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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 Elvina Track Walk bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Elvina Track Walk bushwalking track
Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
Around 1.7km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 710m has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
This whole walk, 2.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
This whole walk, 2.4km is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 2.4km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 2.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 2.4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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Elvina Track carpark
Int of Elvina and Engravings Tracks Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 164 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -1 m
From Elvina Track car park (on West Head Rd, 1.3km north of General San Martin Dr), this walk follows the management trail around the 'Elvina Track' locked gate, then past the 'Elvina Track' map sign (on the left). This walk continues along the management trail tending right through the scrubby bush. About 70m after leaving the locked gate, the walk comes to an intersection with a narrow track (on your right).
Int of Elvina and Engravings Tracks
Rock Platform Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 90 m
Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m
Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk leaves the management trail and heads slightly uphill along the narrow track through low heath. After about 50m, the track leads right at a faint Y-intersection and soon comes to the northern edge of a large rock platform. Upon reaching the rock platform, there is a small eucalyptus on your right and further left there is an engraving of an emu. (Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)
Aboriginal Engraving Rock Platform
Alt = 161 m
On the northern end of the rock platform are rock carvings of an emu, large fish and a giant whale. Further to the south, the rock platform contains rock carvings of shields, wallabies, fish, eels, and other shapes that are not easily classified. The entire rock platform appears to have a rare erosional feature called tessellation. This occurs over many thousands of years, resulting in a rock surface that is eroding at different rates, creating divot holes and depressions. More info
Int of Elvina and Engravings Tracks
Int of Elvina Track and Wirringulla Avenue Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.8 km
Time = 36 mins
Climb = 16 m
Descent = -153 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads east following the management trail gently downhill, while keeping the lower heath on your right. After about 45m, the trail leads over a water bar (hump) then comes to an intersection with a faint track on the left. This faint track looks like a water course and is marked with a cairn. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail east, soon tending left, then leading gently downhill over a number of water bars. The trail levels out after about 200m, giving distant views of the ocean (on your right). This walk continues for a further 400m to find more distant views of the ocean (on the left). Here the walk turns sharply to the right, narrows and steepens for 500m with a noticeable change in vegetation. The vegetation changes from small scrubby eucalyptus to she oak and larger eucalyptus. The trail then comes to a yellow painted steel post (on the left) with distant water views (to the left). Here the trail is concreted for about 110m, as the trail steepens, winding down through two switch backs. From here the dirt trail continues moderately steeply down over several dirt humps to come to a T-intersection with power lines overhead and directly ahead a house and ocean views.
Int of Elvina Track and Wirringulla Avenue
Top of Elvina Bay Park Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 412 m
Time = 9 mins
Climb = 14 m
Descent = -34 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail that heads gently downhill, keeping the power lines and water to your right. The trail continues amongst houses and bush for about 400m to come to an intersection with a footpath (on your right). From here you can see an open grassy area and rope swing down to the right.
Elvina Bay Park
Alt = 2 m
Elvina Bay Park is located on the western shores of the Pittwater, with views out to Elvina Bay and Scotland Island. A good place to stop and rest, Elvina Bay park has two park benches, grassy areas and a great rope swing. There is also a public jetty and ferry wharf. Elvina Bay has a bush fire brigade building and notably this area encountered the 1994 bush fires . (No drinking water or public toilets are available here). More info
Top of Elvina Bay Park
Fredericks Grave Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 367 m
Time = 8 mins
Climb = 19 m
Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail downhill, passing a wide trail (on the right) and crossing a culverted creek after about 25m. This walk continues to follow the trail past houses to the left and right for about 170m, before crossing another culverted creek. This walk then tends right, moderately uphill for about 120m (with ocean views to the right) before leveling out and passing a green electricity box (on the right). This walk continues for about 15m to the intersection with a faint track on the left (opposite the German-looking white house and concrete electricity pole). Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows a track uphill for about 10m, (away from the concrete pole and houses) before coming to Fredericks Grave.
Alt = 25 m
Frederick's Grave is the grave site of Frederick Oliver. This grave site consists of a sandstone head stone and foot stone. The Olivers made their home in the area, cutting valuable timber and establishing an orchard. This grave of one of their children, Frederick, who was accidentally killed in 1867. More 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.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National ParkLink to official closures and fire bans page A largely untouched wilderness on the northern boundary of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP is one of Australia's oldest national parks. Here at the head of the Hawkesbury River, you'll find Aboriginal engravings and sites, as well as sandstone escarpments, Region: Sydney & Surrounds Park feesCampingFacilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.