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Flint and Steel Beach and bay loop
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
12.7 km NNE of Terrey Hills
Length: 2.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 227 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 227 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
Style: Circuit
Route: Unmanaged

This track creates a loop between Flint and Steel Beach and Bay by traversing the headland between them. The walk explores Flint and Steel Beach and the McGaw ruins, while providing scenic views across the Hawkesbury River to landmarks such as Lion Island. (open in app)

This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Flint and Steel Beach and bay loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Flint and Steel carpark
Signpost at Saddle
Spur above Flint and Steel Beach
Flint and Steel beach
Spur above Flint and Steel Beach
McGaw Ruins
McGaw Ruins
Signpost at saddle
Starting point for this hiking track: Flint and Steel carpark

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
 Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91301N 
 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Rock formation
 
Rock formation +
 
Grass tree
 
Grass tree +
 
Lion Island
 
Lion Island +

 
Flint and Steel Beach
 
Flint and Steel Beach +
 
McGaw's ruins track to saddle
 
McGaw's ruins track to saddle +
 
McGaw's Ruins
 
McGaw's Ruins +

 
Steps up McGaw's Ruins
 
Steps up McGaw's Ruins +
 
White Horse Beach
 
White Horse Beach +
 
White horse track
 
White horse track +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Flint and Steel Beach and bay loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Flint and Steel Beach and bay loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Flint and Steel Beach and bay loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Flint and Steel Beach and bay 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 2.8km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
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Grade 6/6

Route: Unmanaged
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)
*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 1.6km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 1.2km is very steep.

Quality of track
1.6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 820m follows a rough unclear track. The remaining (370m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
900m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 820m Has no directional signs. Whilst another 660m is clearly signposted and the remaining 370m has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 1.8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 980m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 1.4km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 820m has no facilities provided.

Track Notes


Drive to Flint and Steel carpark
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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) Flint and Steel carpark to Signpost at saddle
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 332 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -57 m
From the back of the car park, the walk follows the 'Flint and Steel Track' sign along the bush track heading down through the bush. The walk drops down some stairs and turns right at the old 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park' sign, then left down the side of the hill. After about 100m, the walk continues down a set of stairs and then down the bush track to the signposted intersection.

(0.33 km) Signpost at Saddle to Flint and Steel beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 742 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -116 m
Veer right: From intersection, this walk follows the 'Flint and Steel Beach 700m' arrow through a palm grove, along the ridge, with views across Hawkesbury River to Lion Island. The track runs parallel to rock formations on the left before winding its way through the trees and down the boardwalk, with the large rocks to the left. Soon the track heads through some pine trees and comes to an intersection of a bush track, near some large boulders on the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track heading straight down the hill towards the beach, splitting for a about 10m before coming to a rock shelf above the waterline. From here, the track turns right and follows this rock shelf for about 20m, onto Flint and Steel Beach.

Flint and Steel Beach Alt = 4 m
Flint and Steel Beach, Ku-ring-gai National Park, is a small north-east facing stretch of sand. The beach is hemmed in by prominent headlands on either side, and backed by a grassy hill. A seat on the grassy hill offers views over the Hawkesbury River to Patonga and Lion Island, with Box Head in the background.

(1.07 km) Flint and Steel beach to Spur above Flint and Steel Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 156 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -3 m
Turn around: Keeping the Hawkesbury River on the right, this walk follows the waterline onto a rockshelf, leaving the beach as it winds around to a track. The walk follows this track as it winds up the hill, splitting for about 10m before rejoining and continuing up to the intersection with another track, near some large boulders.

(1.23 km) Spur above Flint and Steel Beach to McGaw Ruins
Route: Unmanaged - notrack
Length = 819 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -45 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track that heads through the boulders. The track continues along the side of the ridge for a short while before dropping down to the waterline (which is on the right). The track continues along the shore for a while, between the thick lantana-covered forest, dotted with impressive grass trees, and the Hawkesbury River. The track passes the McGaw's Ruins and comes to an intersection with a track just on the other side.

McGaw Ruins Alt = 13 m
The McGaw ruins are situated north-west of White Horse Beach, on West Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The property was originally owned by John Miller, who also owned large areas of West Head. The property was sold to Mr Eardley McGaw in 1928, on the condition that he built a house there.
Mr McGaw built a two-storied house with several other smaller buildings, including a wharf. Mr McGaw and his wife lived there until he became ill, when they moved to Narrabeen and NSW National Parks took over management of the land. The house and other buildings were lost during a 1971 bushfire, leaving the sandstone foundations and ruins to be grown over with vegetation.

(2.05 km) McGaw Ruins to White Horse Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 223 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: Keeping the Hawkesbury River to the left of the track, this walk follows the waterline away from the beach and along the shore for a short while before coming to the unsignposted McGaw ruins.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

White Horse Beach Alt = 4 m
White Horse Beach, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a 30m stretch of sand sitting on the coast of Flint and Steel Bay between rocky boulders. The beach, backed by a steep hill, provides north-westerly views over the Hawkesbury from Patonga, Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre and up the river towards Brooklyn.

(2.05 km) McGaw Ruins to Signpost at Saddle
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 374 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 80 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the McGaw ruins, this walk heads up the hill and away from the Hawkesbury River. The track climbs up the side of the valley and passes a water collection cave on the right, and soon after this, climbs up to the signposted intersection.

(2.42 km) Signpost at saddle to Flint and Steel carpark
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 332 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 57 m Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading up the hill and away from the 'Flint and Steel' signpost. The walk climbs up a staircase that heads past an old 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park' sign and comes to the back of Flint and Steel car park.

Drive from Flint and Steel carpark
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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

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Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
The Basin campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 9 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 17 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 17.7 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 19.7 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 17.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Flint and Steel Beach and bay loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Flint and Steel Beach and bay loop
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 14 km (to the WSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 16 km (to the N)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
25 km (to the SW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 27 km (to the NE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 42 km (to the WSW)

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      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu20°|26°Possible shower.
Fri20°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat18°|25°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Link 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 fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Tony Fussell - Hard work from Flint and Steel IP:124.188.64.xxx | 2012-06-17 07:33:24
I couldn't find the path from Flint and Steel Beach to Flint and steel Bay. I ended up bush navigating. Eventually found remnants of a path closer to the water. Once around at Flint and Steel Bay, could not find the path up. Ended up bush navigating up the gully. (very hard, wet and slippery.. though no leeches or ticks woohoo). Next time I might try this in reverse to see if the tracks are easier to follow. Do not bring kids on this one.
admin - re: Hard work from Flint and S Super Administrator | 2012-06-17 07:50:25
Tony Fussell wrote:
I couldn't find the path from Flint and Steel Beach to Flint and steel Bay.

Hi Tony
Thanks for the feedback. No leeches, that is impressive :)
There is no direct track between the two bays. That is why this walk has a grade 'black diamond 6/6', because it is off track. But this obviously caught you by surprise, so maybe I need to make this clearer, any suggestions?? There is also a summary of the grading info (which is only a new feature still in beta) on the terrain tab.
Surprised there was not track back up, it was a pretty clear set of stone steps. Maybe overgrown. Did you find the old house?
Hope you still had a good time.
Matt :)
Anonymous IP:124.188.64.xxx | 2012-06-20 10:56:03
Thanks Mat, I do love this site. Thanks for maintaining it.

My problems were in the precise notes, regarding tracks from the beach. I just couldnt find any thing that matched.. Once i just followed my nose and the contours i could easily navigate and enjoy the scenery around to flint and steele bay. I would also suggest low tide as it gives the option of going along the rocks.

I just couldnt find the track up based on my topo map or this sites mud map... But i suspect i didnt go far enough west.

Next time i'll do it in reverse because i think you can easilly get down to the remote flint and steel bay, then follow the fishermans tracks or the rock shelf around to flint and steel beach, then the path is very clearly defined.

Cheers
Tony
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