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Manly to Seaforth Oval
Time: 5 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km SSW of Manly
Length: 13.7 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 13.7 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 624 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 624 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 There is a ferry stop near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

This walk follows the Manly to Spit Scenic Walkway, then continues past The Spit Bridge to Seaforth Oval. The walk provides magnificent bushland and Harbour scenes with many small beaches, reserves and coves to stop at. A very scenic and fun walk along the Harbour. Stop for a coffee or ice-cream at one of the cafes along the way. (open in app)


There are closures in Sydney Harbour National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Manly to Seaforth Oval

Map of Walk

Location

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Manly Wharf
Fairlight Beach
End of Bolingbroke Parade
Int. of Lauderdale avenue and Manly Scenic Walk
Int of King and Lauderdale avenues
End of King Avenue
Int of Beach Ln and North Harbour St
Int of Clarence and North Harbour Sts
Int of Gourlay Avenue and Clarence Street footpath
End of Gourlay Avenue
Bottom of eastern Wellings Reserve track
Bottom of Beatty St track
North end of Forty Baskets Reserve
South end of Forty Baskets Reserve
Beatty St
Dobroyd Head Sign
South end of Forty Baskets Reserve
Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway
Reef Beach platform
Int. Manly Scenic Walk and Reef Beach Trk
Int. Arabanoo Lookout Trk and Manly Scenic Walkway
Crater Cove Lookout
Bottom of Tania Park track
Southern Crater Cove lookout
Int of Manly to Spit and Cutler Road tracks
Grotto Point Engravings track
Grotto Point Engravings track
Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks
Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Grotto Point Cliffs tracks
Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks
Rest area
Int of Manly to Spit Track and Castle Rock Beach steps
Int of Manly to Spit track and Castle Rock Beach steps
Int of Manly to Spit track and Ogilvy Road steps
Int. Cutler Rd Trk and Manly Scenic Walkway
Board Beach track
Monash Cres Track
Clontarf Reserve (Clonny's)
Clontarf Marina
Int. Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave
End of Sandy Bay Rd
Int. Ellery's Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway
End of Battle Boulevard
Int. Battle Boulevard and Manly Rd
Top of the Gallipoli Steps
Int of Sangrado Street and Seaforth Crescent
Int of Sangrado Street and the Powder Hulk Bay footpath
bottom of the Jenner Street Steps
Top of the Jenner Street Steps
Wakehurst Pkwy Bus stop
End of grassy clearing
Starting point for this hiking track: Fairlight Beach

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Photo Gallery

 
Manly harbourside
 
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Manly Scenic Walk
 
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Manly Scenic Walkway behind houses
 
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Track up from water
 
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Sign on Manly Scenic Walkway
 
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The back streets
 
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Manly Scenic Walkway
 
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Gate on Manly Scenic Walkway
 
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View from Manly Scenic Walk
 
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Swings facing Manly
 
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Gledhill Park
 
Gledhill Park +
 
View from near Reef Beach
 
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Track down towards Reef Beach
 
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Toilets at Reef Beach
 
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Board walk behind Reef Beach
 
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Manly Scenic Walkway
 
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Banksia on Dobroyd Head
 
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View from Dobroyd Head
 
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View of Manly from Dobroyd Head
 
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Manly to Spit trail
 
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View from Crater Cove Lookout
 
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Boardwalked Track
 
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Lizard on track
 
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View from Manly Scenic Walk
 
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Manly to Spit walk
 
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Bench beside track
 
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Aboriginal Engravings
 
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Manly Scenic Walkway
 
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Sign along the Manly Scenic Walkway
 
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Stairs up to Ogilvy Rd
 
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Manly Scenic Walkway sign
 
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View from Manly Scenic Walk
 
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Manly Scenic Walkway south of Clontarf
 
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Leaf along track
 
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Beach at Clontarf
 
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Clontarf Park
 
Clontarf Park +
 
Clontarf Reserve Beach
 
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Sign for Manly Scenic Walkway
 
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View from eastern headland of Fishers Bay
 
View from eastern headland of Fishers Bay +
 
views just before Clontarf Reserve
 
views just before Clontarf Reserve +

 
Footbridge at the end of the beach
 
Footbridge at the end of the beach +
 
Fishers Bay
 
Fishers Bay +
 
Track around to Sandy Bay
 
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Spit Bridge lifting
 
Spit Bridge lifting +
 
Track east of Ellery's Punt Reserve
 
Track east of Ellery's Punt Reserve +
 
Battle Boulevard
 
Battle Boulevard +

 
Sangrado Street
 
Sangrado Street +
 
Passing the Seaforth Scouthall
 
Passing the Seaforth Scouthall +
 
Powder Hulk Bay path
 
Powder Hulk Bay path +

 
Climbing up and away from the bay
 
Climbing up and away from the bay +
 
Arrow marker on Manly Scenic Walkway
 
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Track through bush
 
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Track near Seaforth Oval
 
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Seaforth Oval
 
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Seaforth Oval
 
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Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Manly to Seaforth Oval bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Manly to Seaforth Oval bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Manly to Seaforth Oval bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Manly to Seaforth Oval 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 14km
Time 5 hrs 45 mins
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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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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
5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 5km has short steep hills. The remaining (3.7km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 4.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (3km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 11km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.7km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 13km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 450m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 14km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 240m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 12km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2.2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the ferry to Manly
Public transport (ferry) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for upto date running time info
Use these links to plan your Ferry (and train) trip to the end of this walk.

Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus to Manly Wharf
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 Manly Wharf
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) Manly Wharf to Int of King and Lauderdale avenues
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 1.95 km Time = 38 mins
Climb = 67 m Descent = -52 m
From the ferry wharf, this walk follows the 'Fairlight Walking Track' towards 'Manly Ocean World', keeping Manly Cove beach to the left of the footpath. The walk heads to the other side of manly cove and up to the footpath on Commonwealth Parade, behind Ocean World. The walk turns left and passes Manly Waterworks, then follows the yellow footpath (keeping the water on the left). The walk heads through the open parkland, behind the houses and passing several information signs and great views. The path passes an ocean pool, and comes down the hill to the grassy area above Fairlight Beach.
Continue straight: From the beach, this walk follows the footpath up the hill keeping the water to the left. The path winds behind the houses through the open parkland, following the water. The walk passes picnic chairs and some nice views before coming out of the park at the end of Bolingbroke Parade.
Turn left: From the end of the road, the walk follows the wide footpath, keeping the water to the left. The concrete footpath then winds around the back of some apartment buildings through some open parkland. Soon the footpath heads up a hill to come to Lauderdale Avenue.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows 'The Spit' sign up the footpath along Lauderdale Avenue. After passing a couple of houses the footpath comes to an intersection at the top of King Avenue.

(1.95 km) Int of King and Lauderdale avenues to End of King avenue
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 215 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -11 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows King avenue down the hill. The road soon turns to the right, then left, and comes to a small turning circle at the end of the road.

(2.16 km) End of King Avenue to Int of Beach Ln and North Harbour St
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 226 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the end of the road, this walk follows the footpath down the hill to the steps at the bottom of the reserve. The walk then continues along the water's edge, around North Harbour reserve, keeping the water to the left. At the other end of the park, the walk climbs up the stairs to the intersection of Beach Lane and North Harbour St.

North Harbour Reserve Alt = 4 m
North Harbour Reserve is a large open parkland on the intersection of Lower Beach and Condamine Streets. The park has shaded play equipment for children, free Electric BBQ's, tap water, picnic tables, Garbage/recycling bins, some shady trees, and a public toilet (at the top end of the park). The park looks across the top of North Harbour and provides some great views. The 'Shop at the Park' provides cafe food and lunch.

Shop at the Park Alt = 8 m
This neat little Café can be found on Lower Beach street (just near Condamine St) opposite North Harbour Reserve and a stone's throw away from the Manly to Spit walking track. Open Wed-Sun from 8am to 5pm (closed Monday and Tuesdays), the cafe serves hot and cold drinks (good coffee), hot food, fresh fruit and a full lunch menu. There is room inside for a few people to sit comfortably, or take the food across the road to the reserve.

(2.39 km) Int of Beach Ln and North Harbour St to Int of Clarence and North Harbour Sts
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 119 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'MSW to the Spit' sign along North Harbour St, up the hill. The road soon leads to a footpath heading between the houses on the left at the intersection of the Clarence St.

(2.51 km) Int of Clarence and North Harbour Sts to Int of Gourlay Avenue and Clarence Street footpath
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 102 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows 'The Spit' sign along the footpath, down the hill away from Clarence St. The footpath then crosses a bridge (and a wonderful waterfall after rain). On the other side of the bridge, the footpath leads to Gourlay Ave.

(2.61 km) Int of Gourlay Avenue and Clarence Street footpath to End of Gourlay Avenue
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 245 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -12 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows 'The Spit' sign down Gourlay Ave, then bends to the right and soon passes the last house. The road then passes a fairly large parking area on the right and continues down the hill to the sharp bend near the end of the road, next to the blue metal gate.

(2.85 km) End of Gourlay Avenue to South end of Forty Baskets Reserve
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail
Length = 446 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -19 m
Veer right: From the hairpin bend just before the end of the road, this walk heads around the metal gate, keeping the water on the left. The walk follows the fairly flat footpath to an intersection with a set of stone and dirt stairs (uphill to the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the stairs and follows the sealed footpath, keeping the water on the left. The path gently winds down the hill to soon come to another intersection with a set of stairs and handrail (uphill to the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath down the hill, to the toilet block, keeping the water below to the left.
Continue straight: From the toilet block, this walk follows the footpath (keeping the water on the left) through Forty Baskets Reserve. The track passes the swings, picnic tables, water fountain and the ocean pool, then heads around the back of the beach to the signposted intersection of the 'Manly Scenic Walk Alternate Route'.

(3.3 km) South end of Forty Baskets Reserve to Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway
Alternate Route: Track: Hard - bushtrack ( Show detail)
Length = 561 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 32 m Descent = -31 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the water and up through the laneway. The laneway leads up to Beatty St, where the walk turns left to continue to the end of the road.
Continue straight: From the end of Beatty St, the walk heads past the signs and down to a wooden boardwalk. The track then climbs up to a sign posted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Manly' along the flat track. The walk soon continues down sets of alternating wooden and stone steps, which lead to a signposted intersection.
Turn right to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 3.54km 'Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway'.

(3.3 km) South end of Forty Baskets Reserve to Reef Beach platform
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 589 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -16 m
Veer left: (This section of track may not be passable at higher tides, alternate route provides drier option). From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly Scenic Walkway' sign down along the beach and along the rocks, keeping the water to the left. On the other side of the bay, a formal track appears next to the large National Park sign. The walk follows this pathway past a few more signs, heading up the stone steps. The track soon flattens out and comes to the intersection with the 'alt route' track on the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'The Spit via Reef Beach', keeping the water on the left. The track is flat for a short time before heading down past a toilet block and then coming to a bench and platform behind Reef Beach.

Reef Beach Alt = 4 m
Reef Beach is a strip of sand facing north-east, towards the Manly Ferry Terminal in North Harbour. The beach is in Sydney Harbour National Park and has toilet facilities about 80m behind the beach. The beach was once a nudist beach, but clothing is no longer optional. The beach is fairly well protected from surf and provides a great place to rest and enjoy the views when walking around Dobroyd Head.

(3.89 km) Reef Beach platform to Crater Cove Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.13 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 86 m Descent = -15 m
Continue straight: From the bench seat and platform behind Reed Beach, this walk heads up the hill keeping the water on the left. The track soon passes a rock shelf on the left, and as it continues up the hill, the walk passes a few more good view points to then meet a fenced lookout. From the lookout, the track heads up the hill further to come to a signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'The Spit', up the hill. The track heads up the hill, with the heath on the right becoming thicker as the track gains altitude. As the track winds up the hill, it reaches a rock platform with great views over Manly, before continuing up to the signposted intersection with track to Arabanoo Lookout to the right.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows 'The Spit' arrow along the hillside as it winds through the thick scrub to the start of a boardwalk. The walk leads further around the hillside to the edge of the park and down onto the fenced Crater Cove lookout.

Crater Cove Lookout Alt = 76 m
From this fenced lookout, vistas far out to sea can be enjoyed, with Middle and South Heads just in view. Many yachts sail past, with the container ships out to sea. This is a popular spot for watching the start of the Sydney to Hobart race, or for watching whales as they pass by Sydney.

(5.02 km) Crater Cove Lookout to Grotto Point Engravings track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 670 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -38 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, towards the road and away from the sea. The walk soon comes to an intersection with the Tania Park stone steps on the right.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the Arabanoo Walk, keeping the water on the left. The track continues away from the rock platform for a short time, coming to an unnamed lookout on another rock platform.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the hillside keeping the harbour below and to the left of the track. The walk crosses several separate sections of boardwalk and rock platforms, coming to the intersection with the signpost 'Castle Rock Beach 800m'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Castle Rock Beach 800m' sign along the bush track and down the stone steps, keeping the ocean to the left. The track winds down the hill until it flattens out at the intersection with a short track (heading to the Grotto Point engravings track) on the left.

(5.69 km) Grotto Point Engravings track to Grotto Point Engravings
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 41 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, beside a wooden sleeper, passing an engraving of a kangaroo on the right. The short track soon comes to a large rock platform with the rest of the engravings, and information signs.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Grotto Point Engravings Alt = 59 m
The engravings at Grotto Point depict kangaroos, fish and what appears to be boomerangs. The engravings are in quite good condition, considering their age. We have already lost so much of this region's history that historians are not entirely sure if this is the land of the Gayamagal or the Cammeraygal clan. Please take a great deal of care at this site to ensure the longevity of this history. More info

(5.69 km) Grotto Point Engravings track to Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 109 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -8 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading down the hill, away from the engravings. The track soon heads down some rock step to the signposted intersection of the Grotto Point Lighthouse track.

(5.8 km) Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks to Grotto Point Lighthouse
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 553 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -52 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the Grotto Point Lighthouse arrow along the rocky bush track, winding down a gentle hill, coming into more dense bush as it winds to the intersection of the Grotto Point Lighthouse and the Grotto Point Cliffs tracks.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk winds down the hill, passing an old, blank signpost. The track wanders through dense bush and along the ridge, flattening out for a while until it drops down another hill towards the end of the point, coming to the Grotto Point Lighthouse.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Grotto Point Lighthouse Alt = 3 m
Surrounded by a white picket fence, the small Grotto Point Lighthouse overlooks Middle Head. The light was designed in the early 1900s by the architect Maurice Festu to assist ships entering the harbour. Construction started in 1910, with the lighthouse being commissioned on September 1 1911.

(5.8 km) Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks to Int of Manly to Spit Track and Castle Rock Beach steps
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 396 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -46 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Castle Rock Beach' and 'The Spit' arrow down through the bush, following the rocky track as it winds along to the fenced rest area with a bench seat.
Continue straight: From the rest area, this walk follows the bush track, keeping the water on the left, heading around the headland and winding along the side of the hill. The track passes some fenced-off rock platforms and heads down some rock steps to a wooden bridge. The walk crosses the bridge and continues along the bush track, winding steeply down some concrete steps to the bottom. The track continues back up and along, winding through the bush until it comes across a short boardwalk then to a signposted intersection of the Castle Rock beach footpath.

(6.19 km) Int of Manly to Spit Track and Castle Rock Beach steps to Castle Rock Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 47 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk leads down the concrete steps to Castle Rock Beach.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Castle Rock Beach Alt = 9 m
Castle Rock Beach can be found a short walk down from the Manly-to-Spit walking track, near Ogilvy Road. This small, secluded beach is a great spot for those wanting a quieter day at the beach, instead of the more popular and larger beaches in the area.

(6.19 km) Int of Manly to Spit track and Castle Rock Beach steps to Int of Manly to Spit track and Ogilvy Road steps
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 27 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows 'The Spit' sign up the concrete steps away from the water to a signposted intersection.

(6.22 km) Int of Manly to Spit track and Ogilvy Road steps to Clontarf Reserve (Clonny's)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.18 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 32 m Descent = -53 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Clontarf Wharf' sign across a boardwalk and up the hill. The track passes around the hill tending right, onto a boardwalk bridge. The walk then continues to undulate steeply in parts as it alternates between stone steps and boardwalk, passing some small tracks to the water on the left. This walk crosses over a rockshelf behind some houses, to come to a signposted intersection, with the 'Access to Cutler & Amiens Rd' track off to the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows 'The Spit' sign, keeping the water to the left. The track heads down the rocky steps and along the passage of the rocks to a signposted intersection, with the tiny Board Beach down to the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'The Spit', heading up the stone steps and then around the hill. The track undulates mildly before turning left and down onto a beach, passing a 'Spit to Manly walkway' information sign. From the bottom of the stairs, this walk heads across the beach, passing one house to come to the sign pointing along the 'M.S.W. High Tide Access via Monash Cres' track.
Continue straight: From the southern end of Clontarf Beach, the walk follows the beach passing the houses. After the last house, the walk continues past the large concrete structure and into the Clontarf Reserve. The walk then heads across the open grassy area, passing the toilets and picnic shelter on the right, then rounds to the front of Clonny's Cafe.

Clonny's Alt = 1 m
Clonny's is a neat kiosk and restaurant inside Clontarf Reserve. The kiosk is open 7 days (but may close dependant on weather and demand) and serves ice creams, drinks, chips, hot foods, and coffee. For those seeking something finer the restaurant is open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays serving a 2 course meal for $55. Phone on (02) 9948 2373. More info

Clontarf Reserve Alt = 1 m
Clontarf Reserve is a great picnic area and beach on Sandy Bay Rd, Clontarf. The large park provides great facilities with picnic tables, covered shelters, shaded children's play ground, a kiosk & restaurant, and toilets. The beach in the park has a netted swimming area. The park also has tap water, a public phone, showers and garbage/recycling facilities. There are plenty of shade trees in the park. There is a fee for parking in and around the reserve and the park is well managed by Manly Council. More info

(7.4 km) Clontarf Reserve (Clonny's) to Int. Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 483 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -11 m
Veer left: From Clonny's Cafe, this walk heads past the public phone, then across the grass staying between the water (on the left) and the driveway. After passing the BBQ, the walk turns left at, and follows, the footpath along Sandy Bay Rd. About 100m down the road, the footpath comes to the front of the Clontarf Marina and a pedestrian crossing.
Turn right: From Clontarf Marina, this walk heads over the pedestrian crossing and up the stairs. The track passes the houses then leads down the stairs at the end of the clearing, back to Sandy Bay Rd. Once on the road, the walk turns right and heads alongside the bay until coming to an intersection with Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave.

(7.88 km) Int. Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave to End of Sandy Bay Rd
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 44 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads behind the beach with the water on the left, to the end of Sandy Bay Rd.

(7.92 km) End of Sandy Bay Rd to Int. Ellery's Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 984 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 51 m Descent = -51 m
Continue straight: From the end of Sandy Bay Rd, this walk heads under the 'Manly Scenic Walkway' sign, keeping the water to the left. The walk follows the clear track out to the point between Sandy and Fisher bays, climbing some stairs along the way until coming to the metal platform and scenic views of Middle Harbour and the Spit Bridge. From the point, the walk continues again on a dirt bush track keeping the water on the left, and heading into Fisher Bay. In the bay, the walk heads down a few stairs to cross a section of boardwalk into the apex of Fisher Bay. The track then continues out of the bay by winding around the hill, up some stairs to the paved footpath of Ellery's Punt Reserve, where the 'Manly Scenic Walkway' map and info sign marks the intersection.

Ellery's Punt Reserve Alt = 6 m
Ellery's Punt Reserve is a very nice grassed area on the north eastern side of the Spit Bridge. The reserve has road access and parking, and seems to be a popular spot for fishing from the bank. There is also seating and shaded areas.

(8.91 km) Int. Ellery's Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway to Int. Battle Boulevard and Manly Rd
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 232 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the 'Manly Scenic Walkway' map and info sign, this walk heads across the grass following the coast line, keeping the water to the left and heading towards the "Ellery's Punt Reserve" sign. From the sign, the walk passes under the Spit Bridge and then up the flight of stairs that come to the end of Battle Boulevard.
Continue straight: From the end of the cul-de-sac, this walk follows Battle Bvd up the road to the car park just near the intersection with Manly Road.

(9.14 km) Int. Battle Boulevard and Manly Rd to Top of the Gallipoli Steps
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 158 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 40 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the car park, the walk crosses to the other side of Battle Boulevard and follows the footpath up the hill for a short distance, to the signposted Gallipoli Steps. From here, the walk heads up the Gallipoli Steps to the top of the hill, where it flattens out and follows the short path to the intersection with Edgecliff Esplanade.

(9.3 km) Top of the Gallipoli Steps to Int of Sangrado Street and the Powder Hulk Bay footpath
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 2.06 km Time = 46 mins
Climb = 82 m Descent = -103 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, the walk follows the track marker along the Edgecliff Esplanade, keeping Middle harbour down to the left. At the intersection with Palmerston Place, the walk turns left and heads down the short hill before turning right onto Seaforth Crescent. From here the walk follows Seaforth Crescent all the way around the top of the headland, providing frequent views of middle harbor over and inbetween the houses, until it reaches the 'T' intersection with Princes Promenade. At the intersection, the walk turns left onto Seaforth Crescent, heading down the gentle hill, and almost immediately bending to the right. The walk continues along the road for a little while longer until it comes to the intersection with the narrow road, heading down the hill to the left, just before the Seaforth Scout Hall.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the track marker along the narrow road, heading down the hill with the Seaforth Scout Hall on the right. The walk continues down to the intersection at the top of the concrete steps (heading down the hill to the right).

(11.36 km) Int of Sangrado Street and the Powder Hulk Bay footpath to Top of the Jenner Street Steps
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 263 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -31 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the track marker down the concrete steps and along the footpath. The footpath winds down the hill, crossing two small footbridges and comes to the waters edge, where it passes the North Ridge Sailing Club, then continues along for a little while to the intersection at the bottom of a long set of concrete steps.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the track marker up the concrete steps. The walk follows the steps all the way up the hill to a driveway, which it crosses and continues up the steps on the other side, climbing up to the top of the hill at the intersection with Jenner Street.

(11.62 km) Top of the Jenner Street Steps to Wakehurst Pkwy Bus stop
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 1.59 km Time = 30 mins
Climb = 78 m Descent = -25 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows Jenner Street up the hill. The walk turns left into Abernethy Street and continues to the end of the road. From here the walk climbs up a concrete staircase to the end of Harvey Street, which it follows. The walk then turns left into Dalwood Avenue and continues to the end of the road where it comes to the intersection of Clontarf Street. From here, the walk continues straight onto Clontarf Street, and soon turns left onto Callicoma Road, then turns right onto Acacia Road (which becomes Castle Circuit) and continues all the way along to the end of the footpath, where it comes to a small reserve on the right. From here, the walk follows the track marker through the reserve for a little distance to the Wakehust Parkway, where it turns left and follows the side of the road to a bus stop almost directly opposite the intersection with Armstrong Street.

(13.22 km) Wakehurst Pkwy Bus stop to Seaforth Oval
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 527 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track behind the bus stop, heading away from the road and down through the bush. The walk steps over a few fallen trees and passes small rock outcrops, continuing along until passing a track marker and heading up to the end of a long grassy clearing, from which the playground at Seaforth Oval is clearly visible.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads across the long grassy clearing towards the play equipment. Upon reaching the play equipment, the walk then follows the asphalt path, heading up on the right-hand side of the club house to the car park. Here, it turns left, passing the club house and coming to the information signs on the other side of the car park.

Seaforth Oval Alt = 113 m
Seaforth Oval is a large playing oval on the Wakehurst Parkway in North Balgowlah. It is managed by Manly Council, who have also recently been upgrading the Timber Getters Track in association with NPWS. There is a distant view of Chatswood from the oval. There are toilets, but they are usually locked. There is a large car park, shelter and sign with information about the Harbour to Hawkesbury walk. More info

Catch the bus from Seaforth Oval
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.
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Drive from Seaforth Oval
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.
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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

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Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

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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 4.9 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 7.2 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 7.7 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 8.3 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 9.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Manly to Seaforth Oval.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Manly to Seaforth Oval
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
19 km (to the WNW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 25 km (to the NNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 25 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 35 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 40 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 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
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Sydney Harbour National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
One of Sydney's most diverse parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is formed from 11 pockets of harbour islands and shoreline. Highlights include coastal walks and swimming, breath-taking viewpoints, tours of colonial buildings and Aboriginal cave art.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Sydney Harbour National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management
Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites within Sydney Harbour National Park. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:​
  • Middle Head
  • North Head
  • Quarantine Station
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Shark Island upcoming closures
Shark Island in Sydney Harbour will be closed to public access due to essential wharf repairs on the following dates:
16 to 17 September 2015
24 to 27 September 2015.

Other incidents: Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages are no longer available for accomodation bookings. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings.

Closed areas: Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.



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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