St Ives to Davidson Park via Casuarina Track

3 h 30 min to 4 h

9 km
oneway

↑ 342 m
↓ -468 m

Hard track
This walk starts in St Ives and follows the Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks down to Middle Harbour Creek, crossing the creek at the stepping stones and continuing to Davidson Picnic area. Much of this walk follows Middle Harbour Creek, providing great water views and passing some interesting sandstone caves along the way. The Davidson park picnic area is a great place for a rest and play after this walk. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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following the pipeline near scout hall. | Photo by admin, 2009.
heading through the bush. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Welcome to Garigal National Park. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Top of Bungaroo track at pipeline. | Photo by admin, 2009.
exploring Bungaroo track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Steps on Bungaroo track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Bungaroo track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
One of several view points on the Bungaroo track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Most of the Bungaroo track is very clear. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Steps at the bottom of the Bungaroo track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Passing between some boulders. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Middle Harbour Creek crossing. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Governor Phillip track near south of stepping stones. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Cave on Governor Phillip walk. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Continuing throught the bush. | Photo by admin, 2009.
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk. | Photo by admin, 2007.
The Governor Phillip Walk. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Passing an old rope swing. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Following the waters edge. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Following the bushtrack. | Photo by admin, 2009.
The Carroll Creek Crossing. | Photo by admin, 2009.
The Carroll Creek Track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Following the edge of the creek. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Waterfall on Carroll Creek. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Climbing up to the end of the management trail. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Start of the Casuarina Track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Following the Casuarina Track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Casuarina track cave. | Photo by admin, 2009.
The Casuarina Track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Heading inbetween some rock outcrops. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Tower on Casuarina track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Casuarina Track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Blue tongue on Casuarina Track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Middle Harbour Creek from Casuarina track. | Photo by admin, 2009.
The trees above the Casuarina Track. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Top of the Casuarina Steps. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Bottom of Casuarina Steps. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Davidson Park. | Photo by admin, 2009.
Rotary Rotunda. | Photo by admin, 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7418104,151.1666931)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Highway, A1, A38, Chatswood.
  • Turn on to Boundary Street, A38 then drive for 10 m
  • Turn right onto Boundary Street, A38 and drive for another 1 km
  • Turn left onto Archbold Road and drive for another 6.2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Hunter Avenue and drive for another 200 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 10 m
Finish At the intersection of Healey Way & Casuarina Track (-33.7674829,151.2024246)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
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.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the gate at the start.
After another 30 m pass the "Barra Brui Reserve" (7 m on your right).
After another 115 m continue straight.
After another 750 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Bungaroo Track & Pipeline track) veer left, to head along Bungaroo Track (a walking track).
After another 150 m turn right, to head along Bungaroo Track.
After another 75 m veer left, to head along Bungaroo Track.
After another 1.1 km turn left, to head along Bungaroo Track.
After another 205 m cross the stepping stones (about 30 m long)
Then find the "Bungaroo" (15 m on your left).
Bungaroo
Bungaroo

Governor Arthur Phillip (first governor of NSW) described this section of the river as where "the flowing of the tide ceased". Phillip and his party of nine camped here in 1788 whilst looking for land suitable for farming. John White (Surgeon General) described the the area as "the most desert, wild and solitary seclusion that the imagination can form any idea of". Over the past 200 years the river has changed, but somewhere not far upstream of the stepping stone is Bungaroo.
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Governor Arthur Phillip (first governor of NSW) described this section of the river as where "the flowing of the tide ceased". Phillip and his party of nine camped here in 1788 whilst looking for land suitable for farming. John White (Surgeon General) described the the area as "the most desert, wild and solitary seclusion that the imagination can form any idea of". Over the past 200 years the river has changed, but somewhere not far upstream of the stepping stone is Bungaroo.

After another 15 m (at the intersection of Governor Philip Track & Middle Harbour Track) turn right, to head along Governor Philip Track (a walking track).
After another 210 m cross the ford.
Continue straight, to head along Governor Philip Track.
After another 165 m veer left, to head along Governor Philip Track.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Governor Philip Track.
After another 30 m cross the ford.
After another 275 m (at the intersection of Governor Philip Track & Pipeline track) continue straight, to head along Governor Philip Track.
After another 50 m find the "Pipeline" (40 m on your right).
Pipeline
Pipeline

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.
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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.

After another 870 m continue straight, to head along Governor Philip Track.
After another 680 m cross the stepping stones (about 10 m long)
After another 2 m (at the intersection of Carroll Creek Track & Governor Philip Track) turn left, to head along Carroll Creek Track (a walking track).
After another 430 m continue straight, to head along Carroll Creek Track.
After another 305 m (at the intersection of Carrol Creek Track & Carroll Creek Track) turn right, to head along Carrol Creek Track (a steps).
Then head up the steps (about 10 m long)
After another 10 m pass the sign.
At the intersection of Casuarina Track & Carrol Creek Track veer right, to head along Casuarina Track (a walking track).
After another 490 m continue straight, to head along Casuarina Track.
After another 85 m continue straight, to head along Casuarina Track.
After another 660 m continue straight, to head along Casuarina Track.
After another 215 m turn right, to head along Casuarina Track.
After another 45 m head down the steps (about 35 m long)
After another 290 m continue straight, to head along Casuarina Track.
After another 1.4 km pass the water tap (75 m on your right).
After another 135 m pass the picnic table (75 m on your right).
Then head down the surface|sett steps (about 50 m long)
A sign.
Continue another 0 m to find at the intersection of Healey Way & Casuarina Track at the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

St Ives to Davidson Park via Casuarina Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 9 km
Time 3 h 30 min to 4 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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