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Cascades trail

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Alerts for Garigal National Park: closed areas, upcoming fire bans

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Updated: 22/11/2014 02:04 PM

“I’ve walked and ridden my horse along this beautiful track and it takes my breath away every time, especially when the wildflowers are in bloom in the undergrowth.”

Revive your senses along Cascades trail, a beautiful medium-difficulty fire trail shared by walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers in picturesque Garigal National Park.

Whether you start your walk or ride at St Ives or Davidson, you’ll see native Australian trees such as Sydney red gums, Red Bloodwoods and Scribbly Gums. As you wind your way down to the creek, larger trees soon make way for species of banksia, dwarf apple and the narrow-leafed apple, while wattles, pea, boronia and wax flowers pepper the undergrowth.

The trail gets its name from a series of beautiful little waterfalls, rock platforms and rockpools at the junction of Middle Harbour creek and French’s creek, a lovely spot to pause and enjoy a picnic before your return walk or ride. Staying on Cascades trail, you’ll leave the valley travelling up the sometimes steep trail to exit onto Stone Parade.

If you want to extend your walk or ride to a day loop, Cascades trail also links to the Lower Cambourne and Heath and Bare Creek trails.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Cascades trail is accessed via Douglas Street, St Ives near Acron Oval. To get there:

  • Exit Mona Vale Road onto Douglas Street, St Ives
  • Follow Douglas Street until you reach Gwyn Close. The walk starts at the oval

Cascades trail can also be accessed via Stone Parade, Davidson. To get there:

  • Take Forest Way north from Frenchs Forest and turn left onto Adams Street
  • Continue onto Blackbutts Road, then turn right into Kambora Avenue
  • Turn right into Borgnis Street and take the immediate left into Stone Parade
  • The track starts about 100m before Barney Place

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available on Douglas Street and Stone Parade, a short walk from the Cascades trail.

Important info

Distance:

3.2km (one-way)

Time suggested:

1 hour each way

Difficulty:

Medium difficulty

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of drinking water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

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- Alerts

Garigal National Park

closed areas

Construction of mountain bike tracks (Ends Tuesday 30 December)

At Bantry Bay  within Garigal National Park two mountain bike tracks are currently under construction: 
1. Serrata track in consists of 1.5 km single width track with the remaining 1.35 km as the Currie Road and Cook Street trails; and 
2. Gahnia track being 3.6 km consisting of 2.25 km single width track with the remainder as the Bluff and Engravings trails.
Helicopters will be used to deliver necessary materials from Forestville Park to sections of the track where conventional methods are not suitable and in order to reduce the construction impact on the natural and cultural features of the park. Walkers and bike riders should follow signage and verbal directions from the work team.  We apologise for any incovenience experienced. For more information go to http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parkmanagement/NorthernSydneyMtBProgram.htm
 

upcoming fire bans

Fire ban (Sunday 23 November) A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Sunday 23 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
All tracks and trails are CLOSED within the park to walkers and cyclists. Designated picnic areas remain open. Only electric barbecues provided are to be utilised.

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Lizard. Photo: Shaun Sursok