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Davidson Park to Stepping Stone Crossing walk

“You feel like you’re walking in the footsteps of history on this trail, and the views are amazing.”

Starting along Lyrebird track at the northern end of Davidson Park picnic area and boat ramp, this walk branches off along the banks of Carroll Creek and across a stepping stone crossing just above the tidal limit, where the Governor Philip walk commences. Once a management trail for the local sand mining industry in the 1950s and 60s, Lyrebird track today offers spectacular views of Middle Harbour Creek.

This walk follows the banks of Middle Harbour Creek before linking up with Carroll Creek, then taking you past the Sydney Water Pipeline, where the creek starts to narrow and the track passes a rock bar crossing; this is Bungaroo, where the expedition camped. About 150m further on, the Stepping Stone Crossing provides access to the Bungaroo Track and uphill to Hunter Avenue, St Ives.


Getting there

Getting there:

Davidson Park to Stepping Stone Crossing walk commences at the north-western end of Davidson Park picnic area in Garigal National Park.

The entrance to Davidson Park picnic area is located near Roseville Bridge, Warringah Road, Forestville.

To get there:

  • Travel southwest along Warringah Road from Forestville
  • Take the Healey Way exit on the northeast side of Roseville Bridge


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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Davidson Park picnic area, a short walk from the Lyrebird Track.

Important info


3.6km (one-way)

Time suggested:

2 hours each way


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
  • The picnic area at Davidson is well equipped with picnic tables and barbecues
  • The Davidson Park Picnic Area gates are open 6am – 6.30pm every day (8pm during daylight savings time)
  • Park use fee applies to vehicle entry to Davidson Park Picnic Area

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Waterfall. Photo: Shaun Sursok