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Heath and Bare Creek trails

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Alerts for Garigal National Park: closed areas

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Updated: 23/04/2015 11:34 AM

“That was a great ride - I really felt like I earned my drink of water at the top.”

Popular for mountain biking and horse riding, Heath trail is a challenging fire trail running down into the valley of Garigal National Park. It's a fantastic ride and suited to more experienced mountain bikers. There are sandy corners and the terrain can be rough, so take care. Of course, if you ride down into the valley you'll have to ride back out - the climb can be hard work, but it's definitely worth the effort.

Heath Trail merges into Bare Creek trail shortly after entering Garigal National Park. Bare Creek runs along the east side of the creek, passing Quarry trail at the first creek crossing and eventually adjoining Cascades trail, so there are plenty of options for extending your mountain biking adventure. It's a great track to walk as well - watch out for other track users.

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Getting there

Getting there:

The Heath trail starts on Ralston Avenue, Belrose (behind the Belrose Electricity Substation) or alternatively from Wyatt Avenue. To get there from Frenchs Forest, travel north along Forest Way and turn left into Ralston Avenue or Wyatt Avenue.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available on Ralston Avenue, a short walk from the Heath trail.

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Distance:

3.7km (one-way)

Time suggested:

1.5 hours 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 if you’re walking and plenty of drinking water
  • This is a shared trail, so please keep an eye out for other walkers and riders
  • Mountain bikers and horse riders are requested to avoid the trail during wet weather

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Garigal National Park

closed areas

Garigal closures due to storm damage (Ends Friday 1 May)

Due to the heavy rain and high winds experienced across Sydney, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that visitors delay their trip until trees and branches have been cleared. Priority will be given to popular picnic areas which are expected to reopen by Saturday 25 April 2015. Tracks and trails remain closed and are expected to reopen later next week. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Closed areas are:

  • Davidson picnic area (open Saturday 25 April 2015)
  • All tracks and trails.
 Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Forestville area office on (02) 9451 3479 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Cascades trail, Heath and Bare Creek trails, Pipeline and Davidson Trails, Seaforth Oval to Natural Bridge track, Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park, Davidson Park to Stepping Stone Crossing walk, Stepping Stone Crossing to Cascades trail, Davidson Park picnic area and boat ramp

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