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Heath and Bare Creek trails

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Alerts for Garigal National Park: closed areas, fire bans

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Updated: 23/11/2014 12:01 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.

Important info

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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- 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
 

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends 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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Goanna. Photo: Shaun Sursok