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Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park

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Updated: 23/04/2015 11:34 AM

“The nature and the views along this walk are amazing, and I love crossing the natural sandstone bridge over Main Creek – it’s a highlight!”

The Natural Bridge track is a delightful half day walk linking the eastern and western foreshores of Bantry Bay. Keep an eye on the way for the impressive crossing the track is named for, a natural sandstone bridge formed by erosion over thousands of years.

The walk starts along The Bluff track at the end of Grattan Crescent before joining up with the Natural Bridge track. It’s a steep descent but the views down Bantry Bay are great. Then link up with the Currie Road trail, which crosses the Cook Street trail onto the Bates Creek track. The walk then drops steeply into Bates Creek crossing before zigzagging up to a flat section of the track.

At the Tipperary Road turnoff, you’ll reach the start of the historic Magazine track. After a short descent that takes you past the Magazine complex, you’ll be rewarded with excellent views across Bantry Bay. Further on, there is a crossing of mossy rocks and a pretty waterfall just before you reach Flat Rock Beach, a great spot to have a picnic and take in the views down Middle Harbour.

From there, head up to Flat Rock track and wind along the side of the valley wall; you’ll eventually come to a set of steps down into Davidson Park picnic area and boat ramp.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park is accessed via Grattan Crescent, Forestville. To get there:

  • Make your way to Warringah Road, Frenchs Forest
  • Turn into Bantry Bay Road and travel south
  • Turn right into Grattan Crescent
  • You can also access the track via the Currie Road trail that starts at Currie Road, Forestville

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available on Grattan Crescent, Forestville, and at Davidson Park picnic area if you start the walk there.

Important info

Distance:

6.8km (one-way)

Time suggested:

2 hours each way

Difficulty:

Hard

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 Park is well equipped with picnic tables and barbecues
  • Park use fee applies to vehicle entry to Davidson Park Picnic Area

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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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Kookaburra in the trees. Photo:Shaun Sursok