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Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks to Stepping Stones Crossing

“Beginning this beautiful walk I was quickly transported by the sights, sounds and smells of the bush. I almost forgot I’d parked my car on a suburban street, just moments before.”

Leave suburbia behind as you follow Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks to Stepping Stones Crossing. Starting in St Ives on Sydney’s upper north shore, this short walk comprises two adjoining tracks leading to Middle Harbour Creek.

Following Pipeline trail for about 300m before turning left onto Bungaroo track. Immerse yourself in bush and valley vistas from the lookout before descending steeply between the rocky outcrops, passing banksias, grevilleas and wildflowers in the spring. You’ll arrive at the large sandstone steps of Middle Harbour Creek’s Stepping Stones where Governor Arthur Phillip camped on his historic first expedition in 1788.

If you feel like pressing on – and it’s safe to do so – cross the stepping stones to join another great Sydney walk. From there you can turn right to take the Governor Phillip walk to Davidson Park, or left to join the Middle Harbour track to the Cascades.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks to Stepping Stones Crossing route is in the western part of Garigal National Park, to get there:

  • From St Ives shopping village, head east on Mona Vale Road then turn right onto Link Road
  • At the roundabout, take the second exit to Horace Street.
  • Continue to the next roundabout, then take the first exit onto Hunter Avenue.
  • You’ll find the Pipeline trackhead on the right hand side

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

On-street parking is available nearby on Hunter Avenue, St Ives.

Important info

Time suggested:

42 minutes each way

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put on sunscreen and insect repellent on before you set out
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
  • Drinking water is not available on the tracks so you'll need to bring your own
  • Remember dogs are not permitted on the track or in the park
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to take a map or a GPS.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception on some parts of the tracks in this park
  • Some tracks in Garigal National Park are used for large events. Check the website for any proposed events that may impact your enjoyment of this walking track.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the access trails and the track can become slippery and boggy when it rains. After heavy rain, Middle Harbour Creek may be unsuitable to cross. If the stepping stones are covered in water, remember to check and assess the depth and speed of the water before attempting to cross. If you’re in any doubt, please do not cross.

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Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks to Stepping Stones trail, Garigal National Park. Photo: John Spencer