“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.