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Heath and Bare Creek trails

Garigal National Park


These challenging trails are great for a day out mountain biking and horse riding, and take you along Bare Creek and the adjoining Cascades trail.

Garigal National Park
3.7km one-way
Time suggested
1hr 30min
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • 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

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Park info

  • in Garigal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Garigal National Park is open 6am to 6.30pm (8pm during daylight savings) but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins. Bus: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day).

    Other fees:

    There is no daily entry fee for teachers/educational supervisors (1 adult per 10 children). Group bookings: under the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009, prior written approval is required for organised groups of 40 or more people planning to visit the park. Contact the park office prior to your visit.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Northern Beaches (Forestville)
      (02) 9451 3479
      Contact hours: 10am-4pm (closed 12pm-1pm) Monday to Friday
    • Garigal National Park, end of Ferguson Street off Warringah Road, Forestville NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9451 7390
    • Sydney North (Bobbin Inn, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park)
      (02) 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am-4pm daily. 9am-4pm during summer school holidays (closed 12pm-12:30pm) (closed Christmas Day)
    • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head Road, Mount Colah
    • Email:
      Fax: (02) 9457 0113
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Goanna. Photo: Shaun Sursok