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Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks to Stepping Stones Crossing

Garigal National Park


This short steep walk is one of the most beautiful on Sydney’s upper north shore. Beginning at St Ives, it leads you through Garigal National Park to Middle Harbour creek.

Garigal National Park
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Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • 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.

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.

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