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Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks to Stepping Stones Crossing

Garigal National Park

Overview

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.

Where
Garigal National Park
Distance
3.6km return
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • 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.
  • It’s a good idea to put on insect repellent before you set out
  • Check the weather before you set out as the access trails and the track can become slippery and boggy when it rains. 
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching

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.
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      (02) 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am-4pm daily. 9am-4pm during summer school holidays (closed 12pm-12:30pm) (closed Christmas Day)
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    • Email: bobbin.head@environment.nsw.gov.au
      Fax: (02) 9457 0113
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Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks to Stepping Stones trail, Garigal National Park. Photo: John Spencer