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Seaforth Oval to Natural Bridge track

Garigal National Park

Overview

This challenging walk includes Timber Getters track, the Bay track and Bluff trail near Forestville. Beautiful nature, historic sites and spectacular views await you.

Where
Garigal National Park
Distance
3.2km one-way
Time suggested
1hr 30min
Grading
Hard
Price
Free
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 and plenty of drinking water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited

Seaforth Oval to Natural Bridge track is a scenic walk that’s full of history, but that’s not all that’ll get your pulse racing. The descent into Bantry Bay via the Timber Getters track is difficult and steep. About halfway down it crosses the historic Old Bullock track, which was constructed in 1856 to haul sawn timber from sawmills in ‘The Big Forest’ owned by James Harris French (after whom Frenchs Forest was named) to the shores of Bantry Bay.

At the end of the Timber Getters track, you’ll reach a rest area with toilets, once the site of the Bantry Bay ‘Pleasure Gardens' dance hall. From 1915 until 1973 however, it was part of the site of the Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex, which is what you’ll see today.

The Bay track follows the line of the waterfront and eventually winds its way up to the base of ‘The Bluff’. The climb is tough going, however you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Middle Harbour when you reach the top. From ‘The Bluff’, you’ll follow The Bluff track until you reach Natural Bridge track. For a longer walk, take Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

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:

    $7 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins. Bus or taxi: $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
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    • 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: bobbin.head@environment.nsw.gov.au
      Fax: (02) 9457 0113
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Boat jetty, Garigal National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath