Gahnia and Serrata mountain bike trails

Garigal National Park

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Overview

Jump on your bike and explore Gahnia and Serrata mountain bike trails in Garigal National Park, a short drive from Sydney’s CBD. The purpose built trails are the perfect place to challenge yourself.

Where
Garigal National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Distance
6.5km of trails
Time suggested
1hr 30min
Grade
Hard. Suitable for experienced mountain bike riders.
Entry fees

Park entry fees apply at Davidson Park only

Opening times

Gahnia and Serrata mountain bike trails are open from sunrise to sunset.

Please note

Mountain biking in Sydney’s North is taken to the next level with these 2 hand-built single tracks in picturesque Garigal National Park. Nestled in the upper reaches of Bantry Bay, the challenging Gahnia and Serrata mountain bike trails are filled with technical sections and multiple line choices.

You can test your skills on the first 50m, and easily return to nearby shared-use trails if you’re not quite ready. 

Serrata mountain bike trail starts from Currie Road trail, where you’ll roll over unique sandstone features before descending 1.5km through tall eucalypts. Then get the heart pumping with a steep uphill climb on Cook Street trail to make this a 2.85km loop. 

Why not make a day of it and ride over to Gahnia mountain bike trail, which winds 2.25 km through thick forest before connecting with Engravings trail for the ride back to Bantry Bay Road.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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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 applies only at Davidson Park only. Day passes are available from on-park pay machines that accept coins and credit cards, and you can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Bus: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day).

    Daily entry fee exemption for teachers and educational supervisors (1 adult per 10 children) applies only for organised and pre-arranged group bookings.

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Gahnia and Serrata mountain bike trails.

Getting there and parking

Gahnia and Serrata mountain bike trails are in Garigal National Park.

Gahnia mountain bike trail is accessed via Grattan Crescent, Forestville. To get there:

  • Make your way to Warringah Road, Frenchs Forest near the Northern Beaches Hospital
  • Turn on to Hilmer Street and then turn left on to Fitzpatrick Avenue East
  • Turn right onto Bantry Bay Road and travel south
  • Turn right on to Grattan Crescent and travel to the start of the Bluff track. Follow the track along to the start of the Gahnia mountain bike trail.

Serrata mountain bike trail is accessed via Currie Road, Frenchs Forest. To get there:

  • Make your way to Warringah Road, Frenchs Forest
  • Turn on to Currie Road and travel east to the start of the Currie Road track. Follow the track south to the start of the Serrata mountain bike trail.

There’s a 2.6km ride that connects both trails via Bantry Bay Road, Yarraman Ave, Parni Pl, Maxwell Parade and Currie Road.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Parking

Street parking is available at:

  • Grattan Crescent, Forestville
  • Currie Road, Frenchs Forest, next to the Currie Road trail entrance.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

If you’re accessing the trails from the Manly Dam area, take extreme care when crossing Wakehust Parkway.

Cycling safety

Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

Prohibited

Riding on these trails at night is prohibited.

Gathering firewood

Gathering firewood and the use of heat beads is not permitted.

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Gahnia and Serrata mountain bike trails is in Garigal National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Outdoor action

Davidson picnic area, Garigal National Park. Photo: Shaun Sursok

There are countless ways to pass the time in Garigal. Explore the park's trails and tracks on horseback, mountain bike or on foot. If you enjoy water activities, launch your canoe or boat from the ramp at Davidson Park or drop a line in one of the great fishing spots throughout the park, like Middle Harbour, where you can catch flathead, flounder, mullet and bream.

  • Cascades trail Cascades trail is ideal for walking, horseriding and mountain biking in Garigal National Park. A medium difficulty walk or ride along a fire trail, it traverses Middle Harbour creek.
  • Davidson Park picnic area and boat ramp If you're looking for something to do in Sydney, Davidson Park is a pretty harbourside park with boating and canoeing access, just a short drive from the Sydney CBD.
  • Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park This challenging walking track winds through Garigal National Park, and features impressive sandstone rock formations and spectacular water views.

Rich Aboriginal heritage

Cascade trail, Garigal National Park. Photo: Kim McClymont

Aboriginal people have been custodians of the land in Garigal National Park for thousands of years and this connection and legacy is evident throughout the park. Garigal has extensive Aboriginal art sites, with over 100 Aboriginal sites recorded to date, including cave art, rock engravings, shelters, middens and grinding grooves.

Wartime stories

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

There are many places of historical interest in the park, such as Bungaroo and the former Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex. Both sites played a key role in the early establishment of Sydney and are important reminders of our history since colonisation. Enjoy a walk to Bantry Bay, where you'll see a collection of historically important buildings surrounded by stunning foreshore and bushland views.

  • Governor Phillip heritage walk See Garigal National Park through the eyes of Governor Phillip on this 6km, 4-hour guided walk. Learn about his 1788 exploration of Middle Harbour and what his party thought of the Australian bush.
  • Hawkesbury to harbour walk: Stage 3 Join this great 7hr, 14km guided walk and explore Garigal National Park in northern Sydney. It's the third walk in a series of 5 walks.
  • Hawkesbury to harbour walk: Stage 4 Explore the sights of Garigal National Park by joining this 7.5hr, 16km guided walk on the Sydney's lower north shore.
  • Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks to Stepping Stones Crossing 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.
  • The Cascades: Middle Harbour walk Bring the kids on this family-friendly bush walk to the Cascades in Garigal National Park, in Sydney’s north. Get ready to explore lush bushland, waterfalls and rockpools.

Wildlife haven

Silver banksia (Banksia marginata), Garigal National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Garigal is part of an important wildlife corridor that spans all the way from Sydney Harbour to the national parks of the Blue Mountains. It's the natural habitat for a number of threatened native animal species, such as tiger quolls, broad-headed snakes and red-crowned toadlets, so keep your eyes peeled. If you see a hole in the ground it may be that of the endangered southern brown bandicoot.

  • Cascades trail Cascades trail is ideal for walking, horseriding and mountain biking in Garigal National Park. A medium difficulty walk or ride along a fire trail, it traverses Middle Harbour creek.
  • Hawkesbury to harbour walk: Stage 3 Join this great 7hr, 14km guided walk and explore Garigal National Park in northern Sydney. It's the third walk in a series of 5 walks.
  • Hawkesbury to harbour walk: Stage 4 Explore the sights of Garigal National Park by joining this 7.5hr, 16km guided walk on the Sydney's lower north shore.
  • Stepping Stone Crossing to Cascades trail Located in Garigal National Park, Stepping Stone Crossing to Cascades trail is an easy walk that you can enjoy by walking, horse riding or mountain biking.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Eastern water dragon. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Eastern water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii)

    The eastern water dragon is a subaquatic lizard found in healthy waterways along eastern NSW, from Nowra to halfway up the Cape York Pensinsula. It’s believed to be one of the oldest of Australian reptiles, remaining virtually unchanged for over 20 million years.

Plants

  •  Grey mangrove, Towra Point Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

    Grey mangrove (Avicennia marina)

    Grey mangrove is the most common and widespread mangrove found within intertidal zones across Australia, and throughout the world. Growing to a height of 3-10m, they thrive best in estuaries with a mix of fresh and salt water. They excrete excess salt through their long thick leaves, and absorb oxygen through their aerial root system.

  • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

    Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

  • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

    Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

    An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

  • A red triangle slug on the trunk of a scribbly gum tree in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH

    Scribbly gum (Eucalyptus haemastoma)

    Easily identifiable Australian native plants, scribbly gum trees are found throughout NSW coastal plains and hills in the Sydney region. The most distinctive features of this eucalypt are the ‘scribbles’ made by moth larva as it tunnels between the layers of bark.

Environments in this park

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