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Cascades trail

Garigal National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Cascades trail.

Getting there and parking

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    Cascades trail is accessed via Douglas Street, St Ives near Acron Oval. To get there:

    • Exit Mona Vale Road onto Douglas Street, St Ives
    • Follow Douglas Street until you reach Gwyn Close. The walk starts at the oval

    Cascades trail can also be accessed via Stone Parade, Davidson. To get there:

    • Take Forest Way north from Frenchs Forest and turn left onto Adams Street
    • Continue onto Blackbutts Road, then turn right into Kambora Avenue
    • Turn right into Borgnis Street and take the immediate left into Stone Parade
    • The track starts about 100m before Barney Place

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available on Douglas Street and Stone Parade, a short walk from the Cascades trail.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Garigal National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Spring

    Spot wildflowers turning the undergrowth into a painter's palette along the Cascades trail during late winter and early spring.

    Summer

    Davidson Park is a popular place for a family picnic or barbecue, so pack up the kids and a tasty lunch to enjoy some time in the great outdoors.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    44°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    10°C and 16°C

    Lowest recorded

    -1.7°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    290mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    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.

    Horse riding safety

    Before you hop on your horse, learn how to keep you and your riding group safe.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    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 dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Cascades trail

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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. There are pay and display machines - cash and credit cards accepted. 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.

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