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Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park

Garigal National Park

Overview

This is a challenging walking track winds through Garigal National Park taking in impressive sandstone rock formations and spectacular water views.

Where
Garigal National Park
Distance
6.8km one-way
Time suggested
3 - 4hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Entry fees

Park entry fees apply at Davidson Park only

What to
bring
Hat, drinking water, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch.

The Natural Bridge track is a delightful half day walk linking the eastern and western foreshores of Bantry Bay. Keep an eye on the way for the impressive crossing the track is named for, a natural sandstone bridge formed by erosion over thousands of years.

The walk starts along The Bluff track at the end of Grattan Crescent before joining up with the Natural Bridge track. It’s a steep descent but the views down Bantry Bay are great. Then link up with the Currie Road trail, which crosses the Cook Street trail onto the Bates Creek track. The walk then drops steeply into Bates Creek crossing before zigzagging up to a flat section of the track.

At the Tipperary Road turnoff, you’ll reach the start of the historic Magazine track. After a short descent that takes you past the Magazine complex, you’ll be rewarded with excellent views across Bantry Bay. Further on, there is a crossing of mossy rocks and a pretty waterfall just before you reach Flat Rock Beach, a great spot to have a picnic and take in the views down Middle Harbour.

From Flat Rock Beach, exit the park onto Killarney Drive. Follow around 1.3km then turn left onto Drumcliff Avenue, and after 450m turn left onto Downpatrick Road, where you can re-enter the park on Flat Rock track. You'll eventually come to a set of steps down into Davidson Park picnic area and boat ramp.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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  • 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 at Davidson Park only. There are coin-operated or credit card pay and display machines. 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 an annual pass.
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      02 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
    • Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah NSW 2080
    • Email: bobbin.head@environment.nsw.gov.au
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