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Stepping Stone Crossing to Cascades trail

Garigal National Park

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Visitor info

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

Track grading

Features of this track


2.6km one-way


27min - 1hr

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

Some bushwalking experience recommended


Gentle hills


Occasional steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

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    Stepping Stone Crossing to Cascades trail is in the central precinct of Garigal National Park. To get there:

    • From Belrose: From the end of Rawson Parade, take the road past the large repeater tower (right) and house (left) to the signposted 'Heath trail' intersection (to the right), then take Heath track, Bare Creek track and Cascades trail for approximately 3.7km to Cascades.
    • From St Ives: From Douglas Street near Acron Oval, take Cascades trail for approximately 1.3km to Cascades at Middle Harbour Creek.
    • From St Ives: Enter Pipeline trail from Hunter Avenue, turn left and walk approximately 300m to the signposted start of Bungaroo track on the left, then take Bungaroo track to Stepping Stone Crossing over Middle Harbour Creek to Middle Harbour Creek track.
    • From Davidson: From Stone Parade, take Cascades trail for approximately 1.5km to Cascades at Middle Harbour Creek.
    • From Davidson: From John Oxley Drive, take Davidson trail to Governor Phillip walk, turn right and walk for approximately 500m to Stepping Stone Crossing to join Middle Harbour Creek track.
    • From Forestville: From Davidson Park, take Lyrebird track and Governor Phillip walk for 3.8km to Stepping Stone Crossing and Middle Harbour Creek track.


    Street parking is available nearby along the end of Rawson Parade (Belrose), Stone Parade and John Oxley Drive (Davidson) and Douglas Street or Hunter Avenue (St Ives).

    It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

    Best times to visit

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


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


    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


    18°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    10°C and 16°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    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.


    Check the weather before you set out as the access trails and the track can become boggy when it rains



    Cycling is not permitted on this track.

    Gathering firewood

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


    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Stepping Stone Crossing to 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. 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