Seaforth Oval to Davidson Park
Guringai Country

4 h to 4 h 30 min

10 km
oneway

↑ 437 m
↓ -544 m

Hard track
The Seaforth to Davidson Park walk is a wonderful and historic loop around Bantry Bay. The walk continues from Bantry Bay, along Middle Harbour's treelined foreshore, to Davidson Park. This walk explores some wonderful bush and water views tucked into the valleys of Sydney. Let us begin by acknowledging the Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Timmber Getters track near Seaforth Oval. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Int of Timber Getters and Engravings Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking up the hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through a bush regeneration area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the defined track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing the Old Bullock Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing a small stream. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from the stream crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views from top of Timbergetters to Chatswood. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Views of the magazine buildings from the side of the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Winding down the hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading down the last set of rock steps before the bottom. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bantry Bay picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bantry Bay Picnic Area Wharf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The Bay Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the Bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Bay Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the Bay Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading up the rocky hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking down the valley towards the Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock formation on the Bluff. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking up Middle Harbour from the Bluff. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from the Bluff Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Bluff track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coming to the end of the management track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bluff track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Natural Bridge Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the Natural Bridge Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the track markers. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Climbing up through the large rock outcrop. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Natural Bridge track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The rocky bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking over edge of the Natural Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing the Natural Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of the Natural Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Epacris Longiflora in Garigal National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Currie Road Track sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the Magazine bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing a small creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bates Creek Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign on the Magazine track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Magazine Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing through the National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading along the side of the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Magazine Buildings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Views over to Bantry Bay Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Following the waters edge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View of the bay through the trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Middle Harbour. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Flat Rock beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bantry Bay from Flat rock Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Flat rock Beach track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Welcome to Garigal National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Small pipeline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the ferns. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The surrounding bushland south of Davidson Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Ferns near Davidson Park on Magazine track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking down on Middle Harbour Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Flat Rock Trackhead. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Welcome to Davidson Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading into the picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Davidson Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7819415,151.237195)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Warringah Road, A38
  • Turn on to Warringah Road, A38 then drive for 290 m
  • Turn left onto Wakehurst Parkway and drive for another 3.4 km
Finish (-33.7680459,151.2032446)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the corner of the car park with the information signs, the walk heads into the bush and down the wooden steps to the bottom, where it flattens out at the signposted intersection with the Engraving Track.
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Timbergetters Track' sign down the wooden steps and through the bush, winding steadily down a long hill as it drops down several more sets of steps, following the bush track to the signposted intersection with the Old Bullock Track (closed for maintenance at time of writing).
From the intersection (with the signposted 'Old Bullock Track' on the right), this walk heads west down the three wooden steps and along the track, winding through the dense scrub for a while. The walk crosses a small creek at some stepping stones and passes an old telegraph pole with no power lines attached. The track continues in this manner for a little while longer before it comes to the top of a short set of rock steps, where it starts to wind down into the valley using several scattered sets of wooden steps and one long set of rock steps, until coming down to the large picnic area at the bottom.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is water tap (about 90 m back from the start).
There is a toilet (about 65 m back from the start).
Seaforth Oval (about 7 m back from the start).
Seaforth Oval
Seaforth Oval

Seaforth Oval is a large playing oval on the Wakehurst Parkway in North Balgowlah. It is managed by Manly Council, who have also recently been upgrading the Timber Getters Track in association with NPWS. There is a distant view of Chatswood from the oval. There are toilets, but they are usually locked. There is a large car park, shelter and sign with information about the Harbour to Hawkesbury walk.
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Seaforth Oval is a large playing oval on the Wakehurst Parkway in North Balgowlah. It is managed by Manly Council, who have also recently been upgrading the Timber Getters Track in association with NPWS. There is a distant view of Chatswood from the oval. There are toilets, but they are usually locked. There is a large car park, shelter and sign with information about the Harbour to Hawkesbury walk.

There is a car park (about 5 m back from the start).
Find the sign at the start.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Engraving Track & Timbergetters Track) veer left, to head along Timbergetters Track.
After another 55 m pass the sign.
After another 2 m continue straight, to head along Timbergetters Track.
After another 340 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 345 m come to the viewpoint.
Then head down the steps (about 35 m long)
After another 6 m continue straight, to head along The Bay Track.
Then find the "Bantry Bay Picnic Area" (10 m on your left).
Bantry Bay Picnic Area
Bantry Bay Picnic Area

The area of Bantry Bay has been popular with day visitors since the late 1800s. In the early 1900s, the picnic area was also home to a dance hall (foundations still visible), dining room, picnic ground and overnight accommodation. Today, the picnic area has a picnic table and a number of fireplaces. There is also a public wharf, toilets, open grassy area, shade from trees and a great view across the water. There are no garbage facilities. The picnic area is at the bottom of the Timber Getters Track, below Seaforth Oval, on the eastern shore of Bantry Bay.
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The area of Bantry Bay has been popular with day visitors since the late 1800s. In the early 1900s, the picnic area was also home to a dance hall (foundations still visible), dining room, picnic ground and overnight accommodation. Today, the picnic area has a picnic table and a number of fireplaces. There is also a public wharf, toilets, open grassy area, shade from trees and a great view across the water. There are no garbage facilities. The picnic area is at the bottom of the Timber Getters Track, below Seaforth Oval, on the eastern shore of Bantry Bay.

After another 6 m pass the toilet (7 m on your right).
After another 690 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 920 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 95 m come to the viewpoint.
Then find the "Bluff Lookout" (5 m on your right).
Bluff Lookout
Bluff Lookout

The Bluff is a large, unfenced rocky hilltop, in Garigal National Park, that provides great views up Middle Harbour. The views extend across the bushland of the National Park, along Bantry Bay, to the city of Sydney (You can even see Centrepoint Tower). Apart from the distant views, the bluff is also an interesting rock feature, with a number of caves containing honeycomb rock formations.
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The Bluff is a large, unfenced rocky hilltop, in Garigal National Park, that provides great views up Middle Harbour. The views extend across the bushland of the National Park, along Bantry Bay, to the city of Sydney (You can even see Centrepoint Tower). Apart from the distant views, the bluff is also an interesting rock feature, with a number of caves containing honeycomb rock formations.

After another 40 m pass the sign.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of The Bluff Track & Gahnia Mountain Bike Track) continue straight, to head along The Bluff Track (a vehicle track).
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along The Bluff Track.
After another 45 m (at the intersection of The Bluff Track & Natural Bridge Track) continue straight, to head along Natural Bridge Track (a walking track).
After another 15 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 45 m veer left, to head along Natural Bridge Track.
After another 430 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 20 m find the "Natural Bridge" (6 m on your left).
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge

The Natural Bridge is a sandstone arch in Garigal National Park. The arch spans an unnamed creek feeding into Bantry Bay. The Natural Bridge track uses this arch to cross the creek, and is not always noticed by walkers as the surrounding vegetation hides the full view of the feature from the track. The arch has formed the eroding forces of water flowing down the creek. The arch provides an interesting natural feature to explore and enjoy.
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The Natural Bridge is a sandstone arch in Garigal National Park. The arch spans an unnamed creek feeding into Bantry Bay. The Natural Bridge track uses this arch to cross the creek, and is not always noticed by walkers as the surrounding vegetation hides the full view of the feature from the track. The arch has formed the eroding forces of water flowing down the creek. The arch provides an interesting natural feature to explore and enjoy.

After another 60 m (at the intersection of Natural Bridge Track & Serrata Mountain Bike Track) continue straight, to head along Natural Bridge Track.
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Currie Road Trail & Natural Bridge Track) turn left, to head along Currie Road Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Cook Street Trail & Currie Road Trail) continue straight, to head along Bates Creek Track (a walking track).
After another 1.5 km veer right, to head along Magazine Track.
After another 410 m find the "Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex" (30 m on your left).
Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex
Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex

The Magazine Buildings were the premier storage facility for merchants' explosives between 1915 and 1974. During this time, the carefully constructed building where crucial for the safe storage of explosives used for building public works such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and additionally used by the Australian Navy during World War II. There is currently no public access to the site, and the buildings are best viewed from across the water at Bantry Bay Picnic Area, or anywhere on the other side of Bantry Bay.
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The Magazine Buildings were the premier storage facility for merchants' explosives between 1915 and 1974. During this time, the carefully constructed building where crucial for the safe storage of explosives used for building public works such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and additionally used by the Australian Navy during World War II. There is currently no public access to the site, and the buildings are best viewed from across the water at Bantry Bay Picnic Area, or anywhere on the other side of Bantry Bay.

The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Flat Rock Beach. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1 km continue straight, to head along Magazine Track.
After another 60 m turn right, to head along Magazine Track.
Then head down the steps (about 130 m long)
After another 820 m continue straight.
After another 800 m continue straight, to head along Flat Rock Track.
After another 380 m pass the car park (30 m on your left).
After another 305 m (at the intersection of Healey Way & Flat Rock Track) turn right, to head along Healey Way (a vehicle track).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Healey Way.
After another 50 m veer left, to head along Healey Way.
After another 430 m pass the picnic table (30 m on your left).
After another 150 m continue straight, to head along Healey Way.
After another 65 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 40 m find the "Davidson picnic area" (30 m on your left).
Davidson picnic area
Davidson picnic area

Davidson Picnic Area is in Garigal National Park, under Roseville Bridge (access via Warringah Road, south bound lanes, or via many walking tracks in the area). The picnic area has a boat ramp, wheelchair-accessible toilets, large open grassy areas, picnic tables, free electric BBQ's, and a large rotunda. There are plenty of shady spots provided by the trees. The northern section of the picnic area has a small beach swimming area, and the southern section boasts a boat ramp. The park is open 6am to 8pm (6:30pm outside daylight savings time). Ticket machines are provided to pay the car access fee.
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Davidson Picnic Area is in Garigal National Park, under Roseville Bridge (access via Warringah Road, south bound lanes, or via many walking tracks in the area). The picnic area has a boat ramp, wheelchair-accessible toilets, large open grassy areas, picnic tables, free electric BBQ's, and a large rotunda. There are plenty of shady spots provided by the trees. The northern section of the picnic area has a small beach swimming area, and the southern section boasts a boat ramp. The park is open 6am to 8pm (6:30pm outside daylight savings time). Ticket machines are provided to pay the car access fee.

After another 20 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Flat Rock Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head down the steps
After another 10 m come to the end.
About 55 m past the end is "Flat Rock Beach".
Flat Rock Beach
Flat Rock Beach

Flat Rock Beach is a small, south-facing beach on Middle Harbour, in Garigal National Park. The sand is deposited on a rock shelf that pokes through in places, forming interesting sculptures. The beach is frequented by walkers and boaters enjoying their day by the water. The beach can be accessed by a bush track from the end of Killarney Drive, Killarney Heights. Historically, the beach was a popular picnic area and serviced by a ferry in the early 1900's. Today, there are no facilities, but some shade is provided by the trees at the back of the beach.
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Flat Rock Beach is a small, south-facing beach on Middle Harbour, in Garigal National Park. The sand is deposited on a rock shelf that pokes through in places, forming interesting sculptures. The beach is frequented by walkers and boaters enjoying their day by the water. The beach can be accessed by a bush track from the end of Killarney Drive, Killarney Heights. Historically, the beach was a popular picnic area and serviced by a ferry in the early 1900's. Today, there are no facilities, but some shade is provided by the trees at the back of the beach.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 10 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Seaforth Oval to Davidson Park


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 10 km
Time 4 h to 4 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 2.5 km apart with the largest gap of 9.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-57 m[toilet]
Toilet
850 m[toilet]
Building
5.7 kmBantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex
Toilet
10 km[toilet]
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