The Pipeline Way
Guringai Country

2 h to 2 h 15 min

4.7 km
oneway

↑ 181 m
↓ -199 m

Hard track
This pleasant walk follows the pipeline, from Hunter Avenue in St Ives, to John Oxley Drive, Davidson. The walk follows the pipeline down into the valley and crosses Middle Harbour Creek (via a quick upstream detour to the Bungaroo Track crossing) before climbing out of the valley to John Oxley Drive. 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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top of the pipeline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
following the pipeline near scout hall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking behind some houses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pipeline at top of Founders way track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection near the lower entrance from Hunter St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Welcome to Garigal National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Service trail along pipeline track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the Pipeline Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Following the bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Through the bush beside the creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing over a fallen tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps at the bottom of the Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
continuing through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stepping stones across Middle Harbour Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cave on Governor Phillip track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the creek to the pipebridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bottom of Davidson track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Climbing up the management trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Davidson service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Garigal national park boundary. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steep section on Davidson service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coming up to John Oxley Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Davidson Track trackhead at John Oxley Drive. | 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 (-33.7418104,151.1666931)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Lane Cove Road, A3
  • Turn on to Woodlands Avenue then drive for 420 m
  • Turn right onto Kulgoa Road and drive for another 75 m
  • Turn left onto Cameron Road and drive for another 290 m
  • Turn sharp left onto Rosedale Road and drive for another 1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Hunter Avenue and drive for another 190 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 10 m
Finish (-33.7469933,151.1998873)
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 intersection, this walk heads through the metal gate and follows the service trail down the hill, keeping the pipeline on the right, as it heads through the bush and behind the houses to the intersection of the wide service trail on the left.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 30 m head through/around the gate.
After another 35 m pass the "Barra Brui Reserve" (9 m on your right).
After another 870 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 840 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 470 m turn sharp left.
After another 50 m find the "Pipeline" (on your left).
Pipeline
Pipeline

This pipeline is unearthed at Hunter Street, St Ives, and travels through Garigal National Park, across Middle Harbour Creek to John Oxley Drive, Sorlie. The pipe carries water under pressure From Ryde to Pymble to the reservoir at Beacon Hill. The old smaller-capacity pipe can still be seen running parallel to the larger pipe.
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This pipeline is unearthed at Hunter Street, St Ives, and travels through Garigal National Park, across Middle Harbour Creek to John Oxley Drive, Sorlie. The pipe carries water under pressure From Ryde to Pymble to the reservoir at Beacon Hill. The old smaller-capacity pipe can still be seen running parallel to the larger pipe.

After another 390 m continue straight, to head along Bungaroo Track.
After another 200 m cross the stepping stones (about 30 m long)
At the intersection of Governor Philip Track & Bungaroo Crossing turn right, to head along Governor Philip Track (a walking track).
After another 20 m find the "Bungaroo" (20 m on your left).
Bungaroo
Bungaroo

Governor Arthur Phillip (first governor of NSW) described this section of the river as where "the flowing of the tide ceased". Phillip and his party of nine camped here in 1788 whilst looking for land suitable for farming. John White (Surgeon General) described the the area as "the most desert, wild and solitary seclusion that the imagination can form any idea of". Over the past 200 years the river has changed, but somewhere not far upstream of the stepping stone is Bungaroo.
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Governor Arthur Phillip (first governor of NSW) described this section of the river as where "the flowing of the tide ceased". Phillip and his party of nine camped here in 1788 whilst looking for land suitable for farming. John White (Surgeon General) described the the area as "the most desert, wild and solitary seclusion that the imagination can form any idea of". Over the past 200 years the river has changed, but somewhere not far upstream of the stepping stone is Bungaroo.

After another 670 m (at the intersection of Governor Philip Track & Pipeline track) turn sharp left, to head along Pipeline track (a vehicle track).
After another 500 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 460 m come to "Richard Healy Reserve".
The end.
About 80 m past the end is a playground .
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

The Pipeline Way


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 4.7 km
Time 2 h to 2 h 15 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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
2.4 kmPipeline
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