Currie Rd to Davidson Park
Guringai Country

2 h 45 min to 3 h

7.5 km
oneway

↑ 248 m
↓ -336 m

Moderate track
Starting at Currie Rd in Forestville, this walk follows Middle Harbour to Davidson Park, under Roseville Bridge. There are two optional side trips, one to Natural Bridge and the other short one to Flat rock beach. The walk starts on a service trail, but mostly follows bush tracks, providing great views of Bantry Bay and Middle Harbour. There are plenty of spots to stop for a snack and enjoy the view. Davidson Park has great facilities for a picnic at the end of the walk. 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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Currie Rd Service trail trackhead. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gate on Curry rd track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Currie Rd Service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Currie Rd Management Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Currie Rd service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Currie Rd Service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Int Currie Rd track and Natural Bridge track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Magazine Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along the Magazine bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Small creek on Magazine Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Magazine Track. | 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.
The Magazine track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Fence behind Magazine Buildings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View of Middle Harbour and Magazine buildings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking down at the Magazine Buildings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Magazine track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the waters edge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View of the bay through the trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Shore line of Middle harbour. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Flat Rock beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Flat Rock beach track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Small pipeline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the ferns. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing a private property. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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.
Track along Middle Harbour. | 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 down into Davidson Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Davidson Picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Davidson Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views of Middle Harbour Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rotary Rotunda. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rotary Rotunda. | 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 At the intersection of Currie Road Trail & Currie Road (-33.7601115,151.2246902)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Warringah Road, A38
  • Turn on to Brown Street then drive for 540 m
Finish (-33.7688936,151.2039156)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk heads through the metal gate and along the service trail for a short distance before coming to some power lines. This trail follows the power lines through the bush, winding along beside the telegraph poles for a little while before coming to the intersection with the service trail that heads up the hill to the right.
From the intersection, this walk follows the flat service trail heading south, in the opposite direction of the closest telegraph pole, winding alongside the power lines for a little while. The trail then breaks away from the power lines, heading through thicker vegetation until it comes to the signposted intersection of the Natural Bridge Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Currie Road Trail & Currie Road Start heading along Currie Road Trail (a vehicle track).
After 25 m head through/around the gate.
After another 520 m continue straight, to head along Currie Road Trail.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Currie Road Trail & Serrata Mountain Bike Track) continue straight, to head along Currie Road Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Natural Bridge. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 230 m (at the intersection of Currie Road Trail & Natural Bridge Track) continue straight, to head along Currie Road Trail.
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 15 m turn right.
After another 800 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 150 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Natural Bridge.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Natural Bridge Track & Currie Road Trail Start heading along Natural Bridge Track (a walking track).
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Serrata Mountain Bike Track & Natural Bridge Track) continue straight, to head along Natural Bridge Track.
After another 70 m come to the end.
"Natural Bridge".
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.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 285 m to the main route.

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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Currie Rd to Davidson Park


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 7.5 km
Time 2 h 45 min to 3 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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 is one 7.3 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
3 kmBantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex
Toilet
7.3 km[toilet]
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