Quarry Rd Track
Guringai Country

2 h to 2 h 15 min

5.4 km
oneway

↑ 189 m
↓ -177 m

Hard track
Starting at Cambourne Ave, St Ives, this walks explores the ridges and valleys of the upper reaches of the Middle Harbour Creek in Garigal National Park. The walk follows service trails, and crosses several creeks along the way. The Lower Cambourne waterhole is a great spot to rest and enjoy a snack whilst enjoying the peace and quiet. 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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Start of the Upper Cambourne Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the service trail through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Int of Cascades and Lower Cambourne Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing a small creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Winding down to the bottom of the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
A small waterhole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing a wide creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking downstream. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Crossing the Bare Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost at Int of Quarry Road and Bare Creek Tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Climbing up out of the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing through a metal gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing up the long hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing around the old quarry. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing an old speed sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection with a slightly overgroan service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The intersection of the Kitchener Street Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the bush behind some houses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The gate to Kitchener Street. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking through the gate to the service trail. | 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 (-33.7237688,151.1824381)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Mona Vale Road, A3
  • Turn on to Douglas Street then drive for 1.4 km
Finish (-33.7136645,151.1773067)
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, the walk follows the 'Upper Cambourne Track' arrow through the metal gate and along the management trail. After crossing the creek, the walk continues up and along to the intersection with the Douglass Street East service trail (at the track marker).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 160 m continue straight.
After another 400 m turn left.
After another 65 m turn left.
After another 1.3 km find the "Lower Cambourne waterhole" (25 m on your right).
Lower Cambourne waterhole
Lower Cambourne waterhole

This unnamed waterhole and cascade is on Middle Harbour Creek, just below its junction with Bare Creek in Garigal National Park. The waterhole accessed by a short track from the Lower Cambourne track. There is a large rock platform, and a waterhole with a small waterfall flowing into it. This can be a great spot to relax and enjoy the local area, if you sit quietly enough you may see a Water Dragon.
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This unnamed waterhole and cascade is on Middle Harbour Creek, just below its junction with Bare Creek in Garigal National Park. The waterhole accessed by a short track from the Lower Cambourne track. There is a large rock platform, and a waterhole with a small waterfall flowing into it. This can be a great spot to relax and enjoy the local area, if you sit quietly enough you may see a Water Dragon.

After another 130 m turn left.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 165 m turn left.
After another 880 m continue straight.
After another 620 m veer right.
After another 75 m veer left.
After another 460 m continue straight.
After another 420 m turn left.
After another 55 m come to the "Mcintosh Lookout" (on your right).
After another 300 m turn left.
After another 295 m come to the end.
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Quarry Rd Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.4 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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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