The Bare Creek Track
Guringai Country

3 h to 3 h 15 min

8.1 km
return

↑ 253 m
↓ -253 m

Moderate track
This pleasant return walk starts from the outskirts of Belrose and follows the management trails through Garigal National Park to the bottom of the valley and along Bare Creek to the cascades. The cascades are a good place for a break before returning along the same route. 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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The Bare Creek service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing a communications Tower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Heath Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through a National Park gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Entering Garigal National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing some large powerline towers. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Bare Creek Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing the Bare Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the Cascades Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing east of the Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Cascades. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Waterhole at the Cascades. | 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 (-33.727168,151.2055243)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Warringah Road, A38
  • Turn on to Warringah Road, A38 then drive for 250 m
  • Keep left onto Warringah Road and drive for another 2.8 km
  • Turn left onto Ralston Avenue and drive for another 255 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Ralston Avenue and drive for another 1.2 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection (on Ralston Ave, approximately 260 metres west of the intersection with Elm Ave), this walk follows the management trail past the large repeater tower(right) and house (left). The trail then bends to the left and continues through the bush to the signposted intersection with the 'Heath Trail' (to the right).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 115 m veer left.
After another 75 m turn right, to head along Heath Trail.
After another 360 m continue straight, to head along Heath Trail.
After another 560 m continue straight, to head along Heath Trail.
After another 520 m continue straight, to head along Heath Trail.
After another 165 m veer left.
After another 75 m veer left.
After another 25 m turn right.
After another 55 m continue straight.
After another 55 m continue straight.
After another 45 m turn right.
After another 110 m veer left, to head along Heath Trail.
After another 210 m (at the intersection of Heath Trail & Bare Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along Bare Creek Trail.
After another 165 m continue straight, to head along Bare Creek Trail.
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Lower Cambourne Track & Bare Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along Bare Creek Trail.
After another 1 km cross the ford (about 15 m long)
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Cascades Trail & Bare Creek Trail) veer left, to head along Cascades Trail.
After another 115 m cross the ford (about 15 m long)
After another 185 m come to "The Cascades".
The Cascades
The Cascades

The Cascades are a series of small cascades (little waterfalls) in Garigal National Park. The cascades centre around a large rock platform on Middle Harbour Creek and are found in the northern section of the park, at the intersection of the Middle Harbour and Cascade Tracks. The cascades make a great spot to sit and rest when exploring the area.
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The Cascades are a series of small cascades (little waterfalls) in Garigal National Park. The cascades centre around a large rock platform on Middle Harbour Creek and are found in the northern section of the park, at the intersection of the Middle Harbour and Cascade Tracks. The cascades make a great spot to sit and rest when exploring the area.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 4.1 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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The Bare Creek Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 8.1 km
Time 3 h to 3 h 15 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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)
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