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Casuarina Track (Davidson Park to Ferguson St)
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.5 km NE of Roseville
Length: 3.8 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 3.8 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Garigal National Park
Climb: 293 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 293 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Starting at Davidson Picnic area, this walk follows the ridge above Middle Harbour Creek, giving some great views along the way. The walk explores the sandstone formations, and passes an aboriginal midden along the way. Soon after passing the national park office, the walk finishes at the end of Ferguson St in Forestville. (open in app)


There are closures in Garigal National Park
Today's Fire rating
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Casuarina Track (Davidson Park to Ferguson St)

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Casuarina Track (Davidson Park to Ferguson St)
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Bottom of the Casuarina Steps
Casuarina Lookout
Int of Casuarina Track and Boree Road service trail
Int of Casuarina Track and Boree Road service trail
Int of Casuarina and Carroll Creek Tracks
Int of Carrol Crk and Northern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrails
Starting point for this hiking track: Casuarina Lookout

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
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Photo Gallery

 
Davidson Picnic area
 
Davidson Picnic area +
 
Davidson Reserve
 
Davidson Reserve +
 
Bottom of Casuarina Steps
 
Bottom of Casuarina Steps +

 
Climbing up the Casuarina Stairway
 
Climbing up the Casuarina Stairway +
 
Top of Casuarina Steps
 
Top of Casuarina Steps +
 
Following the Casuarina Track
 
Following the Casuarina Track +

 
View of Middle Harbour from Casuarina Track
 
View of Middle Harbour from Casuarina Track +
 
View from Casuarina Track
 
View from Casuarina Track +
 
Cave on Casuarina track
 
Cave on Casuarina track +

 
Middle Harbour Creek from Casuarina track
 
Middle Harbour Creek from Casuarina track +
 
Under a rock overhang on Casuarina track
 
Under a rock overhang on Casuarina track +
 
Blue tongue on Casuarina Track
 
Blue tongue on Casuarina Track +

 
Ferns on the Casuarina Track
 
Ferns on the Casuarina Track +
 
Rocky outcrop on Casuarina track
 
Rocky outcrop on Casuarina track +
 
Casuarina Track
 
Casuarina Track +

 
View of power lines from Casuarina Track
 
View of power lines from Casuarina Track +
 
Int of Casuarina Track and Boree Road service trail
 
Int of Casuarina Track and Boree Road service trail +
 
Rocks on the Casuarina track
 
Rocks on the Casuarina track +

 
Casuarina Track
 
Casuarina Track +
 
Passing under a rock overhang on Casuarina track
 
Passing under a rock overhang on Casuarina track +
 
Casuarina track
 
Casuarina track +

 
Intersection of Casuarina and Carroll Creek Tracks
 
Intersection of Casuarina and Carroll Creek Tracks +
 
Nothern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrail
 
Nothern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrail +
 
Nothern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrail
 
Nothern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrail +

 
Top of Nothern Beaches Area Service trail
 
Top of Nothern Beaches Area Service trail +
 
Car park at Nothern Beaches Area office
 
Car park at Nothern Beaches Area office +
 
The end of Ferguson Rd
 
The end of Ferguson Rd +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Casuarina Track (Davidson Park to Ferguson St) bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Casuarina Track (Davidson Park to Ferguson St) bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Casuarina Track (Davidson Park to Ferguson St) bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Casuarina Track (Davidson Park to Ferguson St) bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 3.8km
Time 1 hr 45 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
2.3km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.4km is very steep. The remaining (120m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 3.2km of this walk follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely, whilst the remaining 660m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 3.2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 660m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 3.6km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 260m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 3.8km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Bottom of the Casuarina Steps
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Bottom of the Casuarina Steps
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Davidson picnic area Alt = 4 m
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.

(0 km) Bottom of the Casuarina Steps to Int of Casuarina Track and Boree Road service trail
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.88 km Time = 48 mins
Climb = 191 m Descent = -111 m
From the intersection, this walk follows the Casuarina Stairway up the long wooden staircase, climbing the long hill to the top where it comes to the lookout (and a bush track continuing along the side of the hill).
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk follows the bush track, meandering along the side of the hill for a little while before it climbs up a short but steep rocky hill. The walk flattens out again and continues along the side of the hill for a while before crossing a small stream at some boulders. After the stream crossing, this walk climbs up a small hill and across a few rock platforms as it starts to undulate along the side of the hill. It then passes under some power lines, and climbs steeply up the hill to the large power line tower, which it passes around (keeping the tower to the right), to the intersection of the Boree Road service trail at the Casuarina Track sign.

(1.88 km) Int of Casuarina Track and Boree Road service trail to End of Boree Road
Alternate Exit: Walk: Easy - servicetrail ( Show detail)
Length = 105 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail, heading away from the power line tower and through the bush until coming to the end of Boree Road a short while later. (End of the alternative exit track)

(1.88 km) Int of Casuarina Track and Boree Road service trail to Int of Casuarina and Carroll Creek Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.42 km Time = 34 mins
Climb = 45 m Descent = -101 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track opposite the service trail, heading north away from the power line tower and along the rocky bush track. The walk undulates up and down the side of the hill for a while before coming to a large rocky outcrop. After this, the track starts to wind down the long hill, until it flattens out again and passes under a long rock overhang, then continues down the side of the hill until it comes down to the signposted intersection of the 'Carrol Creek Track' at the end of a service trail, and at the top of some concrete stairs.

(3.3 km) Int of Casuarina and Carroll Creek Tracks to Int of Carroll Crk and Nothern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 405 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 51 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail, heading up the long gentle hill which progressively steepens as it passes a short loop trail on the right, and winds up to the intersection with an asphalt service trail. (Note: The National Parks Depot is just down the hill along the asphalt trail to the right)

(3.7 km) Int of Carrol Crk and Northern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrails to End of Ferguson St
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 124 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -3 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the driveway, crossing under the power lines and passing the 'Northern Beaches Area Office and Depot' on the right (and a small car park on the left). Not much further up, the driveway passes through a white gate and comes to the end of Ferguson Rd, Forestville.

Catch the bus from End of Ferguson St
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from End of Ferguson St
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
Map Car Shuffle
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 2.9 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 3.5 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 3.5 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 3.6 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 7.6 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Casuarina Track (Davidson Park to Ferguson St).
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Casuarina Track (Davidson Park to Ferguson St)
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
10 km (to the WNW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 18 km (to the NNW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 24 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 27 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 38 km (to the NNE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Mostly clear.
Mostly clear.
18.4°C (feels like 19.8°)
0 km/h from the CALM
77% humidity     (as at 23/09:00am)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Garigal National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Largely following Middle Harbour Creek and stretching from Seaforth in the south to St Ives in the north Garigal National Park is hidden through Sydney's Northern suburbs. Despite how close it is to large urban centres Garigal is quite beautiful with lots of different walking and cycling tracks. For those just wishing to picnic Davidson Reserve is a great spot just next to Middle Harbour Creek, under the Roseville Bridge.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Garigal National Park
Closure information last downloaded Thursday 23rd of October 2014 06:00 PM
CLOSED AREAS
Construction of mountain bike tracks (Ends Tuesday 30 December)

At Bantry Bay  within Garigal National Park two mountain bike tracks are currently under construction: 
1. Serrata track in consists of 1.5 km single width track with the remaining 1.35 km as the Currie Road and Cook Street trails; and 
2. Gahnia track being 3.6 km consisting of 2.25 km single width track with the remainder as the Bluff and Engravings trails.
Helicopters will be used to deliver necessary materials from Forestville Park to sections of the track where conventional methods are not suitable and in order to reduce the construction impact on the natural and cultural features of the park. Walkers and bike riders should follow signage and verbal directions from the work team.  We apologise for any incovenience experienced. For more information go to http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parkmanagement/NorthernSydneyMtBProgram.htm
 
Natural Bridge walking track upgrade - Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park (Ends Thursday 30 October)

The walking track will remain open however walkers should follow signage and verbal directions from the work team. Walkers may experience minor delays or detours around small sections of the track whilst improvement works are undertaken.
UPCOMING ALERTS
Closed areas: Bantry Bay mountain bike trail track works (Friday 24 October)
Seaforth Oval to Natural Bridge track
Some areas of this park are closed due to helicopter lift operations on Friday 24 October from 7am until 3pm unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. Closed areas include the walking track from Seaforth Oval to the Natural Bridge track and Bluff trail. For more information, please contact (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW national parks safety page.

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