About this walk
This walk covers part of Garigal National Park.
It takes about 11 hours to complete the full 32 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops.
A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.
Getting there and back
Get the train to Roseville using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Manly at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
Exit the station to the left and cross the street to the shops.
Follow Lord Street and Park Ave, then cross Warringah Road at the golf club.
Follow Babbage Road down hills to the Roseville Bridge.
Watch for a footpath under the bridge on the left.
Pass underneath the bridge and up to the footpath on the other side.
Cross Middle Harbour across the Roseville Bridge
On the far side of the bridge, follow the offramp into the reserve on the left hand side.
Find the entrance to he Flatrock Track on the left hand side of the car park.
Currently Flat Rock Beach Track is closed. Follow the firetrail up to Downpatrick Road.
Turn right on Drumcliff Avenue and follow it along the ridge.
Turn right onto Killarney Drive and follow it to the trackhead at the far end.
At the trackhead of Killarney Drive, follow the Magazine Track down to Flatrock Beach.
Take the side trail onto Flatrock Beach. Return to the intersection after.
At the intersection, follow the Magazine Track along the water.
The trail crosses a creek near a small cascade. Take care on the slippery rocks.
After the cascade follow the track along the shore.
The track follow the bay to the left past an old powder magazine.
Before the Magazine Track reaches its trackhead, follow Bates Creek Track on the right.
After crossing the creek, continue past the intersection with the mountainbike trails.
At the junction of fire trails, follow the Natural Bridge Track.
Cross the Natural Bridge and climb up to the next ridge.
Continue on past the junction with the Bluf Track.
The trail ends at a lookout overlooking Bantry Bay. The Bay Track continues down from there.
A bush trail leads back down the bay, past several lookouts and caves.
The trail finally ends at Bantry Bay's picnic area.
From the picnic area follow the Timber Getters Track up the ridge.
At the top of the ridge near the car park, follow the Engravings Track to the left.
Watch the clearings on the right for a trackhead on the other side of the highway.
Cross the highway and follow the trail along the ridge to the left. Watch for mountain bikers.
The trail joins a firetrail. Follow it to the right, down to the lake.
On the right side of the trail there will be a junction with a sign to Manly Dam
Follow the trail along the creek until you reach the lake.
Continue along the lakefront to the picnic areas at the dam.
Cross the dam across the footpath.
Follow the trail to the trackhead at King Street and continue to the main road and shops.
Head right past the shops, cross the highway at the trafic lights and follow Kenneth Road.
Turn left down Balgowlah Road and look for the footpath through Manly Lagoon Reserve on the right.
Follow the footpath all the way through the reserve to Manly Beach.
Continue along the beachfront to the far side of Manly Beach.
To end the walk here, follow the shopping arcade from the Surf Club straight to the ferry.
Continue following the promenade to Shelly Beach.
Cross Shelly Beach and continue to the car park.
From the car park a bush trail starts following the cliffs with several lookouts along the way.
The trail curves away from the cliffs and crosses the coastal heath.
The trail ends at the parade grounds. Follow the road past the square to the left.
At the end of the road, continue along the trail through the Hanging Swamp.
The trail ends at a North Head.
Follow the road from North Head back off the headlands.
After the gate follow Daley Road to the left.
Head left down Ashburner Street to get to the bay.
Follow the esplanade along the bay to the Manly Ferry and the bus stops.
What to bring
- Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
- Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
- Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
- Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
- Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
- Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.