About this walk
This walk covers parts of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Garigal National Park.
It takes about 8 hours to complete the full 31 kilometre walk,
but plan extra for plenty of breaks and photography stops.
Consider that there's a lot to see along the way.
Getting there and back
Get the train to Mount Kuring-gai using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Roseville at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
Exit the station to the left, across the pedestrian bridge. Follow Harwood Ave to the trailhead.
A side trail to the right leads to a lookout overlooking Apple Tree Bay.
An easy to miss side trail on the left, just before a rocky staircase, leads to the Firefighter's Rest memorial.
The trail down the ridge ends at a lookout overlooking Cowan Creek.
To the right of the lookout a trail zig zags down to the water level.
At the bottom of the descent, follow the trail along the water to the right.
The trail ends at the Apple Tree Bay pinic area.
Continue up the road to Bobbin Head straight across the bay.
Traverse the picnic area of Bobbin Head and cross the bridge over the creek.
Enter the marina and follow the footpath along the water to the cafe.
Right before the cafe a passage way leads to a footpath behind the marina. Follow it to the left.
Past the marina's workshop, the path turns into a bush trail along the creek.
At the junction with the Spynx Memorial trail, continue along the creek to St Ives.
After crossing a creek, the trail ascent steeply up the ridge.
At the top of the climb, follow the firetrail further up the ridge.
The fire trail eventually ends at a gate to suburban streets.
Follow the stubby white markers down Warrimoo Ave and turn left into Phillip Road.
At the end of Pillip Road, across a grassy field another firetrail descends into the next fully.
Follow the firetrail down into the gully and take the Mueller Track on the right up to the Wildflower Garden.
At the top of the ridge, follow the directions to Cunningman's Rest picnic area.
From the picnic area follow the road out of the Wildflower Garden.
- 4h / 16km The bus stops near the Wildflower Garden allow for an early end to the walk.
Cross at the traffic lights and walk down Kitchener Street.
At the right turn in the road, follow the firetrail that starts at the gate to the left.
Follow the zigzag down and to the left into Garrigal National Park.
The firetrail goes past the recycling centre and down into the gully. Continue to the right after the creek.
At the junction of firetrails, continue to the left down the Bare Creek trail.
The fire trail crosses a creek and continues on to another junction.
At the junction follow the directions down the Cascades Track.
The track crosses another creek, before going on to the cascades.
Cross the cascades and follow the trail to the right.
The trail follows the steadily widening creek away from the cascades.
The next promiment landmark along the creek is a pipe line crossing.
The path turns left to follow a side creek for some distance.
At a set of cascades the trail crosses this side creek and follows it back down.
The trail gradually becomes a road along Middle Harbour.
Eventually the trail ends at a gate to Davidson Park picnic area.
Follow the picnic area to the Roseville Bridge.
Take the road from the park up to the bridge and cross it.
On the other side of the bridge, take the underpass to end up on Babbage Road.
From the bridge, follow the suburban streets to Roseville Station.
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.