Davidson Track to Carroll Creek and Ferguson St
Guringai Country

1 h 30 min to 3 h

3.8 km
oneway

↑ 110 m
↓ -142 m

Hard track
Starting from John Oxley Drive, Davidson, this walk descends steeply into Garigal National Park, along a wide asphalt service trail. The walk follows a lovely bush track along the eastern bank of Middle Harbour creek before following Carroll Creek up to the end of Ferguson St, Forestville. There are plenty of lovely water views, and several interesting sandstone overhangs on this walk. 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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Davidson Track trackhead at John Oxley Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Down into the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Coming down to the pipe bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following Middle Harbour Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Governor Phillip Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Passing an old rope swing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Middle Harbour from Governor Phillip track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the waters edge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
winding through the trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking out across the creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the Governor Phillip Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Carroll Creek Crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Carroll Creek Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the edge of the creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Waterfall on Carroll Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cave near top of the Carroll Creek track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Climbing up to the end of the management trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Nothern Beaches Area Depot Servicetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of Nothern Beaches Area 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 (-33.7469933,151.1998873)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Forest Way
  • Turn on to Glen Street then drive for 370 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Pringle Avenue and drive for another 220 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Blackbutts Road and drive for another 790 m
  • Turn left onto Pound Avenue and drive for another 780 m
  • Turn left onto Mimosa Street and drive for another 175 m
  • Turn right onto Prahran Avenue and drive for another 305 m
  • Turn left onto Prahran Avenue and drive for another 55 m
Finish (-33.7566317,151.2105362)
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 John Oxley Drive, just a little way south of Prahran Ave, this walk follows the dirt management trail and the 'Davidson Track' sign around the gate, keeping the pipe on the left of the track. The track soon passes a brick pump house, as the track becomes asphalt and starts to steeply head downhill. Partway down the hill, there is a lookout point on the pipe, then at the bottom of the first hill is a creek-crossing and sign welcoming people to 'Garigal National Park'. Past the sign, the track starts to head downhill again, as it winds down to the creek and the signposted intersection with Governor Phillip track, just near the pipe bridge.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 165 m pass the playground (80 m on your right).
After another 30 m pass the "Maitland Reserve" (55 m on your right).
After another 8 m pass the "Richard Healy Reserve" (15 m on your left).
After another 255 m continue straight.
After another 500 m continue straight.
After another 130 m find the "Pipeline" (50 m on your right).
Pipeline
Pipeline

This pipeline is unearthed at Hunter Street, St Ives, and travels through Garigal National Park, across Middle Harbour Creek to John Oxley Drive, Sorlie. The pipe carries water under pressure From Ryde to Pymble to the reservoir at Beacon Hill. The old smaller-capacity pipe can still be seen running parallel to the larger pipe.
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This pipeline is unearthed at Hunter Street, St Ives, and travels through Garigal National Park, across Middle Harbour Creek to John Oxley Drive, Sorlie. The pipe carries water under pressure From Ryde to Pymble to the reservoir at Beacon Hill. The old smaller-capacity pipe can still be seen running parallel to the larger pipe.

After another 1.4 km cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 9 m turn left.
After another 730 m turn right.
Then head up the steps (about 10 m long)
Turn left.
After another 25 m pass the sign.
After another 400 m turn left.
After another 35 m pass the sign.
After another 90 m pass the sign (35 m on your right).
After another 4 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Davidson Track to Carroll Creek and Ferguson St


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 3.8 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 3 h
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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
1.1 kmPipeline
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