Timber Getters Track
Guringai Country

50 min to 1 h

1.7 km
return

↑ 108 m
↓ -108 m

Hard track
Starting at Seaforth Oval, this walk explores the historic logging track that heads down to the picnic area on the eastern shore of Banty Bay. The picnic area is a great spot to relax and enjoy the water, and bush views, before heading back up to Seaforth oval. This is just one section of the greater Harbour to Hawkesbury 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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Top of the Timber Getters Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the signposts. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking up the hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through a bush regeneration area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the defined track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing the Old Bullock Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing a small stream. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from the stream crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing an old telegraph pole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking back up the hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views of the magazine buildings from the side of the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading down the last set of rock steps before the bottom. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bottom of the Timber Getters Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bantry Bay picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bantry Bay picnic area wharf. | 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 (-33.7819415,151.237195)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Warringah Road, A38
  • Turn on to Wakehurst Parkway then drive for 3.4 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the corner of the car park with the information signs, the walk heads into the bush and down the wooden steps to the bottom, where it flattens out at the signposted intersection with the Engraving Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
Find the Seaforth Oval at the start.
Seaforth Oval
Seaforth Oval

Seaforth Oval is a large playing oval on the Wakehurst Parkway in North Balgowlah. It is managed by Manly Council, who have also recently been upgrading the Timber Getters Track in association with NPWS. There is a distant view of Chatswood from the oval. There are toilets, but they are usually locked. There is a large car park, shelter and sign with information about the Harbour to Hawkesbury walk.
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Seaforth Oval is a large playing oval on the Wakehurst Parkway in North Balgowlah. It is managed by Manly Council, who have also recently been upgrading the Timber Getters Track in association with NPWS. There is a distant view of Chatswood from the oval. There are toilets, but they are usually locked. There is a large car park, shelter and sign with information about the Harbour to Hawkesbury walk.

Find the toilet at the start.
Find the water tap at the start.
Find the BBQ at the start.
Find the playground at the start.
Find the sign at the start.
After another 25 m veer left.
After another 110 m pass the sign.
Continue straight.
After another 345 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 350 m come to the viewpoint.
Then head down the steps (about 35 m long)
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 840 m to get back to the start.
About 10 m past the end is "Bantry Bay Picnic Area".
Bantry Bay Picnic Area
Bantry Bay Picnic Area

The area of Bantry Bay has been popular with day visitors since the late 1800s. In the early 1900s, the picnic area was also home to a dance hall (foundations still visible), dining room, picnic ground and overnight accommodation. Today, the picnic area has a picnic table and a number of fireplaces. There is also a public wharf, toilets, open grassy area, shade from trees and a great view across the water. There are no garbage facilities. The picnic area is at the bottom of the Timber Getters Track, below Seaforth Oval, on the eastern shore of Bantry Bay.
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The area of Bantry Bay has been popular with day visitors since the late 1800s. In the early 1900s, the picnic area was also home to a dance hall (foundations still visible), dining room, picnic ground and overnight accommodation. Today, the picnic area has a picnic table and a number of fireplaces. There is also a public wharf, toilets, open grassy area, shade from trees and a great view across the water. There are no garbage facilities. The picnic area is at the bottom of the Timber Getters Track, below Seaforth Oval, on the eastern shore of Bantry Bay.

A toilet.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Timber Getters Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 1.7 km
Time 50 min to 1 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 560 m apart with the largest gap of 840 m.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
9 m[toilet]
Toilet
850 m[toilet]
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