The Bluff Track
Guringai Country

20 min to 30 min

1 km
return

↑ 27 m
↓ -27 m

Moderate track
This short return walk starts from the end of Grattan Crescent, Frenchs Forest and follows the service trails along the Bluff Track to the spectacular lookout perched above Bantry Bay. There is an optional side trip down the into the valley to the Natural Bridge, which is a interesting natural rock archway bridging a creek. 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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Track head at end of Grattan Cres. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Entering Garigal National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Natural Bridge Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the track markers. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Heading down the side of the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The rocky bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing the Natural Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the Bluff Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the Bluff Track service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coming to the end of the management track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from the Bluff Lookout. | 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 (-33.7630021,151.2294182)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Warringah Road, A38
  • Turn on to Warringah Road, A38 then drive for 810 m
  • Turn right onto Hilmer Street and drive for another 165 m
  • Turn left onto Primrose Avenue and drive for another 115 m
  • Turn right onto Bantry Bay Road and drive for another 940 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Grattan Crescent and drive for another 285 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the end of the road, this walk heads through the large metal gate and past the 'Garigal National Park' sign, continuing south-west along the management trail until coming to an intersection with a track, signposted as the 'Natural Bridge Track'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 145 m back from the start).
There is water tap (about 55 m back from the start).
Austrian Club Restaurant (about 45 m back from the start).
W:www.austrianclubrestaurant.com T:+61 2 9975 3172
Fr-Sa 18:00-22:00
Su 12:00-20:00
There is a car park (about 30 m back from the start).
Ararat Reserve (about 20 m back from the start).
After 40 m head through/around the gate.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Natural Bridge. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 250 m (at the intersection of Natural Bridge Track & The Bluff Track) turn left, to head along The Bluff Track.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along The Bluff Track.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of The Bluff Track & Gahnia Mountain Bike Track) continue straight, to head along The Bluff Track (a walking track).
After another 100 m come to a sign.
About 40 m past the end is "Bluff Lookout".
Bluff Lookout
Bluff Lookout

The Bluff is a large, unfenced rocky hilltop, in Garigal National Park, that provides great views up Middle Harbour. The views extend across the bushland of the National Park, along Bantry Bay, to the city of Sydney (You can even see Centrepoint Tower). Apart from the distant views, the bluff is also an interesting rock feature, with a number of caves containing honeycomb rock formations.
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The Bluff is a large, unfenced rocky hilltop, in Garigal National Park, that provides great views up Middle Harbour. The views extend across the bushland of the National Park, along Bantry Bay, to the city of Sydney (You can even see Centrepoint Tower). Apart from the distant views, the bluff is also an interesting rock feature, with a number of caves containing honeycomb rock formations.

Turn around here and retrace the main route for 520 m to get back to the start.

An optional side trip to Natural Bridge.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of The Bluff Track & Natural Bridge Track Start heading along Natural Bridge Track (a walking track).
Find the sign at the start.
After another 45 m veer left, to head along Natural Bridge Track.
After another 430 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 20 m find the "Natural Bridge" (6 m on your left).
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge

The Natural Bridge is a sandstone arch in Garigal National Park. The arch spans an unnamed creek feeding into Bantry Bay. The Natural Bridge track uses this arch to cross the creek, and is not always noticed by walkers as the surrounding vegetation hides the full view of the feature from the track. The arch has formed the eroding forces of water flowing down the creek. The arch provides an interesting natural feature to explore and enjoy.
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The Natural Bridge is a sandstone arch in Garigal National Park. The arch spans an unnamed creek feeding into Bantry Bay. The Natural Bridge track uses this arch to cross the creek, and is not always noticed by walkers as the surrounding vegetation hides the full view of the feature from the track. The arch has formed the eroding forces of water flowing down the creek. The arch provides an interesting natural feature to explore and enjoy.

After another 6 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 520 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

The Bluff Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1 km
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -126 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-126 m[toilet]
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