Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop
Guringai Country

1 h 30 min to 3 h

3.4 km
circuit

↑ 168 m
↓ -168 m

Hard track
This circuit walk starts at Founders Way and follows the Bungaroo bush track through the national park to Middle Harbour Creek. There is an optional side trip to the creek crossing before returning, via the pipe bridge and the Pipeline Track. Along the Bungaroo Track there are plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the great forest like surroundings, in what is a tiny portion of the Garigal National Park. 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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Founders Way. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Founders Way. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection near the lower entrance from Hunter St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Welcome to Garigal National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of Bungaroo track at pipeline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
exploring Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps on Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Bungaroo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
One of several view points on the Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Most of the Bungaroo track is very clear. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bungaroo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The track passes several information signs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Steps at the bottom of the Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing over a fallen tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Looking through the bush to the pipe bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Following the Pipeline Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track head at Hunter St. | 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 (-33.7431484,151.1761651)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Mona Vale Road, A3
  • Turn on to Link Road then drive for 500 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Horace Street and drive for another 1.1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Hunter Avenue and drive for another 1.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk follows the Founders Way service trail, heading away from the road and past a picnic seat, continuing along to the 'T' intersection with the pipeline track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 70 m turn left, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Pipeline track & Bungaroo Track) veer left, to head along Bungaroo Track (a walking track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.3 km turn sharp right.
After another 490 m find the "Pipeline" (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.

Turn sharp right, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 470 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 800 m (at the intersection of Pipeline track & Bungaroo Track) continue straight, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline track.
After another 115 m turn right.
After another 70 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Bungaroo Track.
After another 200 m cross the stepping stones
After another 30 m come to the end.
About 20 m past the end is "Bungaroo".
Bungaroo
Bungaroo

Governor Arthur Phillip (first governor of NSW) described this section of the river as where "the flowing of the tide ceased". Phillip and his party of nine camped here in 1788 whilst looking for land suitable for farming. John White (Surgeon General) described the the area as "the most desert, wild and solitary seclusion that the imagination can form any idea of". Over the past 200 years the river has changed, but somewhere not far upstream of the stepping stone is Bungaroo.
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Governor Arthur Phillip (first governor of NSW) described this section of the river as where "the flowing of the tide ceased". Phillip and his party of nine camped here in 1788 whilst looking for land suitable for farming. John White (Surgeon General) described the the area as "the most desert, wild and solitary seclusion that the imagination can form any idea of". Over the past 200 years the river has changed, but somewhere not far upstream of the stepping stone is Bungaroo.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 230 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Bungaroo and Founders Way Loop


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 3.4 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
2 kmPipeline
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