Natural Bridge Track to Davidson Park
Guringai Country

3 h to 4 h

6.7 km
oneway

↑ 272 m
↓ -389 m

Moderate track
Starting from the end of Grattan Crescent, this one-way walk has plenty of steep descents but great views over Bantry Bay and Middle Harbour. Take in the sandstone rock formations, then have a break at Killarney (Flat Rock) Beach before finishing the rest of the walk and coming to a parking area on Healey Way, that leads straight through Davidson 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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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 Car
DirectionsFrom Warringah Road, A38
  • Turn on to Hilmer Street then drive for 120 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
Finish (-33.7732197,151.2058526)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 20 m pass the car park (10 m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (145 m on your left).
Then pass the water tap (55 m on your left).
Then pass the "Ararat Reserve" (20 m on your left).
After another 45 m head through/around the gate.
After another 230 m veer right.
After another 15 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 45 m veer left.
After another 470 m find the "Natural Bridge" (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 40 m continue straight.
After another 220 m turn left.
After another 185 m continue straight.
After another 1.5 km veer right.
After another 410 m find the "Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex" (30 m on your left).
Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex
Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex

The Magazine Buildings were the premier storage facility for merchants' explosives between 1915 and 1974. During this time, the carefully constructed building where crucial for the safe storage of explosives used for building public works such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and additionally used by the Australian Navy during World War II. There is currently no public access to the site, and the buildings are best viewed from across the water at Bantry Bay Picnic Area, or anywhere on the other side of Bantry Bay.
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The Magazine Buildings were the premier storage facility for merchants' explosives between 1915 and 1974. During this time, the carefully constructed building where crucial for the safe storage of explosives used for building public works such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and additionally used by the Australian Navy during World War II. There is currently no public access to the site, and the buildings are best viewed from across the water at Bantry Bay Picnic Area, or anywhere on the other side of Bantry Bay.

After another 970 m find the "Flat Rock Beach" (30 m on your left).
Flat Rock Beach
Flat Rock Beach

Flat Rock Beach is a small, south-facing beach on Middle Harbour, in Garigal National Park. The sand is deposited on a rock shelf that pokes through in places, forming interesting sculptures. The beach is frequented by walkers and boaters enjoying their day by the water. The beach can be accessed by a bush track from the end of Killarney Drive, Killarney Heights. Historically, the beach was a popular picnic area and serviced by a ferry in the early 1900's. Today, there are no facilities, but some shade is provided by the trees at the back of the beach.
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Flat Rock Beach is a small, south-facing beach on Middle Harbour, in Garigal National Park. The sand is deposited on a rock shelf that pokes through in places, forming interesting sculptures. The beach is frequented by walkers and boaters enjoying their day by the water. The beach can be accessed by a bush track from the end of Killarney Drive, Killarney Heights. Historically, the beach was a popular picnic area and serviced by a ferry in the early 1900's. Today, there are no facilities, but some shade is provided by the trees at the back of the beach.

After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 60 m turn right.
Then head down the steps (about 130 m long)
The starting point of an alternate access track. Alternate end of the walk on Killarney Drive. Details below.
After another 15 m turn right.
After another 800 m continue straight.
The starting point of an alternate access track. Alternate end of the walk on Downpatrick Road. Details below.
After another 800 m continue straight.
After another 380 m pass the car park (30 m on your left).
After another 305 m come to the end.

Alternate end of the walk on Killarney Drive.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head down the steps
After another 40 m come to the end.

Alternate end of the walk on Downpatrick Road.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 230 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Natural Bridge Track to Davidson Park


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 6.7 km
Time 3 h to 4 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
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)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 20 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
20 m[toilet]
Building
3.2 kmBantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex
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