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Seaforth Oval to Natural Bridge track is a 3.4km, grade 3 one way hike, located in the Garigal National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.
Seaforth Oval to Natural Bridge track is a scenic walk that’s full of history, but that’s not all that’ll get your pulse racing. The descent into Bantry Bay via the Timber Getters track is difficult and steep. About halfway down it crosses the historic Old Bullock track, which was constructed in 1856 to haul sawn timber from sawmills in The Big Forest’ owned by James Harris French (after whom Frenchs Forest was named) to the shores of Bantry Bay.
At the end of the Timber Getters track, you’ll reach a rest area with toilets, once the site of the Bantry Bay Pleasure Gardens’ dance hall. From 1915 until 1973 however, it was part of the site of the Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex, which is what you’ll see today.
The Bay track follows the line of the waterfront and eventually winds its way up to the base of The Bluff’. The climb is tough going, however you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Middle Harbour when you reach the top. From The Bluff’, you’ll follow The Bluff track until you reach Natural Bridge track. For a longer walk, take Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park.
About the region
Garigal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Garigal National Park is open 6am to 6.30pm (8pm during daylight savings) but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
This walk starts at Seaforth Oval, Wakehurst Parkway, Seaforth. To get there:Make your way to Warringah Road, Frenchs ForestAt Blackpitt Reserve head south into Wakehurst ParkwayTurn right into Seaforth Oval (opposite Burnt Street)It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited. Parking Parking is available at Seaforth Oval, Wakehurst Parkway, Seaforth, and on Gratton Crescent if you start the walk at Forestville.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.