Leader: Tom Heinz
Garigal NP: Roseville Bridge to Seaforth Oval
23 April 2019
An 80 leaders walk
Photos Robert Eddy
Tom Heinz, Chris Paine, Sandra Bushell, John Hungerford, Julie Rea, Alan Brennan, guest Robert Eddy
Start from Roseville Bridge, then Flat Rock Track (whole track is now open) - Magazine Track - Natural Bridge Track - Engravings Track - Seaforth Oval Map: Lane Cove & Garigal National Park
The walk started at the southern part of Garigal National Park. The walk included several significant Aboriginal sites and historic places such as the Engravings Track and the Bantry Bay Explosive Magazine Complex. This Middle Harbour area of the park was first reserved for the public in 1923 and with several additions over the years, after 1976 it became a State Recreation Area and then became Garigal National Park in 1992.
Meeting at Malga Ave bus stop on Babbage Road. Walking across the Roseville Bridge down to Davidson Park where the Middle Harbour is tree-lined and green. Up the hill to an easy walk along Flat Rock Track which has just been reopened after a four year closure. Morning tea at Flat Rock Beach which had tranquil views down Middle Harbour.
Then a scramble across the slippery rocks at the base of Flat Rock Falls.
Along Middle Harbour into Bantry Bay, and then to the deteriorating fence line track of the Magazine Complex up to the Bates Creek track which leads to the Currie Road Track.
Linking the eastern and western foreshores of Bantry Bay is the Natural Bridge Track, where there was a rock scramble, to the lunch break at the Bluff Overlook with a magnificent view down Middle Harbour to Sydney.
Past the Austrian Club and the Scout Hall to the Engravings Track where we entered a protected site of Aboriginal rock art. After a brief visit at the rock art on to Seaforth Oval to catch the 3:15 bus.
This was a 12km walk and took about five hours at a leisurely pace with perfect Autumn weather.
The walk was on my 80th birthday so 80 for 80.
I am sure this walk has been used many times over the 80 years of Bush Club walks.
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