Magazine Track
Guringai Country

1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

3.5 km
oneway

↑ 137 m
↓ -190 m

Moderate track
This walk is named after the heritage magazine buildings at about the halfway point. There is not a great view of the buildings but the walk provides great views of Bantry bay, and visits the secluded flat rock beach. Most of the walk is on bush track and there are plenty of rocky points along the way to sit and soak up the views. 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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Start of the walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the track . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Along the Magazine bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
One of the locals. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil) Flower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bantry Bay view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing a large rock outcrop. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing a small creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing through the National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading along the side of the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Winding through the trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Fencing behind the Magazine Buildings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Looking down at the Magazine Buildings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing the base of a short cliff. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the waters edge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Flatrock Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock Formations Next to the Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Near the end of Killarney Drive. | 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 (-33.7672635,151.2189244)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Boundary Street, A38 then drive for 5.5 km
  • Turn right onto Starkey Street and drive for another 300 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Starkey Street and drive for another 130 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Starkey Street and drive for another 120 m
  • Turn left onto Cook Street and drive for another 370 m
Finish (-33.7818991,151.2237043)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the bend in Cook St, Forestville, this walk follows the management trail, between the green transformer box and number 75, as it heads down the hill and around the gate (alternatively use the stairs on the other side of the power box). The management trail soon turns left to head behind the village - after a gentle uphill, the track then turns right and heads downhill to a four-way intersection with a large tree in the centre.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 10 m head through/around the gate.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Bantry Bay View. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 210 m turn sharp right.
After another 1.5 km veer right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Flat Rock Beach. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.4 km continue straight.
After another 60 m turn right.
Then head down the steps (about 130 m long)
After another 20 m turn right.
Then head down the steps
After another 40 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Bantry Bay View.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 920 m veer right.
After another 65 m continue straight.
After another 140 m come to the end.
"Bantry Bay View".
Bantry Bay View
Bantry Bay View

Bantry Bay View is a small, informal lookout, found at the end of a track on the northern end of Bantry Bay, in Garigal National Park. The track finishes on the rocky shoreline looking down Bantry Bay. On the right of the bay is the Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex, and on the left is the Bantry Bay Picnic Area. You can see along Middle Harbour to Seaforth. There are usually plenty of boats in the otherwise quiet waters.
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Bantry Bay View is a small, informal lookout, found at the end of a track on the northern end of Bantry Bay, in Garigal National Park. The track finishes on the rocky shoreline looking down Bantry Bay. On the right of the bay is the Bantry Bay Explosives Magazine complex, and on the left is the Bantry Bay Picnic Area. You can see along Middle Harbour to Seaforth. There are usually plenty of boats in the otherwise quiet waters.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.1 km to the main route.

An optional side trip to Flat Rock Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then head up the steps
After another 10 m come to the end.
About 55 m past the end is "Flat Rock Beach".
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.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 10 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Magazine Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.5 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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)
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