Currie Rd Track
Guringai Country

1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

4.4 km
return

↑ 122 m
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Hard track
This nice walk explores some of the service trails at the northern end of Bantry Bay, in Garigal National Park. This walk is a great way to see many wildflowers, and some wildlife, of the area. The side trip to the Natural Bridge is worth the effort to see this interesting rock formation. Most of the walk is fairly flat with the exception of the last few meters to the waters edge where the track is quite rough. There is an option to exit at Cook St, just near a bus stop. 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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Currie Rd Service trail trackhead. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Start of the Currie Road service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Currie Rd Service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the powerlines through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Currie Rd Service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Natural Bridge Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Epacris Longiflora in Garigal National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Currie Rd Service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Currie Rd Service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil) Flower. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Flowers in Garigal national park (Currie Rd track). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pod in Garigal national park (Currie Rd track). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Peach-Flowered Tea Tree blossoms (Leptospermum squarrosum) February-April. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Flowers in Garigal national park (Currie Rd track). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Service trail down to Bantry Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock formation in Garigal National park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grevillea Buxifolia on the Currie Rd track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from service trail down to Bantry Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rough track at end of service trail to waters edge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bantry Bay view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from northern end of Bantry Bay to Magazine buildings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bantry Bay. | 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 (-33.7601115,151.2246902)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk heads through the metal gate and along the service trail for a short distance before coming to some power lines. This trail follows the power lines through the bush, winding along beside the telegraph poles for a little while before coming to the intersection with the service trail that heads up the hill to the right.
From the intersection, this walk follows the flat service trail heading south, in the opposite direction of the closest telegraph pole, winding alongside the power lines for a little while. The trail then breaks away from the power lines, heading through thicker vegetation until it comes to the signposted intersection of the Natural Bridge Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 40 m head through/around the gate.
After another 510 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Natural Bridge. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 340 m continue straight.
The starting point of an alternate access track. Alternate Access via Cook Street trail. Details below.
After another 185 m turn sharp left.
After another 920 m veer right.
After another 65 m continue straight.
Continue another 140 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.2 km to get back to the start.
"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.


An optional side trip to Natural Bridge.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 220 m continue straight.
After another 80 m come to the end.
"Natural Bridge".
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.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 295 m to the main route.

Alternate Access via Cook Street trail.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 220 m continue straight.
After another 20 m head through/around the gate.
After another 30 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Currie Rd Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 4.4 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
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)
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