Elvina Track Walk
Guringai Country

1 h 45 min to 2 h

4.7 km
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Moderate track
On this walk, you will explore the isolated community of Elvina Bay, accessible only by boat or on foot. Starting at the Elvina Track car park, you follow a mostly level management trail, before descending steeply through she-oaks and large eucalyptus to the coast and houses. At Elvina Bay Park, you will find picnic areas and a fabulous rope swing. There are optional side trips to aboriginal rock engravings and an historic grave site. Please remember you are visiting a small community and respect the privacy of the local people. 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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Elvina Bay Car Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Elvina Track trackhead gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Elvina Track trackhead sign on gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Elvina Track near West Head Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Intersection of Elvina Track and rock engagings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Coral Heath (Epacris microphylla) in early spring on Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rock Engravings . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Elvina Track near West Head Rd.. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Grey Spider Flower (Grevillea buxifolia) on Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pink Spider Flwoer (Grevillea sericea) in spring on Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wildflower (Dillwynia elegans) on Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Scribbly Gum on Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Waratah (Telopea Speciosissima) in flower September-October on Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rocks next to Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Views from Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Views from Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Elvina Track near West Head Rd.. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Elvina Track near West Head Rd.. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Elvina Track near West Head Rd.. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Views from Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Views of Elvina Bay from Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Elvina Track through She Oak. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Elvina track near West Head Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Plant on Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
House by Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
House and boat piers near Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
House near Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Elvina Bay Park from Elvina Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Boat ramp at Elvina Bay Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Public pier at Elvina Bay . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Elvina Bay Park showing seat and rope swing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Elvina Bay Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Elvina Bay Bush Fire Brigade Building. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Frederick Olivers Grave Site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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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 At the intersection of Elvina Trail & West Head Road (-33.6432913,151.2619152)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Mona Vale Road, A3
  • Turn on to then drive for 30 m
  • Turn slight left onto McCarrs Creek Road and drive for another 25 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McCarrs Creek Road and drive for another 5 km
  • Turn left onto West Head Road and drive for another 350 m
  • Turn slight left onto West Head Road and drive for another 2.4 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Elvina Track car park (on West Head Rd, 1.3km north of General San Martin Dr), this walk follows the management trail around the 'Elvina Track' locked gate, then past the 'Elvina Track' map sign (on the left). This walk continues along the management trail tending right through the scrubby bush. About 70m after leaving the locked gate, the walk comes to an intersection with a narrow track (on your right).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Elvina Trail & West Head Road Start heading along Elvina Trail (a footpath).
After 65 m pass the car park (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Rock Platform. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 120 m continue straight, to head along Elvina Trail.
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Elvina Trail & Fredricks Track) continue straight, to head along Elvina Trail.
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of Elvina Trail & Wirringulla Avenue) turn left, to head along Wirringulla Avenue (a vehicle track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Fredericks Grave. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Continue another 340 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.3 km to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Elvina Bay Park".
Elvina Bay Park
Elvina Bay Park

Elvina Bay Park is located on the western shores of the Pittwater, with views out to Elvina Bay and Scotland Island. A good place to stop and rest, Elvina Bay park has two park benches, grassy areas and a great rope swing. There is also a public jetty and ferry wharf. Elvina Bay has a bush fire brigade building and notably this area encountered the 1994 bush fires . (No drinking water or public toilets are available here).
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Elvina Bay Park is located on the western shores of the Pittwater, with views out to Elvina Bay and Scotland Island. A good place to stop and rest, Elvina Bay park has two park benches, grassy areas and a great rope swing. There is also a public jetty and ferry wharf. Elvina Bay has a bush fire brigade building and notably this area encountered the 1994 bush fires . (No drinking water or public toilets are available here).


An optional side trip to Rock Platform.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 75 m come to the end.
About 15 m past the end is "Aboriginal Engraving Rock Platform".
Aboriginal Engraving Rock Platform
Aboriginal Engraving Rock Platform

On the northern end of the rock platform are rock carvings of an emu, large fish and a giant whale. Further to the south, the rock platform contains rock carvings of shields, wallabies, fish, eels, and other shapes that are not easily classified. The entire rock platform appears to have a rare erosional feature called tessellation. This occurs over many thousands of years, resulting in a rock surface that is eroding at different rates, creating divot holes and depressions.
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On the northern end of the rock platform are rock carvings of an emu, large fish and a giant whale. Further to the south, the rock platform contains rock carvings of shields, wallabies, fish, eels, and other shapes that are not easily classified. The entire rock platform appears to have a rare erosional feature called tessellation. This occurs over many thousands of years, resulting in a rock surface that is eroding at different rates, creating divot holes and depressions.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 75 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Fredericks Grave.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Normanhurst Street & Wirringulla Avenue Start heading along Wirringulla Avenue (a vehicle track).
After another 370 m come to "Fredericks Grave".
Fredericks Grave
Fredericks Grave

Frederick's Grave is the grave site of Frederick Oliver. This grave site consists of a sandstone head stone and foot stone. The Olivers made their home in the area, cutting valuable timber and establishing an orchard. This grave of one of their children, Frederick, who was accidentally killed in 1867.
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Frederick's Grave is the grave site of Frederick Oliver. This grave site consists of a sandstone head stone and foot stone. The Olivers made their home in the area, cutting valuable timber and establishing an orchard. This grave of one of their children, Frederick, who was accidentally killed in 1867.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 370 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Elvina Track Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.7 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 2 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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