The Pipeline Track
Darug Country

2 h to 4 h

4.7 km
return

↑ 168 m
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Moderate track
This walk explores the bush from St Ives and follows the pipeline down the the banks of Middle Harbour. There are a few steep sections in the second half of the walk. This walk is an interesting way to get into the heart of Garigal National Park following the Founders track. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darug 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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top of the pipeline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
following the pipeline near scout hall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
heading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking behind some houses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Welcome to Garigal National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of Bungaroo track at pipeline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Heading down a long hill. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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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 (-33.7417333,151.1666367)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Mona Vale Road, A3
  • Turn on to Link Road then drive for 500 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Horace Street and drive for another 1.1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Hunter Avenue and drive for another 170 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 2 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk heads through the metal gate and follows the service trail down the hill, keeping the pipeline on the right, as it heads through the bush and behind the houses to the intersection of the wide service trail on the left.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 60 m head through/around the gate.
After another 890 m continue straight.
After another 115 m continue straight.
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 800 m continue straight.
Continue another 470 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.4 km to get back to the start.
"Pipeline".
Pipeline
Pipeline

This pipeline is unearthed at Hunter Street, St Ives, and travels through Garigal National Park, across Middle Harbour Creek to John Oxley Drive, Sorlie. The pipe carries water under pressure From Ryde to Pymble to the reservoir at Beacon Hill. The old smaller-capacity pipe can still be seen running parallel to the larger pipe.
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This pipeline is unearthed at Hunter Street, St Ives, and travels through Garigal National Park, across Middle Harbour Creek to John Oxley Drive, Sorlie. The pipe carries water under pressure From Ryde to Pymble to the reservoir at Beacon Hill. The old smaller-capacity pipe can still be seen running parallel to the larger pipe.

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Terrain
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The Pipeline Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.7 km
Time 2 h to 4 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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)
Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
2.4 kmPipeline
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