Bungaroo Track
Darug Country

1 h 30 min to 3 h

3.5 km
return

↑ 202 m
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Hard track
This walk explores a section of bush between Hunter Ave, St Ives, and Middle Harbour Creek. The walk follows a reasonably well defined bush track, passing several rocky outcrops with views across the valley. The walk is named after Bungaroo, a spot of Middle Harbour creek which was described by the first Governor of NSW when he and his party were exploring this area for farmland. Follow these historic footsteps and explore a piece of wonderful bushland. 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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Founders Way. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track head at Hunter St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection near the lower entrance from Hunter St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Service trail along pipeline track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of Bungaroo track at pipeline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rock platform on Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
wandering along Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lookout on Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from mid way along Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps on Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps on Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Most of the Bungaroo track is very clear. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Hole in the rock on the Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing between some boulders. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Hole in the rock at bottom of Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps at the bottom of the Bungaroo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stepping stones across Middle Harbour Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking up Middle Harbour Creek from stepping stones. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Int of Gov. Phillip and Bungaroo tracks. | 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 (-33.7431484,151.1761651)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Mona Vale Road, A3
  • Turn on to Link Road then drive for 490 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 1.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk follows the Founders Way service trail, heading away from the road and past a picnic seat, continuing along to the 'T' intersection with the pipeline track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 70 m turn left.
After another 115 m continue straight.
After another 45 m veer left.
After another 1.3 km turn left.
After another 200 m cross the stepping stones
Continue another 30 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.7 km to get back to the start.
About 20 m past the end is "Bungaroo".
Bungaroo
Bungaroo

Governor Arthur Phillip (first governor of NSW) described this section of the river as where "the flowing of the tide ceased". Phillip and his party of nine camped here in 1788 whilst looking for land suitable for farming. John White (Surgeon General) described the the area as "the most desert, wild and solitary seclusion that the imagination can form any idea of". Over the past 200 years the river has changed, but somewhere not far upstream of the stepping stone is Bungaroo.
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Governor Arthur Phillip (first governor of NSW) described this section of the river as where "the flowing of the tide ceased". Phillip and his party of nine camped here in 1788 whilst looking for land suitable for farming. John White (Surgeon General) described the the area as "the most desert, wild and solitary seclusion that the imagination can form any idea of". Over the past 200 years the river has changed, but somewhere not far upstream of the stepping stone is Bungaroo.

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Terrain
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Bungaroo Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 3.5 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
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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