Natural Bridge Walk
Guringai Country

40 min to 45 min

1.5 km
return

↑ 69 m
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Moderate track
Starting at Cook Street in Forestville, this walk follows service trails and bush tracks through Garigal National Park, to the Natural Bridge. The walk uses the arch as a natural bridge to cross the creek. The rock formation is the main highlight of this walk, though the wild flower displays in the warmer months can be quite spectacular as well. 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.
Cook St Service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cook St service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Cook St service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection of Bates Creek and Currie Rd tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Currie Rd track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Epacris Longiflora in Garigal National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Int Currie Rd track and Natural Bridge track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
signs at western end of Natural Bridge track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rocky steps on Natural Bridge track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Natural Bridge track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Natural Bridge track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Natural Bridge . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Crossing the Natural Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Natural Bridge. | 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 (-33.7672488,151.2189641)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Warringah Road, A38
  • Turn on to Cook Street then drive for 325 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Cook Street and drive for another 150 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Cook Street and drive for another 125 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Cook Street and drive for another 295 m
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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 4 m (at the intersection of Cook Street & Cook Street Trail) turn left, to head along Cook Street Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Cook Street Trail.
After another 10 m head through/around the gate.
After another 210 m (at the intersection of Cook Street Trail & Bates Creek Track) veer left, to head along Currie Road Trail.
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Natural Bridge Track & Currie Road Trail) turn right, to head along Natural Bridge Track (a walking track).
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Serrata Mountain Bike Track & Natural Bridge Track) continue straight, to head along Natural Bridge Track.
Continue another 70 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 750 m to get back to the start.
"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.

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Terrain
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Natural Bridge Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.5 km
Time 40 min to 45 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 No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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