Davidson Track
Guringai Country

1 h to 1 h 15 min

1.9 km
return

↑ 114 m
↓ -114 m

Hard track
This walk starts at John Oxley Drive, and is popular with people working on their fitness. The walk follows a service trail which is initially dirt, but is sealed for most of the way, as it follows the pipeline steeply down to Middle Harbour Creek. Enjoy the view from the bank of the creek before the climb back up. 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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Davidson Track trackhead at John Oxley Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Davidson trackhead. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pumping station on Davidson service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the pipeline. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Down into the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Viewing point on Davidson service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A very big tap. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Garigal National Park boundary. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Some old steps on side of the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pipeline leaves the service trail for a little while. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bottom of Davidson Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bottom of Davidson track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Following the creek to the pipebridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The pipeline crossing Middle Harbour Crk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Following Middle Harbour Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Middle Harbour Creek and the pipe bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Pipe 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 At the intersection of John Oxley Drive & Pipeline track (-33.7469933,151.1998873)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Forest Way
  • Turn on to Glen Street then drive for 370 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Pringle Avenue and drive for another 220 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Blackbutts Road and drive for another 790 m
  • Turn left onto Pound Avenue and drive for another 780 m
  • Turn left onto Mimosa Street and drive for another 175 m
  • Turn right onto Prahran Avenue and drive for another 305 m
  • Turn left onto Prahran Avenue and drive for another 55 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From John Oxley Drive, just a little way south of Prahran Ave, this walk follows the dirt management trail and the 'Davidson Track' sign around the gate, keeping the pipe on the left of the track. The track soon passes a brick pump house, as the track becomes asphalt and starts to steeply head downhill. Partway down the hill, there is a lookout point on the pipe, then at the bottom of the first hill is a creek-crossing and sign welcoming people to 'Garigal National Park'. Past the sign, the track starts to head downhill again, as it winds down to the creek and the signposted intersection with Governor Phillip track, just near the pipe bridge.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of John Oxley Drive & Pipeline track Start heading along Pipeline track (a footpath).
After 200 m pass the "Richard Healy Reserve" (15 m on your left).
After another 255 m continue straight, to head along Pipeline track.
Continue another 490 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 950 m to get back to the start.
About 75 m past the end is "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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Davidson Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 1.9 km
Time 1 h to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Building
960 mPipeline
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