Sydney. Garigal National Park.
from Gordon and St. Ives to Acron Rd.
There is a train station at Gordon.
|Distance:||A couple of kilometres
down, a couple of kilometres for the loop, and an optional few kilometres
for each spur.
||Fire trail. Rough
dirt track, very rocky in parts, with some short sections paved.
||Entry track rises
down to the creek, and is very steep at one point, if you take the direct
If you take the loop down (turn left / northward during descent), then there is less of a gradient, and a more rocky path.
The tracks around the creek-area at the bottom of the valley undulate depending upon distance from the water.
|Wildlife:||There are often frilly-necked lizards and large goannas to be seen. If you get lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a snake, lyrebird or miniature marsupial. You are most likely to find any of these animals in somewhere with proximity to the water.|
||This track is
very popular with walkers and local mountain bikers. There are occasional
horses, and a significant number of locals illegally bring their dogs inside
the national park (tell them off if you find them!). There is an illegal
track that someone has made running south from the main access road - it looks
dangerously steep, and I do not recommend you support its makers' actions
by riding it.
Though you can access the park
from other entry points, I prefer the St. Ives access via the back of Acron
Oval, which is on the corner of Acron Rd. and Douglas St (1). There is car
parking available here. Ride straight down the dirt - once you reach the
second major trail off the left (not Lower Cambourne Track (2), but
the next one (3)), you can turn northward for a more interesting and prolonged
descent. You have to get off your bike to ford the creek (4), but after
this its all smooth riding until a hilltop junction (5). Turn left for a
lengthy spur, with much less traffic than other parts of the park, or turn
right for the regular circuit. This will bring you around to the creek again
(6), which you can ride across if you're feeling lucky. The track then rejoins
the original fire trail heading southeast, crosses the creek again, and then
emerges at the Cascades (7). This area has another optional spur
running east, uphill to an alternate park entry point.
The Cascades (7) is an
area where two streams meet whilst flowing down stepped rocks - hence the
name. There is an old dam and the base of an old diving board, which according
to the inscription dates back to the early twentieth century. Unfortunately,
the water is quite polluted with urban runoff these days, so I don't recommend
swimming. It is a popular spot for picnics.
To return, double-back to where
you met the main track (6), then continue to the left to complete the circuit and climb
back up the hill. There is a very-steep spot just below the start of the
circuit (3), which you can try riding up if you still have the energy.
Back to Mountain Biking Adventures.
Hosted at Pratyeka.