Upper Cambourne Loop (Garigal NP)

A very short but pleasant loop down the Upper Cambourne Track and up via a bushwalking track, featuring some city views on the way back

This is a very short after-work walk close to home… down the Upper Cambourne Track, which descends to meet the Cascade Track. It’s a wide fire trail that also forms part of the 80km Harbour to Hawkesbury route.  

The Upper Cambourne Track meets the Cascades Track about halfway to The Cascades, a large natural pool where the Middle Harbour and Frenchs Creek meets. I don’t continue down to the bottom, but head up the Cascades Track for a very short distance before turning onto a narrow track. One of the the many “unauthorised” trails in this area (and most likely intended as a mountain-biking trail), it provids an alternative and more interesting route back up to Cambourne Avenue.

Just before reaching Cambourne Avenue, there’s a rock outcrop that provides (almost) unobstructed views to the south, with the Sydney and North Sydney skyline visible in the distance, 

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From here it’s about 200m to the end of Douglas St, and then a few hundred metres back to the car a bit further down Cambourne Avenue.

0.0km Start of trail on Cambourne Avenue, St Ives
0.6km Cambourne Track meets Cascades Track
0.6km Junction with unmarked walking/MTB trail
1.0km City views
1.2km End of Douglas St (walk back via Douglas St & Cambourne Ave)
1.5km Cambourne Trailhead
Location Trail starts on Cambourne Avenue, St Ives
Distance 1.5km loop (30-45min)
Grade Easy. 50m total elevation gain.
Season/s All year.
Map/s Interactive topographical map [AllTrails]
9130-4S Hornsby (1:25K)  Buy / Download
STEP Walking Tracks of the Middle Harbour Valley (North). 1:10,000 
GPS Route PlotARoute map with option to download GPX / KML file

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