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,
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