A relatively short afternoon walk, exploring the northern end of the Caleyi Trail and hoping to find some Aboriginal engravings along the way. It’s not the most pleasant start to a bushwalk: after parking near the Tumbledown Dick Rural Fire Brigade it takes me a while to cross the busy Mona Vale Road. Then there’s the sight of rubbish strewn along the highway as I walk up to the start of the firetrail. Finally I’m on the Caleyi Trail, and gradually leaving the traffic noise behind.
I’m seeing more wildflowers on each bushwalk I do, as we get closer to spring. (I discover after doing this walk that the trail is named after Caley’s Grevillea, a medium to tall shrub that is only found in an 8km square area that includes Belrose, Ingleside and Terrey Hills/Duffys Forest).
After about 800m there’s a wide rock platform and some interesting sandstone formations. From here there are also some nice views over the park.
Near the trail is an Aboriginal engraving site, depicting two kangaroos, one of which has a spear in its back.
The Caleyi Trail continues along the ridge, with a short side-track to another rock platform which provides another vantage point over the park. It’s easy walking along the level track.
A few hundred metres further, and the Caleyi Trail starts to descends towards Deep Creek and Deep Creek Reserve. To the right is the “Ya Right” mountain-biking track, which is also suitable for bushwalking. I turn onto this track, which descends toward Deep Creek, passing a few sandstone caves and overhangs.
Where the track meets Deep Creek, the creek cascades over the rocks and drops into a small pool below.
From the waterfall, the unofficial track is informally referred to as “Coopers Blue”. It continues along Deep Creek for a short distance, before gradually ascending back up to the Caleyi Track.
Once back on the Caleyi Trail, it’s an easy 500m back to the start (or end) of the track.
0.0km Start of Caleyi Trail on Mona Vale Road 0.7km Track crosses rock platform (nice views from the west Also junction with informal MTB/walking track to Bahai temple 1.0km Side-track to rock platform 1.4km Junction with Ya Right MTB/walking track 2.0km Deep Creek (start of Coopers Blue trail) 3.4km Cooper Blue track joins Caleyi Trail 3.9km Start of Caleyi Trail
More information on the Caleyi Trail
The Caleyi Trail is not very well sign-posted, but you can’t really go wrong as it’s a wide firetrail that continues all the way to Deep Creek Reserve (it becomes a bushwalking track abot halfway). Half of the this lopo is informal / unofficial trails whch are fairly obvious, but having a map is recommended.
For more bushwalks in this area, have a look at the Guide to Garigal National Park. This includes a summary of the best bushwalks in Garigal NP, and lists over 35 official and informal bushwalking tracks.