The Two Creeks Track is a fairly popular walk between Lindfield and Rosevill. It follows Gordon Creek and Moores Creeks as well as Middle Harbour – it’s called Two Creeks and not Three Creeks, as Middle Harbour is no longer considered a creek below its tidal limit at Stepping Stones. I’ve seen this walk described as “one of the best bush walks in Sydney” which is a little hyperbolic – but for a bushwalk so close to suburbia it’s pretty varied, with some quite scenic sections.
Down to Gordon Creek
There are many possible starting points for this walk; we’re starting at Lindfield Oval as there’s easy parking, and doing the loop in a clockwise direction. Being a pretty overcast day with rain forecast, there are few people around as we head down the track below the oval. The Two Creeks Track is (mostly) well-marked with the “two creeks” symbol and easy to follow.
Just below Lindfield Oval is Lindfield Rocks, a set of low cliffs popular for bouldering and abseiling practice – it’s Sydney’s oldest bouldering area. (We make a slight detour to have a look at the line of tall sandstone rocks.)
The track now descends fairly steeply, becoming a firetrail at the bottom.
Along Gordon Creek
The Two Creeks Track roughly follows Gordon Creek along the valley, through Garigal National Park. It’s easy walking along this section, but it’s also one of the least interesting parts of the track.
After just over a kilometre, the track passes the junction with the Barrie Street track. Another couple of hundred metres brings us to the the site of the (now destroyed) Gordon Creek Bridge, where a water pipe crosses the creek. A timber bridge used to allow pedestrian access alongside the water pipe.
The Two Creeks Track narrows to a bushwalking track from here, and ascends higher above Gordon Creek. The track is steep in parts, with a few flights of stone steps – and it’s one of the best parts of the walk.
Along MIddle Harbour
Soon Middle Harbour comes into view, as the Two Creeks Track swings to the east and follows this waterway. The water looks a beautiful turquoise colour, and quite inviting despite it being a cool afternoon!
Middle Harbour is now a constant sight, as the path follows the water. On the opposite of the water is the Lyrebird Track, which forms part of the much longer Middle Harbour Loop.
Along a section of the Two Creeks Track that is surrounded by ferns on both sides is an Aboriginal heritage site, where axe grinding grooves and water channels have been carved into the sandstone.
It’s easy and very pleasant walking, with the track having been recently upgraded, and we soon reach the junction with the Manuwi Track. This access track provides access to Wellington Road, and means we are now in a section of the Two Creeks Track managed by Ku-ring-gai Coucil (so dogs are allowed on the track).
After another few hundred metres along Middle Harbour we reach a signposted World War I historic site. This area was used as an Engineer Officers Training School from 1916 to 1918, where the men practised building bridges and “other battle skills”.
Up Moores Creek
The Two Creeks Track now heads up Moores Creek, away from Middle Harbour. The track soon goes under a series of enormous rock overhangs, surrounded by a rainforest-like environment.
The Two Creeks Track crosses a small side-creek over a timber bridge. Above the bridge is a moss-covered rainforest gully, with the the small creek cascading over the rocks.
After passing a couple of sandstone benches, we reach a timber bridge on the left. This crosses Moores Creek, and is the last section of the Two Creeks Track which finishes at Echo Point in Roseville. We leave the Two Creeks Track here, and take the Little Digger Track (which continues up Moores Creek) to complete our loop.
Along the Little Digger Track
The very start of the Little Digger Track is a bit underwhelming, as it passes a small waterfall and natural pool that has a faint whiff of sewage and a huge amount of litter swept down the creek. However, after a short climb up some steps, the track enters a beautiful section of ferns and rainforest vegetation.
The track passes a few large sandstone overhangs, as it continues up Moores Creek.
The first of two very short side-tracks goes to Babbage Falls, a very small waterfall along Moores Creek.
A few hundred metres further up the Little Digger Track, there’s another side-track to a second waterfall.
Little Falls is a fairly apt name; calling this a waterfall is a bit of a stretch. Although it’s worth the very short detour, as it’s a nice spot, with the “waterfall” dropping into a pool surrounded by rainforest.
There’s only another 300m to go before the Little Digger Track emerges onto the end of Carnavon Road.
From here, the last 1.5km back to Lindfield Oval is “on road”, through the suburb of East Lindfield. Although it’s my least favourite part of the Two Creeks Track loop, a series of alley-ways between the roads makes it a bit more interesting!
0.0km Lindfield Oval 0.5km Lindfield Rocks 2.2km Junction with Barrie Street Track 2.4km Gordon Creek Bridge site 4.3km Junction with Manuwi Track (access from Wellington Road) 4.7km World War II site 5.4km Turn onto Little Digger Track 6.4km Babbage Falls (short side-track) 6.7km Little Falls (short side-track) 7.0km End of Carnavon Road 8.5km Lindfield Oval
Two Creeks Track options
There are a few bushwalks that incorporate some – or all – of the Two Creeks Track:
- Two Creeks Track Loop described here (8.5km) – combines most of the Two Creeks Track and Little Digger Track. This offers the best of both tracks with the least “on road” walking and no back-tracking.
- Two Creeks end-to-end (6.1km one-way) – starts on Slade Avenue (Lindfield) and finishes at Echo Point (Roseville). A great option if you can do a car-shuffle or use public transport, otherwise you won’t miss much doing the loop walk described here,
- Middle Harbour Loop (19km) – this is a much longer and more challenging loop walk along both sides of Middle Harbour, which incorporates the entire Two Creeks Track.
Two Creeks Track – a Dog Friendly Walk
Most of the Two Creeks Track (and the entire Little Digger Track) is through Ku-ring-gai Council bushland reserve where dogs are allowed (on leash). To avoid entering Garigal National Park, you can use the access trails from Robinson St and Wellington Road, which involves some additional on-road walking. Or do the Two Creeks Track as an “out and back” walk from Wellington Road (using the Manuwi access track) to Echo Point, and back the same way.
For more dog-friendly bushwalks in the area, have a look at Walking with Dogs in Sydney’s North.