Bushwalks along the Coast and Middle Harbour

As well having 30km of coastline between Manly and Palm Beach, the Northern Beaches encompasses Pittwater and Narrabeen Lakes. It also has Cowan Creek and Middle Harbour Creek as part of its borders. The walks listed below explore some of the many tracks along the coast and Middle Harbour. They include some popular trails that are hard to ignore (but can get busy – and some more challenging routes to avoid the crowds.

  • All bushwalks below are within (or very close) to the Northern Beaches LGA, but please confirm they comply to the current NSW Health orders based on where you live.
  • For more bushwalking suggestions have a look at the 80+ bushwalks in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Garigal National Park guides

A varied loop, which passes the Bantry Bay Aboriginal engravings next to the Engravings Track, descends to Bantry Bay along the Timber Getters Track and returns via the scenic Bluff Track.

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The Resolute Loop is a great little walk that passes an Aboriginal engraving site, offers great views over Pittwater and provides access to two secluded beaches

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Duffys Wharf Track and the Slades Trail can be combined into a loop; a fantastic little hike that descends to Duffys Wharf on Cowan Creek and back up to Slades Lookout.

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Flat Rock Beach circuit is a very pleasant loop walk through Garigal National Park around Killarney Heights. It combines the Flat Rock Beach Track, Magazine Track and Bates Creek Track. 

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This short and partly off-track Flint and Steel Loop bushwalk connects Flint and Steel Bay and Flint and Steel Beach at West Head via a rough track around the headland. Low tide best.

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The Middle Harbour Creek circuit is a relatively long bushwalk around Middle Harbour Creek. The route goes down one side of the creek from St Ives to Roseville Bridge, returning on the opposite side. This loop combines the Governor Phillip Walk. Lyre Bird Track, Two Creeks Track and Lockley Track.

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A varied walk that takes you to the spectacular Birnie Lookout (Flagstaff Hill) overlooking Pittwater, before descending to Lovett Bay and returning via the Towlers Bay Trail.

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