Middle Harbour Creek Loop

Download & Print Map and Notes

5 hrs 45 mins

15.1 km Circuit

570 m

Experienced only
This walk explores the upper reaches of Middle Harbour Creek, starting and ending at the great parklands at Davidson Park, in Garigal National Park. There are plenty of nice spots along the way to rest and enjoy the views. There are several sandstone overhangs, plenty of water views and most of the walk enjoys shade from the surrounding bushland. This walk is graded so high because of a tricky creek crossing (Rocky Creek) and the faint section of track afterwards.* This walk passes through very remote areas and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.

Maps for the Middle Harbour Creek Loop walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series 91304S HORNSBY NSW-91304S
Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series 91303N PARRAMATTA RIVER NSW-91303N
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Middle Harbour Creek Loop bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Middle Harbour Creek Loop

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 15.1 km
Time 5 hrs 45 mins

Grade 5/6

Experienced only
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 4.5km has short steep hills. The remaining (3.7km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

11km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 1.2km follows a rough unclear track and the remaining 530m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 6km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 6km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 15km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 9km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 6km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Middle Harbour Creek Loop walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Middle Harbour Creek Loop walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Middle Harbour Creek Loop walk starts and ends at the Int of the Lyrebird Track and end of Davidson Park driveway (gps: -33.767005, 151.19964)
Your transport options to Int of the Lyrebird Track and end of Davidson Park driveway are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/cgnpc

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂