The Cambourne Loop

2 hrs

4.4 km Circuit

204 m

Moderate track
This pleasant walk starts in the outskirts of St Ives and follows several tracks to explore a section of the Garigal National Park. The walk follows the Upper Cambourne Track down into Garigal National Park, then the Lower Cambourne Track into the valley, and the Bare Creek Track, through the forest. The walk then follows the Cascades Track to climb out of the valley. There is an optional side trip to the Cascades.

Maps for the The Cambourne 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
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the The Cambourne Loop bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Cambourne 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 4.4 km
Time 2 hrs

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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


2.5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (90m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

Around 3.5km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 900m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 2.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.2km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 3.2km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.2km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 4.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 4.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 310m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the The Cambourne Loop walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the The Cambourne Loop walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The The Cambourne Loop walk starts and ends at the Int of Cambourne Ave and Upper Cambourne Track (gps: -33.723674, 151.18253)
Your transport options to Int of Cambourne Ave and Upper Cambourne Track are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(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



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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 :)