I am fortunate to live on the Northern Beaches, which is home to not only spectacular stretches of beaches, lakes and waterways but also beautiful bushland walking trails. Recently, my daughter invited me on a Mother's Day hike. We chose Seaforth Oval to the Bluff Lookout. The one-way track is around 3-4kms and moderate, weaving through Garigal National Park.
This walk starts at Seaforth Oval, just off Wakehurst Parkway. There is ample free parking, so you don't need to worry about parking tickets. We decided to make it easy by parking one car at Bantry Bay and the other at Seaforth Oval.
It was a stunning autumn day for a walk. We commenced the walk and started our descent down the Natural Bridge track to Bantry Bay via the Timber Getters track.
The path will cross the historic Old Bullock track. In 1856, Bantry Bay was used as a shipping point to transport the timber cut from trees in the bush area around the North Shore and Frenchs Forest. The local sawmills were owned by James Harris French. He called the bushland 'The Big Forest 'so that is how the area of Frenchs Forest got named.
In days of 1915, there once was an old Dance Hall. Sometime after 1973, it was taken over by Bantry Bay Explosives. Looking across the Bay, you can still see the historic buildings that were once where they stored explosives.
I felt my lungs expanding with each deep breath. I was determined not to let my fit daughter know I was getting puffed. I realised how unfit I had become since the Coronavirus pandemic hit Australia. So keep in mind to expect a challenging hike, over rocks, creeks, up lots of steps and the need to clutch a tree limb here and there.
We found a sunny spot to sit and enjoy the view while eating our picnic lunch. I really enjoyed spending the day with my daughter this way. We both love hiking and discovering new trails. It was the perfect Mother's Day outing.
If you want to walk some more then from 'The Bluff', you have the option to follow Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park. This walk would take you another 2 hours. If you did like I did and parked a car at the end of Bantry Bay road, you can just head straight out and in ten minutes get to your car.
To get to Seaforth Oval by car:
Head along to Warringah road, turn into the Wakehurst Parkway in the direction of Seaforth, just as you enter the 60km zone, you turn right into Seaforth Oval - the entrance is opposite Burnt street. Or if coming by Bus, catch 169 Bus from Wynard to Seaforth Oval.
To get to Bantry Bay by car:
Head along Warringah Rd, towards Frenchs Forest, turn into Bantry Bay road, park at the end or in Ararat Reserve.
*Remember to wear comfy walking/hiking shoes, wear a hat, take some water and a snack.