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Seaforth Oval to The Bluff - Walking Trail

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Published May 23rd 2020
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The Bluff Lookout, Seaforth to The Bluff Lookout Bushwalk - image credit Seafarrwide
The Bluff Lookout


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.

Seaforth to The Bluff Lookout walking trail
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As you near the bottom of the track, you can glimpse through the trees and see the water sparkling along the shore. Here you will find a rest area and toilets.

Seaforth to The Bluff Lookout walking trail
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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.

Bantry Bay
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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.

Seaforth to The Bluff Lookout walking trail
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I could see how it was once a popular picnic area. It was also the perfect spot to sit and contemplate life.

Bantry Bay
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After a short break, we headed along the Bay track which travels parallel to the bay in Garigal National Park.

Bantry Bay
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Bantry Bay
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Lovely views along the trail looking over the bay.
Bantry Bay
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Soon you will reach the more challenging part of the trail, which weaves up high into the bush, over small creeks and along rock walls.



Seaforth to The Bluff Lookout walking trail
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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.

Seaforth to The Bluff Lookout walking trail
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To do this walk, you need to be relatively fit and able to manage lots of steps and over rocks which will get even more challenging when you make your way up to The Bluff Lookout area.

Seaforth to The Bluff Lookout walking trail
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It's quite a relief once you get to the top for a rest, though well worth the hard work, as you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of Bantry Bay and Middle Harbour.

The Bluff Lookout, Seaforth to The Bluff Lookout Bushwalk
The Bluff Lookout - image credit: Seafarrwide


Bantry Bay - Middle Harbour
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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.

Mother and Daugther
My daugther and I


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.

See the walking route by clicking this link

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.
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Why? Scenic Walking Trail to The Bluff Lookout
Where: Start at Seaforth Oval - off Wakehurst Parkway, Seaforth
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great article & photos :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|631) 50 days ago
Great article, well written with lots of nice pics and interesting info. There must have been a lot of work in doing all this - and it's great. Thank you.
by rayly (score: 1|24) 50 days ago
Looks and sounds lovely. How much time should one allow, without a lunch break?
by sosma (score: 1|10) 48 days ago
Yep walked it already, I have walked the whole coast from the Royal National Park to Palm beach and a lot of other river walks in between
by heath (score: 1|18) 33 days ago
Great article, well written with lots of nice pics and good info. Thank you.
by rayly (score: 1|24) 50 days ago
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