Ever heard of Tarban Bay? No. How about Tarban Creek Bridge? Still no takers. Until recently I hadn't either, even though I have driven over it countless times. The concrete arch bridge forms part of the Burns Bay Road and connects Hunters Hill to Huntleys Cove, with Tarban Bay on the west side.
The 5.5km circuit starts with a walk through Riverglade Reserve. We entered the reserve via Manning Road where there is a small car park at the entrance or ample street parking.
Entrance on Manning Road
The reserve is popular with families, runners, and dog walkers; there is a designated dog off-leash area. Amenity wise, there is no BBQ area or any picnic tables, although there are public toilets.
Follow the reserve's paved path along the edge of the water until you run out of path, then step down and continue along the flat stoned shoreline to a jetty. This is as off-road as it gets.
Walk Along the Shoreline
At the jetty, head up the road to the UNSW Rowing Club, walk to the far side of the building, and up a semi-concealed track. When you reach the top turn left and follow the path under the bridge.
Under Tarban Creek Bridge
Extend your excursion by walking around Huntleys Point Road before joining Burns Bay Road, or take a short cut and head straight up to cross Tarban Creek Bridge. Note there is only a footpath on the east side of the bridge.
On the other side of the bridge, take a pit stop at Hunters Hill Hotel or any of the other cafes/restaurants along Gladesville Road for some refreshments, before heading back towards the water down Joubert Street. From George Street take a short detour to Murray Point Reserve, a small no-through park, for a view of the bay from Hunters Hill.
View from Hunters Hill
Back on George Street, continue on to Joly Parade and walk through the path at the end of the road. Cross the footbridge over Tarban Creek back to Riverglade Reserve.
Back to the Reserve
Overall, this is a non-taxing walk that explores the area around a pretty bay in the Lower North Shore of Sydney.
Total Duration: 1 hour and 20 mins Total Steps: 7,560