Garigal National Park

Garigal National Park
New South Wales
IUCN category II (national park)

View of the national park from Middle Harbour
Garigal National Park
Nearest town or city Sydney
Coordinates 33°42′21″S 151°14′11″E / 33.70583°S 151.23639°E / -33.70583; 151.23639Coordinates: 33°42′21″S 151°14′11″E / 33.70583°S 151.23639°E / -33.70583; 151.23639
Established 19 April 1991 (1991-04-19)[1]
Area 22.02 km2 (8.5 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
Website Garigal National Park
See also Protected areas of
New South Wales
Aboriginal rock carving near Bantry Bay
A Brushturkey in the bush west of Seaforth

The Garigal National Park is a protected national park that is located in the North Shore region of Sydney, New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The 2,202-hectare (5,440-acre) national park is situated approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the Sydney central business district.

Split into three distinct sections, divided by natural geography, urban development and road infrastructure, the park comprises the valley of Middle Harbour Creek and its tributaries, the slopes along the northern side of Middle Harbour as far as Bantry Bay and part of the catchment of Narrabeen Lakes.

The park trails are popular with bushwalkers and mountain bike riders, particularly between Belrose and St Ives in an area known as Cascades after the Cascades Track that runs through the area. Others trails include the Heath Track and Bare Creek Track.

Etymology and indigenous heritage

The word Garigal is a derivation of the word Carigal or Caregal used to describe the indigenous people who lived in Guringai country,[2] translated in modern English as Ku-ring-gai.[3]

The Guringai people are the traditional custodians of the land now reserved as the Garigal National Park and there is considerable evidence of past Aboriginal activity in the area, with over 100 Aboriginal sites recorded to date, including shelters, cave art, rock engravings, middens, grinding grooves and a possible stone arrangement.[4]


Much of the park is bounded by residential development along the ridge tops and it is easily accessible at numerous points by road and water. Several other conservation reserves and areas of bushland are adjacent or close by the Garigal National Park, including the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, the Sydney Harbour National Park, the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park (commonly known as the Manly Dam Reserve) and a number of areas of Crown land and other reserves in Warringah, Ku-ring-gai and Willoughby local government areas.[4]

The national park is defined by the following boundaries



Garigal National Park is home to a wide range of fauna, including birds, snakes and a wide range of native mammals (such as bandicoots, koalas, wallabies).[5]

There is also a number of introduced pests, including rabbits and foxes.[6]

See also


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