Project under review

What's happening now?

We are working with some of our key stakeholders to respond to questions, and finalise design solutions, for the Pipeline project.

At this time, previous engagement outcomes, further engagement and other activities are paused.

What's proposed?

The Pipeline Active Transport Corridor will provide a 9.2km, 2.5 to 4 metre shared user path from Beacon Hill to St Ives, providing walkers and cyclists with a wider, safer connection to communities and destinations.

The off-road path will include new connections and upgrades of existing paths along the Sydney Water pipeline corridor.

There are eight sections in total, with combined funding for sections 4 to 8 provided through the NSW Government Places to Roam – Regional Trails Program and the Public Spaces Legacy Program. Sections 1 to 3 are currently concept only with more work required before approving, funding and progressing these sections.

Use this page to learn more about the project through our FAQs, and documents links, and jump to the sections of the pipeline that are available to learn more.

To follow the progress of the project click +Follow at the top of this page. Or if you prefer to follow an individual Section click +Follow at the top of the specific Section page.

Comments on Section 8 (Allambie Heights) closed Monday 3 April.

Where is the Pipeline Active Transport Corridor?

Section specifics

SectionFromToDistanceBrief description and current use
Section 1
Concept only
Middle Harbour Creek2350mFalls within Garigal National Park and Ku-ring-gai Council area. Currently an unsealed access road accessibly by mountain bikes and bush walkers.
Section 2
Middle Harbour Creek
Concept only
Middle Harbour CreekMiddle Harbour Creek40mCreek crossing at Middle Harbour Creek. Currently no access across creek at this location. Bushwalking track to 'stepping stone' creek crossing located approximately 800m upstream. Potential for a lightweight bridge to be installed.
Section 3
Davidson Trail
Concept only
Middle Harbour CreekJohn Oxley Drive990mFalls partly in Garigal National Park. Partly sealed with rough asphalt or corrugated concrete with very steep gradients. Popular for bushwalking and used by mountain bike riders.
Section 4
Prahran Avenue
John Oxley DriveJohn Oxley Drive1010mSection mainly consists of a wide grass access track alongside pipeline. Currently used mainly for recreational walking.
Section 5
Frenchs Forest West
John Oxley DriveWarringah Road1580mSection mainly consists of unsealed road or grass access track alongside pipeline. Currently used mainly for recreational walking.
Section 6
Bantry Bay
Warringah RoadWakehurst Parkway1140mPart unsealed access track, part sealed access road. Route diverts from pipeline to allow more direct route to existing Wakehurst Parkway bridge.
Section 7
Manly Dam
Wakehurst ParkwayAllambie Road1400mUnsealed access track alongside pipeline. This section of track is very popular with mountain bike riders and walkers. Corridor forms part of the areas informal mountain bike network.
Section 8
Allambie Heights
Allambie RoadEthie Road650mGrass verge alongside pipeline. Generally used by walkers and mountain bikes.

How we'll consult with you

We know our community is concerned about the natural environment and how we manage these spaces.

We will consult directly with you on any REFs (review of environmental factors) and other studies that impact the works for each Section as we progress through detailed design.

We are identifying specific stakeholders for each Section and will be providing unique notification and, where appropriate, additional consultation opportunities. Each consultation opportunity will have its own have your say page with more information about the Section and invite you to comment. The links will be available from this page.

The detailed plans, consultation opportunities and further information on the remaining Sections will become available in the coming months. Click the +Follow button at the top of the page to stay up to date.

Want a bit more detail?

Learn more about the project from our Frequently Asked Questions section. We provide you with answers to key questions about the project and about shared paths more generally.

We have provided document links which take you to our strategies and plans for active transport and travel. There is also a link to the NSW Active Transport Strategy.

If you can't find what you're looking for or have a specific question on the program get in touch with us.

How do I get involved?

You will be invited to have your say on each section of the corridor when it is open for consultation.

+Follow this page to stay up to date as each section opens.

If you have a question or comment on the program overall you can contact us by:

  • calling us on 1300 434 434, ask for the Transport Network team
  • emailing us at
  • in writing marked 'Pipeline Active Transport Corridor', Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655.

Finalising Reports

See how things might look

The images below provide an idea of how parts of the path could look once complete.