Free Guided Bushwalks

Hornsby Shire Council runs a program of free guided bushwalks throughout the year.
Guided Bushwalk
Our professional guides will give you unparalleled insight into our Bushland Shire as they share their wide knowledge of the local environment. Whether you prefer an easy stroll or a more challenging walk, there’s something for everyone.

Walking grades

Grade 1: Allows for those with reduced walking ability to walk on well marked tracks with no steps and with interpretive signage.
Grade 2: Easy walk, mostly on well marked tracks of low gradients with no steep sections and minimal use of steps. Suitable for beginners.
Grade 3: Medium walk with some hilly sections and rougher terrain with some steep sections requiring a moderate level of fitness. Suitable for fit beginners.
Grade 4: Medium – hard walks. Steeper, rougher terrain or a longer distance track walk along defined tracks without major modification to the ground, may have short sections of rock scrambling involved. Not suitable for beginners.

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Please note: the free guided bushwalk program is provided for Hornsby Shire residents only. Bookings are essential and are only taken a month before each walk. To book, click on the links below. If you need to cancel a booking, please contact Council as soon as possible on so that your booking can be reallocated to another participant on the waitlist.

Upcoming Bushwalks


Saturday 19 May, 10am - 11.30am
Four Legged Friend Walk

Clip on your loyal four legged friend’s leash and join in on this lovely walk within Hayes Park, Galston. Distance: 2km. Grade: 2

View of Berowra Waters

Sunday 20 May, 9am - 1pm
Djarra Ridge

This long walk will traverse the southern section of Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Highlights include many species of threatened flora and a wide diversity of tree species. Distance: 8km. Grade: 4 Fully Booked. Waiting list available.

Tuesday 22 May, 7.30am - 9.30am
Sunrise Birdwatch- “International Day for Biodiversity”

Join us for a dawn chorus on this special walk to discover and learn about our local Hornsby Shire birds. Distance: 2km. Grade: 2

Muogamarra Nature Reserve

Tuesday 5 June, 10am-1pm
Muogamarra Nature Reserve Bird Gully

Celebrate World Environment Day in the stunning Muogamarra Nature Reserve at Cowan. Distance: 3.5km. Grade: 3


Saturday 16 June, 10am-12.30pm
Mcallums Trail Berowra Creek Lookout

This easy grade 2 gentle return walk is tailor made for people not familiar with walking in Aussie Bushland! Distance: 2km. Grade: 2

Sunday 24 June, 9am - 12pm
Lorna Pass Free Guided Bushwalk

This circular walk takes in the tall timbers found on the sheltered slopes of the upper reaches of the Lane Cove valley including the heathy open areas of the “City View” lookout section. Distance: 3.5km. Grade: 3

 Callicoma Loop

Saturday 30 June, 9am to 12pm
Callicoma Loop BushWalk

A circular track from the Lakes Reserve in Cherrybrook. Distance: 4km. Grade: 3

'Misty Mirror' by Chad Martin

Saturday 20 October, 9am-12pm
Catchment Tour

Want to know how Council manages the health of our local waterways? Distance: 2km. Grade: 2