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 17 March 2018, 9am-12pm
Introduction to Bush Walking

Never been into the bush? This easy grade 2 gentle return walk is tailor made for people not familiar with walking in Aussie Bushland! Distance: 3km. Grade: 2

After the rain

Wednesday 21 March, 9am - 1pm
Blue Gum Walk

Join us on this popular walk which follows some of the old logging trails in Hornsby Valley and reaches the Fishponds waterhole along Berowra Creek. Distance: 4.5km. Grade: 4

World Water Day 2018

Thursday 22 March, 9am-12pm
Catchment Tour - “World Water Day”

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

After the rain

Saturday 31 March, 6.30pm - 8pm
Sunset and Moonrise Walk

When the sun goes down the bushland comes alive! Join us on this easy stroll as we experience Hornsby’s beautiful bushland bathed in the light of a full moon. Creek.Distance: 2km. Grade: 2


Sunday 8 April, 9am - 12pm
Lorna Pass 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

Echidna Kids

Tuesday, 10 April, 10am - 11:30am
Echidna Kids - Preschool Bushwalk

Come on this special bush discovery walk tailored for preschool ages 3 – 6 years at the Mambara Track, Pennant Hills. Distance: 800m. Grade: 1

Hawkesbury River

Saturday 14 April 2018, 8.45am – 1.30pm
Hawkesbury Saltmarsh Boat Trip

This bushwalk activity includes a leisurely boat trip along the Hawkesbury River and a walk amongst the saltmarsh and mangrove vegetation communities. Distance: 3km. Grade: 2


Saturday 14th April 2018, 9.30am - 11.30am
Refuge Rock and Natural Arch School Holiday Walk

Uncover the secrets of Refuge Rock then explore the underbelly of the sandstone with the amazing “Natural Arch”. Distance: 4km. Grade: 3

After the rain - Janie News

Sunday 15 April, 9am - 12.30pm
Nature Photography

Love taking photos outdoors but not quite getting the results you’d hoped for? Then come along for this fun day out in the bush and classroom. Distance: 1.5km. Grade: 2

Jerusalem Bay by Philippa Ryan

Tuesday 17 April, 9am - 11.30am
Jerusalem Bay - School Holiday Walk

From the railway to the river, this challenging but rewarding walk starts at Cowan Station and follows a section of the Great North Walk down to the picturesque Jerusalem Bay.Distance: 5km. Grade: 3


Saturday 28 April, 9am-12pm
Historic Quarry and Zig Zag Railway

This walk is for those who appreciate a bit of local history, geology and Sydney’s wonderful wildlife. Distance: 3km. Grade: 3


Saturday 12 May 2018, 8.45am- 12pm
Thornleigh to Cheltenham

This walk will commence near the top of the Lane Cove River catchment and follows a series of tracks through sheltered gullies and across ridgetops as you walk south towards Cheltenham. Distance: 5km. Grade: 3


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 Fagan Park. 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

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