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

Boardwalk - Crosslands by Francis Keogh

Sunday 30 April, 9am - 12pm
Estuary Bushwalk Crosslands

This easy walk showcases the diversity of the estuary environment in Berowra Creek; both in the salt water conditions upstream of Crosslands Reserve and into the freshwater reaches towards Galston Gorge. FULLY BOOKED
Distance: 6km
Grade: 3

Echidna Kids

Thursday 4 May, 10am - 11.30am
Echidna Kids Bushwalk - pram friendly

This special bush discovery walk is tailored for preschool children aged three to five years old, exploring the Mambara Track at Pennant Hills.
Distance: 800m
Grade: 1

Wednesday 10 May, 5.30pm - 8pm
Wildlife Spotlighting Activity

A special event to showcase the secretive world of our local nocturnal animals and discover what they get up to when the rest of us are getting to sleep.
Distance: 3km
Grade: 3

View of Berowra Waters

Sunday 21 May, 9am - 1pm
Djarra Ridge Bushwalk

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. FULLY BOOKED
Distance: 8km
Grade: 4

Bottlebrush by Janie News

Saturday 27 May, 9am - 12pm
Westleigh Loop

This walk will look at the Hornsby diatreme in relation to geology, place in the landscape and resultant vegetation and compare it with Hawkesbury sandstone geology and vegetation.
Distance: 5km
Grade: 3

Bushwalk people 1

Thursday 1 June, 9am - 12pm
Stringybark Ridge & The Jungo Bushwalks

Explore the southern areas of Berowra Valley Regional Park on this special school holiday activity from the open heathy- woodland of Stringybark Ridge top down to the creek junction at the Jungo then returning along the thickly forested Zig Zag Creek valley.


Saturday 3 June, Various times
World Environment Day Brooklyn Free Guided Bushwalk

Join the celebrations for World Environment Day at Upper McKell Park, Brooklyn. Explore Brooklyn’s cultural history and natural beauty on one of two free guided walks.
Grade: 3

Hawkesbury view

Monday 5 June, 9am - 11.30am
Lloyd Trig Guided Bushwalk

Once again we have special entry to the stunning Muogamarra Nature Reserve at Cowan.
Distance: 3.5km
Grade: 3

Bushwalk people 1

Sunday 18 June, 8am - 1pm
Laughtondale - Hawkesbury River - Bushwalk

A bushwalk showcasing the diversity of birdlife within some of the quieter and lesser known reserves around the Laughtondale area on the Hawkesbury River.
Distance: 2km
Grade: 2

Rocky Outcrop by Daniel Nolan

Sunday 9 July, 8.30am - 1.30pm
Hunt the Hairy Geebung

This long and challenging return walk will cover a range of trails in search of the elusive 'Hairy Geebung', a very rare plant found only in Hornsby Shire.
Distance: 8.5km
Grade: 4

Echidna Kids

Thursday 20 July, 10am - 11:30am
Echidna Kids - Preschool Bushwalk

Tailored for preschool children aged three to five years old, children will discover the secrets of our local bushland, then enjoy creative activities at the Community Nursery.
Distance: 800m
Grade: 1


Saturday, 29th July 2017, 9am - 11.30am
Refuge Rock and Natural Arch Bushwalk

Never been into the bush? This easy Grade 2 gentle return walk is tailor-made for people not familiar with walking in the Aussie bushland!
Distance: 4km
Grade: 2

After the rain

Sunday 30 July, 9.00am - 1.00pm
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


Saturday 5 August, 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

After the rain - Janie News

Sunday 20 August, 9am - 12.30pm
Nature Photography Bushwalk

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


Saturday 26 August 2017, 9am - 12pm
Appletree Bay Bushwalk

This track follows an eastern running ridgeline producing beautiful scenic views over Cowan Creek.
Distance: 8km
Grade: 3