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

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

Fully Booked - Waiting List Avaliable


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
Fully booked - Waiting List Available

Jerusalem Bay by Philippa Ryan

Sunday 3 September, 8.30am - 11.30am
Jerusalem Bay Free Guided Bushwalk

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 Fully Booked - Waitlist Available

Wednesday 6 September, 6:30pm - 9pm
Moonlight Free Guided Bushwalk

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. Distance:2.5km. Grade 2.

Eastern Pygmy Possum 2

Thursday 7 September, 10am - 1pm
Threatened Species Day

Threatened Species Day is a national day held each year on 7th September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (the thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936. Distance: 4km. Grade: 3.
Photo credit: Paul Burcher

Berowra Walk

Sunday 17 September, 8.30am - 12pm
Mount Kuring-gai to Berowra Walk

We explore Ku-ring-gai Chase, Australia's second oldest national park. We will take in threatened plant species, follow an old bridal trail towards Cowan Creek and discover the ruins of Windybanks boatshed at Waratah Bay. Distance: 9.5km. Grade 4
Image: "Morning in Cowan Creek" - Neil Ayres


Sunday 24 September, 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


Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 9am - 11.30am
Refuge Rock and Natural Arch Bushwalk

This gentle return walk is tailor-made for families and seniors during the school holidays as well as being “World Habitat Day”. Distance: 4km. Grade: 2


Sunday 8 October, 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


Saturday, 14 October, 8.30am-12pm
Brooklyn Dam Guided Bushwalk

this walk offers breathtaking views of the Hawkesbury River and Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. Distance: 6km. Grade: 4

'Misty Mirror' by Chad Martin

Saturday 21st October, 9am to 12pm
Catchment Tour

Want to know how Council manages the health of our local waterways? Celebrate World Water Day and join us on a 3 hour bus and walking tour exploring local creeks and more. Distance: 2km. Grade: 3

After the rain - Janie News

Sunday 22 October, 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 day out in the bush and classroom. Distance: 1.5km. Grade: 2


Sunday 5 November, 9am - 12pm
Estuary Bushwalk

This easy walk is aimed at showcasing the diversity of the estuary environment in Berowra Creek. Distance:5km. Grade: 3.


Saturday 11 November 2017, 9am-11.30am
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: 4km. Grade: 2

Echidna Kids

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 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