Free Guided Bushwalks
Hornsby Shire Council runs a program of free guided bushwalks throughout the year.
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.
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.
For more information on walking grades visit npansw.org.au
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so that your booking can be reallocated to another participant on the waitlist.
Saturday 4 March, 9.30am-12pm
Never been into the bush? This easy grade 2 gentle return walk is tailor made for people not familiar with walking in Aussie Bushland!
Saturday 11 March, 8.30am-11.30am
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.
Saturday, 18 March 8:30am-11am
After an initial steep climb up the ridge behind Brooklyn, this walk offers breathtaking views of the Hawkesbury River and Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.
Wednesday 22 March, 9am to 12pm
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.
Thursday 30 March, 9am - 12.30pm
This interesting walk in the upper section of Lane Cove National Park showcases a rich variety of flora and fauna as it crosses Byles Creek and Devlins Creek.
Saturday 1 April, 10am - 11.30am
Clip on your loyal four legged friend’s leash and join in on this lovely walk within Fagan Park.
Sunday 9 April, 9am - 12.30pm
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.
Saturday 22 April, 9am - 1pm
From the top of the ridge this walk descends down a narrow walking track to Waratah Bay on the quiet waters of Cowan Creek.
Sunday 30 April, 9am - 12pm
This easy walk is aimed at showcasing 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.
Thursday 4 May, 10am - 11.30am
This special bush discovery walk is tailored for preschool children aged three to five years old, exploring the Mambara Track at Pennant Hills.
Wednesday 10 May, 5.30pm to 8pm
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.
Sunday 21 May, 9am - 1pm
This long walk will traverse a large loop around the southern section of Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Highlights of the walk include many species of threatened flora and a wide diversity of tree species.
Saturday 27 May, 9am - 12pm
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.