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.
Sunday 30 April, 9am - 12pm
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
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 - 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 the southern section of Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Highlights include many species of threatened flora and a wide diversity of tree species. FULLY BOOKED
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.
Thursday 1 June, 9am - 12pm
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
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.
Monday 5 June, 9am - 11.30am
Once again we have special entry to the stunning Muogamarra Nature Reserve at Cowan.
Sunday 18 June, 8am - 1pm
A bushwalk showcasing the diversity of birdlife within some of the quieter and lesser known reserves around the Laughtondale area on the Hawkesbury River.
Sunday 9 July, 8.30am - 1.30pm
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.
Thursday 20 July, 10am - 11:30am
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.
Saturday, 29th July 2017, 9am - 11.30am
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!
Sunday 30 July, 9.00am - 1.00pm
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.
Saturday 5 August, 10am - 11.30am
Clip on your loyal four legged friend’s leash and join in on this lovely walk within Fagan Park.
Sunday 20 August, 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 26 August 2017, 9am - 12pm
This track follows an eastern running ridgeline producing beautiful scenic views over Cowan Creek.