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

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Saturday 1 July, 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.

Rock Eye by Hamid Jahanian

Saturday 8 July, 10am - 12pm
School Holiday Walk

Join us for an over 10’s bushwalk within the natural world around Byles and Devlins Creeks. Find the rocky whale that is high and dry on one of our local trails
Distance: 3km
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 along the Beecroft - Cheltenham Link Track.
Distance: 2km
Grade: 2

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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