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.

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 bushland@hornsby.nsw.gov.au so that your booking can be reallocated to another participant on the waitlist.


Upcoming Bushwalks

Bushwalk people 1

Saturday 4 March, 9.30am-12pm
Introduction to Bushwalking

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: 3km
Grade: 2


Jerusalem Bay by Philippa Ryan

Saturday 11 March, 8.30am-11.30am
Jerusalem Bay 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


Hawkesbury

Saturday, 18 March 8:30am-11am
Brooklyn Dam Guided Bushwalk

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.
Distance: 6km
Grade: 4


'Misty Mirror' by Chad Martin

Wednesday 22 March, 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


Rock Eye by Hamid Jahanian

Thursday 30 March, 9am - 12.30pm
Whale Rock Circuit Walk

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.
Distance: 5km
Grade: 3


dog

Saturday 1 April, 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 9 April, 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


Hawkesbury River aerial photo

Saturday 22 April, 9am - 1pm
Waratah Bay Bushwalk

From the top of the ridge this walk descends down a narrow walking track to Waratah Bay on the quiet waters of Cowan Creek.
Distance: 4km
Grade: 3


Boardwalk - Crosslands by Francis Keogh

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

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.
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 to 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 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.
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