Summary: A short hiking, jogging or cycling path in the St Ives Wildflower Garden, in Sydney's north. Not the most exciting trail around.

I’m dropping my son off at the the St Ives Wildflower Garden for a “bush birthday party”, so I take the opportunity to do a short walk in the park. Having done the Mueller Track a couple of years ago, I take the shorter Solander Trail. It’s a paved trail and there’s only a handful of other people around, so it would make an ideal loop for cycling with kids.

The track passes through Lamberts Clearing, a popular picnic area (but very quiet today), and also the site of the Fern House and The Knoll Native Garden. It’s rather uninspiring as a bushwalk, although there are some wildflowers in bloom.

About halfway around the loop, there’s two linking trails to the Mueller Track (which is a much nicer walking track). A bench is situated at Endlicher Point, the furthest point of the loop.

Just after Cunninghams Rest and opposite the visitor centre, I take a short detour via the Senses Track in the hope of something a little more interesting. It’s also a sealed path, but with a vaguely promising sign saying “Lookout”. Alas, a sturdy wooden platform provides a view of some trees. It is, I think, the least inspiring lookout I have ever been to.

I’ve left the car at Caleys Paviliion – you can also start at the Visitor Centre – so I’ve just got a few hundred metres from here to complete the walk. It’s nice to get some exercise, but the Solander Trail is really more suited as a cycle or jogging trail. Take the Mueller Track if you’re interested in doing a bushwalk!

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Solander Trail and Senses Track, St Ives Wildflower Garden - Key Info

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