Note: Muogamarra Nature Reserve is normally open to the public for six weekends year (in August/September), and the Bird Gully Walk is generally only accessible as a ranger-guided walk.
The Bird Gully Walk is one of the few bushwalking tracks in Muogamarra Nature Reserve – most of the other trails are fire trails. It starts (or finishes) along the North Muogamarra Field Studies Trail, and descends gently towards Muogamarra Creek.
It’s easy walking, with experienced NPWS rangers pointing out many features along the track,
There’s a few nice displays of wildflowers along the track – but as there’s been no bushfire in Muogamarra for a long time (many flowers needing fire to germinate), the flora is not particularly spectacular.
At about the half-way mark, the track reaches Muogamarra Creek, which drops over a small cliff. Along the sandstone creek bed are potholes and some Aboriginal axe grinding grooves.
The track then crosses Muogamarra Creek, and starts ascending gradually back up the side of the valley.
The very last section of the track climbs past some large boulders, before reaching the carpark near the Visitors Centre (Field Studies Centre).
The Bird Gully Walk is about 2km, or 3.2km including the section along the North Muogamarra Field Studies Trail which connects the start and the end of the bushwalking track.
Getting to the Bird Gully Walk in Muogamarrabush
The Muogamarra Nature Reserve is about an hour north of Sydney, with the entrance (North Muogamarra Field Studies Trail) 3.6km north of Cowan station. The guided walk starts from the Field Studies Centre, which is at the end of the unsealed access road. Other Muogamarra bushwalks include:
- Lloyd Trig and Deerubbin Lookover – the best views in Muogamarra from this short (4.5km) loop walk.
- Peats Bight – one of the longer (10km) ranger-guided or self-guided walks, which descends past Peats Creater to Beats Bight on Berowra Creek.
- National Parks (NPWS) – Muogamarra Nature Reserve