Summary: Peebles Trail is a firetrail just outside Marramarra National Park suitable for bushwalking, mountain-biking and horse-riding. It's a pleasant but not particularly interesting trail.

I haven’t got too high expectations for the Peebles Trail – but it’s one of the Marramarra trails I have’t done yet, and I’m also keen to have a look at the Fagan Trig. The start of the firetrail is easy to find, with a locked gate at the end of Peebles Road.

There’s a few side-trails off the Peebles Trail; the first one is fairly overgrown, but leads to a large rock platform with some filtered views over Colah Creek.

Once back on the main trail, the sandy firetrail is fairly level as it continues heading north, past Peebles Trail Branch 5 – the names of the trails are not overly creative! I don’t take this detour, which is about 4.6km return to the end of a ridge.

The next detour is Peebles Trail Branch 7, a firetrail which rises gently up a small hill.

Just before the end of the trail is Fagan Trig, which is not in great condition – it was one of the original trig stations constructed in 1894.

Peebles Trail Branch 7 ends just below the top of the small hill, with filtered (and somewhat unimpressive) views towards Marramarra National Park.

It’s then back to the end of Peebles Trail, which winds around the edge of a long ridge before ending in a large clearing.

While there’s not much of a view from the end of the trail, a rock platform just next to the trail has some nice views over Marramarra National Park.

Under the rock platform is a huge honeycombed overhang.

From here it’s back the same way without any detours: the day is getting warmer and there’s not much shade along the firetrail. It’s a bushwalk better suited for a winter’s day.

Getting to the Peebles Trail

The start of the firetrail is at the end of Peebles Road, where there is a small parking areas. It’s about 23km (30min drive) from Hornsby and an hour’s north of Sydney. As well as bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding are permitted. (The trail itself is on Crown land, and is just outside Marramarra National Park.)

More information

Find more bushwalking trails in and and around Marramarra in the Guide to Marramarra National Park.

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