It seems with each lockdown, the bushwalking trails get busier and more crowded. We’re fortunate to have many pockets of bushland in Ku-ring-gai, as well as easy to access to some of Sydney’s biggest national parks (36% of addresses in Ku-ring-gai are within 130m of bushland – only the Blue Mountains and Shoalhaven areas have a higher percentage). Here’s a few suggestions for bushwalks you can still do, with a few options that are a bit off the beaten track where you might have a chance of solitude and isolation!

  • All bushwalks below start within 10km of Gordon post office, which is roughly the centre of the Ku-ring-gai Local Government Area (LGA) – but please check the distance from your address to ensure compliance to NSW Health orders
  • For more bushwalking suggestions there’s a much longer list of walks within the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Garigal National Park

A pleasant loop along Middle Harbour and Carroll Creek from St Ives, returning via the Davidson Track. 

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The Cascades Track is a short trail down to a large rock platform and picturesque waterhole on Middle Harbour Creek, in the northern suburbs of Sydney. Combines with the Bare Creek Track and Cambourne Trail for a longer loop walk.

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An interesting loop walk through Garigal National Park, combining the Casuarina Track, Lyrebird Track and Carroll Creek Track. Some nice sections along Middle Harbour and Carrol Creek.

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The Darri Track is a reasonably varied bushwalking track which follows a thin section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, eventually meeting up with the much busier Warrimoo Track.

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A loop walk in Garigal National Park combining the Slippery Dip Trail and Caleyi Trail with some bushwalking / MTB tracks. Some varied terrain and nice viewpoints over Narrabeen. 

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The Five Mile Creek Loop is a somewhat complicated circuit through the northern part of Garigal National Park, incorporating formal trails and unofficial tracks to form a loop walk.

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A circuit in Garigal National Park, combining the Heath Trail and Bare Creek Trail, and returning via a bushwalking/MTB trail which has some nice views over the park.

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The Mueller Track is the longest trail in the St Ives Wildflower Garden, a relatively "undiscovered" park in Sydney's north. This is also one of the more interesting walks.

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