Exploring the Creeks and Ridges

There are worse places to be stuck in a lockdown than the Northern Beaches, which is bounded by the ocean to the east, and bushland and Cowan Creek to the west. As well as having 145 bushland and wetland reserves (covering 1700ha), the Northern Beaches Council LGA includes Garigal National Park, and a large part of Ku-ring-Chase National Park. The walks listed below explore some of the ridges and creeks of the bushland in the Northern Beaches area.

  • All bushwalks below are within (or very close) to the Northern Beaches LGA, but please confirm they comply to the current NSW Health orders based on where you live.
  • For more bushwalking suggestions have a look at the 80+ bushwalks in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Garigal National Park guides

A short-ish loop bushwalk down the Caleyi Trail in Garigal National Park, returning via the Ya Right and Coopers Blue mountain-bike tracks to form an interesting loop.

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

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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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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 challenging circuit that descends from Wahroonga to Cowan Creek at Bobbin Head via the Murrua Fire Trail and returns via the popular Gibberagong Track. 

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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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A varied loop that links the Warrimoo Track to the Ryland Trail, returning via the Callamine Trail and Showground Trail. Makes use of a number of fire trails that service electricity pylons and connecting bushwalking trails. 

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The Smiths Creek Trail is a pleasant bushwalk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The firetrail descends through eucalypt forest to open grassland and a tidal creek.

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A pleasant one-way walk from St Ives (via the Warrimoo Track) to Mt Ku-ring-gai station. It follows Cowan Creek and traverses Bobbin Head, where you can stop for a coffee or snack.

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