Situated on a bend on Berowra Creek are a series of large and scenic waterholes, which have long been a long popular place to visit for locals. (Swimming is strong discouraged, due both to water pollution – especially after heavy rain – and as a resulf of a number of deaths that have occurred here.)
Between these waterholes are some small cascades; while hardly spectacular, they add to the tranquil and picturesque surroundings.
Getting to The Fishponds
The quickest way to get to the Fishponds waterholes and cascades is from Manor Road (Hornsby), where a Great North Walk access trail drops steeply into the valley (1.6km return). After following the “stepping stones” across Berowra Creek, continue along the creek past the Great North Walk track (which goes up the ridge) to reach a nice rock platform next to a small cascade.
The Blue Gum Walk and the Great North Walk (Thornleigh to Berowra) both pass The Fishponds, as well as The Washtub (where the creek has created a series of deep pools in the rocks) which are a bit further upstream.