Local Family Friendly Bush Walks

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It’s no secret a lot of us would like to get our kids outdoors more. What better way to do this than with a family friendly bush walk in our local area? Exercise in the fresh air, see new vegetation and maybe some wildlife – sounds perfect doesn’t it? We have put together a list of bush walks and other walking tracks for you to try with your family.


Brush Farm, Eastwood

  • Distance: Approx 2.5km return
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Make sure to visit the rainforest gully which has been regenerated by local Bushcare volunteers over the last 30 years. Unfortunately, this one is not pram friendly with steps, slopes and some uneven ground. We would suggest it’s for kids 6-7+ who are used to walking given the terrain.



Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park

  • This area is a treasure for us locals, a great day out with the family. There’s 640 hectares of man-made natural beauty to explore by walking, cycling or even scootering. Little children will especially enjoy the Mangrove walk.
  • Download the map of walking areas here
  • Learn more here 

Hunts Creek Reserve, Carlingford (including Balaka Falls)

  • Distance: varying lengths from 250ms to 2.5kms
  • This reserve is home to the beautiful Balaka Falls waterfall hidden in the heart of North Rocks and Carlingford. The reserve offers a number of walking trail options, ranging up to 2.5km and as such, has many entry points. Norfolk Place in Carlingford gives the quickest access to the Waterfall (an easy 280m walk – perfect for little ones).
  • To see the waterfall from the bottom angle, you’ll need to walk down some sandstone stairs and leave your pram at the top. After a good solid downpour, you might spot a few photography enthusiasts snapping the waterfall in all its glory. Post-rain is definitely the best time to visit the waterfall, otherwise, you might find it’s only a trickle. 




Pioneers Track, Carlingford

  • Distance: 2.8km but you could focus on the area around Ray Park and Little Ray Park
  • Walk through Epping, Beecroft and Carlingford under a canopy of Blackbutt, Angophora, Turpentine, Blue Gum and more. This track is along a river so it can be subject to flooding and of course the normal risks of having young children near the water. 
  • Learn more here


Darvall Park, Denistone

  • You’ll like this one as there is a kids playground and scooter/bike area! After the kids have a play and a picnic you can head off to Tall Timbers Walk. The walk starts at nearby Denistone Station, goes through Darvall Park’s remnant Blue Gum High Forest and on through to West Ryde. It’s a relaxing escape from the middle of suburbia and gives you an idea of what the area might have looked like before colonisation.
  • Learn more here



Terry’s Creek, Eastwood

  • This walk is part urban and part bush! There are bush trails to walk and then part is on concrete footpaths – some might say the best of both worlds! It isn’t a loop so you’ll need to be picked up at the other end or walk back. What we love about this one is the change from the footpath to the trail and the excitement the ‘re-entering’ can bring for the kids
  • Learn more here


Fairyland Pleasure Gardens, Lane Cove National Park

  • Distance: 1km track, approx. 30 mins
  • The walk is part of the Great North Walk and there is a combination of timber boardwalk, cleared pathways and timber and concrete steps throughout the walk. This one isn’t pram friendly!


Photo Credit: Wild Walks


Field of Mars Walking Tracks

Boardwalk Loop

  • Distance: 0.6km return, 15min
  • Grade: Easy
  • Starting at the bridge this wheelchair accessible boardwalk follows along Buffalo Creek. Looping back towards the Education centre follow the pathway to return to the bridge. Look out for the long-necked turtle, water dragons, ducks and eels.

Kunzea Track

  • Distance: 5.2km, approx 1hr 10min
  • Grade: Easy
  • Kunzea Walk starts at Ryde Park and continues to the Field of Mars Wildlife Refuge where it links with the Great North Walk (Sydney to Newcastle)

Warada Loop

  • Distance: 1.9km return, 60min
  • Grade: Easy
  • Enjoy a shady walk along the coolness of Strangers Creek surrounded by Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest. Strangers Creek has numerous water holes and rainforest species including magnificent Treeferns, Coachwood and Lillypilly trees. Be sure to listen out for frogs

Sand Track

  • Distance: 1.9km one-way, 45min
  • Grade: Easy
  • Explore the middle of the Reserve. See areas of Turpentine-Ironbark Marginal Forest on shale soil as well as Sydney Sandstone Ridgetop Woodland on sandstone soil. See magnificent Angophora trees and wildflowers most of the year. Walk along Cressy Rd past the cemetery to complete the loop. Yes you’ll need a pick up at the other side or double the time!

Doyle Loop

  • Distance: 1.2km return, 45min
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Walk through the eastern end of the reserve on the Doyle Loop past caves, gullies and interesting rock outcrops. The vegetation along most of the track is Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest with its Banksias, Angophoras and diverse shrub understorey


Learn more about these walks here.