Family Friendly Bushwalks

We are fortunate in Sydney to have an array of bushwalks to explore.  Knowing which one’s are suitable for young families can be a challenge, as no one wants to piggy back their tired 3 year old back to the car. Here are my tried and tested top 12 family friendly bushwalks.

Field of Mars Reserve, East Ryde

Terrain:  Boardwalk and narrow bush tracks

Pram Friendly? Several tracks, one is wheelchair and pram friendly

Start: 220 Pittwater Road, East Ryde

Why we love: Array of wildlife (ducks, long neck turtles, birdlife) and nature play area for those children that love building dens.

More information: https://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/files/assets/public/maps/field-of-mars-walking-trails-map.pdf

Sugarloaf Point, Hunters Hill

Length: 1.4km loop

Terrain:  Rocky

Pram Friendly? No

Start: Buffalo Creek Reserve

Why we love: Spotting crabs on boardwalk and picnic next to Lane Cove River

Fairyland Track, Lane Cove National Park

Length: 5.3km

Terrain:  Varied.

Pram Friendly? No

Start: Fullers Bridge,

Why we love: Varied environment of bush, Lane Cove River and Golf Course

More information: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/australia/new-south-wales/fairyland-track-loop

Whale Rock

Length: 1.8km Loop. Approximately 1 hour

Terrain: Steep down to Whale Rock and then flat path

Pram Friendly? No

Start: Ron Payne Park, Epping

Why we love: Kids loved searching for whale rock

Baker’s Cottage

Length: 1.5km

Terrain:  Road and short rocky bush walk

Pram Friendly? Yes, On the road section

Start: Lane Cove Weir

Why we love: Birdlife, and historical cottage. Can add to other walks in the National Park

More Information: http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/lane-cove-national-park/baker-s-cottage.html

Terry’s Creek

Length: 600m from Carpark at Epping Aquatic Centre to the waterfall. Approximately 30-45 minutes return

Terrain: Flat

Pram Friendly? No

Start: Epping Aquatic Centre

Why we love: Creek crossing and the waterfall

The Fishponds

Length: 4.5km

Terrain:  Varied. Wide paths, to stairs, and stepping stones

Pram Friendly? No

Start: Rosemead Road Picnic Area, Hornsby

Why we love: Stepping stones at the fishponds

More information: https://sydneyuncovered.com/blue-gum-walk-hornsby

Orange Pie Track

Length: About 900m loop walk. Approx 30-45 minutes

Terrain: Rocky fire trail

Pram Friendly? No

Start: End of Whitbread Place, North Rocks

Why we love: Found a bowerbird nest

Balls Head Reserve

Length: 2km

Terrain:  Varied

Pram Friendly? Several tracks, one is wheelchair and pram friendly

Start: Southern end of Balls Head Road

Why we love: Views of Harbour Bridge

Flat Rock Beach Walking Track

Length: 500m one way

Terrain:  Steep

Pram Friendly? No

Start: End of Killarney Drive, Killarney Heights

Why we love: Kids loved playing at the sheltered River beach

Kuring-gai Wildflower Gardens, St Ives

Length: 350m to 3km

Terrain:  Variety from Boardwalks, paths to bushwalk

Pram Friendly? Sensory walk is

Start: Carpark of Kuring-gai Wildflower Garden

Why we love: Sensory Walk and the wildflowers during the springtime.

More information: https://www.krg.nsw.gov.au/Things-to-do/Ku-ring-gai-Wildflower-Garden/Wildflower-Garden-bush-trails

Blue Gum Reserve, Chatswood

Length: 5km

Terrain:  Steep entry to moderate walking track

Pram Friendly? No

Start: Kooba St, Chatswood (Scout Hall)

Why we love: Exploring the creek and caves

More information: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Bushland-and-Wildlife/Bushwalking-Tracks/Tracks/Blue-Gum-Reserve-Walking-Tracks

If your family is new to bushwalking, remember to make the experience fun for the kids or they won’t want to do it again. Firstly, make sure you are dressed in comfortable clothes/ shoes and of course, have water bottles and snacks – always snacks!

Whilst on the walk, to make it more engaging try a scavenger hunt, make a nature bracelet, or make a banksia man. But most of all, take your time and have fun!

We would love to know your favorite family friendly bushwalks too, so please let us know below.

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