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Outdoor adventures: 5 short bush walks for North Shore residents

Written by Matthew Bourn
As much of the rest of the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, life on Sydney’s North Shore has gained some degree of normalcy. You need only take a glimpse outside your window and observe. There are already families taking leisurely strolls around the streets, as well as joggers and cyclists back at their old fitness routines.

Now, perhaps, is the right time to get out of the house and make leisurely walks through nearby national parks a more regular occurrence. After all, getting your daily dose of vitamin D from the sun and physical activity are both essential for a strong immune system.

Enjoy leisurely bushland walks on the North Shore

If you’re raring to discover some new walking tracks, we've found some paths conducive to 1- to 2-hour walks that allow you to enjoy the local North Shore scenery without fear of getting lost in the wilderness.

Some of these walks may already be familiar to you as they start right at your doorstep. But why not review our list and find one you've never explored before? Or, share your favourite walking track in the comment section of our social media pages.

Explore North Shore national parks

All our nearby national parks offer wonderful relaxing scenery that’s guaranteed to energise your walks and make you appreciate nature even more. National parks in the area include:

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Berowra Valley National Park
Lane Cove National Park
Garigal National Park

Although you may not be able to stop for a picnic, use any playground facilities or camp out, there's plenty of nature to enjoy, including sweeping views of the sea, creeks, and forests.

Choose your walk in the park

Depending on your stamina level or fitness goals, you can choose a longer, more challenging track, or start with the easier paths.

1. Gibberagong walking track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

The Gibberagong walking track totals 8.3 kilometres to and fro, but you can always turn around at a point and time that suits you. A full return walk can take anywhere between 3.5 and 4.5 hours.

Gibberagong is suitable for nature-loving, adventurous bushwalkers who appreciate the saltwater wetlands. Here, you can do a bit of birdwatching or wildlife spotting, as well as appreciate grey saltwater mangroves.

Closest suburbs: North Turramurra, Hornsby, Mount Colah

For more information, visit the Gibberagong walking track on the NSW National Parks website.

2. Pennant Hills to West Pymble fire trail, Lane Cove National Park

This medium-grade trail is 3 kilometres long and can take about an hour to traverse. Here, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Sydney and the surrounding bushland. You have the option to walk through the designated walking trail or go cycling along the fire trails which have challenging/technical sections for those who want a more difficult route.

Closest suburbs: West Pymble, Pennant Hills

For more information, visit the Pennant Hills to West Pymble fire trail on the NSW National Parks website.

3. Davidson Park to Stepping Stone Crossing walk, Garigal National Park

The 5.2-kilometre-long (one way) Davidson Park to Stepping Stone Crossing walk can take about 2 to 3 hours. This path will take you along the banks of Carroll Creek and a few steps across a memorable stone crossing. Further on, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of Middle Harbour Creek.

Closest suburb: Forestville, opposite East Lindfield

For more information, visit the Davidson Park to Stepping Stone Crossing walk on the NSW National Parks website.

4. Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park, Garigal National Park

Known for connecting the eastern and western foreshores of Bantry Bay, the Natural Bridge track is 6.8 kilometres long (one way), and can take 3 to 4 hours to traverse. Here, you’ll have an unforgettable walk on a natural sandstone bridge and a few steep descents. Best of all, you’ll have breathtaking views of Bantry Bay.

Closest suburb: Killarney Heights, opposite Roseville Chase

For more information, visit the Natural Bridge track to Davidson Park track on the NSW National Parks website.

5. Riverside walking track, Lane Cove National Park

The meandering Riverside walking track is 5 kilometres one way, and takes about 2 to 3 hours to finish. It’ll take you through the surrounding bushland and treat you to several scenic picnic sites, as well as picturesque views of the Lane Cove River.

Closest suburbs: West Lindfield, Chatswood

For more information, visit the Riverside walking track on the NSW National Parks website.

Put on your walking shoes

Hopefully, with the bit of information, we shared here, you’ll be enticed to put on your walking shoes and start exploring. Don’t forget to wear a hat, slap on some sunscreen, and stay hydrated along the way. Happy walking!

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