Training | POSTED September 1, 2021

The Best Bushwalks on the Upper North Shore

After writing The Best Bushwalks on the Lower North Shore, our clients from the Upper North Shore asked for something similar. Prefer to skip to a particular walking track? Click on any of the below walks and we’ll take you straight there!

  1. Bobbin Head, Sphinx and Warrimoo Loop Track
  2. Gibberagong Walking Track
  3. Darri Track
  4. Sheldon Forest Walking Track
  5. South Turramurra Step Track
  6. Two Creeks Track
  7. Little Bluegum Creek Track
  8. Wildflower Gardens
  9. Blackbutt Creek Track
  10. Little Digger Track

Bobbin Head, Sphinx and Warrimoo Loop Track

Difficulty: moderate to hard

Distance: 10km loop

Getting there: start behind Empire Marina, Bobbin Head

We’re starting our best bushwalks on the Upper North Shore with one of the harder ones. This 10km loop will take you through Bobbin Head, leading to the Warrimoo track and then the Sphinx track (depending on what direction you decide to walk in). There’s lots of history to see along this walk, so leave plenty of time to observe and take it all in.

Gibberagong Walking Track

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 8.3km return

Getting there: start at Bobbin Head

If you love bird watching and wildlife spotting, the Gibberagong Walking Track should be on your to-do list. Starting at Bobbin Head, you will follow Cockle Creek before venturing through the bushland and arriving at a large waterhole – easily the highlight of the track.

Darri Track

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 7km return

Getting there: start at Bedford Avenue, North Turramurra

The Darri Track starts at Bedford Avenue in North Turramurra, and takes you through some beautiful bushland before joining the Warrimoo Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You will notice classic sandstone bushland along the way, including the She-oak and Sydney Red Gum.

Sheldon Forest Walking Track

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 1.7km one way

Getting there: start at Warragal Road, Turramurra

This track will lead you deep into the Sheldon Forest, through ridge tops, open forest and down Avondale Creek. Sheldon Forest is a high conservation area as it is one of the few remaining pieces of the endangered Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest and Blue Gum High Forest. You can return the way you came, or exit at Troon Place.

South Turramurra Step Track

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 2km return

Getting there: start at Kingsford Avenue, South Turramurra

The Step Track is a relatively short walk, with plenty of signposts around with information about the features of the track. You’ll also get the opportunity to visit the scenic lookout which offers some incredible views of the waterfall. Keep an eye out for birds flying about – Grey Fantails, Yellow Robins and Red-browed Finches are commonly spotted.

Wildflower Gardens

There are a number of different bush tracks that you can go on at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens, ranging from 200m to 3km. We’ve categorised them into short walks ranging from 200m to 500m, and long walks ranging from 2km to 3km.

Short Walks

Grade: easy

Distance: 200m to 500m

Getting there: start at  Wildflower Gardens, St Ives

The shorter walks are comprised of the Brown Trail (300m), the Fitzgerald Track (300m), the Banks Track and Boardwalk (300m), the Smith Track (400m), the Bentham Track (300m), the Caley Track (200m) and the Senses Track (500m).

Long Walks

Grade: easy to moderate

Distance: 2km to 3km

Getting there: start at  Wildflower Gardens, St Ives

The longer walks are comprised of the Mueller Track (3km) and the Solander Trail (2km).

Blackbutt Creek Track

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 2.4km one way

Getting there: start at St Johns Avenue, Gordon

Blackbutt Creek Track follows Blackbutt Creek along the reserve, before you cross the creek and connect to St Johns Avenue. You will notice some incredibly tall blackbutt trees throughout the walk, as well as turpentines and peppermint woodland.

Little Bluegum Creek Track

Difficulty: easy

Distance: 200m

Getting there: start at Lady Game Drive and Grosvenor Road, Lindfield 

Little Bluegum Creek Track is a wonderful short track through a rainforest in Lindfield. It’s the perfect walk for all ages and capabilities, and is accessible for prams and wheelchairs.

Two Creeks Track

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 7.5km return

Getting there: start at Slade Avenue and Tryon Road, East Lindfield

The Two Creeks Track circles East Lindfield, beside Gordon Creek to Middle Harbour, and continues along Middle to Roseville Bridge. If you start the walk at Slade Avenue and Tryon Road, you will need to pass under Eastern Arterial Road through the stormwater tunnel. Otherwise you can start the walk from the corner of Tryon Road and Eastern Arterial Road (near Lindfield Oval).

Little Digger Track

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: 2km return

Getting there: start at Roseville Avenue and Amarna Parade, Roseville

You will start the Little Digger Track under the old oak tree on the corner of Roseville Avenue and Amarna Parade in Roseville, before following Moores Creek into the sandstone gully until you join the Two Creeks Track. There’s beautiful waterfalls, rock pools and caves to spot along the way, along with a number of native animals.

Have we missed any of your favourite bushwalks? Let us know if we need to add any tracks to the our best bushwalks on the Upper North Shore by contacting us.

Resources

  1. Ku-ring-gai Council: www.krg.nsw.gov.au
  2. National Parks NSW: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au