Hornsby and Ku-Ring-Gai National Park

Enjoy bushwalking, cycling, boating and fishing in beautiful wilderness around Hornsby in northern Sydney. Two national parks border the Hornsby shire. The biggest and Australia’s second oldest is Ku-ring-gai Chase, which fans northeast to the gleaming Hawkesbury and Pittwater waterways.

Berowra Valley National Park sweeps from the southwest to the northeast. You can pitch a tent at Crosslands Reserve by Berowra Creek, a pretty waterway perfect for kayaking, boating and fishing. You’ll find free barbecue facilities, picnic tables and other amenities in the enchanting reserve.

People fishing from the rocks near Bobbin Head

Other waterside picnic spots with barbecues facilities are Apple Tree and nearby Bobbin Head in Kur-ring-gai. You can drive to both delightful picnic areas. Alternatively, the bushwalk from Mount Ku-ring-gai Station – three train stops north of Hornsby Station - to Apple Tree is 4km or 50 minutes.

Both national parks contain sections of the Great North Walk, a 250km trail from Sydney to Newcastle named after a convict-built road that’s UNESCO World Heritage. Berowra track follows the creek and Ku-ring-gai track begins at Cowan Station, two stops northeast of Hornsby Station.

Mount Colah Station to Pymble Station cycle route, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Read these bushwalking safety tips before your trip. There are other wonderful trails, such as the Place of Winds interpretative trail that starts and ends at Crosslands Reserve. An exhilarating cycling route through Ku-ring-gai begins at Mount Colah Station, just five minutes by train from Hornsby.

Getting to Hornsby is easy by public transport, with trains from the city centre or Strathfield in Sydney’s west. There are cafes, restaurants and shops near Hornsby Station and the Hornsby Organic Markets offers a range of fresh produce every Thursday in the mall on Florence Street.

A short cycle or walk from the station is Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail, 6km of biking adventure in picturesque bushland for beginners and experienced riders. For an aerial adventure, take a seaplane from Rose Bay to either Berowra Waters or Cottage Point in Kur-ring-gai and enjoy waterside dining.

Events

  1. Lunar New Year

    Friday 16 February 2018 to Friday 23 February 2018 , Sydney North

    Celebrate Chinese New Year and explore the Museums Discovery Centre through a new lens. Join volunteers as they share stories about their favourite iconic objects to give a flavour of far away lands. Enjoy a tour in Mandarin, Cantonese …

    16 Feb - 23 Feb
  2. Vissla Sydney Surf Pro

    Saturday 24 February 2018 to Sunday 04 March 2018 , Manly

    The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro is bringing top level, international surfing back to the iconic Manly Beach in 2018. Over 20 countries will be represented in local, junior and World Surf League Qualifying Series 6000 events. Many of the world’s …

    24 Feb - 04 Mar
  3. Papunya Tjupi Arts

    Saturday 24 February 2018 to Sunday 25 February 2018 ,

    Papunya Tjupi Arts is a thriving community managed arts centre based in Papunya, the famous birthplace of Western Desert dot-painting. Honey Ant Gallery is proud to present their latest masterpieces, showcasing sought after senior talent, …

    24 Feb - 25 Feb