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 created to mark Australia's bicentenary of the First Fleet arrival. 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.