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Any interesting history for the region?


What are the standout bushwalking features?


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Walks in Greater Sydney

3 km return
2 hrs

Box Head

A nice walk to a scenic lookout over Broken Bay

5.4 km return
3 hrs

Elvina Bay loop

The Elvina Bay circuit is a short but very diverse loop trail at West Head, with a secluded swimming hole, multiple cascades and waterfalls and nice Pittwater views. You can opt for a hard and partly off-track circuit, or an easier on-track loop...

Very Easy
1.1 km return
30 mins

Koolewong Track

The Koolewong Track (koolewong is an Aboriginal word for koala, ‘though there are none left in this area) is one of the shortest walks at West Head. However, it leads to one of the best lookouts over Hawkesbury River toward Patonga and Lion island.

2.3 km return
100 mins

Water Dragon Way

Water Dragon Way runs between Moxhams Road, Northmead and Goodin Road, Winston Hills along the eastern side of Quarry Branch Creek. The distance is 2.3km and duration of 1hr 40min return. The track is a mixture of natural earth and rocky path including some rock and wooden stairs. Walking from south to north is a consistent incline.

Walks in The Hills Shire

4.5 km return
2.5 hrs

Burraga Track (Bidjigal Reserve)

Valley views. Sandstone shelter, closed Coachwood forest, Ridgetop Heathland, sandstone gullies and woodland. Wildflowers and orchids in Spring. Eastern Water Dragons at Bidgiwong Rock. Water pools, flowing streams and filtered sunlight.

4.4 km return
2 hrs

Bushland Corridors (Rouse Hill)

An early farm house, original land grants, a mysterious grave, remnant bushland including Forest Red Gum woodland and heathland, waterways and water birds. The Rouse Hill area was settled early in Sydney’s history. The first land grant in this area was to Governor William Bligh in 1806. Richard Rouse was the next landowner in 1813.

1.8 km return
90 mins

Forest Walk (Cumberland State Forest)

A feature of this walk is the tall native trees and Cabbage Tree Palms. As well as cool gullies and ferns there is plenty of birdlife in the forest. Cumberland State Forest is the only urban forest in Australia. The forest was established in 1939. The walks are signposted with interpretive signs and individual plant names. It is possible to see indigenous plants of the Hills District as well as rainforest trees from elsewhere in NSW.

3.6 km return
2 hrs

Geebung Walk (Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill

Shale Sandstone Transition Forest which supports a rich diversity of flora, Sydney Sandstone Ridgetop Woodland and Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest near Cattai Creek. There is a large variety of native plants growing in the reserve which means you will see wildflowers in most months of the year as well as many species of birds which feed on them. Fred Caterson Reserve is Crown land under the care and control of The Hills Shire Council. It has been designated as an area for public recreation since 1895.

2.4 km return
90 mins

Heritage Park (Castle Hill)

An easy to medium grade walk (for pram users and those with small children please note there are two steep hills) on paved paths. This is the site of the former Convict Farm
established in 1801 and scene of the Rebellion of 1804. The site is of national significance and is owned and managed by The Hills Shire Council. Interpretive signs tell the various stories of its many layered history.

6.4 km return
3 hrs

Heritage Trail (Baulkham Hills)

This walk goes through the Headwaters of Toongabbie Creek which was the earliest land to be settled in Baulkham Hills. Following the example of George Suttor who pioneered the citrus growing industry in The Hills, the district hosted fruit orchards until the 1950s. Now houses have replaced farms but lovely bushland can still be enjoyed in the valleys. Interpretive signs tell the stories of the early settlers.