Berowra Valley National Park is located just an hour drive north west of Sydney. This vast protected nature wonderland is so close to Sydney, so you can easily make a day trip or spend a part of your holiday here. It is located between the suburbs of Hornsby heights, Thornleigh, Galston, Pennant Hills, and Cherrybrook. Things to do in the park include walking trails, boating, beautiful lookouts, picnics in the park, and just relaxing while exploring nature.


Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Dr. David Midgley – Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 2.5,


Berowra Creek in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit:


Berowra Creek in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit:

Barnett’s Lookout


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Barnett’s Lookout in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit:

Barnett’s Lookout is one of the most popular spots in Berowra Valley National Park. It is a great place for a picnic right near the Berowra Creek. There is a small playground, so the kids can have some great playtime outdoors in the park.

Kayaking Tour in Berowra Valley National Park


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If you love nature tours and kayaking, you should plan for this all day guided kayaking tour that covers 10 km in Berowra Creek. The waters of the creek are sheltered so it is a calm and easy ride. During the tour, you’ll learn about the beautiful surroundings as you paddle by plus the history of the region. You’ll find out all about the intertidal zone, the rich plant and animal biodiversity here. Your adventure ends at the Marina Cafe where you can enjoy refreshments.

Walking Trails in Berowra Valley National Park


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There are three walking trails that we are featuring in Berowra Valley National Park: Bellamy Fire Trail, Place of the Winds Trail, and the Benowie Walking Track. Whether you are walking in the city, the mountains, or the outback, it is very important to be prepared at all times. Do your research about the requirements and details of the walk you choose. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, use sunscreen and hats to protect your skin from the sun, have the right shoes and attire, bring plenty of drinking water, have emergency supplies with you, and make sure that someone not travelling with you knows when you are expected back. Check the weather before your walk so you know what type of conditions and temperatures you can expect. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to always remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.

Bellamy Fire Trail


Bellamy Fire Trail in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit:


Bellamy Fire Trail in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit:


Bellamy Fire Trail in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit:

The Bellamy Fire Trail is one of the best kept secrets of Sydney. It’s a short walk but is very memorable. It is a dog-friendly trail through the bushland through Berowra Valley National park to Pennant Hills and Thornleigh. It passes by Zig-Zag Creek, takes you over a bridge and to the old railway quarry where you will find the natural amphitheatre. It is a grade 5 difficult trail that is .5 km each way and takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete. Smell the tall eucalypts and listen for the distinctive call of the kookaburras.

Place of the Winds Walk


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Place of the Winds Walk in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit:


Place of the Winds Walk in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit:

The Place of Winds interpretive trail is an easy walk on the boardwalk tail over salt marshes and through the woodland. Bring your camera for this walk because you will be privy to some very picturesque views over the Berowra Valley. The walk is 1.2 km long each way and is rated a grade 5. Allow about 30 minutes to an hour to finish the walk.

Benowie Walking Track in Berowra Valley National Park


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The Benowie Walking Track is a section of the well-known Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle. While the Great North Walk can take several days, the Benowie Walking Track is an overnight walk. You should prepare to camp out in the beautiful bushland inside Berowra Valley National Park and you are in for an adventure. It is one of the top walks near Sydney and was recently featured on our blog in 5 Must Do Walks of Sydney. The length of the Benowie walking track is 25 km and follows along the Berowra Creek. The Great North Walk is 27 km one-way and takes 3 or 4 days to complete. The entire walk is a grade 5 level of difficulty which should be reserved for advanced and experienced bushwalkers. Many hikers opt to break the walk up into several shorter walks. There are many different camping sites to check out and opting shorter sections of the trail also opens it up for hikers of varying experience and fitness levels and even kids.

There are plenty of trails throughout Berowra Valley National Park. You can find a list of each one along with a short description and rating on Other trails in Berowra Valley National Park include:

  • The Lakes of Cherrybrook Loop
  • Clarinda Street Dog Walking Trail
  • Daphne Place Dog Walking Trail
  • Bellamy Street to De Saxe Close Dog Walking Trail
  • Blackwattle Close Loop
  • Elouera Lookout Walk
  • Crosslands to Berowra Creek Lookout
  • Refuge Rock and Natural Arch Walk
  • Blackwattle Trail
  • Callicoma Caves
  • Cherrybrook to Refuge Rock
  • Blue Gum Walk (Joe’s Mountain Circuit)
  • Stringybark Ridge Loop via Bellamy Street Walk
  • Cherrybrook to Thornleigh Walk
  • Callicoma Loop
  • Hornsby to Fishponds
  • Berowra To Berowra Waters Walk
  • Stringybark Ridge and Zig Zg Creek Loop from Thornleigh Station
  • Hornsby Blue Gum Walk
  • Berowra Waters to Cowan Station
  • Crosslands to Naa Badu Lookout Return
  • Wareemba Avenue to Thornleigh Station
  • Cherrybrook to Hornsby via Fishponds
  • Mt. Ku-Ring-gai to Calna Creek
  • Hornsby to Galston Gorge
  • Mt Ku-Ring-gai Track to Berowra Station
  • Thornleigh to Hornsby
  • Galston Gorge to Mt Ku-ring-gai
  • Berowra to Cowan via Berowra Waters
  • Galston Gorge to Berowra Station
  • Crosslands to Berowra Waters Return
  • Crosslands to Cowan
  • Thornleigh to Galston Gorge
  • Hornsby Station to Crosslands
  • Mt. Ku-Ring-gai to Cowan (via Berowra Waters)
  • Hornsby to Mt. Ku-Ring-gai
  • Berowra to Hornsby
  • Crosslands to Brooklyn
  • Thornleigh to Mt Ku-Ring-gai
  • Thornleigh to Cowan
  • Hornsby to Brooklyn (Three Day Walk)

Hiring a Car in Sydney


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It’s convenient and easy to hire a car in Sydney  at one of many convenient locations. If you flew into Sydney on holiday, you can hire a car right at the Sydney Airport. Other locations in Sydney where you can rent a car at a great price include Sydney east location in Alexandria, or the Sydney southwest location in Ravensby. Click through any of the links to get a quick and easy rate quote for the best car rental rates in Sydney. Be sure to let your car rental agent know your travel itinerary so that they can ensure you have the best vehicle for your trip. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. While in Sydney, check out these other holiday ideas from our blog:


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