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The Secret’s Out: Marramarra National Park

The Secret’s Out: Marramarra National Park

Last week, we featured Berowra Valley National Park, today we are headed just north of Berowra to Marramarra National Park. It is close to Sydney; takes less than 1 ½ hours to drive there. Marramarra National Park is 11,785 hectares of land 40 km north west of Sydney’s CBD. However, it is hard to imagine that this nature wonderland is that close to one of the biggest cities in the entire Southern Hemisphere and all of Australia. It feels remote and is a haven for outdoor lovers because you can camp here, kayak, canoe, swim, cycle, picnic, bird watch, fish, and bushwalk. The Hawkesbury River, Berowra Creek, and Marramarra Creek are a few of the waterways in the park. There is also much to be learned about the Aboriginal heritage here as well as European settler history of this region and its historic orange orchards. It is a great place for a day trip or an overnight adventure.

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Berowra Creek in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Sardaka (talk) 08:34, 10 March 2015 (UTC) – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38830405

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Hawkesbury River from the northern ridges of Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Sardaka (talk) 07:07, 11 March 2015 (UTC) – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38851992

Marramarra National Park

Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra National Park

Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Bushwalking in Marramarra National Park

Marramarra National Park, Marramarra creek

Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra National Park

Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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. The two walking tracks of Marramarra National Park that we will be featuring are Canoelands Ridge walking track and the walking track from Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge.

Canoelands Ridge Walking Track

Marramarra National Park, Canoelands Ridge Track

Canoelands Ridge Walking Track in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra National Park, Canoelands Ridge Track

Canoelands Ridge Walking Track in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra National Park, Canoelands Ridge Track

Canoelands Ridge Walking Track in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Canoelands Ridge walking track is a grade 4 track that is 21 km with the return. You should expect it to take 8 to 10 hours to complete the trail. The day long walk takes you through the park near Hornsby and Sydney. You will be able to take in some scenic views of the Hawkesbury River and plenty of native wildflowers. You will really see the highlights of the beauty of Marramarra National Park especially the ever-changing colours of the wildflowers which make sure that the scenery will change each time you visit the park. If you choose to campout instead of return during this walk, you can camp by the Hawkesbury River at the historic Gentlemans Halt campground.

Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge Walking Track

Marramarra National Park, Marramarra Ridge trail

Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge Walking Track in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra National Park, Marramarra Ridge trail

Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge Walking Track in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra National Park, Marramarra Ridge trail

Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge Walking Track in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge walking track is a grade 4 track and takes approximately 4 to 6 hours to complete. It is a 13 km loop that will take you near Hornsby where you will enjoy scenic views, can pack a picnic and learn about the historic heritage of the park and see the different wildflowers throughout the year. They are most vibrant and colourful during spring time. Some of the flowers you will see here include pink eriostemons and boronias, yellow peas and white epacris, as well as yellow and red bloodwoods and angophoras. You can take the trail down to Marramarra Creek where you can take a refreshing swim in the water and camp overnight if you choose.

Gentlemans Halt Campground in Marramarra National Park

Marramarra National Park, Gentlemans Halt Campground

Gentlemans Halt Campground in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra National Park, Gentlemans Halt Campground

Gentlemans Halt Campground in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra National Park, Gentlemans Halt Campground

Gentlemans Halt Campground in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

There are two campgrounds in Marramarra National Park: the Gentlemans Halt Campground and Marramarra Creek Campground. At Gentlemans Halt Campground there is remote, tent camping. There are picnicking and barbecue facilities but these sites are not powered and are unmarked. The campgrounds are secluded down the path of the Canoelands Ridge walking track. Bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, and exploring near the water are all popular activities.

Marramarra Creek Campground in Marramarra National Park

Marramarra National Park, Marramarra Creek Campground

Marramarra Creek Campground in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra National Park, Marramarra Creek Campground

Marramarra Creek Campground in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

There are two campgrounds in Marramarra National Park: the Gentlemans Halt Campground and Marramarra Creek Campground. The Marramarra Creek campground is near Hornsby. You can canoe, kayak, fish, or bird watch here at the tranquil waters of Marramarra Creek. You can also explore the historic orange orchards here. The campgrounds here are for tents; there are picnic tables and barbecue facilities. The campground is set among the trees.

Hiring a Car in Sydney to get to Marramarra National Park

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Marramarra National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Sydney Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

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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