“A gorgeous hike through Kuring-Gai Chase National Park aka a perfect day out of the city by public transport.”
— Christine Kane
Birding · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife
Hike through Kuring Gai National Park and along the waterway. This is a great day out from the city, and is accessible by train, car, or bus.
Hike from Mount Kuring Gai Station and follow the signs straight down to the start of the sandy trail which will connect through dense woodlands to Appletree Bay. From the bay, double back and follow the trail along the waterfront where you'll see the rusted remains of an old romantic getaway spot, aboriginal middens, waterfalls, and sweeping views of the parklands. The hike ends with a steep uphill to Berowra Station where you can catch the train back to the city.
There are plenty of opportunity for bird watching and swimming spots if you're so inclined. Bring plenty of water and keep in mind the bush is pretty much untouched, to the point of being overgrown in some areas so be reasonably prepared.
Flora & Fauna
Lace Goannas, Falcons, Herons, Egrets, Wallabies, White-eared Honeyeaters, Noisy Pitas, Lyrebirds, and Superb Fairy-wren. The area is also known for Platypus, Koalas, Quolls, and Possums but chances of actually seeing those on the trail are somewhat diminished due to the placement of the track and/or status of the species.
Water is clear and shallow so you can spot eels, rays, and quite a few of the native fish species without ever getting wet.
History & Background
Aboriginal middens and rusted ruins can be spotted along the way.
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