The Blue Gum Walk

Sydney is blessed.
Spoilt for choice in many ways, with beaches, natural beauty spots and parks aplenty to spoil the citizens and one of it’s best features are the wonderful bush walks meandering through gullies and along the harbours.

Up around Hornsby way, 20 kilometers north of the CBD there’s one little loop that takes in some of the best on offer, the Blue Gum walk.

A twisting 4 kilometer loop winding through some of the largest remnant blue gum stands left in the greater Sydney basin, surrounded by creeks and largely unaffected by development the walk is a sure fire fix for anybody looking for some time out from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Scenes along the track

Scenes along the track

Wild flowers.

Wild flowers.

Along the way be prepared to divert off on a tangent here and there as the track winds past swimming and fishing holes, old caves and tantalizing views through the tall trees. It wanders back and forth across fire trails and joins, for a while, the Great North Walk. The track is very well signposted though, with it’s own little metal markers pointing the correct way.

Scenes along the track

Scenes along the track

Fern detail

Fern detail

It’s quite a scramble in places and your legs will get a good work out as you climb across tumbled sandstone boulders and make your way in short bursts up the rocky paths.
Popular with the exercise crowd, you’re likely to come across recreational joggers out burning up the calories on the path. It’s got to be better than a treadmill.

Scenes along the track.

Scenes along the track.

One of the magnificent blue gum trees.

One of the magnificent blue gum trees.

It’s not hard to see why the Blue Gum walk was named on CNN as one of the top ten best bush walks in Sydney. check it out here,
If you do any research and are planning on doing the walk, some of the distances and times vary wildly, I had expected a 2.5 hour difficult walk and surprised myself getting back to the starting point on Rosemead Road after about an hour and a half, and that was with plenty of day dreaming side trips.
And the occasional pause to let the wildlife pass.

Native bush turkey.

Native bush turkey.

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