There is something wonderful and relaxing about being amongst nature. And going bushwalking is a great, fun way to encourage a love of nature in kids….if done right. The last thing you want is make it an ‘unpleasant’ experience for your kids and turn them off wanting to go again! We recommend starting small and walking to interesting spots, with possibly a playground along the way. And make sure to be properly prepared. Below is a handy list of over 25 kid friendly bushwalks in and around the City of Parramatta, with links to more information about each walk.

We have also included a Google Map marking roughly the location of each walk, keeping in mind that some walks can be accessed at multiple points. You can also refer to the City of Parramatta Bushwalking brochure.

If you are new to bushwalking or would like to walk with other families, we highly recommend joining the Parramatta Little Bushwalkers and Nature Play Facebook group. And the City of Parramatta Council also offer a number of free and affordable  bush/ nature related events.


Kid Friendly Bushwalks in the City of Parramatta

Most of the walks in the City of Parramatta are along creeks that feed into Parramatta River. I’m now a Riverkeeper Ambassador to help make Parramatta River swimmable again. But this is only possible if we clean up the creeks that run into the river. Please help by picking up rubbish you find along your walks and reporting pollution, illegal dumping and large amounts of rubbish via the Snap Send Solve app.

1Hunts Creek Reserve, Carlingford/ North Rocks

2Lake Parramatta Reserve, North Parramatta

  • Length: the She-Oak walk is the one we recommend for young children and is about 1.5km return.
  • Terrain: mostly a flat, bush 2-person wide path, with some rock steps and a creek crossings.
  • Pram Friendly? Yes for an all-terrain pram along fire trail
  • Playground Nearby: Yes
  • Address: 28 Bourke Street, North Parramatta
  • More Info

3Hazel Ryan Oval, North Rocks

  • Length: About 900m loop walk.
  • Terrain: Flat, narrow bush path for most of the walk, with a rocky slope down at the beginning and a little incline to the fire trail. The fire trail back to the beginning is wide and flat.
  • Pram Friendly? Only in the beginning sections, along the concrete path from the carpark to Speers Road, and on the fire trail at the end section.
  • Playground Nearby: Yes at the car park.
  • Address: End of Whitbread Place, North Rocks
  • More Info

4North Rocks Dam, Bidjigal Reserve

  • Length: Approximately 350m from Loyalty Road, North Rocks and 600m from Ventura Road, Northmead.
  • Terrain: Steep, sealed path from Loyalty Road. Mostly a flat, wide bush path from Ventura Road.
  • Pram Friendly? Yes for parts, and there are stairs at the bottom viewing platform.
  • Playground Nearby: Yes, there are two small playgrounds on Ventura Road. One on the corner of Winton Ave and the other on Sorlie Ave.
  • Address: End of Loyalty Road, North Rocks OR End of Ventura Road, Northmead
  • More Info

5Terrys Creek, Epping

  • Length: Approximately 800m one-way to the waterfall from Vimiera Reserve in Epping. Or 600m from Epping Aquatic Centre to the waterfall.
  • Terrain: Mostly flat, narrow bush path, with little inclines and rocky bits. Near the waterfall, you need to clamber up and down some rocks.
  • Pram Friendly? No
  • Playground Nearby: Yes, Forrester Park
  • Address: Vimiera Reserve, Essex Street, Epping
  • More Info

6Moxham Park – Hourigans Quarry Wetlands to John Curtin Reserve | Northmead

8Vineyard Creek Reserve, Oatlands/ Dundas/ Telopea

9Pioneer Track (West), Beecroft – Carlingford

10Otto Losco Reserve (Water Dragon Walk), Northmead

11Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park

  • Pram Friendly? Yes
  • Address: Australia Ave, Sydney Olympic Park
  • More Info

12Redbank Track, Northmead

Toongabbie Creek

13Third Settlement Reserve, Winston Hills

  • Length: About 250m one way, though you can continue further along Toongabbie Creek
  • Terrain: Wide, flat bush track
  • Pram Friendly? Yes
  • Playground Nearby: Yes, at Third Settlement Reserve near corner of Edison Parade and Oakes Road.
  • Address: Edison Parade, Winston Hills
  • More Info

14Pioneer Track (Eastern) Ray Park Loop, Carlingford

  • Length: Loop from Ray Park, out to near Midson Road, is about 1.25km.
  • Terrain: Uneven, narrow bush path with a creek and road crossing.
  • Pram Friendly? No
  • Playground Nearby: Yes, walk starts next to the playground at Ray Park.
  • Address: Avonlea Drive, Carlingford
  • More Info

15Moxham Loop Track | Northmead, Winston Hills

16Settlers Walk, Winston Hills – Toongabbie

  • Length: About 1km from Oakes Road (Baxter) in Winston Hills to Chanel Street in Toongabbie
  • Pram Friendly? Yes (except the entrance near Baxter on Oakes Road – need to lift pram over bar)
  • Playgrounds Nearby: Yes, Third Settlement Reserve and Reynolds Park
  • Address: Oakes Road, Winston Hills or Chanel Street, Toongabbie
  • More Info

17Subiaco Creek Walk, Rydalmere

  • Length: 1km from Crowgey Street to Park Road along Subiaco Creek.
  • Terrain: Mostly flat, narrow bush path, with two creek crossings, about three sets of a few stairs and a few little inclines.
  • Pram Friendly? No
  • Playground Nearby: Yes, at Winjoy Reserve and Marri Badoo Reserve
  • Address: Crowgey Street and Park Road in Rydalmere
  • Close to Public Transport: Yes, buses along Victoria and Park Roads
  • More Info

18Whale Rock Walk, Epping

Photo credit: wildwalks.com.au
  • Pram Friendly? No
  • Address: Boundary Rd, North Epping
  • More Info

Other Nearby Kid Friendly Bushwalks

20Richard Webb Reserve, West Pennant Hills

21Berry Island Reserve, Wollstonecraft

Bushwalking at Berry Island Reserve

22Darvall Park, Denistone


Google Map of Bushwalks

Here is a Google Map roughly marking the location of each walk – either a starting point, somewhere along the walk or the end destination. Please keep in mind that some walks can be accessed at multiple points and span a long distance.


Tips for Bushwalking with Kids

Summer School Holidays with Little Ones
Balls Head Reserve
  • Remember to always pack plenty of water and snacks, take a small first aid kit, fully charged phone and mozzie repellant. Plus let someone know where you are going.
  • I usually dress my kids in a brightly coloured top so they are easier to spot amongst the bush.
  • Before setting off, work out roughly how long you think your kids can walk for, allowing for a number of rest and food stops. Then only walk for half that time before turning around and walking back out the way you came. It may not be as interesting as doing a round trip, but it will very likely save you having to listen to a LOT of whinging, tantrums and having to carry them. As a guide, I have found that my boys (4yr and 3yr) take up to 3 times as long to walk a trail then what is listed for an adult.
  • My main rule for the kids when bushwalking is that they must always be able to see me (or another adult we are walking with).
  • Please pack a garbage bag and collect rubbish along the way.
  • Remember, the bush is teeming with wildlife. It’s nearly always best to take the look but don’t touch approach. And in summer, you may very well come across snakes on your bushwalks. While the noise kids usually make should warn the snakes that you are approaching, you can also stomp along to alert them more. The snakes are usually more scared on you and best to just walk away from them.
kid friendly bushwalks
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden – Senses track

Nature and Environmental Related Local Events

The Parramatta Little Bushwalkers Group go walking at least fortnightly on a Friday morning as well as some weekend walks. Join the Facebook group to find out about their upcoming events.

May 25 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Bungarribee Park
Kids, bring your Grown-Ups! STEAM AHEAD is a dynamic and immersive weekend at Bungarribee Park exploring how we co-exist with nature through the lens of Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Collaborate, code, taste, touch,[...]
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Watkins Family Farm
The farm gate at the Watkins Family Farm opens for the 2019 mandarin season on Saturday 25th May. And the trees are FULL of fruit! Bring the kids for a great day out. There are[...]
May 26 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Bungarribee Park
Kids, bring your Grown-Ups! STEAM AHEAD is a dynamic and immersive weekend at Bungarribee Park exploring how we co-exist with nature through the lens of Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Collaborate, code, taste, touch,[...]
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Auburn Botanic Gardens
A day of getting back to nature. Take a walk around Auburn Botanic Gardens, view the beautiful gardens and visit the animal enclosure. Avenue Stalls and Activities (10am to 2pm) Native Plant Giveaway. Nature Art[...]
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Watkins Family Farm
The farm gate at the Watkins Family Farm opens for the 2019 mandarin season on Saturday 25th May. And the trees are FULL of fruit! Bring the kids for a great day out. There are[...]
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Wentworth Common
Explore the natural environment in a fun and interactive way with Ranger Judy and Joseph, reading stories, doing craft and wondering amongst the trees. The FREE Mini Park Rangers program runs each Tuesday morning during[...]
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Bella Vista Farm
Bella Vista Farm opens its doors on the 1st Sunday of each month from 9am to 2pm to the general public for FREE. Relax in the peaceful grounds of the Farm or bring a family[...]
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central Gardens at the Bush School (near play equipment on Paton St side)
We absolutely love going along to this FREE outdoor storytime each month. The Bush School Storytime starts with a nature craft and discovery activity. Then there’s songs and stories and finally cuddles with Poppy the[...]
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Wentworth Common
Explore the natural environment in a fun and interactive way with Ranger Judy and Joseph, reading stories, doing craft and wondering amongst the trees. The FREE Mini Park Rangers program runs each Tuesday morning during[...]
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm The Pecan Lady
The Pecan Lady Orchard will be open on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend from 9am to 4pm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Come and pick your own fresh pecans. Bring a bucket to fill and have[...]
Jun 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm The Pecan Lady
The Pecan Lady Orchard will be open on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend from 9am to 4pm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Come and pick your own fresh pecans. Bring a bucket to fill and have[...]
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm The Pecan Lady
The Pecan Lady Orchard will be open on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend from 9am to 4pm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Come and pick your own fresh pecans. Bring a bucket to fill and have[...]
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Wentworth Common
Explore the natural environment in a fun and interactive way with Ranger Judy and Joseph, reading stories, doing craft and wondering amongst the trees. The FREE Mini Park Rangers program runs each Tuesday morning during[...]
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Westpoint Shopping Centre, first floor, centre court
Plastic free July is almost here! Did you know that you can still have fun and be creative without using plastic? Find out how at a plastic free art and craft session with Reverse Garbage![...]
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Wentworth Common
Explore the natural environment in a fun and interactive way with Ranger Judy and Joseph, reading stories, doing craft and wondering amongst the trees. The FREE Mini Park Rangers program runs each Tuesday morning during[...]

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