Here are a few of our favourite walking tracks we have found. Some are easier than others but all have something interesting and fun about them.
Is only half an hour drive from Sydney CBD or 5 minutes away from Castle Hill Towers Shopping Centre. It can be found at 95 Castle Hill Road West Pennant Hills. Cumberland State Forest contains 40 hectares of native forest. It has 3 walking tracks called Forestry, Palm Guly and Sensory Trail. The 3 trails are open to the public and are an easy to moderate track for all ages to complete and enjoy.
At Cumberland State Forest you will find several different picnic areas most have BBQ and parking areas and some with shelter facilities. There are toilets located at the start of the trails and at the picnic areas. You will also find an onsite cafe and an independent nursery selling native Australian plants. Also newly introduced is TreeTops adventure park.
For more information visit www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit/forests/cumberland-state-forest
When visiting Hunts Creek Waterfall, you can park at several different locations, when we went we parked at Norfolk Place which is just near the waterfall entrance.
The walking track is easy to walk around and it took us around an hour to complete. You are able to get up close to the waterfall and even paddle your feet in the water.
The park is dog friendly and also has a playground for the kids to enjoy and take a packed lunch to eat there.
Wattamolla Falls is located in the Royal National Park, Coast Track, Sutherland Shire NSW. You can fill the entire day by exploring the area, swimming at the beach, visiting the waterfall, walking the many trails and heading to the lookout for a great view.
Pack a picnic lunch as there are no food facilities, there are toilet facilities and parking available. We highly recommend as it's an easy walk for the kids and has amazing views.
The park is open from 7am to 8.30pm
Grab the kids, pack some lunch, jump in the car & take a 2 hour drive (from Sydney) to Wentworth Falls located at False Road, Wentworth Falls Rd, Wentworth Falls NSW.
There are several walking tracks that you can choose from depending on what will best suit your family. Most of the tracks you will find a beautiful waterfall at the end of the trial. On our visit we kept it easy & did a few small tracks but looking forward to going back for the 3 hour round trip! There are picnic areas and a cart selling tea and coffee. There is limited parking on site but you can park on the road and walk down.
Located in the Blue Mountains National Park at Glenbrook, you can either walk to Jellybean pools which can take around 1 hour or there is parking facilities with a short walk 50 meters to the pools. Once there you can take a picnic lunch & go for a swim at Jelly Bean Pool. A short car distance away you can follow the Red Hand Trail to see aboriginal artwork from over 1600 years ago and on the way back you can stop at Mt Portal Lookout for a great view of the west.
Definitely an adventurous day for only $8 entry fee into the park .
The track starts at Heathcote train station and there are parking facilities available on site.
We completed this track on a day where it did rain and we had to jump many puddles. The track is moderate so would only be suitable for older kids aged 6 up who don't mind walking.
Although the track can be challenging in parts, it definitely worth the view you see from the cliff top and a swim when you reach Karloo pools. You can continue to walk onto the waterfall but we thought this would be too much for the kids.
There are no toilet facilities and you will need to pack water and food. We had a picnic once we reached the pools and it was a great spot to hang out before the trek back to the car.
For more information visit https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/karloo-walking-track