Secret Sydney: Berowra
Dubbed the place of many winds by its original Aboriginal settlement, Berowra is a region in Sydney’s north, rich in natural beauty and indigenous history, and surrounded by flourishing bushland, stunning waterways and interesting walking trails.
Bordered by Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, one of the country’s oldest national parks, and encompassing Berowra Creek, which extends out to the beautiful Hawkesbury River, and Berowra Valley National Park, one of Sydney’s largest natural bushland areas, there is plenty to explore in this region.
Berowra Creek is a popular spot for boating and fishing and is one of the Hawkesbury’s major tributaries, entering the river at historic Bar Island. This fascinating site is accessible by private boat or water taxi and has a Heritage Trail that includes a cottage, church and cemetery, as well as native flora and fauna. Berowra Creek also runs through the scenic Galston Gorge, that also boasts walking tracks, waterfalls and local wildlife. The Berowra Waters Ferry is a toll-free car ferry, that crosses the creek. Boat hire is also available at Berowra Waters Marina.
Berowra Valley National Park has plenty of spots to picnic or BBQ, and walking paths along the creek to explore. Take a bushland adventure over part of the iconic Great North Walk or, for an easier option, follow the boardwalk along the Place of Winds interpretive trail to discover some of the regions Aboriginal history and witness sweeping views over the valley.
If you want to splurge, the famous Berowra Waters Inn is considered one of Australia’s best restaurants, and its absolute waterfront location means it can only be accessed by private ferry.
Berowra is at the gateway to the central and far north coast of NSW and makes a great stopover on your way out of the city, or a fun day trip to discover a part of Sydney you've never seen.
Where: Berowra is about 35 kilometres north of the CBD just off the F3 Freeway.
Images via nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
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