Needing some down time with nature but don't want to travel out of Sydney? Old Mans Valley is untouched wilderness located only minutes away from Hornsby Station.
The Blue Gum Track is part of the Great North Walk, an iconic track that stretches from Sydney to Newcastle. This loop track is of moderate to difficult grade, is approximately 5 kilometres long and takes up to 2 hours to complete. It is suitable for kids from the age of 8.
The track offers a great work out with lots of steep climbs and steps traversing Old Mans Creek down in the valley amongst subtropical rainforest filled with ferns and moss-adorned boulders, and dry bushland with blackboy trees and beautiful blue gum eucalyptus trees, before climbing up the escarpment back towards suburbia.
This track is great for all seasons. There is lots of shade during the summer months and after a big rainfall the creek rages with water, making a spectacular viewing experience.
Return back to the Blue Gum Track as it follows the cascading creek, passing many cave systems and moss-adorned boulders and Blue Gum eucalyptus trees.
We spent most of our rest time here, sitting on the boulders admiring the cascading creek, taking in the tranquillity of Old Mans Valley. It is hard to imagine that this wilderness is so close to suburbia yet so secluded and natural.