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Published December 2nd 2015
Wonderful Bushland Experience
If you love getting out into Sydney's amazing bush land then you will love Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.This Garden truly has to be one of Sydney's little hidden gems and I highly recommend it as a free day out mingling with nature.
The Garden is situated in St Ives on approximately 123 hectares. There is so much to do here - pack your walking shoes, a picnic rug, water and your outdoor spirit and enjoy all this garden has to offer.
The recently upgraded Visitors Centre makes for a logical start to a day at the Garden. We stopped in here (there is a carpark out the front) and were surprised by the great, new facilities. Here you can pick up a walking trail guide or buy a variety of items including cold drinks, bush walking supplies, Australian jams and honey, postcards and other bits and bobs.
Kids will enjoy the kids corner which features a table with kids craft activities and animal enclosures housing stick insects, frogs and spiders. There is a wildflower and native plant display that displays a sample of various plants and their names and you can also buy native plants here. There are also chairs and tables out the front to sit and rest on should you need.
After investigating the Visitors Centre, we decided to drive to Lambert's Clearing. It is just a short drive from the Visitors Centre (head to the right of the centre down the hill). There are two carparks, head down as far as you can go. It is then a short walk to the clearing - along a paved, signed path.
This is a good place to base your day as it has a heap of amenities at hand. Firstly there is a kids playground which is adequate and will keep the little ones occupied for a while. There are toilets, sheltered tables and barbeques. And best of all there are resident, wild wallabies and bush turkeys that frequent this area.
After spending some time at the Clearing we decided to head off on a walk - there are eight walks within the park and three of these are wheelchair/pram friendly. We decided to do the Solander Trail which heads off from the left of Lambert's Clearing. You can get maps of trails from the Visitors Centre so make sure you grab one while you are there (or download one).
The Solander Trail is a fully paved, circular trail that circles through the park. It is a really lovely walk full of bushland wonder - look out for all the wildflowers and take your time to enjoy the quiet and serenity. It took us about 40 minutes with three children including a baby and prams. It is a fairly easy walk with some hills and requires a moderate fitness level. There are seats along the way should you need a rest.
If you wish to do a shorter trail you could do Browns Trail, which circumvents Lambert's Clearing.
The Solander Trail will bring you back up to the Visitors Centre. From here you can also do the Senses Track (pram and wheelchair friendly approximately 10 minute walk), visit Dampier's Clearing (tables, toilets and barbeques) or why not have a go on the fitness equipment! The Mueller Track also departs from the Visitors Centre (for the more daring among us!)
If you aren't encumbered by a pram take the Banks Track back to Lambert's Clearing (make sure you stop off at the pond - you just might see a turtle!), or if you have pram or wheelchair head off back down via the internal road.
The pond is a great stop off on your way back. It is a bit hard to spot the entry, however it is a gate within the fence at Caley's Pavilion. The pond has a boardwalk that circles it and there are signs that provides great info on pond life! There is a lovely 'green space' area around Caley's Pavilion which would also make a great picnic spot. There are toilets available here also.