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Published June 19th 2015
Bushwalks from Toddler to Trekker
Free Self Guided Nature Walks
Whether you want an organised children's party, a place for a family reunion or to spend hours alone walking in old growth bushland the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden has a lot to offer. Situated on the edge of St Ives with 123 hectares of urban bushland to explore, there is always something to do here for people who love the outdoors.
Getting close to nature is always a cheap and easy way to unwind. If you are like me and think bushwalking is about solitude; that tranquil place of bird calls and babbling waterfalls, the Wildflower Garden has those and more. Grab a self-guided map from the Reception Centre and fall in love with the area. There are 8 walking tracks to discover, ranging from a toddler friendly 200 metre to a 'pack your lunch' 3km hike; the walking paths are always well maintained and well signposted. The Wildflower Garden also boasts a sealed bike track to skate, peddle or jog around and the children's playground is often frequented by resident wallabies and giant goannas.
As well as bushwalking this is an excellent venue for events. They host a range of children's parties and the centre offers guided nature walks through the ponds where young and old can marvel at the water wildlife and, in season, spy tiny frogs clinging to the grasses.
This year the annual Wildflower Art and Garden Festival will be held on Sunday August 30th and local artists will be displaying their work as well horticultural talks and craft stalls to explore.