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Published September 11th 2013
A short but accessible bushwalk in Lindfield
If you want to experience a slice of the Aussie bush close to Sydney, the best place to head is Lane Cove National Park. Sitting either side of the Lane Cove River, this beautiful pocket of bushland boasts lovely picnicking and ample bushwalking trails.
But many of those trails are only accessible to the able-bodied, or can be too much to tackle for some older people. With that in mind, the nearby Sir Phillip Game Reserve is a great spot to visit for those who might not be able to experience the bush as much as they like.
Sir Phillip Game was governor at the time of the 1932 Sydney Harbour Bridge opening ceremony, and now the park that bears his name is home to the Little Blue Gum Creek track. Though only short, the entire distance of the track is made up of boardwalk, helping to open up this pocket of bushland to any who want to see it.
The boardwalk slices its way into the gum trees, quickly leading you away from the traffic sounds of Lady Game Drive and towards the sounds of native birdlife. A sign explains that the area is also home to microbats, which can catch 1200 mosquito sized insects in an hour. These little critters are covered in fur, with the largest varieties weighing 150 grams, down to tiny forest bats that weigh just three grams.
The boardwalk is only a few-hundred metres in length, finishing at a roundabout that looks out into denser bush ahead. Plenty of people have obviously walked further on from here, but this is where the marked trail ends.
All up, the walk will only take about 10 or 15 minutes. There's only a handful of parking spaces at the entrance to the boardwalk, one of which is a disabled spot, but there's more parking in nearby bays across Lady Game Drive. Just make sure to take care crossing this busy road as there's no designated spot to do so.
If you feel like a picnic after exploring the trail, move into Lane Cove National Park to one of its many flat, grassed areas.