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Published December 3rd 2017
Tranquility lies in the suburbs on hidden bushland walk
A beautiful pocket of unspoiled bushland lies between the suburbs Eastwood and Epping and can be explored by taking a self guided walk. Terrys Creek Walk named after Edward Terry, the first mayor of Eastwood, is of easy to moderate grade and follows a waterway, that eventually flows into the Lane Cove River.
With access points at the end of Essex Street and Abuklea Road, Epping, the walk is peaceful and picturesque as it follows the creek. With filtered light, provided by the leaf canopy and the surrounding rock ledges forming parts of the track, it is easy to forget this beautiful landscape exists right next door to suburbia.
A map can be downloaded from the Hornsby Shire Council website and shows both the walking route and many numbered points of interest including a Blue Gum shale forest, Dragon's Lair and Sanstone Soils. The bushland itself features Blue Gums, Sydney Red Gums, Blackbutts and Turpentine trees and many hollows can be spotted where parrots, owls, possums and bats call home.
Bush Turkey Sratching Around
The wildlife is abundant and the creek is a popular spot for Eastern Water Dragons who can be found basking on sunny rocks while the bush turkeys, which are rather large and healthy looking, keep an eye out and dig in the undergrowth. This corridor of bushland is actually very important to the animal residents as it forms a 'wildlife highway' through to Lane Cove National Park.
Approximately halfway into the walk, if taking the Essex Street starting point, you unexpectedly (if you don't have a map of the route) happen upon a rocky outcrop where water cascades over to the pool below. In its day it was a popular swimming spot with locals, but now swimming is not advised due to urban pollution, so a tranquil place to sit and savour. It really is a pretty spot.
Further on and by taking the marked track to the left, Epping Aquatic Centre is accessible. According to local lore, a dam used to sit at this spot which served as the local swimming pool. The land was later sold to Council by local John Dence for residential development and the rest became a park named in his honour, and now includes the current aquatic centre.
Just beyond the Abuklea Road entrance the track crosses the creek and continues on eventually meeting up with Epping Road. From here the track continues through to Browns Waterhole and onto Lane Cove National Park and beyond, a totally new walkway to explore. Or simply turn back, retrace your steps and enjoy the bushland and beauty over again.