Casual walking is a wonderful physical activity that can help improve your health and wellbeing. Here at the City of Ryde you can take your pick of picturesque, accessible and attractive walking routes.
The Ryde Riverwalk is a 12km-long landscaped pathway that skirts along the banks of the Parramatta River, between Kissing Point Park and Melrose Park. The pathway showcases the foreshore and its historic and cultural significance to the area.
The Ryde Riverwalk is designed for use by walkers and cyclists and connects to many other cycling routes. Visit the Ryde Riverwalk page for more information.
Field of Mars Walking Tracks
1.2km return, 45min. Grade: Medium
Walk through the eastern end of the reserve on the Doyle Loop past caves, gullies and interesting rock outcrops. The vegetation along most of the track is Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest with its Banksias, Angophoras and diverse shrub understorey.
5.2km, Estimated 1hr 10min. Grade: Easy
Kunzea Walk starts at Ryde Park and continues to the Field of Mars Wildlife Refuge where it links to the Great North Walk (Sydney to Newcastle).
1.9km return, 60min. Grade: Easy Enjoy a shady walk along the coolness of Strangers Creek surrounded by Sydney Sandstone Gully Forest. Strangers Creek has numerous water holes and rainforest species including magnificent Treeferns, Coachwood and Lillypilly trees. Be sure to listen out for frogs
1.9km one-way, 45min. Grade: Easy
Explore the middle of the Reserve. See areas of Turpentine Ironbark Marginal Forest on shale soil as well as Sydney Sandstone Ridgetop Woodland on sandstone soil. See magnificent Angophora trees and wildflowers most of the year. Walk along Cressy Rd past the cemetery to complete the loop.
0.6km return, 15min. Grade: Easy Starting at the bridge this wheelchair accessible boardwalk follows along Buffalo Creek. Looping back towards the Education centre follow the pathway to return to the bridge. Look out for the long necked turtle, water dragons, ducks and eels.
Download the Field of Mars Walking Trails Map(PDF, 823KB) for all the walking tracks listed above.
Brush Farm Park Walking Tracks
With its remnant bushland, rare rainforest species and sportsfield Brush Farm Park is a great place to explore. The natural and cultural heritage of this bushland oasis area sets it apart from other parks and reserves in Sydney.
Explorer Gregory Blaxland built his home, Brush Farm House, circa 1820 on what is now the northern side of Lawson St, Eastwood. It is one of Australia’s oldest surviving houses and one of the most substantial houses surviving from the Macquarie period.
Today Brush Farm Park contains remnants of Critically Endangered Blue Gum High Forest, Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest and Rainforest.
Brush Farm Park Loop Track
930m, 20min return Grade: Moderate
Starting at the carpark, wander beneath the canopy of beautiful turpentine trees down into the rainforest gully. Loop back to the start point along the eastern gully or venture west to the Bowling Club track or south onto the Lambert Park track.
Lambert Park Track
380m, 6min one-way Grade: Easy
Continuing south from the Brush Farm Loop, you will notice a change in the vegetation as you walk along the filled valley. Exit at the southern end near the Guide Hall or head up the steps to John Street.
Download the Brush Farm Park Walking Tracks(PDF, 1MB) map.
Great North Walk
A 250km walking track from Sydney to Newcastle. This can be accessed from Buffalo Creek Reserve, Magdala Park and Lane Cove National Park.
Parramatta River Walk
A loop beginning and ending at Rhodes Station with access points at various stages along the loop. The walk includes a river crossing by ferry and one by train. Estimated walking time 5-6 hours.
Ryde College at 250 Blaxland Road, Ryde. Free self-guided tour allows participants to learn more about sustainable gardening and its impact on the environment.