Five Ways To Enjoy Nature Near Your Favourite Local

With Spring in full bloom, now’s the perfect time to strap on your walking shoes and get in touch with nature. Our top five hikes will have you enjoying the great outdoors while still keeping in earshot of your favourite local.

Dubbed Sydney’s garden shire, it’s easy to see why The Hills area sets the perfect tone for an afternoon spent exploring nature. Offering an abundance of bushland, reserves and picnic areas, The Hills offers any number of nature-themed adventures. Here are five of our favourites. The best part? They’re are all a stone’s throw away from your favourite local.

1. Bike Ride through Castle Hill
Every local worth their grain of salt knows that Castle Hill and Kellyville both offer a picturesque backdrop for an afternoon spent in the great outdoors. Strapping on your sandals and exploring Cattai Creek Conservation Area, Fred Patterson and Wrights Road Reserve, is a beautiful adventure in itself. However, you can gain an entirely different perspective, and cover much ground, on the back of a bike. What’s more, you can make it an all-round adventure by booking in an early supper at Castle Hill stalwart, Hillside Hotel, and take your pick from bistro favourites.

2. Hike through the Longneck Lagoon
For those happy to drive a short distance, Longneck Lagoon is a mere 15 minute drive from Rouse Hill, home of The Australian Hotel & Brewery. Longneck Lagoon is an easy trek, so is perfect for families with children, and attracts a large array of birds to its wetlands. Combine your day out with a family lunch at The Australian Hotel & Brewery, where the food is always honest and the beers are brewed on-premise.

3. Picnic at Bernie Mullane Reserve
Sporty and adventure-packed, Bernie Mullane Reserve is the ideal place for a picnic afternoon spent with your loved ones. As a sports complex, you’ll definitely find an activity to suit all ages, plus it boasts its own hiking trek and picnic area. If picnicking sounds right up your alley but you don’t have time to prepare a plethora of outdoor delights, why not ask the friendly staff at Bella Vista Hotel, located a mere seven kilometres from the reserve, to cater a picnic lunch for you?

4. Join a Guided Walk Program
Make your nature hike a regular event by booking yourself and your friends into a guided walk program. The Hills area offers an endless amount of hiking opportunities and organisers are always keen to lend a hand orchestrating an adventure through the area’s pristine bushland. Additionally, since the duration of each walk is usually two hours, you’ll have plenty of time for a round of drinks afterwards at your favourite local.

5. Overnight Stay at Berowra Valley National Park
For the ultimate outdoor adventure, pack your camping gear and spend a few nights surrounded by the picture-perfect landscape of Berowra Valley National Park. Starting from Pennant Hills, this idyllic bushland is cut through by the rapids of clear blue water, and makes for the ultimate outdoor escape. The Great North Walk within the park takes roughly two to three days to complete, and is suitable for the more ambitious hiker who is keen to endure steep inclines and unmarked tracks. Be sure to set yourself up with a hearty morning snack before you embark on this challenging hike, like a Bella Big Boy from The Bella Shack.

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