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Canoelands Ridge walking track

“It’s amazing how a day walk in the bush can make you feel; exhausted, but also completely energised by nature.”

There’s no better way to experience the beauty of Marramarra than by spending the day exploring Canoelands Ridge walking track on foot.

The 10km walk to Gentlemans Halt takes you through constantly changing vegetation and right in to the heart of this secluded pocket of bushland in the northern outskirts of Sydney. See spectacular ridge-top colours of iconic Hawkesbury sandstone and remarkable views of Hawkesbury River. Watch the occasional boat carving through the glistening blue waters of this beautiful waterway.

In spring, the bush turns into a vibrant display of colour with the native wildflowers. Wander through gullies of bright red waratahs and Gymea lilies, and explore the saltmarsh and mangroves by the river’s edge near Gentlemans Halt. Head off for a long day walking in the bush, or pack your tent and sleeping bag for a peaceful night camping by the river at historic Gentlemans Halt campground.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Canoelands Ridge walking track is in the northern precinct of Marramarra National Park. To get there:

  • Follow the directions to the park via Canoelands Road
  • Continue driving along Canoelands Road until you see the parking area on your left where the walk starts

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at the start of Canoelands Ridge walking track.

Important info

Distance:

10km (one-way)

Time suggested:

8 hours each way

Difficulty:

Medium difficulty

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and drinking water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • This walk takes you to a remote location. Please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment, and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • You are encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters

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Marramarra National Park, Canoelands Ridge track. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government