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Browns Forest loop trail

Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Browns Forest loop trail.

Track grading

Features of this track


1.3km loop


30min - 1hr

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

No experience required


Short steep hills


Many steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Browns Forest loop trail is in Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. To get there from Sydney:

    • Drive north from the CBD along Pacific Highway, turn right onto Mona Vale Road, just past Gordon, and continue for 2km.
    • Turn right onto Rosedale Road, just north of St Ives shopping centre, and drive for 1km.
    • Look for the sign to the reserve, park at the southern end and walk in.


    Parking is available along Rosedale Road, and at a small carpark off Mona Vale Road.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Dalrymple-Hay National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


    Autumn is a great time of year to view the abundant birdlife such as pardalotes, lorikeets and silver-eyes.


    A great time for a walking through the forest as native flowers, such as the blue flax lily and a range of orchids, burst with colour.


    On a hot Sydney afternoon, retreat to the cool forest with an understorey of lush ferns.


    A brisk early morning walk along the short steep track is a great way to get your heart pumping and ward off the winter chill.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    17.5°C and 25.9°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    8°C and 17.8°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).


    Disability access level - no wheelchair access



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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