Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge walking track

Marramarra National Park

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Overview

Discover the beauty of Marramarra, near Hornsby, on this day walk. Enjoy scenic views, historic heritage, colourful wildflowers and picnicking along the way.

Distance
13km loop
Time suggested
4 - 6hrs
Grade
Grade 4
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What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen

Discover the Hawkesbury Sandstone ridge tops and explore the tidal creek lines of Marramarra on this beautiful day walk.

Enjoy easy walking along Marramarra Ridge trail down to Marramarra Creek. Stop for a while and enjoy picnicking and a refreshing swim at Marramarra Creek campground. Head off to explore the historic orange orchards, and in late winter, you can probably pick an orange from these historic trees.

Continue along the walking track that takes you back up to Bloodwood Road along Smugglers Ridge. It’ll be impossible to miss the wildflowers in spring. Admire the beautiful colours of pink eriostemons and boronias, yellow peas and white epacris, as well as yellow and red bloodwoods and angophoras.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/marramarra-ridge-to-smugglers-ridge-walking-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge walking track.

Track grading

Features of this track

Distance

13km loop

Time

4 - 6hrs

Quality of markings

Limited signage

Experience required

Experienced bushwalkers

Gradient

Short steep hills

Steps

Occasional steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge walking track is in the southern precinct of Marramarra National Park. To get there:

  • From Fiddletown, follow Bloodwood Road until you see the sign to Marramarra Ridge on your left
  • Follow Marramarra Ridge trail to the Smugglers Ridge turn-off
  • Park your car here and start the walk along Marramarra Ridge trail.

Parking

Parking is available at Smugglers Ridge turn-off.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

Unwind and take in the serenity of camping at Gentlemans Halt or Marramarra Creek campgrounds.

Spring

Wander through the bush and enjoy the colourful display of wildflowers.

Summer

Paddle the waterways by kayak or canoe and have a swim in the rivers.

Winter

Enjoy longer hikes and day walks such as Canoelands Ridge walking track or Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge walking track.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

19°C and 28°C

Highest recorded

44.8°C

Winter temperature

Average

6°C and 16°C

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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.

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.

If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

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).

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

Pets

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.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge walking track is in Marramarra National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Darug country

Sandstone cave, Marramarra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Marramarra is part of the traditional lands of the Darug Aboriginal people. Their use and respect of the land can be found in isolated corners of the park. The surviving Aboriginal sites, which provide the only indications of traditional life in the area, are of special importance to local Aboriginal communities. Cave art, rock engravings, grinding grooves, middens, scarred trees, and other occupational deposits and stone arrangements are all part of Marramarra. 

Exploring the land

View of the Hawkesbury River, Marramarra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

In the early days of the new colony, Hawkesbury River was a major communication route and supported an active river-based community. European exploration began as early as 1789 when Governor Arthur Phillip took his second trip up Hawkesbury River and camped at Gentlemans Halt. By 1884, there was a small community at Gentlemans Halt and a provisional school had been established; you can still see the foundations of a road and a wharf from this era. Other reminders of European historic heritage include remains of orange orchards along Marramarra Creek and the foundations of a hut, stone walls and a well at Big Bay.

Is it a bird?

Flannel flowers (Actinotus helianthi), Marramarra National Park. Photo: Michael Jarman

Marramarra is home to a great diversity of animals and birds, making it a great place for wildlife spotting and bird watching. You're likely to spot a white-breasted sea eagle, swamp wallaby, possum or kingfisher in your travels. If you're lucky, you might come across some of the more uncommon animals found here such as rails, gang-gang and glossy black cockatoos, and red-crowned toadlets.

Plentiful lands

View of the Hawkesbury River, Marramarra National Park. Photo: John Spencer

The sandstone ridges and deep gullies of Marramarra support a wide range of environments. Experience salt marsh and mangrove forests on the shores of Hawkesbury River, to tall open forest and ridge-top woodlands. In spring, the bush turns into a brilliant display of colour as the wildflowers burst in action. Discover the unique plant life and help preserve it – why not participate in the bush regeneration volunteer programs in the park?

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