If you’re looking to take your pup out on a walk that isn’t just a spin around the block, consider the North Shore’s very own dog-friendly bush walk.

You can’t take dogs into national parks, and for good reason – parks provide a refuge for native Australian plants and animals and the sights, sounds and smells of dogs can cause native animals great stress. Not to mention poisonous baits are often laid to control foxes, which can be fatal to dogs. But there is one epic bush trail on the North Shore you can get just as close to a national park adventure.

What’s it called? Two Creeks Track.

Where exactly is it?

Pop in directions to Echo Point Park, it’s off Babbage Road in Roseville.

If driving, there is plenty of parking along several points on Babbage Road. Aim to park close to the white ‘Echo Point Park’ sign.

Suggested route:

  • From here, walk down the stairs to the playground and then head towards the Roseville bridge.
  • Keep walking, with the creek on your right and you’ll make it to the start of Two Creeks Track.
  • Follow it under the Roseville bridge. It can be very noisy here, so if your dog is easily spooked keep them on a tight leash.
  • The trail winds beside the creek, offering glimpses of Middle Harbour. Expect waterfalls, rock overhangs, mangrove forests, salt marsh and lush greenery.
  • As you approach the Garigal National Park sign, this marks the point to turn back and retrace your steps.

Alternatively you can access the track from Lindfield via two routes:

  • The corner of Slade Avenue and Tryon Road (East Lindfield) – be aware, the tunnel under the road might flood after rain.
  • The corner of Tryon Road and Eastern Arterial Road near Lindfield Oval (easier access). Part of this trail goes through Garigal National Park (no dogs allowed), so you’ll need to detour onto Robinson Road and Tryon Road for that section.

Difficulty: Moderate – steep, rough sections and steps. However it starts fairly flat, so you can choose to do a shorter section of the walk.

Distance: The dog-accessible portion of the Two Creeks Track stretches over 4km, making for a pawsome 8km there-and-back journey. It takes roughly two hours to complete. You can, of course, turn back sooner if you or your pooch are tiring.

Those without doggies can go further to Gordon Creek within Garigal National Park which is a 9.7-km return journey.

Note: dogs must be on a leash, but there is a great swimming spot and beach three-quarters of the way in where they can run free.

This is popular for hiking, running, and walking, so you’ll likely encounter other people and dogs while exploring, but it’s generally quiet midweek.

End with a picnic at Echo Point Park. Or why not walk (or drive if everyone is tired) to Echo Point on The Marina for a coffee and croissant. Or if it’s an afternoon hike, indulge in a glass of rose on their stunning waterfront deck. The staff are very dog-friendly, providing water bowls and plenty of pats for your pooch.

With plenty for your dog to explore, it is one big sniffing adventure – and sure to wear them out!   

Two Creeks Track 

Babbage Road, Roseville 

Website: www.krg.nsw.gov.au/bushwalking-tracks/Two-Creeks-Track

Images: Ku-ring-gai Council, Google Maps, Echo On the Marina. 

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