19 pram-friendly bushwalks in NSW

Pram-friendly bush walks, NSW

A ramble in the sunshine surrounded by nature can certainly do wonders for the soul. And the sight of those magnificent trees overhead and the sound of bird calls are a wonderland for baby to experience. But attempting a bushwalk with young ones on wheels can easily leave you feeling a little bush whacked rather than revived. That is, unless you know where to go!

Here are 19 bushwalks for families looking for the best all-wheel drive options all over NSW.

Close(-ish) to Sydney

1. Jenolan River walking track, Jenolan Conservation Reserve

Jenolan-River-Walking-Track with a pram

The Jenolan Caves are tough with a pram (all those stalactites!), but this 2.1km loop track is fully accessible. It’s all about the water views, so take it all in and even go for a swim.

2. Bungoona path and lookout, Royal National Park

Bungoona-Walking-Track in NSW is suitable for taking a pram or wheelchair

Pack a picnic and embark on a family day trip south of Sydney. This walk is easy for everyone and the views of Hacking River are a lot nicer than the name suggests!

 3. Fairfax walk, Sydney Harbour National Park

Fairfax-Sydney-Walk

This is another easy walk that kids will love (keep an eye out for whales!) Some parts are pram-accessible, and some parts have steps, so just see how you go and take in the postcard perfect views of Sydney Harbour.

4. Three Sisters walk, Blue Mountains National Park

Three-Sisters-Walking-Track

The pathway is suitable for strollers from Echo Point to Oreades lookout, so you can show bub the Three Sisters and field questions from older kids, like “why are the Blue Mountains called the Blue Mountains?” Note to self: Google this question before leaving.

5. Fairfax Heritage walking track, Blue Mountains National Park

Fairfax-Heritage-Walk

This one is all about the letter ‘W’. Why? Because families will love the walk, wildflowers and waterfall views over the Grose Valley. And don’t forget the water…

6. Lane Cove National Park

Lane-Cove-National-Park

Not all paths are pram-friendly, but the paved road, boardwalk and grassy areas mean everyone can enjoy this North Shore gem. Bubs will giggle at kookaburras and a picnic would be perfect.

Rainforest wonderlands

7. Rainforest loop walk, Budderoo National Park

Rainforest-Look-Walk

Not too far from Jamberoo Action Park, is this great rainforest walk. The path is pram-accessible for 500m, so you can give your baby a taste of adventure with one suspension bridge crossing. Exciting!

8. Victoria Park boardwalk, Victoria Park Nature Reserve

Victoria-Park-Boardwalk

This is a short and interesting rainforest walk near Lismore. Bubs will be interested in the wildlife, and older kids will be interested in the wildlife and the Aboriginal history of the area.

9. Satinbird stroll, Dorrigo National Park

Satinbird-Stroll

The 600m trail has some steep parts, but is worth the effort for those in the Coffs Harbour-ish region. This track gets its name from the satinbird bowerbird, so see if you can spot this feathered friend as you walk through the World Heritage-listed rainforest.

10. Penance Grove walking track, Monga National Park

Penance-Grove-Walking-Track

Step back in time with this boardwalk in the Batemans Bay region. The ancient rainforest contains plant species from millions of years ago (back when Australia was part of the mega continent, Gondwana). Enjoy the shade and walk like a Gondwanan!

Coastal tracks

11. Mimosa Rocks walking track, Mimosa Rocks National Park

Mimosa-Rocks-Walking-Track

Ahoy me hearties! As you voyage along this short boardwalk, not far from Bega, you’ll see buried treasure – the largest Aboriginal shell midden in the national park. Then the hunt is on for the Mimosa shipwreck. Shiver me pram wheels!

12. Yuelarbah walking track, Glenrock State Conservation Area

Yuelarbah

Near Newcastle, this track is part of the Great North Walk, which stretches 250km down to Sydney. You only have to do 1km with a pram though! Freewheel along the boardwalk to Flaggy Creek, and work on the remaining 249km some other time…

13. Wilsons Headland walking track, Yuraygir National Park

Wilsons-Headland

Halfway between Coffs Harbour and Yamba, part of this walk is pram-friendly, then you hit the natural surfaced path along the coastal cliff edge. It’s harder work, so look out for whales and take turns pushing!

14. Walk on Water walking track, Tweed Heads Historic Site

Walk-on-Water

This walk takes you through bush, then out over mangroves, so keep all eyes peeled for crabs. And consider a guided tour with the Minjungbal people – bigger kids will love learning about bush tucker, plants, animals and Aboriginal culture.

A walk with a view

15. Walk with the Birds boardwalk, Dorrigo National Park

Walking-with-the-Birds-Walk

There are 150 bird species in Dorrigo and this walk takes you up into their magical, misty world via an elevated boardwalk. High above the forest floor, look for birds or the more elusive forest fairies…

16. Point lookout walking track, New England National Park

Point-Lookout-Walking-Trail

Inland from Nambucca Heads, the walk to the first lookout is great for prams and neck stretches. With widescreen views and towering snow gums, you’ll be looking up, out and all about!

17. Devils Hole lookout walk, Barrington Tops National Park

Devils-Hole-Lookout

Contrary to its name, Devils Hole is an angelic place to visit, about three and a half hours north of Sydney. An easy walk leads to stunning views over World Heritage-listed wilderness. On a clear day, you can see the coast (90km away!)

Further afield

18. Sawn Rocks walking track, Mount Kaputar National Park

Sawn Rocks, NSW

You’d have rocks in your head (sorry, we couldn’t resist) to miss this walk, even though it’s halfway between Coffs Harbour and Lightning Ridge. The track to the lookout is undulating, but it’s worth the effort to see the magnificent Sawn Rocks cliff face that looks like the pipes of a church organ!

19. Grasslands nature trail, Mungo National Park

Grasslands-Nature-Trail

Wayyyy out west (closer to Adelaide than Sydney), are the grassy woodlands of Mungo National Park. If Peter Rabbit was Australian, he’d be right at home amongst the fluffy grass and chirpy birds. Feeling pretty hot, but right at home…

(images via NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service websites)