With lockdown lifted, now is the perfect time to try out a new scenic walk, and discover The Hills from station to station.
And to help you decide which walk to try out first, The Hills Shire Council has released three videos to give you a glimpse of what you can expect to see on the newly launched Metro Walks – The Farm Walk, The Wetlands Wildlife Walk and Woodlands Walk.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said with Greater Sydney open after a 106-day lockdown, now was the perfect time to try out a Metro Walk with family and friends.
“Our bushwalks are incredibly popular among residents and visitors to the Shire, and I hope these new Metro Walks bring people from far and wide to our region. It’s a great way to showcase the best of the Hills and support local businesses who have recently opened their doors to the public again,” Mayor Byrne said.
“These walks can easily be accessed from either Norwest, Kellyville or Bella Vista Metro Stations, making them ideal for those using public transport to access them.
“There’s plenty to discover on the walks, including local wildlife, protected tree flora, scenery and even historic sites, like Bella Vista Farm.
“You can also grab something to eat or drink along the way or enjoy a break with a picnic at one of our many local parks and reserves that can be found near these urban tracks,” Mayor Byrne added.
These walks include:
The Farm Walk (Norwest to Bella Vista Stations):
The 4.4 kilometre walk begins at Norwest Station and takes you through to historic Bella Vista Farm, which was instrumental in the development of the Australian pastoral and agricultural industries in the nineteenth century. The walk can take between one to two hours to complete, and can be broken down into smaller walks.
The Wetlands Wildlife Walk (Bella to Norwest Stations)
The 4.4 kilometre walk takes you to a number of small lakes and creeks lines, where you can see plenty of bird life and local wildlife, as well as between Norwest and Bella Vista Metro Stations. The walk can take one to two hours to complete, and can also be broken down into smaller walks.
Woodlands Walk (Kellyville to Rouse Hill Station Walk)
The 4.1 kilometre walks begins at Kellyville Metro Station and takes you through remnants of the Cumberland Plain Woodland and River-Flat Eucalypt Forest, as well as Caddies Creek and Strangers Creek, which are both tributaries of the Hawkesbury River.
For more information on the Metro Walks, visit The Hills Shire Council website and search “Metro walks in The Hills”.