We love that even after years of living in the Hills District, we still find things we didn’t even know existed! This is the case with this great little bush walk in Cherrybrook, the centrepiece of which is a new ‘swing bridge’.

Swing Bridge Loop walk in Cherrybrook

This great little walk in Cherrybrook is perfect if you’re just starting out bushwalking. The sign describes it as ‘easy to slightly challenging’. There’s a good track for most of the way – it’s sandy and can be moist and slick with leaves so you do need to be a little careful as you walk, and small people may need to hold hands. There are also some steps along the way.

Swing Bridge Loop walk in Cherrybrook

A portion of the walk is fairly flat but, as you’d expect when doing a walk where you cross a creek, there are slight inclines up and then you’ll head down. But it’s really not strenuous. As you head back down towards the creek, there’s a small stretch where you’ll navigate over some rocks and logs and make your way over the creek. Again, hands may need to be held and the rocks are mossy so take care. And after heavy rain the creek may be higher so bear this in mind when planning your visit.

It’s well marked and took us only about 20 minutes, but if you have small kids or are lingering a little more, it would be about half an hour or so – a great introduction to bushwalking for kids!

Swing Bridge Loop walk in Cherrybrook

The creek you cross is Pyes Creek – it carries water runoff from Castle Hill, Dural and Cherrybrook. It flows into Berowra Creek and eventually converges with the Hawkesbury River some 34kms away! The swing bridge was built in 2023 and is very cool! It’s 50m long and connects Cherrybrook and Dural. The single span design was carefully chosen to eliminate the need for cranes and other heavy equipment, whilst also significantly reducing the bridge’s structural footprint. We like that, even though it’s a man-made structure, it doesn’t limit your connection with the surrounding bush and it in fact ‘moves’ in the trees.

Swing Bridge Loop walk in Cherrybrook

This is a loop walk of about 800m and has a couple of entry points. We entered at Keighran Place Cherrybrook but you can also enter at Fallon Drive Reserve Dural. These are residential streets with lots of parking. It’s very quiet and peaceful so please be mindful of local residents.

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