Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens – a great day out

Published by Samantha on

Last Updated on: 16th November 2023, 12:50 pm

Spring is a beautiful time of year for a bushwalk and picnic.  Nature is waking up and the weather is spot on for being outdoors. A great place to check out some native Australian flora and fauna is the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens. There are plenty of bushwalking trails amongst 123 hectares of bushland.  The trails are of mixed terrain and difficulty levels. You could make a day of it with so many trails, kids play areas, and many picnic locations.

Bushwalk picnic. Wild flowers at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens

We enjoyed a 1-hour loop walk along the Solander trail, then connected on to the Brown trail. Both these trails are sealed paths so are easy to walk on, and would also be great for bikes or prams. You are led through beautiful landscapes and catch some stunning views over the valleys. On our wander we saw a wallaby (I feel I should know the species but I don’t), kookaburras, cockatoos and we heard the lovely chirp of the Brown Thornbill. I always find joy in hearing our amazing birds and their wonderfully exuberant songs, so find myself so enthralled when I hear one as delicate as the Thornbills song was that day.

The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens is a great place to visit and entry to the gardens is free. You will need to leave Fido at home as no dogs are allowed.


420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives with entry off Richmond Avenue.  There is plenty of parking onsite.

Garden Opening Hours.

8am – 5pm daily (except New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Bushwalk picnic.  Solander trail and map Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens

Put on your walking shoes, pack a picnic lunch, grab a blanket and head out for a beautiful day in nature. It’s time to stop and smell the native grevillea.

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