A mornings walk to Swallow Reach Rock

Swallows ReachBushwalking with kids can make for some wonderful memories and often the hardest work is convincing them to put the screen down and get out of the house. Swallow Reach Rock  is an easy, simple but scenic walk well suited to younger children. The Trail runs through Argle Bailey Reserve which stretches along the northern bank of the Hawkesbury River in Ebenezer from Coromandel Road to Ebenezer Wharf Road.

The trail takes walkers through several different environments including tall river flat forest, open woodlands and wetlands while offering top views of the Hawkesbury River. Children will be gob smacked by the width and height of some of the trees, trees so big, hugging them is almost impossible. That’s right, my children tried it.

Interpretative signage along the trail explains the importance of ‘the beach’, a sandy section of the river’s edge that was used as the landing area for the river craft of school children and church goers until into the 1900’s. If only the beach could talk, it would have some fascinating tales to tell! The Beach gives you access to the river, so keep an eye on children around the water. The Lookout boasts great views of the river and there are often boats and other watercraft zipping around to entertain the kids.

Kids on bridgeThere are opportunities to see a range of wild life along the way. The birds are undisputedly a highlight of the walk. A friendly whip bird, a family of black cockatoos and dozens of cheeky finches and wrens put on a wonderful soundtrack for us. Sections of the trail back onto farmland, so chances are you may also see a few animals along the way.

If the kids are into birds call into the Hawkesbury Visitor Information Centre at Richmond and ask for the free Guide to Birds of Western Sydney. It’s like a bingo sheet for birds, a huge hit with the kids and a great cheat sheet for the adults in bird identification on any local walk.

The best bit about our fun day out, the kids have agreed to go again! So stay tuned for other bushwalks for kids in the weeks to come.

Let's get to the PointKids on bench

Duration : allow 1 hour return

Length of walk: 1.2km return

Difficulty: the walk is easy and well graded on a formed track.

  1. Head along Coromandel Road and turn right just before the Ebenezer Church, you’ll see the silver sign marked Swallow Reach Rock Walk. Follow the dirt track for approximately 100 metres which brings you into the parking area. There’s a public toilet and some picnic tables near the entrance to the walk.
  2. The walk runs parallel to the Hawkesbury River for approximately 600 metres.
  3. Follow the obvious track stopping at the interpretive signs along the way - you'll find stuff about the local areas history, flora and fauna.
  4. When you get to the park at Ebenezer Wharf Road, turn around and retrace your steps.