If you are looking for a nice long walk to stretch the legs, surrounded by nature, then Narrabeen Lagoon Trail is for you.
The train is 8.4km long, going right around lovely Narrabeen Lagoon. It’s all manageable with a stroller even though not all of the path is paved.
Narrabeen Lagoon Trail
Narrabeen Lagoon Trail winds through bush, parklands and lush ecosystems that are home to over 190 bird species, such as egrets and black swans.
Strategically placed around the circuit are four picnic grounds, Middle Creek, Jamieson, Berry and Bilarong.
You can start the circuit from any of these locations, all of them have car parks.
We’re describing this walk starting from Middle Creek Reserve.
Narrabeen Lagoon Trail – The Practical Details
Toilets: All four reserves have toilets. Berry Reserve has toilets at the northern end near the shops and playground, but not near the playground at the southern end.
Other facilities: All the reserves provide tables, shelters, electric barbecues and water bubblers.
Nearest takeaway coffee: Berry Reserve is surrounded by cafes and restaurants. None of the other reserves have shops close by.
Shade: Loads of shady trees.
Playground: Yes, two at Berry Reserve, one fabulous playground at Bilarong Reserve, read more here
Bus stop nearby: Yes. Pittwater Road shops at Narrabeen for Berry Reserve.
Parking: All four reserves have metered parking. Berry Reserve tends to fill up pretty quickly, as does Middle Creek on weekends.
Alternative free on-street parking can be found in residential areas at North Narrabeen and Wheeler Heights.
Middle Creek To Jamieson Park
The grounds at Middle Creek and the section of trail either side of it were the last pieces of infrastructure to be completed on the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail, and are still looking pretty schmick.
The path here is very smooth and heading right, to the south, you will soon pass the Sydney Academy of Sport and then cross the bridges.
This joins up with the old section of the trail to Jamieson Park where you walk through lush rainforest with endangered vegetation communities, such as Cabbage Palm Woodlands.
You really do feel a million miles away from Sydney.
Jamieson Park has toilets and picnic tables and is a good spot for a sit down to gaze over the tranquility of the lagoon.
Jamieson Park to Berry Reserve
From Jamieson the trail continues along a path next to the road for a short distance before turning into a long narrow parkland that is Berry Reserve.
If tummies are rumbling by the time you reach Berry Reserve, stop and take advantage of the wide variety of eateries which line the trail – the only spot on the trail where you can buy your lunch.
Tip: if you get a takeaway and eat it at Berry Reserve, don’t feed the birds or they won’t leave you alone!
If you have children with you who spot the playground at Berry Reserve but you’re keen to move on, then persuade them that a better playground awaits at the next picnic ground, Bilarong.
Berry Reserve to Bilarong Reserve
The path is good and runs alongside the lagoon, then goes up alongside the road to cross the bridge. The traffic can be busy and noisy here.
Follow the road to the left as it swings into Narrabeen Parkway. The trail leaves the road and continues alongside the lagoon again as you enter Bilarong Reserve.
Bilarong Reserve is a lovely open space with lovely grassy spaces for picnics and a delightful, huge playground.
If you have children who like playgrounds, then this stop is a must. Read all about Bilarong playground here.
Bilarong Reserve to Middle Creek
The trail continues by hugging the foreshore back to Middle Creek, and includes a bridge and extensive boardwalk to protect the environmentally sensitive foreshore here.
Some sections of this part of the trail are a bit narrow and can feel congested if there are lots of walkers and cyclists around.
The wide views over the lagoon are lovely.
Once back at Middle Creek, you can relax and have a picnic (although I’d have already had mine at Bilarong) or just laze for a while.