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The Shady Campground At Mills Creek Source Nsw National Park Outdoor Odyssey In The Hills
The shady campground at mills creek source nsw national park

The Hills Shire Council is praised as the ‘Garden Shire’, but this goes beyond the beautiful parks and manicured gardens. The boundless bushlands and reserves with their thriving ecosystems bring lots of wildlife to the area. Here’s a roundup of the best hikes and camping spots across the Hills:

Platypus Track

One of my personal favorites, this 2.4km track is located at the end of Eric Mobbs Reserve in Castle Hill. Named after the Bidjigal people, who were part of the Dharug Nation, this track saw platypus’ up until the 1970s. With ferns, Sydney Red Gums, Eucalyptus and Coachwood trees lining Excelsior Creek – it’s a real slice of paradise.

You should be able to spot Water Dragons at Bidjiwong Rock and an assortment of beautiful wildflowers in Spring. This track does have a steep incline but only took about 30 minutes to complete. It also connects with the nearby 4.7km Burraga Track loop and the 8km (one-way) Murri-yanna Track.

Be careful on days with heavy rain – you won’t be able to cross the creek with high water levels. It’s open everyday except for Total Fire Ban Days.

Mills Creek Campground
One of the only campgrounds in the Hills, Mills Creek campground is 6 km east from Wisemans Ferry crossing along the beautiful Hawkesbury River. Camping in the Dharug National Park, you’ll wake up to sweeping sandstone cliffs and the songs of lyre-birds.

Just around the corner from the Old Great North Road, you can hike the historic trail, which is a remnant of the early Colonies of NSW and offers many landmarks along the 5km Finch’s Line section. To make bookings, you can visit NSW National Parks online or call the Contact Centre on 1300 072 757


Best Camping Spots: Outdoor Odyssey In The Hills
The stunning waterfall in bidjigal reserve.
Best Camping Spots: Outdoor Odyssey In The Hills
The beautiful creek crossing at the end of the platypus walk

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