Callicoma Loop is the perfect bushwalk tucked away in Sydney’s northwestern ‘burbs. Just what the doctor ordered after a week cooped up working from home.


We acknowledge that this adventure is located on Guringai and Darug Nation, the traditional Country of the Guringai and Darug people who have occupied and cared for this land and water for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them as the Traditional Custodians and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.


  • Several waterfalls and easy creek crossings  
  • Shady nooks of green moss 
  • Close to public transport and cafes 

The Callidendrous Callicoma Loop

On a recent visit to Tasmania, I encountered the word ‘callidendrous’. It’s derived from the Greek words for ‘beautiful’ and ‘tree’. Tassie is well known for its callidendrous forests but, as it happens, the Callicoma Walk in Sydney’s northwestern suburb of Cherrybrook can hold its own when it comes to stunning trees. In fact, the name Callicoma contains that same Greek word meaning ‘beautiful’. Fancy that!



Callicoma, another name for black wattle, abounds on this loop walk. Beginning at the lakes of Cherrybrook Park, the well-signposted track winds through Berowra Valley National Park. Close proximity to residential streets makes the walk easily accessible, but this doesn’t detract from the serenity of the bushwalking experience.

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The density of the bush – especially in the low-lying areas near the creeks – creates a cool, quiet atmosphere, redolent of freshwater and eucalyptus. Enjoy the dramatic sandstone formations, including several large caves near the Callicoma Falls.

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While there are several options for lengthening or shortening your walk, I recommend doing the whole loop via The Jungo where the track intersects with a section of The Great North Walk.


Essential Gear

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Water
  • Jumper (it’s a cool spot!)

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How To Get There

Buses and the new Metro make Cherrybrook accessible via public transport. The beginning of the walk is a short stroll from the Cherrybrook shopping precinct. Free parking is available there, as well as on the streets surrounding the park. 


Skill Level


The well-maintained path is clearly marked, with only gentle inclines at certain points.

Duration / Distance

5.1km / 1.5 hr