Last updated: October 7, 2023
The Narrabeen Lagoon Trail, also referred to as the Narrabeen Lakes Walk, is a stunning 8.4 km circuit walk around an idyllic lake in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Completed in February 2015 as an uninterrupted loop, the trail is now a popular weekend escape for hikers, joggers, cyclists, and parents with prams, all enjoying the natural beauty and serenity of a lagoon surrounded by thriving bushland.
In this article, we will talk you through the highlights of this fantastic walk, including photos and tips on how to get there and where to start.
|Narrabeen Lagoon Trail
|8.4 km (return)
|Easy / moderate
|On a lead
How to Get There
There are quite a few paid parking areas available at several parks and reserves that exist around Narrabeen Lakes. However, be mindful that parking in these areas is quite expensive.
The following locations are recommended to park your car and start the walking track:
Alternatively, there is limited free parking available in the suburban streets nearby, or otherwise, you can try parking at the nearby shopping precinct.
Public transport is also a viable option, with regular buses traveling via Pittwater Road (Berry Reserve), located next to the lake. Check the timetables on the Transport NSW website.
Here is a map of the walk:
About Narrabeen Lagoon
The Narrabeen Lagoon Trail is the perfect way to explore the Narrabeen Lakes area, as it navigates through various ecosystems with lots of wildlife, in addition to historical and cultural heritage sites.
The area is a paradise for birds (1/3 of Sydney’s bird species live here), rodents, bats, frogs, marsupials, lizards, and many different types of fish.
Narrabeen Lakes is also called Narrabeen Lagoon because the lake is essentially a coastal lagoon separated from the ocean next door.
The area around the lagoon has been a popular camping and leisure spot since the beginning of the 19th century, when the tram line was extended to Narrabeen, making transport much easier.
With the recent completion of the Narrabeen Lagoon trail, the area will continue to develop into a popular tourist and weekend recreation destination.
Watch this great video to get a good impression of what the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail is about:
Narrabeen Lagoon Track Notes
In February 2015, the final section of the walking trail around the lake was completed, making it a beautiful, uninterrupted loop. With an exciting boardwalk and a couple of steel bridges, you can now walk, run, or cycle all around the lake.
We find that the atmosphere along the trail is usually friendly and accommodating. Joggers, hikers, leisure cyclists, families with small kids on bikes; it can get a bit crowded there sometimes. But most visitors are respectful and considerate to one another, and there’s no need to feel intimidated by all the traffic.
Five sections of the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail:
- Middle Creek to Bilarong Reserve
- Bilarong Reserve to Berry reserve
- Berry Reserve to Jamieson Park
- Jamieson Park to South Creek
- South Creek to Middle Creek
Starting at Middle Creek, you can make your way around the lake in a clockwise manner.
1. Middle Creek to Bilarong Reserve (2.2 km)
Middle Creek is a good starting point for the walking trail, with a well-sized car park, toilet facilities, and a water fountain.
Make your way north and follow the Wakehurst Parkway to Bilarong Reserve. Keep an eye out for an interesting historical feature: the scattered remains of lime and cement works that were active in this area in the 1930s and 1940s.
Interestingly, the construction of the Wakehurst Parkway prevented the works from reaching their full potential.
An interesting part of this section is the newly built over-water boardwalk. It’s quite a spectacular boardwalk that moves the trail away from the busy Wakehurst Parkway over the lagoon.
Not only is this solution safer for all trail users, but it also helps to protect the fragile bio-diversity along the northern foreshore of the Narrabeen Lagoon.
2. Bilarong Reserve to Berry Reserve (1.2 km)
Bilarong Reserve has a large car park, making it another good spot to start this exciting walking trail.
The reserve is also a perfect stopover for families with kids, with a large playground and excellent BBQ facilities to make use of.
It’s also a popular spot for boating enthusiasts who can launch their boats here to start their sessions on the water.
From Bilarong, it’s only a short stroll around the corner to Berry Reserve.
3. Berry Reserve to Jamieson Park (1.5 km)
Berry Reserve has recently been upgraded and now includes public toilets, picnic tables, a playground, a basketball court, and barbecues.
If you’re hungry, Berry Reserve is an excellent place for a pit stop. Have a picnic in the park or go to one of the cafes nearby for a bite.
Continue the trail by following the shoreline of the lake to Jamieson Park.
4. Jamieson Park to South Creek (2.3 km)
Jamieson Park is a 42.8ha reserve at the southern point of Narrabeen Lagoon. There is a large paid parking area, but this tends to fill up rather quickly during weekends.
With its sheltered waters and scenic surroundings, Narrabeen Lagoon is the perfect place to try out a bit of water sports action.
At Jamieson Park, you can go ahead and hire equipment for a kayaking or a stand-up paddling session on the lake.
The trail from Jamieson Park to South Creek is perhaps the best part of the Narrabeen Lagoon circuit trail.
This is where you will be hiking through beautiful native bushland with scenic views over the entire lake.
5. South Creek to Middle Creek (1.2 km)
The section between South Creek and Middle Creek was the last part of the circuit to be completed in 2015.
A beautiful wooden boardwalk and steel bridges make it now possible to complete an uninterrupted loop around Narrabeen Lake.
This section of the trail runs past the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, which organises sports programs for schools, community, and sporting groups, and for anyone looking to participate in some outdoor fun.
After crossing Middle Creek, it’s only a short stroll back to the starting point of the walk at Middle Creek Reserve.