Bywong and Wamboin Greenways

This is the home page for public access ways around Bywong and Wamboin, NSW. Find current information about public walks and field days on the greenways, maps, walk information, photos, conditions of use, contact information, formation and management of the greenways and history of greenway development. There is also information about the local groups interested in maintaining & expanding the greenways (GROW) and the Friends of the Greenways (FRoG). We also have a FaceBook page — Greenways Bywong & Wamboin.

Greenways Track Map (updated 2012)






Download the most current map of the Bywong-Wamboin Greenway Tracks, with pictures of track entrances/exits. Greenways Brochure 2012_12

The Greenways Renewal Working Group presents a new map of the existing Greenways network with photos and descriptions of all the access points to make it easy to find your way around. The BCA gives sincere thanks to M. Ketley for her excellent design of the brochure.


Track Notes

Greenways – Nature Notes Track 1

Greenways Meetings
 Future of the Greenways Meeting Nov 2016






A meeting was held on Tuesday 20th November 2016 to discuss new areas for Greenways, with the community.

A masterplan for the Greenways is being developed by the s.355 Greenways Management Committee and will be made available sometime in early 2017.

For more information, contact: Bill Taylor, Chair, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council s.355 Greenways Committee Ph. 6236 9386 Email:


We are in the process of planning  our community HAPPY HEART WALKS for 2016, which aims to get people and their dogs & horses out walking, talking, riding, enjoying connecting with others in the community. This year, we will be working closely with the Gearys Gap/ Wamboin Landcare Group to try to share and improve our knowledge of the locality.

Summer Walk : Greenways Australia Day 2016

Tuesday 26th January 2016 at 8am: Starts from the Bywong Hall at the Les Reardon Reserve. Walk is approximately 6 kms & will take about 2 hours; we also have a shorter option that is 3.8km. Dogs on leads are welcome to join the walk with owners. You can find more details of this walk below.

Summer Walk: Greenways Australia Day

Join us for a community walk from Bywong Hall (Les Reardon Reserve) heading south on the greenways to the community reserve at Birchman’s estate.

  • Greenways Walk
When Jan 25, 2016
from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where Bwyong Hall, Birrwa Road Bywong
Contact Name
Contact Phone 62303305
Attendees Local Bywong & Wamboin residents, families with children able to walk 4kms,

First greenway walk photo


WALK: Meet at the Bywong Hall, Les Reardon Reserve for a beautiful walk through the bush (3.8kms-6km) on greenways & crown roads to a community reserve (see photo below) , and return to the Hall for a shared Australia Day late breakfast.

shorter option is available  (3.8kms) and involves a car shuffle to bring walkers back to the Hall.

This is an opportunity to  explore a few lovely parts of our locality, and to ask questions about the area, flora, fauna and about the greenways.

Some of this walk is on tracks and some of it is walking through bush without tracks. Walkers need to anticipate some rough walking.

MAP: Google Map of this walk is here

DATE: Tuesday 26th January 2016

TIME: 8am for 8:15 am start and should finish between 9.30am-10am, depending on walk times.

WHO?: New and long-term local residents, families, well-behaved dogs on leads.

BRING: Boots or sturdy footwear, long pants or gaiters, hats, coats in case of rain*. A plate of food to share for breakfast following the walk.

BOOK: Please let us know if you intend to come,please, to help with our planning. We need names & numbers of people, and if you intend to do the shorter option or the full walk. Email


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This community walk is a joint initiative of the Bywong & Wamboin Greenways Renewal Working (GRoW) Group and Gearys Gap/Wamboin Landcare.

* The walk will be cancelled if we have heavy rain the evening before that looks like continuing on the day of the walk; light rain and we will not cancel – please bring coats.

Hall BBQ photo

Please contact Nora Stewart, GRoW Coordinator on 62 303 305  if you would like to book onto this walk.

MAPS & POSSIBLE ROUTES – Bywong and Wamboin Greenways

The Greenways of the Bywong/Wamboin area of Palerang Council is a unique and valuable community resource. It is a network of public walking and riding trails created for the use of local residents .The Greenways also act as wildlife corridors and are essential resources for the welfare of local flora and fauna.

The network of public accessways is a combination of  Crown road reserves (some with paved roads, some without, some driveways and also crown roads that cut across existing private land)  and also specifically identified “greenways” which are usually council-owned reserves.  It was Yarrowlumla Council policy to include Greenways  into new subdivisions as many of these larger blocks also included public land, i.e. Crown road reserves. The Bywong/Wamboin Greenways now comprises a network of at least 30 kilometres. They were established as a ‘pilot project’ in 1994 (see History of the Greenways Project at the bottom of this page)  within a vision of a Shire-wide network of Greenways.

Maps & Brochures

Greenway Map with Access points December 2012 – DOWNLOAD PDF

Greenways – Nature Notes Track 1 of the Greenways Map 2012 (above) , running South from the Bywong Hall & West towards the South end of Newington Road


Possible Routes for Walks





“Greenways” is a common or colloquial term used for a network of accessways/ corridors for walkers, riders and wildlife alike in the Bywong & Wamboin area of NSW.

The current network is a matrix or patchwork of different types of public roads & public accessways that allow people to walk, cycle and enjoy the local Bywong & Wamboin area and in some cases, facilitates wildlife and native vegetation corridors. Roads and accessways include crown roads in all forms – paved, unpaved and unmade road reserves – and also council reserves and specially gazetted “greenway” (see below). This means ownership of these greenways is with either local or state governments.

Crown road reserves are parcels of land that were always intended for vehicle access to properties (to allow for roads and driveways) and legally remain so until such time they become private land. Technically, this means that all Crown road reserves must be accessible and this makes them useful also for recreational purposes.

Greenways Renewal Working (GRoW) group aims to identify new areas for walking and enjoying our local area in non-motorised ways by working with the community to identify suitable accessways and promoting their use. We also look to see if we can also enhance the environment for walkers,  wildlife and flora at the same time.

What is a crown road?

A crown road is a strip of land or reserve of land, usually 20m wide, that is legally owned by the Federal Government & legally maintained by the NSW Government for the sole purpose of access to properties. Many crown roads form the basis of our roads network – highways, main roads and local roads. They can also be used as driveways into properties. There are also many crown roads that have not ever been used as roads because they have not been needed. However, these are still legally known as crown roads and must always be available to provide  through access, even though they are unmade roads.

What is a council reserve?

A council reserve is a parcel of land set aside by council for specific or designated public use. This could be a park or an accessway or some other council access or amenity.

What is a “greenway”?

An accessway that is set aside by council, usually as part of a sub-division, to provide amenity to the local population. Many of these have come about as part of sub-divisions that have absorbed crown roads , and the greenway has become a substitute or requirement of a sub-divided parcel of land.

Why are the greenways important?

The greenways provide an important public amenity for recreational access for safe public social walking, cycling and horse riding  for the community in a rural residential setting that has  few alternatives :where fenced properties are the norm.  The greenways also provide potential wildlife corridors that may not be available in areas that are increasingly built-up and developed. Both these aspects will become increasingly socially & environmentally  important in future as the local population expands and available public land decreases. We are privileged in our community to have access to public land for recreation.

Who owns the greenways?

Ownership depends on who is responsible for the specific accessway. For  example, those greenways that are crown roads are legally owned and maintained by NSW government, even those that have enclosure permits or are leased by adjacent landholders. Those greenways that are either gazetted as such or are council reserves are the responsibility of council. Palerang council has a s.355 committee – Greenway management committee –  comprising a councillor and local residents who oversee the maintainence of the existing greenway network.

Can people walk on crown roads that go across or next to my property?

Yes. If you have a crown road running across your property or alongside it, you will have this noted on your title deed. A crown road is public property and exists for access. This will be the case even if you have an enclosure permit that allows you to ‘”fence in” that road as part of your property. Part of the arrangement for having an enclosure permits means you must have an unlocked gate and no barriers that will prevent access across that crown road, from one end to the other.

2012 – Link from Warramunga Close/ Woolshed Lane with Norton Road opens

The new greenway link between the end of Warramunga Close to Norton Road opened in August 2012.


There are two local groups involved in the Bywong & Wamboin Greenways:

1. GROW – Greenways Renewal Working Group. The role of this group is to expand the existing Greenways network. The co-ordinator for the GRoW group is Nora Stewart (02) 62303305.

2. s.355 Greenways Management Committee of Palerang Council. The role of this committee is to manage and maintain the existing Greenways network. Secretary is Maria Taylor (02) 6236 9386 or

(GRoW) Greenways Renewal Working group 

GRoW  aims to increase the network of public access ways / greenways in the Bywong & Wamboin locality, connecting with other areas of Palerang, to facilitate residents, visitors and other interest groups to undertake a range of safe, quiet non-motorised activities whilst protecting and enhancing the natural environment for all to enjoy.

GRoW works in collaboration with the s.355 Greenways Management committee, Palerang Council, and is an affliate of the Bywong Community Association.

GRoW organises regular public walks (see top of this page) around Bywong & Wamboin and works with local residents to consider new local areas that may be suitable for new public access or greenways.

Nora Stewart is currently GRoW Coordinator

GRoW History

More than 30 people attended a meeting on 20th April to share information about the existing Greenways network in Bywong and Wamboin and to discuss what could be done about improving the network and potentially expanding it.There were many excellent contributions  from a wide range of participants and the overall mood  and outcome was extremely positive. The outcome of the meeting was to form two groups – the Friends of the Greenways to support Greenways maintenance and potential development,  and to have a smaller Greenways Renewal Working Group to develop a clear strategy for maintenance and possible development of the Greenways.

Greenways crowd on Millpost

s.355 Greenways Management Committee

The greenways are managed by a management committee of the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council comprised of local residents and an elected Councillor.

The management committee will respond to all issues and complaints and refer any complaints to Council they have been unable to resolve, such as repeated use of motorised vehicles on the Greenway.

Office bearers and Committee
Councillor Pete Harrison
President- Bill Taylor
Secretary -Pauline Chambers
Gearys Gap Pony Club representative- Kerry Cox
Bywong Community, GROW and Rural Fire Service representative – Pauline Chambers
Landcare representative – Kathy Handel


The Greenways Management Committee oversees the good management of the corridors, in cooperation with the community and user groups for the benefit of the conservation of nature and use by the community.

To help us maintain them in good condition as a community resource for the use and enjoyment of all, the following rules apply:

  • All noise to be kept to a minimum,
  • All users must respect private property and the adjacent residents’ privacy,
  • The carriage of firearms or other weapons and hunting activities are not permitted,
  • All rubbish to be removed,
  • All gates should be left as found,
  • No neighbouring residents are to fence, obstruct, plant on or otherwise interfere with the Greenways,
  • Dogs should be under control at all times,
  • No camping,
  • No lighting of fires,
  • Remain on the defined track,
  • No collection of natural or archaeological items, and
  • All users are encouraged to report issues or problems to the management committee.

The Committee may place restrictions on the use of any or all of the Greenways if degradation occurs or is likely to occur due to prevailing conditions of environmental concerns.

**Note: Any motorised vehicles using within or around the Greenways must follow the NSW Road Rules including registration, speed limits and driving according to the road conditions.

Principles for management of the Greenways

  • That environmental protection be observed in relation to the management and administration of the Greenways;
  • That the Greenways (both land and its other resources) be used and managed as a sustainable resource, and;
  • That multiple use and enjoyment of the greenways be encouraged.


Objectives of the s.355 Greenways Management Committee

In providing for the good management of the Greenway and in carrying out duties, the committee has the following objectives:

To encourage and otherwise ensure the conservation of natural flora and fauna, to raise public awareness of the importance of the Greenways and to encourage any community participation in :

  • Any actions required in the management plan
  • Use of the Greenways in accordance with the Management Plan                                                                                                  Green leaf glowing
  • To minimise the effect of trampling and soil erosion caused by user groups,
  • To deter the introduction and spread of feral plants and animals,
  • To protect the waterways, ephemeral or permanent,
  • To protect all identified significant areas or sites, whether environmental or cultural,
  • To provide and maintain the amenity of the Greenways for the enjoyment of the community


History of the Greenways Project

Public demand for riding trails in the Bywong/Wamboin area first arose in the early 1980s, and in 1985 the Yarrowlumla Council established a working party to develop a Shire-wide approach to a Greenway network that resulted in the Council adopting “Access to the Countryside” as their Bicentennial theme in 1988.

In 1989, the then Geary’s Gap Community Association (GGCA) developed a case for the establishment of the first Greenway in the area. The GGCA held public meetings as part of public consultation process. As a result of community action and support, the Yarrowlumla Council provided an initial grant to establish the first Greenway in 1990. Two key residents in developing the concept and negotiating with Council, were the founder of the local Pony Club and later Shire Councillor, Suzanne Ridley and the late Julian Thompson.

In 1991, the Yarrowlumla Council established a Steering Committee to recommend a network of Greenways and to advise on general land use, fencing and any associated issues. Another role of that committee was to liaise with adjoining landowners and to advise them of the proposal. It also became evident to the steering committee that the conservation values of many sections of the Greenways were very high. This was because most proposed Greenways were Crown road reserves. As a consequence, they were protected from clearing, and where fenced,from grazing.

This added considerable impetus to the creation of the Greenway network, as they would provide wildlife corridors that are now recognised as essential to the welfare of flora and fauna. Strong support and technical advice was received from well known local environmentalist, Geoff Butler.

In 1995, the Yarrowlumla Council implemented a pilot Greenways project in the Bywong/Wamboin district.

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