Apex Santa Sleigh Runs and Christmas Trees 2020

Well 2020 has been a tough year for many, so we’re hoping to see out the year with some fun and Christmas cheer.

We have our usual scheduled Santa sleigh street runs on the following dates:

  • Friday 4th December
  • Friday 11th December
  • Wednesday 16th December

We won’t be able to hold our usual BBQ after these sleigh runs, but watch out for additional, unscheduled surprise runs throughout December! For more information and to track Santa live, keep your eye on the Apex Santa Tracker.

We’ll also be selling Christmas trees as usual at Berowra Crossroads Reserve (near the dog park) and Pennant Hills Observatory Park on the following dates:

  • Friday 4th December – 3pm till late
  • Saturday 5th December 8am until sold out

All proceeds from tree sales are returned to the community through Apex activities.

We hope you have a merry Christmas and happy new year!

Berowra Apex and Salvation Army Toy Drive 2020

Christmas is coming!

In addition to our usual annual Christmas events and activities, this year the APEX Club of Berowra are collecting toys on behalf of the Salvation Army (Hornsby), to help out local families doing it tough.

Donation locations have been set up at:

  • McGraths Real Estate in Berowra and Hornsby;
  • Bendigo Bank in Berowra; and
  • Glendenning Szoboszlay Architects in Mt Colah.

Donations of any new, un-opened, unwrapped toys will be gratefully accepted at any of these locations as well as our Christmas Tree Sales events in Berowra and Pennant Hills on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of December.

To ensure they can reach the families in time for Christmas Day, donations will be accepted up until the 8th of December.

A little will go a long way for a lot of families, so all donations are greatly appreciated. We’re also taking cash donations that we will be using for Christmas hampers and gift cards as well.

Please get in touch via our contact page or on Facebook if you would like to know more about the toy drive, our club, or the other events we run.

Woodchop Acknowledged in NSW Parliament

Thank you Matt Kean, NSW member for Hornsby, for acknowledging the Berowra Apex Club in the NSW State Parliament, recognising the 25th anniversary of the Berowra Woodchop Festival. The club loves running the Woodchop every year, it’s a real Berowra institution now having run for 25 years. We very much appreciate the recognition from Matt, a tribute to all the Apex members who have helped out over the years.

The text of Matt’s speech:

I would like to congratulate Berowra Apex on celebrating the 25th year of the Annual Woodchop Festival. The men behind Berowra Apex are phenomenal and this event gets bigger and better every year. This year, despite the cold and windy conditions they have raised over $10,000 and hundreds of locals in Berowra enjoy the festivities. All the money raised at the festival will go back into local community projects and organisations. You can always count on the volunteers from Berowra Apex for being there to help out whenever there is a BBQ that needs to be cooked or just to lend a hand. These dedicated volunteers are an asset to our community.

Thanks Matt!


Christmas Trees 2019

Apex will be selling Christmas trees at Crossroads Park (behind Bambinos, near the dog park) on Friday 6th (from around 3pm) and Saturday 7th December (7am-2pm). There will be a range of trees from 6″ to 8″. Get in early for the best selection, the larger ones tend to sell very quickly! All money raised from the sale of Christmas trees is returned to the community through Apex activities and initiatives throughout the year.

Santa will also be doing the rounds through the streets of Berowra (Barnetts area), and will be at Crossroads Park at approximately 6pm for photos with the kids. Track his route live on the Apex Santa Tracker.

Don’t forget our other Santa sleigh runs and BBQ & jumping castle with Santa on Berowra Oval, 6pm Wednesday 18th December.

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Woodchop 2019 Raffle – bigger than ever!

Don’t forget to grab your raffle tickets at Woodchop! Thanks to the generous support of local businesses there is nearly $7000 worth of prizes up for grabs over 3 incredible raffle draws.

All money raised goes back into the community. Past Woodchops have supported the Berowra RFS and local organisations as well as Apex projects such as the installation of the bike track and shelter near the Dog Park.

Thanks to these local businesses who donated some amazing prizes:


Woodchop 2019 is nearly here!

Woodchop is just a few days away, on Sunday August 11 from 10am-5pm. A Berowra institution, the event has been run continuously since 1994 in and around the Berowra Village Tavern. Over the years it has become a major event on both the NSW Axemen’s Association and the Berowra community calendar.

Woodchop is made possible by support and hosting by the Berowra Village Tavern and Hornsby Shire Council and sponsorship by Nobby Kitchens and McGrath Real Estate.



The incredible support and generous hosting of this event by the Berowra Village Tavern  allows the event to continue and we and the Berowra Community are incredibly grateful!


McGrathsFrancesca and team at McGrath Real Estate Berowra have been long time supporters of Woodchop consistently donating their time and for raffle prizes over the years. This year we are grateful for their sponsorship of the event, allowing us to continue to provide this free event for the community.


Nobby KitchensJohn and the team at Nobby Kitchens are a proud sponsor of this year’s event and we’re grateful for their support, allowing us to continue to provide this free event for the community.


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Scott and the team at Berlian Timbers have supported the event over the past few years through the donation of the major raffle prize. Be sure to get your tickets for several incredible prize packs!


There will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy including world class competitive Woodchopping, live music, carnival rides for all ages, market and food stalls. All money raised goes back into the community to support the Rural Fire Service, Berowra Scouts and Apex projects. The bike track and shelter near the dog park were built by Apex using funds from previous Woodchops.

Berowra Woodchop Festival 2019

The Berowra Woodchop Festival is back again in 2019 bigger and better than ever. This year’s festival will be held on Sunday 11 August 2019 in the Berowra Village Tavern carpark and surrounding grounds from 10am to 5pm.

Now in its 25th year, Woodchop is an old style “fair” attracting thousands of people to enjoy market stalls, amusement rides, food, live music and a world class round of the NSW Axemen competition. All proceeds raised are returned to the community via Apex service programs including donations to many local charitable causes.

Woodchop is made possible through the support of the Berowra Village Tavern and Hornsby Shire Council and sponsorship by McGrath Real Estate and Nobby Kitchens and raffle prizes generously donated by Berlian Timbers.


It promises to be a great day out, so come along and enjoy the festivities!

Stall Applications

We are now taking applications from stallholders. If you wish to run a stall at Woodchop, please download and return the expression of interest form below. Stalls are $90 for a standard stall and $160 for a food stall, with an additional $20 if you require power. Stall spaces are 3m x 3m in size. Spaces are limited so get in quick!

Raffle Donations

Every year the Apex club runs a raffle at Woodchop to raise money for Apex service programs in the community, as well as for community groups including the local Scouts and the Rural Fire Service.

We are seeking a range of prizes suitable for a major raffle prize, minor raffle prizes and a large number of small items for the chocolate wheel. All prize donors are recognised through thank-you boards displayed in high-traffic areas as well as at raffle ticket booths.

Businesses contributing major prizes valued at over $500 will be given the opportunity to display signage around the raffle area during Woodchop, and will be promoted in the lead-up to the event via online/social media, and throughout the day in PA announcements. We are also seeking headline prizes of value $1000 or more – please contact us directly if interested.

Any (new) item you choose to generously donate would be warmly welcomed and we would be happy to pick up it up – just send us an email at and we’ll take care of the rest.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with Woodchop and your support of the local community.

Movie Under the Stars and Berowra Hail Storm Volunteer Thank-you

Nearly everyone in the Berowra area was affected in some way by the devastating hail storm last year. And I know many of us are still suffering, fighting with flailing tarps, failing insurance companies and flooding homes.

One thing I think we all agree on though is the amazing response from our emergency services and other volunteers, local and abroad, in the wake of the storm. It was overwhelming to see the the amount of support and Berowra spirit that shone through – we truly do live in a remarkable community.

I think we could all use a night out to relax, socialise and most importantly to say thanks to all those who gave their time selflessly helping out those affected by the storm. So on Friday 12th April (last day of school term) at Warrina Oval there will be a special Movie Under the Stars / storm volunteer thank-you event, and you’re all invited!

This free event, supported by Hornsby Council and Berowra Apex, will feature live music, children’s entertainment, food and drinks and of course a family friendly movie (“Smallfoot”). Oh and did I mention there will be fireworks? Yes, fireworks!

Lots of food options available including sausage sizzle, gozleme, middle eastern, popcorn, fairy floss, slushies, hot and cold drinks. Live music featuring Winblu big band, The Niaben Sea and school bands. Jumping castles and Bugs About will be there too, and much, much more.

To cap it all off, our emergency services will be there mingling with the crowd and enjoying the evening. They will share a few words with us about the storm from their perspective, and will be on hand to have a chat.

The event will commence at 4pm, with the movie starting at around 6:30pm, which will be followed by the fireworks display. So bring a blanket, pull up some grass and enjoy the night!

Apex Santa Sleigh Street Runs 2018

Santa and his elves will be making some special trips around the streets of Berowra this Christmas. Come out and see Santa as he makes his way around the streets in his sleigh, or join him afterwards for photos, BBQ and jumping castle. You can check Santa’s route and follow him live on the Berowra Santa Tracker website.

You can catch Santa on the following dates:

  • Friday 7 December from 5pm – Barnetts area to Crossroads Reserve (near the dog park). Christmas trees will also be on sale at Crossroads.
  • Thursday 13 December from 5pm – Wideview area to Warrina Oval. BBQ and jumping castle at Warrina Oval from 6pm
  • Wednesday 19 December from 5pm – Gully Rd, Yallambee area to Berowra Oval. BBQ and jumping castle at Warrina Oval from 6pm 

Berowra Apex Club will also be selling Christmas trees at Crossroads Reserve on Saturday 7 December 7am-2pm.

Come along and enjoy the festivities!