Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head offers fantastic views over to North Head and South Head and the expansive Pacific Ocean. Named in honour of Aboriginal man Arabanoo, the first Aboriginal man to live ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sydney-harbour-national-park/arabanoo-lookout-at-dobroyd-head/lookout
Nature and parks in Sydney
No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy, even when winter comes knocking. There are bushwalks aplenty, and popular coastal walks take you by some of Sydney’s most spectacular views.
Sydney's natural wonders and attractions
With its rich natural environment, Sydney has some of the country’s best hiking trails and most relaxing leafy parks.
One of the best ways to enjoy Sydney's stunning natural attractions is on a coastal trail such as the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. It’s not only a great year-round workout, you’ll also discover secret nooks for picnics, be able to grab a coffee at a beachfront cafe along the way, or simply sit down and take in the spectacular views.
Leafy Centennial Parklands is an idyllic spot for cycling, walking, rollerblading and horseriding with plenty of room to move – 360 hectares, in fact. The Royal Botanic Gardens in the heart of the city is peaceful and beautiful. Lie back under a shady tree and watch the world go by or enjoy the views over Sydney Harbour. More central still is Hyde Park, home to Sydney’s ANZAC Memorial.
Sydney Harbour is the gateway to a world of natural attractions. Navigate your way around the inner-harbour islands by ferry, or hire a kayak and paddle your way to a secluded harbour beach for some peace and quiet.
A short drive from the city reveals even more beauty. The world’s second-oldest national park, the Royal National Park, lies to the south of the city, while the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is a scenic 90-minute drive west of the city. Both are popular tourist attractions and fantastic destinations for a range of outdoor activities ranging from bushwalks and hiking to camping, mountain biking, abseiling and canyoning. You’ll discover wetlands, eucalypt woodlands, rugged bushland, lush rainforests and sandstone gorges. With stunning photo opportunities at every turn, you’ll come away feeling refreshed and invigorated.
It's rare for busy global cities to be surrounded by nature. However Sydney has it all with its unique Sydney Harbour National Park. Lane Cove National Park and Ku-ring-gai National Park lie to the north of the city, Blue Mountains National Park to the west and Royal National Park to the south.
Sydney Harbour has several small islands that are accessible by water taxi, by ferry or on a guided tour. Learn about Australia’s colonial heritage and admire the sublime views from Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and Cockatoo Island.
Take to Sydney by foot and you'll be rewarded with beautiful scenery at every turn of the track. Popular walks include the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, the harbourside walk along the Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walkway or any number of bushland and river trails in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Rouse Hill Regional Park is a fabulous resource for Hills District locals and visitors alike. Hire the relaxed Crebra or Fibrosa Pavilions for a special occasion, take a family bike ride on the trails...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/rouse-hill-regional-park
The flat expanse at this picnic area is a great place for the kids to kick a ball or throw a Frisbee to work up an appetite. After a tasty picnic or barbecue lunch, relax on your picnic rug, take in s...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/georges-river-national-park/fitzpatrick-park/picnic-bbq
Sydney serves up some of its best outdoor offerings at Nielsen Park, located at Vaucluse in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Blessed with the glistening Shark Beach and glorious harbour views, Nielsen Park i...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sydney-harbour-national-park/nielsen-park/picnic-bbq
If you’re interested in volunteer work involving bush regeneration in Sydney Harbour National Park, then the Nielsen Park bush regeneration group might be for you. This volunteer group meets in ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Whats-On/sydney/nielsen-park-bush-regeneration-group
Shakespeares Point in Nielsen Park is a perfect outdoor location to highlight the best of Sydney's urban and natural charms. Located in the southern reaches of Sydney Harbour National Park, just east ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sydney-harbour-national-park/shakespeares-point/lookout
3.2km (one way) - 1.5 hour - Hard difficulty
Seaforth Oval to Natural Bridge track is a scenic walk that's full of history, but that's not all that'll get your pulse racing. The descent into ...
Enjoy a day exploring the bush without leaving Sydney.
Join your NSW National Parks guide in Lane Cove National Park and traverse the upper reaches of Lane Cove Valley. Explore this beautiful...
Over the past five years Penrith City Council has created almost eight kilometres of walking track along the Nepean River. Known as the "Great River Walk", it features spectacular views of t...