Visit Thirlmere Lakes National Park for a beautiful and relaxing spot to enjoy and get away from the crowds. Boasting five freshwater lakes and many native Australian plant species, this is a wonderfu...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/thirlmere-lakes-national-park
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.
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On a road trip which encompasses 1,200km of sealed road, you'll be utterly consumed by the parks and towns along the Greater Blue Mountains Drive. This epic journey ov...
Lilian Fraser and her family moved to Pennant Hills after her father Charles purchased the 'Hopetoun' poultry farm sometime between 1915 and 1920. Over the years, much of the original farm was sold of...www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/my-lifestyle/sports-and-recreation/parks-and-playgrounds/pennant-hills/lilian-fraser-garden
Bents Basin, a deep waterhole that forms part of a gorge on the Nepean River between Camden and Penrith, is a perfect place for swimming, canoeing and fishing. If you'd like to keep your feet on dry l...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/bents-basin-state-conservation-area
Take time out from the rushed pace of life and take your lunch or coffee down to Barnetts Road Reserve and the Barnetts lookout. The creek looks so peaceful from up here and your troubles just seem to...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/berowra-valley-national-park/barnetts-lookout/lookout
You'll find Turkeys Nest lookout at the highest point of the Loop trail in William Howe Regional Park. It's a short and easy walk to the lookout, so a good one for children.
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The Glebe Foreshore Walk from Bicentennial Park to the Sydney Fish Markets at Pyrmont links over 27 hectares of open space and gives visitors unimpeded public access to Rozelle Bay and Blackwattle Bay...www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Residents/ParksAndLeisure/MajorParks/Glebe.asp
Close to Hurstville, Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area is a fun and relaxed grassy picnic area popular with all ages, but especially families with young children. There's plenty of room for the kids to ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/georges-river-national-park/cattle-duffers-flat-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
18km (return) - 7 hour (each way) - Hard difficulty
Definitely not for the fainthearted, this challenging steep track is ideal for adventurous bushwalkers and mountain bikers who love to test...