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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.

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Camping in the Royal National Park with Royal Coast Walks. Image James Pipino

With its rich natural environment, Sydney has some of the countrys 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. Its not only a great year-round workout, youll 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 Sydneys 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 worlds 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. Youll discover wetlands, eucalypt woodlands, rugged bushland, lush rainforests and sandstone gorges. With stunning photo opportunities at every turn, youll come away feeling refreshed and invigorated.

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  1. Fagan Park

    Fagan Park

    Fagan Park is an area of about 55 hectares on Arcadia Road at Galston. The site was donated by the Fagan family to the Department of Lands with Hornsby Shire Council appointed as sole trustee for the ...

  2. Camp Cove

    Camp Cove

    Just a short walk from Watsons Bay ferry wharf, wheelchair-accessible Camp Cove boasts millionaire views that are hard to miss. Nestled on the harbour side of South Head, this delightful beach is pack...

  3. Nepean Dam

    Nepean Dam

    The completion of the Nepean Dam in 1935 concluded the development of the Upper Nepean catchment. The 81 metre high dam holds water from a 320 square kilometre catchment, forming a lake of 325 hectare...

  4. Parks Week

    Parks Week

    *** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***Held from Monday 9 March to Sunday 15 March 2015, this annual celebration highlights the important role that parks play in local communiti...

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Sydney city skyline with Opera House and Harbour Bridge by Sally Mayman
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Harbour and city skyline