Nature and Parks

Highlights

Discover wonderful walks along the spectacular coastline, explore enchanting national parks, and relax with a family picnic in beautiful harbourside gardens in Sydney. Take a ferry to islands within Sydney Harbour and experience one of the great natural wonders, the annual migration of whales.

  • Sunset over Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Garden
  • View of Sydney Harbour from the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Great natural attractions in Sydney

Fall in love with the natural wonders of Sydney, from the beautiful coastline and sparkling blue Sydney Harbour to majestic whales on their annual migration and spectacular wilderness in some of the world’s oldest national parks. Gorgeous gardens and parks in the city are perfect for picnics, too.

You’ll be delighted with the variety of wonderful walks, including one of the best city walks in the world to iconic attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Garden. Another popular walk throughout the year is the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

On the edges of Sydney and right in the heart are marvellous national parks, where you’ll find abundant wildlife, bushwalking trails, campsites, waterways for kayaking and fishing, and precious Aboriginal rock art. The Royal National Park is Australia’s oldest national park, established in 1879.

You can even go camping on one of Sydney Harbour’s islands. Cockatoo Island is a World Heritage-listed convict site in Sydney Harbour National Park and offers camping. Tour operators, such as Life’s an Adventure, Sydney Coast Walks and EcoTreasures offer Sydney camping experiences, too.

One of the great natural wonders is the annual migration of thousands of whales along the NSW coast from May to November. Whale watching is popular from coastal walks in Sydney or you can get up close on special boat tours, departing from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Manly.

  1. Cape Solander

    Want to go whale watching in Sydney? Cape Solander is undoubtedly one of Sydney's best whale watching spots.June/July is the best time to see humpback whales as they migrate to warmer waters. If you’re lucky...

  2. Fantasea Cruising

    Fantasea Cruising is one of Australia's leading marine tourism and transport operators and have been cruising within Australia for almost 30 years. They love what they do and they love Sydney Harbour. They give people...

  3. Hyde Park

    Hyde Park is Australia's oldest park. Divided by Park Street, the southern section of Hyde Park contains the ANZAC Memorial building and visitor centre, the pool of reflection and numerous monuments and statues. The...

  4. Manly Whale Watching

    Manly Whale Watching provides Sydney and Northern Beaches whale watching enthusiasts with the ultimate location to whale watch in Sydney. The Manly Whale Watching base is located only five to 15 minutes away from...

  5. Shark Island

    Do you like the sound of an island getaway but don’t have time to jump on a plane? Just book a trip through one of our licensed transport operators, head to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, and before you know it,...

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