Sydney’s national parks and nature this summer

22 December 2013

bondi to coogee walk

Sydney has an abundance of beautiful national parks, nature reserves and green spaces to explore. They are especially worth a visit during summer when the flowers are in bloom and the weather is so warm.

Here are some great spots around the city.

Royal National Park

Located in picturesque Audley, this National Park has considerable historical significance in the world as it is the second national park that was established to preserve this beautiful area.

The land covers over 15,000 hectares and offers visitors a diverse number of tracks to walk, trees to sit under for picnics and areas to relax.

One of the most spectacular aspects of this park is the fact that it is bordered by the coast. You can explore the shoreline or head further into the park and check out some of the lookouts to see the beaches from further afield.

You can also take a dip in the ocean for a spot of swimming or surfing, or hire a row boat for a paddle in Kangaroo Creek.

Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain

This 30-hectare garden features a variety of Australian plants from all over the country and exotic species from around the world. This lush landscape features an interesting range of flora to enjoy and a range dining experiences from cafe to fine food.

Be sure to check out the rose garden, or perhaps even consider taking an Aboriginal Heritage Tour at 10am on any Friday for a guided look around the historic areas of the park.

Centennial Parklands

This park has many different activities and things to do in Sydney’s outdoor spaces.

From sunrise to sunset, this parkland is the playground for many Sydneysiders. You can hire or bring your own bike, enjoy a round of golf, or try horse riding.

There is also a range of relaxing options; to have a picnic with family or friends, or visit the cafe for a great coffee or snack.

Walks in Sydney

You can enjoy a lovely walk in several places in and around the city this summer including:

The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is famous for its stunning views and draws visitors from around the world to enjoy this scenic walk. At just 6 kilometres, it won’t take too long but will still show you some of the gorgeous beach scenery around Sydney. Be sure to bring your swimmers to take a dip in the many stunning surf beaches in the area.

Another favourite scenic coastal track is the Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walkway. It will take three or four hours to walk the 10-kilometre track and you can book in a tour or simply discover your own course.