On the edges of Sydney and right in the heart are spectacular national parks. Enjoy bushwalking and camping, island picnics and magnificent views, Aboriginal rock art and colonial heritage, and see kangaroos, wallabies and colourful birds. Australia’s oldest national park is in Sydney’s south.
In the Royal National Park explore rainforest, beautiful beaches and indigenous rock engravings. You can rent kayaks and paddle on tranquil waterways. The pretty village of Bundeena is a popular gateway to the park. Travel from the city centre by train to Cronulla and board a ferry for Bundeena.
In Sydney Harbour National Park enjoy island picnics, magnificent views of iconic attractions, history and heritage, and delightful foreshore walks in enchanting forests. Take a Captain Cook Cruises’ ferry from Circular Quay for a picnic on Shark Island and magnificent views of the city skyline and harbour.
Australia’s second-oldest national park is Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, in Sydney’s north, and is popular for bushwalking, camping and kayaking and contains significant indigenous rock art. The Red Hands Cave walking track will take you through red gums to a cave with ancient ochre hand-prints.
A World Heritage-listed part of Dharug National Park is the convict-built Old Great North Road, near Wisemans Ferry in the Hawkesbury. Closer to the city centre is Lane Cove National Park, a charming pocket of bushland with picnic tables, barbecues, a heritage trail and small rowboats for rental.
There are walking, camping, kayaking and indigenous cultural tours in national parks. Barefoot Downunder and Sydney Coast Walks offer experiences in several parks. For tours in Kur-ring-gai, join Go Beyond Tours, Sydney Outback or EcoTreasures for memorable adventures.