Play - Nature

Sydney is the gateway to the great outdoors, surrounded on all sides by a bounty of ocean, rivers and rainforests as well as vast outback landscapes and mountain ranges.

There are lots of beautiful parks in Sydney. Find time to stroll through Hyde ParkSydney Harbour National Park or the idyllic Royal Botanic Gardens, all in the heart of the city. Further south, the Royal National Park is a fantastic spot for hiking, whale watching, diving and swimming.

Snorkelling, Lord Howe Island

Regional New South Wales (NSW) is also home to amazing natural attractions. Head to Warrumbungle National Park in Central Western NSW to camp under the stars at Australia’s first Dark Sky Park, or adventure through the heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Here you can go bushwalking and take in spectacular views from Echo Point Lookout.

Many of NSW’s National Parks are right on the beach. Head north up to Byron Bay, Australia's easternmost town, and discover beautiful beaches, bays, and lush green hinterland. The South Coast of NSW is another breathtaking region to explore, from the dramatic landscapes of Morton National Park to the gorgeous Seven Mile Beach.