Bush Walks

A selection of some of the best bush walks in and around Sydney and New South Wales, including maps, pictures, highlights and characteristics.

Sydney bush walks

Sydney is very well known because of its beautiful coastline, but Australia’s most beautiful city is in fact also home to some of the best bushwalks hikers could wish for. What’s great is that you don’t actually have to go far away from the city to enjoy some native bushland.

Most would assume that you’d need to go west to the Blue Mountains or south to the Royal National Park in order to escape the city and do a bush walk. But actually, some of the best bush walks can be found in and around Sydney Harbour. Balls Head Reserve in Waverton for example, is only a short hop from the city.

Other great Sydney bush walks are Lake Parramatta Reserve, the Manly Dam walk, the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail and the walking trails around Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains.

 
 

8 Great Bush Walks in and around Sydney

To give you some ideas and inspiration, here are 8 of the best bush walks in and around Sydney:

1. Lane Cove National Park

Located only 20 minutes north-west of the Sydney CBD, Lane Cove National Park is a large pocket of scenic bushland surrounding the banks of the Lane Cove River which flows into Sydney Harbour.

A picturesque 10km circuit walk along both sides of the river makes for an excellent way to explore the natural beauty of this national park. Read more…

2. Grand Canyon Walk

Often regarded as the most impressive walking trail in the Blue Mountains, the Grand Canyon Walk will leave you in awe as you hike through lush rainforest with several waterfalls and creek crossings. Read more…

3. Resolute Loop Trail

The Resolute Loop Trail takes you through a beautiful part of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park with West Head Lookout and Resolute Beach as the highlights. Read more…

4. Prince Henry Cliff Walk

The Prince Henry Cliff Walk is an adventurous 7km walking trail between Scenic World in Katoomba and Gordon Falls Lookout in Leura.

It follows the cliff edge overlooking Jamison Valley with lots of beautiful lookout points along the way to enjoy some of the best views in the Blue Mountains. Read more…

5. Lake Parramatta Reserve

Hiking in the Lake Parramatta Reserve is a great day out, as you walk through 75ha of bushland around an idyllic lake with a decommissioned dam. Read more…

6. Cowan to Brooklyn

The 14km hike from Cowan station to Brooklyn station is part of the Great North Walk. One of the highlights on this trail is picturesque Jerusalem Bay. Read more…

7. Ruined Castle Walk

Starting at the famous Golden Stairs, the Ruined Castle Walk is a popular bushwalking track near Katoomba that brings you to one of the most unique landmarks in the Blue Mountains.

Enjoy scenic views of Jamison Valley, the Three Sisters, Castle Head and Mount Solitary as you hike through lush thriving rainforest. Read more…

8. Manly Dam Walk

The Manly Dam walk is a panoramic 7.3km circuit trail around Manly Dam that is still a bit of a hidden gem. Enjoy nature at its best only a few kilometres away from Sydney CBD. Read more…

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Leura Cascades Walking Track and Picnic Area

The Leura Cascades walking track is a short but scenic bushwalk along Leura Falls Creek, leading up to a beautiful lookout point with amazing view of Jamison Valley.

Make a day of it and enjoy lunch outdoors amidst the beautiful scenery of the Leura Cascades picnic area.

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Perrys Lookdown to Blue Gum Forest Walking Track

The steep walking track from Perrys Lookdown near Blackheath to the Blue Gum Forest at the bottom of the Grose Valley is a challenging but rewarding bushwalk adventure.

The Acacia Flats camping ground is only 500m away from the forest where you can set up your tent and stay overnight in beautiful surroundings.

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Lane Cove National Park Riverside Circuit Walk

Located only 20 minutes north-west of the Sydney CBD, Lane Cove National Park is a large pocket of scenic bushland surrounding the banks of the Lane Cove River which flows into Sydney Harbour.

A picturesque 10km circuit walk along both sides of the river makes for an excellent way to explore the natural beauty of this national park.

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Lockleys Pylon Walking Track

The Lockleys Pylon walking track is an exciting bushwalk in the Blue Mountains, offering scenic 360-degree views of the Grose Valley, Govetts Gorge and the sandstone cliffs of Mount Hay and Mount Banks.

This part of the Blue Mountains is still relatively quiet and undiscovered, which makes the track to the top of the pylon even more enjoyable.

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National Parks in and Around Sydney

One of the perks of living in Sydney is that the city is surrounded by various National Parks. It’s very easy to escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney and discover the natural beauty that these parks have to offer.

From picnic sites, reserves and campgrounds, to walking tracks, waterfalls and lookout points, you can find all this and so much more in our national parks surrounding the city.

There are currently more than 200 registered National Parks in Sydney and New South Wales, some very small and others the size of a country. Each park has its own unique characteristics so that you’ll never run out of new things to see and experience.

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