National Parks in and Around Sydney (Hiking Guide)

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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Wentworth Falls Hiking Guide – Walking Tracks and Lookout Points

Wentworth Falls walks and lookouts

Wentworth Falls is one of the most popular bushwalking destinations in the Blue Mountains region. The name Wentworth Falls refers to the famous 3-tiered, 187m high waterfall, but it is also the name of the town where the waterfall is located.

There are lots of different walking tracks to choose from in the Wentworth Falls area, some very short and others quite long and challenging. In addition to walks, there are also several lookout points spread out across Wentworth Falls that offer spectacular views.

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8 Best Walking Tracks in Royal National Park

Royal national park walks

Established in 1879, the Royal National Park is Australia’s oldest and the world’s second oldest national park.

Originally named National Park, it was officially renamed in 1955 after Queen Elizabeth II passed through on her way to Wollongong during her 1954 Australia tour.

From coastal heath, lookout points and waterfalls to beaches, bushland and natural swimming pools, this 15,000 hectares large park has something for everyone.

One of the best things about the Royal National Park is that it is very close to the city and very easily accessible, by car as well as by public transport.

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6 Best Walking Tracks in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park walks

Established in 1894, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is Australia’s second oldest national park, 15 years younger than Sydney’s Royal National Park.

Located only 25km north of the Sydney CBD, Ku-ring-gai Chase is a popular weekend recreation destination for Sydney residents as well as for tourists.

Measuring a generous 15,000 hectares, the park is characterised by thriving rainforest, rocky cliffs, mangroves, Aboriginal sites, picnic areas, secluded beaches, lookout points, mountain biking trails and various walking tracks.

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