A selection of some of the best bush walks in and around Sydney and New South Wales, including maps, pictures, highlights and characteristics.
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…
Have you done a beautiful bush walk in Sydney or New South Wales that is not included here? Let us know and we will try and add it to our selection.