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 bush walks 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.

10 Great Bush Walks in and around Sydney

To give you some ideas and inspiration, here are 10 of the best bush walks in and around Sydney:

1. 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…

2. Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach

The 6.5km trail between Taronga Zoo and Balmoral Beach swirls its way through bushland past secluded beaches, picturesque bays, impressive lookouts and historical sights. 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. Royal National Park Coast Track

The famous Coast Track in the Royal National Park is a 26km scenic trail of that follows the coastline between Bundeena and Otford. Read more…

5. Narrabeen Lagoon Trail

The Narrabeen Lagoon trail is a stunning 8km circuit track around Narrabeen Lakes, popular with hikers, joggers and cyclists. Read more…

6. The Forest Path

The Forest Path is a relatively easy but pretty 4.5km bushwalk in the Royal National Park that loops around Forest Island following the Hacking River. Read more…

7. 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…

8. 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…

9. 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…

10. Spit Bridge to Manly Walk

The famous 10km Spit to Manly walking trail is not just a fabulous coastal walk, it’s also great for bushwalking fanatics. 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.

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Discover Lake Parramatta Reserve

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

Lake Parramatta was created as a result of the damming of Hunts Creek in 1856. The lake is now a recreational area with three marked bush walking trails.

The longest one is the full circuit walk that goes around the entire lake. The other 2 walks are much shorter and easier to do.

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Manly Dam Walk

The Manly Dam Walk is a beautiful 7.3 km circuit trail around Manly Dam that is still a bit of a hidden gem. With plenty of picnic and BBQ areas and scenic views around Manly Lake, this walking track is a great day out for the whole family.

The views are spectacular from both sides of the dam and the walking track overall is well managed. On a regular weekday, there is plenty of parking, either on the streets or in the council car park within the parkland area.

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