6 Incredible Hikes At Sydney's Doorstep
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6 incredible hikes at Sydney’s doorstep

  • View of Valley
  • Group on Hike
  • Beach View

We all need an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and what better way to achieve this than getting out of the city on the weekend to experience one of these epic adventure walks right on Sydney’s doorstep. Hiking is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors while also keeping healthy and active. We have put together a list of must-do treks for those keen to explore what regional Sydney has to offer and enjoy some spectacular sites!


The Coast Track – 26 km 2-day/1 night 

The Coast track | NSW National Parks

26 km make up this epic coastal multi-day trek from Bundeena to Otford. Be sure to pack your togs to enjoy the many swimming spots along the way!


America Bay Walking Track – 1.8 km

America Bay walking track | NSW National Parks

Take the day out of busy Sydney city with this cultural hike only 1 hour’s drive away. A challenging trek alongside a sandstone ridgeline where you will enjoy aboriginal engravings and the best of Australia’s iconic bushland.

Old Great North Road – Heritage Walk – 9 km

Old Great North Road – World Heritage walk | NSW National Parks

Heritage walks do not get much more Historical than this. Built by convicts in chains, this moderately steep trail overlooking the Hawkesbury river will take you back in time.


Great North Walk – Lane Cove National Park – 20 km

Great North walk – Lane Cove National Park | NSW National Parks

Whether you are looking for an easy day walk or a mammoth multi-day hike this trail offers both. With beautiful views of the hunter valley, Sydney, and Newcastle you can pick and choose how hard or easy you want to go!


Patonga to Pearl Beach – 3 km

Patonga to Pearl Beach walking track | NSW National Parks

With the ocean behind you and ocean in front of you, this stunning trek through eucalypts and red gums will keep the camera snapping. Make sure to bring your swimmers for a cool-off at either end!

With COVID we have all experienced that keeping active has been harder than usual, but it’s time to drop that Netflix remote, put your boots on, and start exploring the natural wonders of our own backyard!


Bouddi National Park

Buddy Coastal Walk | National Parks

There are a variety of day walks explorers can enjoy in Bouddi National Park located on the southernmost tip of NSW’s Central Coast region. Whether you decide to stay in the area of Killcare, Pretty Beach, Acoca or Terrigal, you can spend several days exploring the local terrain, or you can enjoy a day trip from Sydney. Our favourite trek is the Bouddi Coast walk. Which can either be started from McMasters Beach or Putty Beach. This stunning coastal walk will have you taking in spectacular views of Palm Beach (recommended starting from McMasters for this view) as you walk boardwalks, trek through rainforests, across yellow sand beaches (so be sure to pack your swimmers) where the National Park meets the ocean and through good old fashioned Australian bush filled with plenty of banksia and bottlebrush.


Before you go

Remember too safe by planning you trip for all conditions and telling someone about it. You can register your trip with National Parks here.

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