There’s more to Sydney than its iconic opera house! This bustling city promises picturesque hiking trails (or “bushwalks” as they’re locally known) for all to trek - regardless if you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced hiker.
1. South Head Heritage Trail
Location: South Head, Sydney Harbour National Park
Time: 1 hour
This hour-long historical trail is located at the south entrance to Sydney Harbour. This trail takes hikers through a cobblestone road dated from 1870 and also takes you past Lady Bay Beach, all the way to Hornby Lighthouse.
2. Burrawang Walk
Location: Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Botany Bay
Length: 1.1km loop
Time: 30 minutes
This easy trail is ideal for families with kids as it's only thirty minutes long! The trail is also popular amongst history buffs as its origins tell the history of the first meeting between the Europeans and the indigenous cultures. There are also informational signs placed along the tracks of Captain Cook’s Landing Place, Banks’ memorial, the meeting place and a welcome wall to give you more information on the park’s cultural and natural history.
3. Cowan to Brooklyn bush walk
Location: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
This 11-km trail is meant for experienced bushwalkers; The Great North Walk is a phenomenal 250km track which takes walkers from Sydney all the way to Hunter Valley and Newcastle, and will usually take a day to complete. This adventurous trail is also renowned for its natural, wild beauty.
4. Great Coastal Walk
Location: Barrenjoey to Cronulla
Time: 7 days
The Great Coastal Walk is an ambitious 7-day trekking expedition that sees the walk span over 100 km. The journey sees adventurous trekkers from Barrenjoey to the north of Sydney down through Narrabeen Lakes to Manly, North and South Head then through Clovelly to Cronulla. If you feel tired, you can always choose to take public transport through the residential estate.
5. Three Sisters Walk
Location: Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba
Length: 1km return
Time: 30 minutes
Perhaps Sydney's most iconic trail, the Three Sisters Walk is an easy walk which gives you a full-view of Blue Mountains as well as the famous Three Sisters rock formation. This walk is perfect for family gatherings with Katoomba being just a few minutes away by car.
Hiking is a great outdoor activity that almost everyone can enjoy, and a scenic place like Sydney certainly has lots to offer in that regard. Make sure to pack plenty of water; the weather in the land Down Under can get plenty dry!