Hikes and walks
NSW hikes, walks and trails
Whether you're out for a short nature stroll or a five-day hike, walking tracks in NSW provide all kinds of opportunities to explore the State's 820 parks and reserves. Plan your trip with friends and family, go camping and bird watching, watch whales from lookouts along the coast or learn about Australia's incredible natural heritage.
Walk between Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation to view the spectacular coastline of Ben Boyd National Park. Look out for native wildlife and whales during the migration season. Break the walk into sections and camp at the Saltwater Beach Campground and Bittangabee Bay.
The Kiama Coast Walk begins at Minnamurra and wanders past headlands, rivers, beaches, Kiama's town centre, blowholes and bays before arriving at Werri Beach near Gerringong. Stop to surf at Boneyard, visit the fascinating Bombo Headland Quarry, or admire the birdlife at Spring Creek Wetlands along the way.
The White Sands Walk is a gentle hour-long walk across a number of unspoilt and secluded bays and beaches within Jervis Bay. Spot the kangaroos and native birds that inhabit the dense bushland behind the beaches - colourful rosellas, lorikeets and parrots - as well as dolphins swimming in the bay.
Discover the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains on the winding Six Foot Track. The 45 km route takes three days in total to complete and you can choose from one of the three dedicated campgrounds to rest overnight. Beginning in Katoomba and ending at the Jenolan Caves, experience the heath, woodlands and rainforest landscapes.
The Kanangra to Katoomba Walk is a 45 km scenic hike through Kanangra-Boyd National Park and the Blue Mountains National Park. Explore the summits and rocky ridges of the Blue Mountains on this spectacular walk and lookout for lyrebirds and wombats. Relax by clear water creeks along the way, such as Kanangra Creek and Cox River.
Climb Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest mountain, by taking the chairlift from Thredbo then walking the rest of the 6 km track within Kosciuszko National Park. Pass the rocky granite outcrops of Rams Head Range and cross the waters of the Snowy River, before climbing above Lake Cootapatamba and continuing on to Rawson Pass.
Mount Gower is the dominant landmark of the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island. The challenging eight hour return trek to its 875 m peak is a badge of honour for all island visitors. Experience one of the world's best day treks, traversing across the mountain’s rugged terrain and encountering some of the islands rarest plants and wildlife along the way.
The Coast Track is a multi-day walking experience in the centuries old Royal National Park. From the lookout, spot humpback whales during migration season, or search the skies for local bird species, such as ospreys and sea eagles. Cool off with a swim or have a picnic at Little Marley, Wattamolla, Garie, North Era or Burning Palms Beach.
Choose from one of the great walks Sydney has to offer, taking in some of the city's most iconic sites and locations, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the beaches along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. Head to Cremorne Point for harbour views and cliffside gardens, or take the Taronga Zoo to Manly bushwalking track for a three-hour excursion passing historic spots.
Couple walking a trail through heathland, Blue Mountains. Image Paul Blackmore
Hikers along the trail on Lower Rd, Mt. Gower, Lord Howe Island. Image Don Fuchs
Bushwalkers relaxing on the coastline of Bouddi National Park, Central Coast. Image The Legendary Pacific Coast
The Moss Wall at Boarding House Dam, Watagan Mountains, Lake Macquarie, Hunter. Image Paul Foley