NSW hikes, walks and trails
For beautiful and diverse terrains, NSW is the best place in Australia for walking and hiking. You'll be amazed by the World Heritage areas, from the Blue Mountains to the Willandra Lakes to the Gondwana Rainforests to Lord Howe Island. Many of the national parks and reserves along the NSW coast and inland are perfect for camping and bushwalking.
Discover marvellous NSW on foot
Explore at your own pace the natural wonders of NSW on the many trails and tracks. Walking or hiking in enchanting wilderness and along a spectacular coast is truly a delight. During whale-watching season, between May and November, you can see majestic humpback whales from headlands and points at Byron Bay in the north through to Eden in the south.
National parks and nature reserves in NSW cover nearly five million hectares. Among the oldest national parks in the world is the Royal National Park, which begins at Sydney's southern edge and extends south to near Stanwell Park, an internationally acclaimed hang-gliding location. Wildlife abounds in national parks, from marsupials such as wallabies to colourful native birds.
For World Heritage wilderness, the Blue Mountains are two hours from Sydney by train. The Willandra Lakes Region, in Outback NSW, includes Mungo National Park, where the world's oldest ritual cremation site was discovered. Gondwana Rainforests, in north-east NSW, include the lyrebird track in Wollumbin National Park. On Lord Howe Island, climb Mount Gower for breathtaking views.
To climb Australia's highest peak, head to the Snowy Mountains in south-west of NSW. In the warmer months you can walk to the top of Mount Koscuiszko. There are various walking and hiking tours offered by the likes of Auswalk Walking Holidays and K7 Adventures in the alpine region. On the South Coast of NSW, one of the prettiest coastal walks is the White Sands walk in Jervis Bay.
Before you set out on a walk or a hike, make sure you let someone know where you're going and when you plan to be back. There are plenty of good trails that are perfect for beginners, family-friendly bushwalks designed to take the kids on, and challenging hikes for experienced adventurers.