At Greenglade picnic area, the first thing you'll notice is the sound of some rainbow lorikeets screeching overhead. But that's about all you'll hear, because this is one of the most tranquil places o...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/nadgee-nature-reserve/greenglade-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
Beaches, Parks and Walks in NSW
Leaving the urban jungle behind and getting back to nature is one of the best ways to unwind – and in NSW, you'll find a huge range of natural wonders, beaches, parks and walks to choose from.
Jervis Bay on the South Coast is one of the State's best kept secrets. Booderee National Park has areas of stunning natural beauty and a string of pristine beaches. There are also spectacular coastal walks all over the region and great views to check out at the Cape St George Lighthouse and Ben Boyd Lookout.
The Three Sisters and Echo Point are the stand outs in NSW's Blue Mountains, but this World Heritage-listed region has breathtaking walks to do, too. In Blackheath, the Anvil Rock look-out is a must, and the Grand Canyon Walk and Blue Gum Forest in the Grose Valley are both challenging but worth it.
Head north to Port Stephens where you'll find Stockton Bight sand dunes, the largest coastal sand mass in NSW – and great for exploring on a quad bike or 4WD tour. Stunning walks can be found in the Tomaree National Park, where you'll find bushland, dunes and stunning sandy beaches.
Further north, Byron Bay is also famous for its natural wonders including the Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Nearby Lismore is also worth a visit for its World Heritage-Listed Border Ranges National Park, and Black Rocks in Bunjalung National Park. At Black Rocks, you can camp, do a bushwalk or take a dip in Jerusalem Creek, stained by the tannin of the surrounding paperbark trees.
3km (one way) - 2.5 hour - Medium difficulty
With its crags and swamps, Dandahra Crags walking track is a unique track within Gibraltar Range National Park. Through spring and summer, the wil...
After a strenuous morning canoeing or kayaking along the Myall River, you'll be ready for a break at lunchtime. Engels Reach picnic area is a great place to pull up your canoe or kayak. Set on the edg...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/myall-lakes-national-park/engels-reach-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
6km (one way) - 1.5 hour - Medium difficulty
At an altitude of 1,500m, you'll have your head in the clouds on this high country track that captures the rare beauty of the plateau region of Ba...
Cottan-Bimbang National Park is a driver's dream - the best of nature experienced from the comfort of your own car. Rugged mountain vistas slide into view, then disappear as you wind your way along th...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/cottan-bimbang-national-park
Located on the western side of Mt Gunderbooka, just 50km from Bourke, Bennets Gorge picnic area is a great place for a picnic lunch or barbecue. The picnic area is also wonderful for birdwatching - ke...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/gundabooka-national-park/bennetts-gorge-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
0.4km (one way) - 0.5 hour - Easy difficulty
From the picnic area, follow Potaroo Falls walk approximately 1km upstream along Little Run Creek to the tranquil, scenic waterfall and swimming h...
1.5km (one way) - 1.335 hour - Easy difficulty
This serene bushwalk through towering trees gives you the feeling you're a million miles away from the suburbs, though it's not too far away at ...
Deep in the forest of Willi Willi National Park, Wilson River picnic area is a great base to explore much of what this park has to offer. There's a choice of three scenic walking tracks, through sub-t...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/willi-willi-national-park/wilson-river-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
If you like the idea of a leisurely lunch beside a clear mountain river, then Threlfall picnic area will have you packing the sandwiches. Just off Waterfall Way near Armidale, this peaceful lunch spot...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/oxley-wild-rivers-national-park/threlfall-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
To walk among the exquisite and varied rock pagoda formations, sandstone cliffs and canyons at Gardens of Stone National Park is a memorable experience. The extraordinary rock shapes, the stunning sce...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/gardens-of-stone-national-park
3km (return) - 1.5 hour (each way) - Easy difficulty
The Polblue Swamp track will take you on a short journey through the wetlands and high altitude forests of the Barrington Tops Plateau. Yo...