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.
If you're looking for a spot to surf the turquoise waters of the far south coast, head to 1080 Beach near Mystery Bay. It's breathtakingly beautiful and a popular among locals for surfing, swimming an...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/eurobodalla-national-park/1080-beach/swim-surf
11km (return) - 6 hour (each way) - Hard difficulty
11km walking track is near Wisemans Ferry and follows a steep mountain ridge through lush gullies, past clear running creeks in Dharug Nati...
2.5km (one way) - 2 hour - Medium difficulty
Aptly named 248 trail because it's 248m above sea level, this is a fantastic trail for mountain biking, horse riding and walking. The ride is rela...
63km (one way) - 2 hour - Medium difficulty
Intrepid 4WD tourers love the 4WD Oberon Colong historic stock route. The drive takes you through the southern part of Blue Mountains National Park...
Set in a peaceful valley, Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve is a spectacular place to visit and a unique opportunity to experience the hidden depths of NSW. Abercrombie Caves boasts the largest n...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/abercrombie-karst-conservation-reserve
Adams lookout may seem to be a pretty ordinary name, so it may not prepare you for the extraordinary view that awaits you at the end of the walkway. Like a well-constructed movie, the relatively flat ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/bungonia-national-park/adams-lookout/lookout
Just 15 minutes by boat from Lord Howe rests an intriguing group of volcanic formations, dubbed the Admiralty Islands. Large pinnacles, coral reefs, larger schools of fish and diving depths of 15-40 m...www.lordhoweisland.info/points-of-interest/points-of-interest/admiralty-islands/
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...
Locals love this spot, and who could blame them? At the southern end of Awaba Bay Foreshore walk, Alexanders picnic area provides a peaceful and very pretty area for walkers to rest on the trail. List...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/lake-macquarie-state-conservation-area/alexanders-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
Clear your mind and refresh your senses with the stunning vistas on offer at the Allen Strom lookout, located on the ridge above Rocky Point.
Standing at this fenced lookout, it's a pleasure ...