Hikes and Walks
Discover the natural beauty of NSW on walking trails and tracks in magnificent national parks, along the dazzling coastline and across the striking outback. You’ll be amazed by the UNESCO World Heritage areas, including the Blue Mountains and the ancient Gondwana Rainforests.
National parks and reserves cover nearly five million hectares of NSW. You can join expert guides on a range of walking and hiking tours or explore the wonderfully diverse natural attractions at your own pace. Before you depart, be sure to read these bushwalking safety tips.
The Royal National Park
The Royal National Park was the first national park in Australia and is one of the oldest in the world. Established in 1879, the park begins at Sydney's southern edge and extends south to near Stanwell Park, where hang-gliders and paragliders soar above the azure sea.
The rugged 26km Coast Track is a two-day hike between Bundeena and Otford, taking in cliff tops with stunning ocean views, seasonal wildflowers, gorgeous beaches and rainforest. There are plenty of day hikes too, including the Karloo Walking Track and Forest Path.
Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage paradise 600km east of Port Macquarie. The guided climb to the top of Mount Gower is considered one of the best hikes in Australia. The eight hour return trek offers incredible views of the island from the top.
The World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of Australia are the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world. There are fifty separate reserves totalling 366,500 hectares with incredible walking tracks to explore. Trails in the Gondwana Rainforests include:
- Antarctic Beech Forest track, in Barrington Tops
- Eagles Nest walking track, near Armidale
- Washpool walking track, near Glen Innes
- Lyrebird Link track, near Dorrigo
- Pinnacle walk and lookout, near Kyogle
- Lyrebird track, in the Tweed Valley
In the warmer months you can walk to the Mount Kosciuszko summit, Australia’s highest peak. Join various walking and hiking tours, such as Auswalk Walking Holidays and K7 Adventures. Other great Snowy Mountains hikes include the Nichols Gorge Walking Track and the Thredbo Valley Trail.
Enjoy leisurely bushwalks through the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. The Three Sisters Walk and Grand Canyon track are both popular day trails, or for something more challenging, try the three-day Six Foot Track hike from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves.