Hikes and Walks
Explore the natural wonders of NSW on walking trails and tracks in magnificent national parks, from the dazzling coast to Australia’s highest peaks to the striking outback. You’ll be amazed with the UNESCO World Heritage areas, including the Blue Mountains and the 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 on your walk or hike, be sure to read these bushwalking safety tips.
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, where hang-gliders and paragliders soar above the azure sea. The rugged Coast Track is a two-day hike between Bundeena and Otford.
For World Heritage wilderness, the Blue Mountains are two hours from Sydney by train. The starkly beautiful Mungo National Park can be reached from Balranald and Wentworth, a historic paddle-steamer port at the great confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers. 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
Lord Howe Island is a World Heritage paradise 600km east of Port Macquarie. The guided climb to the top of Mount Gower is one of the best hikes in the world. The views from the summit are stunning. Another great summit climb is to Australia’s highest peak in the Snowy Mountains.
In the warmer months you can walk to the Mount Kosciuszko summit. You can join various walking and hiking tours, such as Auswalk Walking Holidays and K7 Adventures, in the alpine region. East of the Snowies is the South Coast and one of the prettiest walks, the White Sands Walk in Jervis Bay.
During whale-watching season, between May and November, you can spot majestic humpbacks from headlands and points from Byron Bay in the north to Eden in the south. There are plenty of good trails across NSW for beginners, family-friendly bushwalks and experienced adventurers.