Hikes and walks


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.

  • Hiking, Lord Howe Island
  • The Coast Track, Royal National Park. Photo by National Parks and Andy Richards

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.

Walk with the birds, Dorrigo National Park. Photo by National Parks and Rob Cleary

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.

Explore these beautiful NSW trails and tracks

  • Narrowneck, Blue Mountains

    Six Foot Track

    Discover the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains on the winding Six Foot Track. The 45 km route takes three days in total to complete and you can choose from one of the three dedicated campgrounds to rest overnight. Beginning in Katoomba and ending at the Jenolan Caves, experience the heath, woodlands and rainforest landscapes.

  • Couple looking up at Kanangra Falls, Blue Mountains

    Kanangra Walls to Katoomba

    The Kanangra to Katoomba Walk is a 45 km scenic hike through Kanangra-Boyd National Park and the Blue Mountains National Park. Explore the summits and rocky ridges of the Blue Mountains on this spectacular walk and lookout for lyrebirds and wombats. Relax by clear water creeks along the way, such as Kanangra Creek and Cox River.

  • Kosciuszko National Park, Snowy Mountains

    Mt Kosciuszko Summit Walk

    Climb Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest mountain, by taking the chairlift from Thredbo then walking the rest of the 6 km track within Kosciuszko National Park. Pass the rocky granite outcrops of Rams Head Range and cross the waters of the Snowy River, before climbing above Lake Cootapatamba and continuing on to Rawson Pass.


  • Mt Gower, Lord Howe Island

    Mount Gower

    Mount Gower is the dominant landmark of the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island. The challenging eight-hour return trek to its 875-metre peak is one of the world's best day treks, traversing the mountain's rugged terrain and encountering some of the islands rarest plants and wildlife along the way. The panoramic views at the top are spectacular.

  • Governor Game Lookout, Royal National Park - Image; Hamilton Lund DNSW

    The Coast Track

    The Coast Track is a multi-day walking experience in the Royal National Park, among the oldest national parks in the world. From headlands, spot humpback whales during migration season, or search the skies for ospreys and sea eagles. Cool off with a swim or have a picnic at Little Marley, Wattamolla, Garie, North Era or Burning Palms Beach.

  • Couple walking, Sydney Harbour

    Sydney Walks

    Choose from one of the great walks Sydney has to offer, taking in the city's most iconic sites and locations, such as the Sydney Opera House and the beautiful beaches along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. Head to Cremorne Point for stunning harbour views, or take the Taronga Zoo to Chowder Bay walk, or the Manly to Spit Bridge walk.

  1. 11 Kilometre Walking Track

    11 kilometre walking track is near Wisemans Ferry and follows a steep mountain ridge through lush gullies, past clear running creeks in Dharug National Park. This rough track will really get your heart racing with...

  2. Abrahams Bosom Reserve

    One of the favourites for the adventurer within, this walk takes you to some of the most remote beaches and provides unrivalled access to the famous sea cliffs through the spectacular GosangsTunnel. There’s...

  3. Aeroplane Hill walking track

    At an altitude of 1,500 metres, you’ll have your head in the clouds on this high country track that captures the rare beauty of the plateau region of Barrington Tops National Park, between Scone and Gloucester. From...

  4. Albury - Murray River Precinct

    Flowing between the twin cities of Albury Wodonga is the mighty Murray River – a unique natural playground that’s enjoyed all year round. Lining the banks of the River, Albury boast a series of parklands and reserves...

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