Hiking in Sydney is unlike anywhere else, from coastal walks with beach pit stops to bushwalks surrounding you in nature. Places that will expose you to our extraordinary wildlife,natural rock formations and even unique and historical Indigenous art.Less
We can’t start this list without mentioning one of Sydney’s most famous coastal walks. The Bondi to Coogee trail is known for its beach pit stops, perfect for a quick swim and bite to eat. You’ll have many spectacular beaches to visit on your way, that are completely unique. Bronte beach even has a little rock swimming pool you’ll just want to dip your toes in. If you start at Bondi, you’ll end up on the cusp of the Coogee Pavilion, where you can enjoy some of the best pizza, cocktails and more.
The Manly to Spit Walk is relatively new but absolutely stunning. Some of its best attractions include the Fairlight tidal pool, Crater Cove and of course the Spit Bridge. It’s a good idea to start this one early so that you have enough time to explore each stop on the way. If you’re worried about food, there are great places to eat in both Manly and The Spit. Although this is one of the lengthier walking tracks in Sydney, it is worth it.
Want to see wildlife in its natural habitat? Then the Lake Parramatta circuit is just for you. This trail is great for bird watching and for picnics, it’s also dog friendly which is a big tick in our books. If you’re feeling the heat after your walk, jump into the pool – it’s completely safe to swim in and will instantly cool you down.
This walk takes you on a journey through Sydney’s beautiful harbour, you’ll even get island views with the Harbour Bridge insight. The Hermitage Foreshore Walk is one you’re meant to enjoy, with picnic spots and picture-perfect opportunities. While it is a relatively short walk, we still suggest you spend the whole day here, it’s way too pretty to leave. You can start at Nielsen park or Bayview Hill road.
This walking trail is a bit of a tough one, but don’t let that stop you. The Botany Bay coastal walk gives you some of the most beautiful ocean views Sydney has to offer. You’ll also be welcomed at the end by the 70-year old Cape Baily Lighthouse – a little part of history that is always nice to see in a young country. You can start at the end of Polo Street but it’s wise to bring a map as it’s easy to get lost.
Cooper Park offers you a range of walking trails that we’re sure you’ll love. You won’t just be exploring Aussie bushland, but you can also rest, relax, have a picnic or throw around the footy. There’s a playground for the kiddies, toilets and most importantly, easy parking. This recreational space is great for a summer’s day.
Wedding Cake Rock is the most insta-worthy lookout on this list, and it’s also one of the prettiest and best coastal walks in Sydney. There’s about a 26km hike all along the Royal National Park’s coastal track, and this is just one of the glorious stop-offs. The pure white cliff with the deep blue ocean background will definitely take your breath away. The best way to get onto this track is through Beachcomber Avenue, Bundeena, and go right to the end.
Look out! This trail is littered with uphill battles, but Hawkesbury River and Dangar Island’s amazing views will be worth it. This one requires a full day, so we suggest you have an early start to maximise your time. You can either begin at Brooklyn or Cowan, however, you should note that Cowan does not have any public toilets or drinking water, so starting at Brooklyn might be better for you.
Yup. It’s the Home and Away lighthouse, also known as Barrenjoey Lighthouse. The walk is relatively easy but does include some steep inclines and uneven ground. This trail gives you a 360º view of the spectacular ocean and Palm Beach. Don’t forget to take a photo once you’re up there, it’s a memory you won’t want to forget. Barrenjoey
This is a coastal walk that you’ll remember. Starting at Watson’s Bay, Sydney’s food hub for fish and chips lovers, this easy trail takes you all the way to the Hornby Lighthouse. It’s a cute candy cane coloured lighthouse that has an ocean view facing a cliff face. Being one of Sydney’s best walking tracks and trails out there, you’ll be right by the water, and you’ll even pass the Gap, a famous natural icon.