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Best nature walks in NSW

Escape reality, breath in clean fresh air, cut down on the family's TV time and enjoy an active lifestyle with our list of the best nature walks in NSW. You don't have to be a professional walker or an avid explorer to enjoy NSW national parks nature walks. Whatever experience you're seeking we have you covered. There are plenty of short, relaxing walks and multi-day treks or hikes along unspoilt coastline, rainforests and more. Share your best walking tips and favourite walking spots with us on Facebook and keep up to date with what's happening in NSW national parks with our Naturescapes e-newsletter.

Wonga Walk, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

There’s a walk for all sorts in NSW national parks

The Coast track, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

The Coast track

The Coast track in Royal National Park is an epic multi-day walking experience. Go whale watching or bird watching from one of the lookouts. Complete your walk with a refreshing swim at Garie Beach or North Era Beach. Take a virtual tour of The Coast track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
26km one-way
Time
1 - 2 days
Grade
Grade 5
Where
Royal National Park
Six Foot Track, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/NSW Government

Six Foot walking track

A challenging 3-day hike, Six Foot walking track winds through state forests and Blue Mountains National Park from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves, passing rivers and waterfalls.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
44km one-way
Grade
Hard
Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Light to Light walk, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: David Costello

Light to Light walk

Begin this multi-day walk at Boyds Tower down the far south coast, and end at Green Cape Lighthouse. Stop for a swim and the opportunity to spot seals, seabirds and whales. Take a virtual tour of Light to Light walk with Google Street View.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
30km one-way
Time
2 - 3 days
Grade
Grade 4
Where
Ben Boyd National Park
The Falls walk, Budderoo National Park. Photo: Andy Richards

The Falls walk

Starting at the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, enjoy spectacular rainforest, waterfall and canyon views from several viewing platforms along The Falls walk.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
4.2km return
Time
1 - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Where
Budderoo National Park
Coastal view from Tomaree Head Summit walk. Photo: John Spencer OEH

Tomaree Head Summit walk

Take a guided tour along Tomaree Head Summit walk, absorbing views of Port Stephens and the north coast. When you reach the summit, enjoy a relaxing lunch on the bench by the lookout.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
2.2km return
Time
1hr 30min - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Where
Tomaree National Park
Two people walking on the Bingi Dreaming walking track. Photo: Christina Bullivant

Bingi Dreaming track

Head out for a day walk on the Bingi Dreaming track, a coastal walk that traces the ancient Song Lines of the Yuin Aboriginal people. Enjoy stunning views as you walk.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
13.5km one-way
Time
4 - 6hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Where
Eurobodalla National Park
Grand Canyon Track, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/NSW Government

Grand Canyon track

Setting out from Evans lookout near Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, be met with a series of waterfalls, creeks and spectacular views along the challenging Grand Canyon track.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
6.3km loop
Time
3 - 4hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Bouddi Coastal Walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Bouddi coastal walk

Located near Gosford, Bouddi coastal walk is known for its beaches, boardwalk and birdlife. Go whale watching, picnic or swim at Maitland Bay, or simply absorb the ocean views.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
8.5km one-way
Time
3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Where
Bouddi National Park
Two people walking on the Wonga walk boardwalk. Photo: Rob Cleary

Wonga walk

Take a walk amongst subtropical rainforest and 600-year-old trees along the Wonga walk in Dorrigo National Park, home to the Tristania and Crystal Falls.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
6.6km loop
Time
2 - 3hrs
Grade
Grade 2
Where
Dorrigo National Park
Two people on the Bradleys Head and Chowder Head walk. Photo: John Yurasek

Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk

Take the Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk for beautiful views of Sydney Harbour. This easy walk takes you from Taronga Zoo to the beach and cafes at Chowder Bay, and there is a guided tour to download.  Check out a virtual tour of Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk with the imagery captured by the Google Street View Trekker.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
4km one-way
Time
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Where
Sydney Harbour National Park
South Head Heritage trail, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

South Head Heritage trail

The short and easy South Head Heritage trail takes in scenic Sydney Harbour, views, historic gun emplacements and the distinctive red and white striped Hornby Lighthouse.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
1km loop
Time
30min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 3
Where
Sydney Harbour National Park
Gloucester Tops circuit, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Gloucester Tops circuit

Walk through open snow gum woodland to the Andrew Laurie lookout, along the Gloucester Tops circuit. Look out for swamp wallabies and grey kangaroos along the way.

Price
Free. Free park entry.
Distance
8km loop
Time
3 - 5hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk, Sea Acres National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk

The Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk is best experienced on a guided tour. An easy 1.3km walk through the rainforest canopy, you’ll see forest birds and animals.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
Distance
1.3km loop
Time
27min - 1hr 15min
Grade
Grade 1
Where
Sea Acres National Park
Red Top lookout and boardwalk, Mungo National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

Red Top lookout and boardwalk

An easy drive from Mungo Visitor Centre, Red Top lookout is an ideal spot to view the effects of erosion on Mungo National Park’s textured landscape and the drying Willandra Lakes.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
0.1km loop
Time
10 - 15min
Grade
Grade 2
Where
Mungo National Park
Bradley's Head Walk, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan