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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

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 in South Coast
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 in North Coast
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 in Sydney and surrounds
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 in North Coast
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 in Sydney and surrounds
Bradley's Head Walk, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan