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.
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.
There’s a walk for all sorts in NSW national parks
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.
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.
Keep an eye out for birds and wildflowers on the 45km Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk through eucalypt forests, rainforests, wetlands and granite tors in the rugged Northern Tablelands.
Starting at the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, enjoy spectacular rainforest, waterfall and canyon views from several viewing platforms along The Falls 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.
Enjoy spectacular coastal views along the Cape Byron walking track that takes you on a hike through rainforest, beach, grassland and clifftops to the lighthouse. Check out a virtual tour of Cape Byron with the imagery captured by the Google Street View Trekker.
Get ready for a day of high altitude adventure. Hike or ride from Charlotte Pass to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, through the high peaks of Kosciuszko National Park. Take a virtual tour of Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk captured with Google Street View Trekker.
America Bay walking track is moderately difficult walk, and a great Sydney day trip with waterfalls, Aboriginal engravings, picnicking and scenic views in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
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.
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.
Grand High Tops and Breadknife walk in Warrumbungle National Park, regarded as one of the best walks in NSW, offers close up views of the park’s iconic rock formations.
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.
The easy Hermitage Foreshore walk is one of Sydney's great coastal walks. Start at Bayview Hill Road or Nielsen Park and take in the views of Shark Island, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the grounds of Strickland House along the way.
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.
Starting at Wentworth Falls picnic area, this walk passes epic waterfalls and lookouts with sweeping views, before reaching the historic Grand Stairway. Take a virtual tour of National Pass captured with Google Street View Trekker.
Starting at Greenfield Beach picnic area, you’ll Pass Hyams and Seamans beaches along this scenic walk. Go for a swim, keeping your eyes peeled for birds and dolphins.
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.
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.
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.
Completing the iconic Pigeon House Mountain Didthul walking track near Ulladulla in Morton National Park rewards hikers with amazing panoramic views of the area.
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.
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.