Discover some of the richest Aboriginal culture in one of the most iconic harbour cities. This itinerary is a great introduction to Sydney’s ancient Aboriginal rock art and rich cultural sites. You don’t have to travel far from the modern city centre to find the story of Sydney’s first inhabitants.
Sydney and surrounds region
Explore the twisting inlets and harbour islands of Sydney Harbour National Park, and head to south Sydney for world-class bushwalking and mountain biking experiences in Royal National Park. Looking for more things to do when in Sydney? Visit the Three Sisters and hazy blue valleys of Blue Mountains National Park.
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Go camping in style at Lane Cove and Ku-ring-gai Chase national parks, which offer breathtaking views of Sydney’s twisting inlets and rocky cliffs. On the city side, catch a ferry to the harbour islands, go kayaking on Sydney Harbour or take a historic walking tour of convict heritage at Goat Island.
Take a short day trip from Sydney to admire the hazy blue valleys of World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. A bushwalker's paradise, join a guided walking tour to explore the park's cascading waterfalls, Aboriginal rock art sites, mountain bike trails and picnic spots - and don't miss the world-renowned views of the iconic Three Sisters at Echo Point Lookout.
- NSW National Parks Pocket Guide to Sydney and surrounds (10531529 pdf)
Activities in this region (445)
- 4WD touring
- Adventure sports
- Birdwatching and wildlife encounters
- Sailing, boating and cruises
- Road trips and car/bus tours
- Horse riding
- Other experiences
- Snorkelling and scuba
- Wildflowers (seasonal)
- Aboriginal culture
- Cafes and kiosks
- Cultural heritage
- Educational activities
- Historic heritage
- Picnics and barbecues
- Visitor centres
- Guided tours
- Guided tours
- Volunteer activities
Delve into Sydney's cultural heritage
Explore Sydney's military history
In 1942, 3 midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour to attack naval vessels docked there. What happened next? Find out on this great harbour tour into Sydney's history in Sydney Harbour National Park.
Discover Lane Cove National Park
Lane Cove National Park, not far from Sydney's city centre, is the perfect place for a family day out or school excursion. Explore historic sites along the Heritage walk or enjoy a picnic, canoe or go birdwatching.
Paddle Sydney's waterways
Join this great EcoTreasures guided stand-up paddle board adventure. You'll go on an amazing journey through the pristine waters of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park's Basin estuary.