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Hidden Sydney nature spots

Looking for an uncrowded walking track, secluded swimming hole or private picnic spot? Everybody wants to get out around Sydney to enjoy the stunning weather, and feel the relaxation that being in nature brings. But many NSW national parks fill up fast and become extremely busy. Ditch the crowds and discover these lesser-known gems around the city.

Views of the Hawkesbury River in Marramarra National Park. Photo: John Spencer © DPIE

Bushwalk, picnic and explore minus the crowds

A couple enjoy a picnic on Shark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

Shark Island

Positioned in Sydney Harbour, 1km from the mouth of Rose Bay, Shark Island is a picnic spot with a difference. Explore the island's foreshore, go swimming or relax in front of amazing Sydney Harbour views.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
Wheelchair
access
No wheelchair access
Where
Sydney Harbour National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Rouse Hill Estate Walk, Rouse Hill Regional Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Rouse Hill Regional Park

Dog-friendly Rouse Hill Regional Park is great for a picnic or barbecue. There is a lot to do; head to the playground, go bike riding, or take a stroll down to Second Ponds Creek.

Fees

Free park entry

Things to do
5
Where
Sydney and surrounds