Drive or mountain bike Murphys Road from Woodford Station to Murphys Glen campground. Enjoy bush camping, picnicking, birdwatching, and short walks in this quiet area of Blue Mountains National Park.
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4WD touring routes
This unsealed 4WD and cycle trail follows Kings Tableland Road from Wentworth Falls to scenic McMahons Point lookout. Enjoy sweeping views of Lake Burragorang and the Greater Blue Mountains wilderness.
Big Yango loop trail is a great activity for 4WD touring and mountain biking when staying at Blue Gums campground, Mountain Arm campground or Big Yango House in Yengo National Park.
See Gondwana rainforest, go camping, birdwatching and enjoy amazing scenery on a scenic drive through Hastings Forest Way touring route near Port Macquarie and Wauchope.
Wadbilliga Road drive is a 4WD touring route that takes you through an incredible range of terrain and environments within Wadbilliga National Park.
Intrepid 4WD tourers will love the 4WD Oberon Colong historic route. Travel through the wild south of Blue Mountains National Park to a historic mining ghost town in Yerranderie Regional Park.
- Free. Free park entry.
- 63km one-way
- Southern Blue Mountains area in Blue Mountains National Park in Sydney and surrounds, Country NSW
Carrai and Coachwood trails combines 2 remote 4WD adventures in Carrai National Park and Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, between Kempsey and Armidale.
Adventure sports experiences
Challenge yourself on a high ropes course in the forest canopy at TreeTops Newcastle. Adults and kids can choose from over 100 elevated obstacles including rope ladders, wobbly bridges and zip lines.
Birdwatching and wildlife facilities
Waterbird Lagoon bird hide in Gwydir State Conservation Area is a must for birdwatchers. Located near Moree and Narrabri, see rare birdlife flock to Waterbird lagoon when it fills with water.
Stuck for things to do with kids? Enjoy scenic views and a picnic while birdwatching at Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve at Guyra, near Armidale in NSW’s northern tablelands.
d’Albora Marinas at Akuna Bay in the Cowan/Hawkesbury River system, offers wet berths, boat hire, hardstand, public boat ramp, function centre, fishing and picturesque barbecue spots.
Empire Marina Bobbin Head, just north of Sydney, offers marina berths and moorings, small boat hire, fishing and on-site dining options catering to every visitor in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Jerusalem Creek is a great spot for canoeing and kayaking on the north coast. Paddlers will enjoy calm waters and the company of birds along this water journey.
For those into kayaking, canoeing or fishing, Moonee Creek canoe route is the ideal alternative way to enjoy the reserve. This pristine estuary is at the southern end of Moonee Beach.
Try the awesome Bouddi Ridge Explorer mountain biking trail in Bouddi National Park near Gosford. Looping several smaller track the 10km trail offers great variety and scenery.
Spend the day riding your mountain bike on the trails in Glenrock State Conservation Area near Newcastle. There are rides to suit all levels, and even the kids can ride.
This historic cycling track near Audley and a short drive from Sydney follows the river and offers birdwatching, pretty picnic areas and history to explore.
Grab your mountain bike and hit the Loftus loop trail in Sydney's Royal National Park. This 10km mountain bike ride is sure to get your heart pumping.
Mountain bike or walk the Old Great North Road. It’s an important piece of Australia’s history and part of the Convict Sites of Australia World Heritage Area.
Ride the Pennant Hills to West Pymble fire trail for scenic views of Sydney and bushland. There's plenty of variety with technical parts and steep sections.
Cycle through lush subtropical rainforest and eucalypt forest. See spectacular waterfalls and enjoy beautiful picnic and swimming spots, close to Coffs Harbour.
Mountain biking enthusiasts will enjoy the challenging Tommos loop and Rocky Ponds cycling loop, a 20km bushland ride taking in scenic Central Coast views.
Womerah Range trail is a challenging hiking and mountain biking route with scenic views through the dramatic sandstone landscape of Parr State Conservation Area.
Greater Blue Mountains Drive takes in the iconic scenery of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Explore Glenbrook, Wentworth Falls and Katoomba and beyond.
Snowy Mountains Highway is a scenic driving route between Tumut and Cooma, taking in caves, campgrounds, ski fields, trails for hiking, biking and horse riding in northern Kosciuszko National Park.
Explore the spectacular landscapes, historic towns, picnic spots and walks of the Warrumbungles and Pilliga, near Coonabarabran and Baradine, in NSW.
Coonabarabran – Warrumbungle – Tooraweenah drive offers car touring through scenic mountain views with picnicking, walking, and wheelchair accessible facilities in Warrumbungle National Park.
Darling River drive showcases the natural beauty of meandering Darling River as well as Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area – perfect for 4WD adventurers and independent travellers.
Wollondilly trail, part of the Greater Blue Mountains drive, takes in scenic views of Mittagong Nattai, Thirlmere Lakes and Bargo State Recreation Area, Camden and Picton.
A driving or motorbike tour along Alpine Way scenic drive is a great way to discover the spectacular mountain views, serene campgrounds, magnificent walks, rides, and heritage of southern Kosciuszko National Park.
Quondola Point is a rocky outcrop overlooking Long Beach, between Pambula and Eden. It’s a great spot to fish for salmon, tailor and bream. Combine it with a visit to the nearby Haycock Point picnic area.
Horse riding trails
Saddle up and explore 21km of horse riding trails in Basket Swamp National Park, near Tenterfield. You'll find rides suitable for all ages and experience levels on our network of fire trails.
- Free. Free park entry.
- 21km of trails
- 4-8 hr
For horseriding or mountain-biking, take Crown Creek fire trail. This iconic part of the east coast's Bicentennial trail reveals staggering scenic views and a feeling of complete freedom.
The horse riding trails in Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park offer short and long rides for endurance riders, casual riders and trail riding clubs alike.
The Cascades Trail is ideal for walking, horseriding and mountain biking. A medium difficulty walk or ride along a fire trail, it traverses Middle Harbour creek.
Ride, cycle, or hike 21km of Bicentennial National trail in Kosciuszko National Park. Saddle up your horses for a day of high-country adventure on this epic ride from Tom Groggin to Geehi horse camp.
Whether you love horse riding or mountain biking, Mount Olive trail in Popran National Park on the NSW central coast is a wonderful place to experience magnificent views of the Glenworth Valley.
This popular 7km horse riding, mountain bike and walking trail in Ku-ring-gai National Park in Sydney’s Terrey Hills area takes you past several beautiful lookouts and picnic spots.
Scheyville National Park has 12km of horse riding trails in a bushland setting suitable for horse riders of all ages and experience. Enjoy easy trail riding in western Sydney.
Enjoy stunning views of the Hawkesbury River as you horse ride along Canoelands Ridge trail. This 18km bush trail follows open ridges and sheltered gullies in Marramarra National Park, close to Sydney.
Snow sports facilities
Perisher is the perfect snow holiday for families, first-timers and experts, with over 3,000 acres of skiing and snow sports across Perisher Valley, Guthega, Blue Cow and Smiggin Holes.
Selwyn Snow Resort is closed due to severe fire damage. For more information about this family-friendly snow resort in central Kosciusko National Park please visit the Selwyn Snow Resort website.
Winter or summer, Thredbo Alpine Village is the ideal base for your Kosciuszko National Park adventure. This year-round resort serves up skiing, hiking, biking, festivals and fishing galore.
Head to Charlotte Pass Ski Resort for outstanding skiing, snowboarding, and show shoeing, plus intimate ski-in/ski-out chalet accommodation in the Snowy Mountains, near Jindabyne.
Swap your skis for snowshoes to explore the winter wonderland of Perisher ski resort at your own pace, along scenic Rock Creek in Kosciuszko National Park.
Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool, fed by a natural spring, is a magical swimming spot that’s easily combined with a picnic and walk in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park.
Take the fascinating Aboriginal Heritage walk highlighting rock art and engravings of the Aboriginal people of West Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
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.
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.
Bundabulla circuit walking track connects several walking tracks together. It offers a terrific bushwalking experience with places to picnic along the way and views of Mount Kaputar and surrounds.
This rewarding walk from Bundeena Drive to Little Marley Beach leads through heath, past fresh water pools and creeks, and on to scenic beach views in Royal National Park.
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.
Short but steep Carlotta Arch walking track, also called Shaping Waters walk, offers fantastic views of limestone formations and beautiful Blue Lake, at Jenolan Caves.
Walk through lush rainforest to reach Crystal Shower Falls in Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour. Enjoy spectacular views from the rocky cavern behind the waterfall.
Forest path is an easy walk in Royal National Park. It's great for kids and just 1 hour south of Sydney. Wander through cabbage tree palms and Gymea lilies on the path beside Bola Creek and the Hacking River.
Combining several hiking tracks, this extended day walk is one of the region’s best, taking in scenic views of the coast and Sydney, with access to nearby forest picnic spots.
Basin Aboriginal art site in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers picnicking and walking. The fascinating rock engravings at the site are part of the significant Aboriginal cultural heritage in this area.
Brisbane Water National Park, near Kariong, is home to the amazing Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place. Visit this sacred Indigenous site to see incredible Aboriginal rock art.
Sydney Harbour National Park’s rock engravings immerse you in Sydney’s Aboriginal heritage. Head to Grotto Point at Dobroyd Head for historic rock art and scenic views.
Cafes and kiosks
Take in spectacular views over Byron Bay while you sip a coffee or enjoy a light meal at Cape Byron Lighthouse Cafe. It’s the perfect spot to relax after exploring the Cape Byron Lighthouse area.
Canopy Cafe in Dorrigo National Park is a great place to eat near Coffs Harbour, offering fresh contemporary cuisine in a stunning forest setting, with all day breakfast and lunch, and great coffee.
Located right in the heart of Warrumbungle National Park, Warrumbungle Environmental Education Centre offers a range of education-based activities for school groups and teachers.
Savour the best of the Southern Highlands on a food and wine trail through Morton National Park. Choose between a 4km or 9.4km experience and enjoy the exceptional scenery and local produce on offer.
Did you know that Inland NSW has a significant but declining glossy black cockatoo population? Help us conserve the inland glossy black cockatoo by taking part in a glossy count across 3 national parks.
- Free. Free park entry.
Pilliga Forest, Pilliga National Park:
- Sign up by Wednesday 4 November 2020.
- Count day: Saturday 7 November 2020
Goonoo National Park:
- Sign up by Wednesday 11 November 2020.
- Count day: Saturday 14 November 2020
Goobang National Park:
- Sign up by Wednesday 18 November 2020.
- Count day: Saturday 21 November 2020
- Pilliga National Park in Country NSW
Use virtual reality goggles to explore Claustral Canyon when you visit Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath. Get up close to spectacular waterfalls and wildlife in the Blue Mountains.
Ride popular Thredbo Valley track in Kosciuszko National Park. From family-friendly mountain biking, or guided tours, to long, technical sections for experienced riders, there's an adventure for everyone.
Cape Byron Lighthouse sits on Australia’s most easterly point, a shining light over Byron Bay. Take a guided tour, find out about shipwrecks and enjoy spectacular views.
Green Cape Lighthouse, around 45min south of Eden, is the southernmost lighthouse in NSW. Towering above Green Cape Lightstation Keepers’ Cottages, soak up the maritime heritage and spot migrating whales.
Blue Gum Forest is a fine, historic example of closed forest, situated in Grose Valley in Blue Mountains National Park. Get to it by walking track from Perrys lookdown or Pierces Pass.
Bradleys Head Amphitheatre is an exceptionally popular place within Sydney Harbour National Park. A fabulous lookout, it's also a great picnic area and fishing spot.
Head to one of Sydney's best whale watching spots. Cape Solander, located in the Kurnell section of Kamay Botany Bay National Park is an unbeatable lookout during whale watching season.
Wedding Cake Rock is a popular and very fragile rock formation located along the challenging Coast track in Sydney's Royal National Park. Experience the beauty of this natural wonder without risking your safety.
There's no shortage of lookouts at South Head. The Gap offers some of Sydney's finest views and good opportunities for whale watching. South Head is also great for a swim, try Camp Cove or Lady Bay Beach.
Mount Kosciuszko summit lookout marks the top of Australia’s highest mountain, in Kosciuszko National Park. Hike up from Charlotte Pass or Thredbo and soak in majestic views across the high country.
Visit Bobbin Head picnic area in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and enjoy a barbecue or a spot of fishing. Go canoeing or hire a paddle boat for a great daytrip from Sydney.
If you're looking for something to do in Sydney, Davidson Park is a pretty harbourside park with boating and canoeing access, just a short drive from the Sydney CBD.
Commemoration Flat picnic area is in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, near Kurnell Visitor Centre. This beautiful grassy spot is perfect for seaside family gatherings.
Be wowed by Carrington Falls from one of three lookouts with great views. You’ll find picnic and barbecue facilities close by along with some short walking tracks.
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.
This cave is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Take a leisurely self-guided tour through the lofty chambers of South Glory Cave. Absorb the wonders of the largest cave in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park.
Join the off-road experts of Getabout 4WD Adventures for an exciting tag-along tour of stunning mountain scenery and crossings along the Turon River, near Lithgow.
Escape the everyday with Detour Adventures for a professional off-road 4WD tour in the Blue Mountains and other stunning wild places. These fully catered expeditions are a great way to get off the beaten track and see wildlife.
Explore the beauty and diversity of Australian wildlife at Sydney’s doorstep on this 6-day tour with the knowledgeable guides of Inala Nature Tours. Visiting parklands, you'll see amazing birds, mammals and reptiles in their natural habitat.
Cross Kosciuszko National Park on a 7-day, self-guided walk with Auswalk. Absorb the sights of the Snowy Mountains, including Thredbo Valley, Charlotte Pass and the summit of Mount Kosciuszko.
Join the friendly and knowledgeable guides of Tribal Warrior for a fascinating boat and island tour as you learn about the Aboriginal culture of Sydney Harbour.
Join Guringai Tours for a fascinating day of short walks with Traditional Custodians in beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. It a great way to immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture near Sydney.
Join Bundyi Cultural Tours in The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place, near Wagga Wagga to explore ancient Wiradjuri culture in a beautiful and timeless landscape.
Challenge yourself and expand your horizons on a 5-day winter expedition in the Snowy Mountains. Travelling with the experienced guides of Icetrek Expeditions, you'll learn new backcountry skills in the high country around Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak.
Whether you’re headed for the backcountry in Kosciuszko National Park or dreaming of an overseas adventure, these avalanche safety courses with Snow Safety Australia are designed to give you a solid foundation in safe backcountry travel.
Uncover the wealth of history along the shores of La Perouse, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. From a shipwreck to the Henry Head fortifications, there's plenty to delve into on this guided tour.
- Fees apply. Free park entry.
Tours run 9.30am to 3pm. Meet at 9.15am.
2020 dates: Sunday 11 October and Saturday 7 November 2020.
2021 dates: Sunday 10 January, Wednesday 20 January, Sunday 24 January, Saturday 6 March, Sunday 11 April and Sunday 2 May 2021.
- La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Make a beeline for Royal National Park Visitor Centre on your trip to Sydney's Royal National Park. It offers excellent tourist information as well as walking track maps.
Cape Byron Information Centre is the place to find visitor information for Cape Byron State Conservation Area, Cape Byron Marine Park and surrounding national parks in the Byron Bay area.