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.
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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.
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.
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.
Mountain biking enthusiasts will enjoy the challenging Tommos loop and Rocky Ponds cycling loop, a 20km bushland ride taking in scenic Central Coast views.
248 trail is a popular horse riding and mountain biking track which meanders through Popran National Park in the NSW Central Coast hinterland.
Centre trail is an easy mountain bike ride that takes in scenic views, wildflowers and Aboriginal rock engravings in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, near Terrey Hills.
Head to Devines Hill loop in Dharug National Park, near Wisemans Ferry this weekend for a bike ride or walk along the historic World Heritage-listed Devines Hill loop.
This exciting cycling route follows the ridge between Patonga and Pearl Beach in Brisbane Water National Park, taking in scenic views and local wildlife.
For a challenging bushwalk or mountain bike ride, head to Dubbo Gully loop trail, where you’ll find steep ascents and some amazing history.
Rocky Point trail provides an easy route for cycling beginners. Everyone will love the scenic views from Allen Strom lookout in Bouddi National Park, near Gosford.
Strom loop is a gentle track suitable for walking or cycling in Bouddi National Park. Enjoy the fully-equipped picnic area or other trails for further exploration near Gosford.
Horse riding trails
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.
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.
Also known as Benowie walking track, this section of the iconic Great North walk between Sydney and Newcastle makes a great overnight hike or day walk. Camp out the night for an unforgettable bushland adventure.
You’ll find the Wondabyne to Patonga and Patonga to Pearl Beach parts of the iconic Great North walk in Brisbane Water National Park. Take a short walk or overnight hike.
A challenging and hard walk, Jerusalem Bay track, from Cowan Station to Hawkesbury River, near Brooklyn, offers scenic views in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Palm Grove Nature Reserve features a section of Great North walk, a well-known hiking track that runs from Newcastle to Sydney.
Enjoy scenic views and wildflowers along The Coast walking track near Bateau Bay. This is a great winter walk, and there are excellent spots for whale watching along this easy walk in Wyrrabalong National Park.
Maitland Bay track is one of the central coast's most popular bushwalks. This short, steep walk takes you downhill to the beautiful Maitland Bay and its shipwreck.
Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head loop track takes in historic Sphinx memorial, and is a moderately challenging walk near North Turramurra.
America Bay walking track offers a moderately difficult walk and a great day trip from Sydney with waterfalls, picnicking and Aboriginal engravings in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
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.
Barrenjoey Lighthouse stands at Barrenjoey Head at Palm Beach on Sydney's northern beaches. Built in 1881, this heritage lighthouse is an iconic Sydney attraction.
There are scenic views aplenty at the Central Coast’s Allen Strom lookout. Gaze across Hardys Bay to Wagstaffe and Ettalong and as far as Brisbane Water National Park.
If you’re into whale watching, the Central Coast’s Crackneck lookout and picnic area is ideal. Its views over The Entrance and Shelly Beach also look great in photos.
Experience stunning views at Gerrin Point Lookout, a short walk from Putty Beach in Bouddi National Park on the NSW central coast. Enjoy whale watching during the winter months, birdwatching or just absorb the view.
Right on the side of the road, the scenic Staples lookout provides views across Brisbane Water and Woy Woy Bay.
Warrah lookout, offering scenic views of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River, is just a short walk from the carpark. It’s a great place to see Waratahs in season.
Mount Olive Lookout is only a short walk from Ironbark picnic area in Popran National Park on the central coast and offers scenic views over Popran Creek.
Pelican Beach Road lookout offers scenic views over The Entrance and Pelican Beach and is a great spot for whale watching. The beach is popular for fishing and surfing.
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.
Boating enthusiasts love Akuna Bay. Use the public barbecue and enjoy a picnic at Akuna Bay Marina. It's the ideal spot to recharge after you've been out sailing.
Apple Tree picnic area is a popular waterfront rest spot, but it’s also the beginning of the Berowra walking track. Find access to parking, a café and toilets here.
Come to relax at Bateau Bay Beach picnic area, close to The Entrance and The Coast walking track. It’s well located for swimming and fishing, with barbecues nearby.
A great spot for a family picnic, Girrakool picnic area has barbecues, lots of green space to run around and a scenic walking track that features Aboriginal engravings.
Enjoy a family picnic at Mill Creek picnic area in Dharug National Park. There’s plenty of space for a barbecue, plus there’s easy access to walking and bike tracks.
For a great family day out, try The Basin picnic area, offering swimming, walking and barbecue facilities on Pittwater, in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Lobster Beach is a sheltered beach fringed with natural bushland, offering opportunities for picnicking, swimming, snorkelling, birdwatching, fishing and boating.
Ironbark picnic area is the only picnic area in Popran National Park and the gateway to many of the walking tracks in this central coast park.
Enjoy an incredible 6km, 5-hour guided coastal walk in Wyrrabalong National Park. You’ll learn some interesting facts about the park and spot scenic views along the shoreline.
Start your weekend with this 4hr, 8km walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Walk Birrawanna track with your guide, heading to Bobbin Head and passing through some beautiful areas in the park.