Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head is named in honour of Arabanoo, the first Aboriginal man to live among European settlers. It's a great spot for whale watching, offering views over North and South Head and the Pacific Ocean.
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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.
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.
Accessed via Manly Scenic Walkway, historic Grotto Point Lighthouse offers scenic views, birdwatching and walking options in Sydney Harbour National Park.
Horse riding trails
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.
Book Carter Creek picnic area for your next celebration. There are shaded picnic tables and gas barbecues. Plus it's right by the river.
Commandment Rock picnic area in Lane Cove National Park has a large grassy stretch that is perfect for games before your picnic lunch. You can even book the area.
Riverside Bakers flat picnic area is a beautiful spot in Lane Cove National Park, offering families picnicking, cycling and paddling options, near Chatswood.
Riverside Koonjeree picnic area offers a wheelchair-accessible family-friendly picnic spot with bushwalking and birdwatching, in Lane Cove National Park, near Killara.
Jenkins Hill picnic area in a popular picnic spot in Lane Cove National Park. Children can play at the playground while you relax on the grass in the shade.
Pack a picnic and enjoy a swim at Collins Flat Beach. Just a few minutes from Manly, this secluded nook is a great spot to splash about on a hot summer day in Sydney.
The moderately challenging Mount Ku-ring-gai track to Berowra Train Station is an ideal day walk offering picnicking, Aboriginal and historic heritage in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
This is a challenging walking track winds through Garigal National Park taking in impressive sandstone rock formations and spectacular water views.
Salvation loop trail is an easy family-friendly nature walk through hanging swamps and heathland in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, near West Head.
Wallaroo walking track is a moderate hike through woodlands in West Head, offering secluded picnicking and scenic views of Cowan Water in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
The long, yet gentle, Waratah walking track takes in wildflowers and scenic water views over Akuna and Yeomens Bay in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Scenic Riverside walking track offers riverside picnicking, birdwatching and a weekend getaway without leaving town in Lane Cove National Park, just north of the Sydney CBD.
Tread the paths of history past Taronga Zoo and federation homes on The Harbour Bridge to Spit Bridge walk. Be enthralled in beautiful bushland and rainforest remnants.
This short steep walk is one of the most beautiful on Sydney’s upper north shore. Beginning at St Ives, it leads you through Garigal National Park to Middle Harbour creek.
This challenging walk includes Timber Getters track, the Bay track and Bluff trail near Forestville. Beautiful nature, historic sites and spectacular views await you.