Enjoy incredible views from West Head lookout, regarded as one of Sydney's best in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photograph Pittwater and Barrenjoey Head, or take a short walk from here.
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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.
This very accessible lookout offers scenic views across the Berowra Valley and the waters of Berowra Creek. It’s a great spot for a picnic lunch.
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.
Basin Aboriginal art site in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers picnicking and walking with some fascinating rock engravings by the Garrigal of the Guringai Nation.
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.
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.
Mountain biking enthusiasts will enjoy the challenging Tommos loop and Rocky Ponds cycling loop, a 20km bushland ride taking in scenic Central Coast views.
This exciting cycling route follows the ridge between Patonga and Pearl Beach in Brisbane Water National Park, taking in scenic views and local wildlife.
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.
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.
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.
A great place to picnic on the Central Coast, Somersby Falls offers barbecues and picnic tables in a lush rainforest complete with waterfalls and a walking track.
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.
If you’re up for a challenge join this 2km, 2hr guided walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Find out about the historical significance of the gun emplacements at West Head.
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.
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.
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.
Long and easy Bairne walking track takes you to 2 scenic lookouts, with stunning views over Pittwater and The Basin, in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
This easy walk winds through bushland to the Box Head lookout, offering scenic views across the Hawkesbury River and cross Broken Bay and Lion Island to Sydney.
Stretch your legs and enjoy scenic views on the Bullimah Spur track. This easy walk through Central Coast bushland takes just an hour each way, making it a great day walk.
Located near Wagstaffe and Killcare on the Central Coast, the Flannel Flower bushwalking track runs between Tallow Beach and Lobster Beach and offers great beach views from the lookout.
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.
A moderately challenging day walk through red gums and eucalypts, the Patonga to Pearl Beach walking track takes in a stunning lookout and ends at the ocean in either direction.