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Sydney and surrounds region

Overview

Explore the twisting inlets and harbour islands of Sydney Harbour National Park, and head to south Sydney for world-class bushwalking and mountain biking experiences in Royal National Park. Looking for more things to do when in Sydney? Visit the Three Sisters and hazy blue valleys of Blue Mountains National Park.

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Go camping in style at Lane Cove and Ku-ring-gai Chase national parks, which offer breathtaking views of Sydney’s twisting inlets and rocky cliffs. On the city side, catch a ferry to the harbour islands, go kayaking on Sydney Harbour or take a historic walking tour of convict heritage at Goat Island.

Take a short day trip from Sydney to admire the hazy blue valleys of World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. A bushwalker's paradise, join a guided walking tour to explore the park's cascading waterfalls, Aboriginal rock art sites, mountain bike trails and picnic spots - and don't miss the world-renowned views of the iconic Three Sisters at Echo Point Lookout.

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Kingfisher Pool campground, Heathcote National Park. Photo: John Yurasek/OEH

Heathcote National Park

Visit Heathcote National Park at Waterfall, Sydney for self-sufficient bushwalking or camping. The park is easily accessed from Sydney CBD and Royal National Park, making for a great daytrip.

Berowra creek, Berowra Valley National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Berowra Valley National Park

Join the Great North walk, mess about on a boat, have a barbecue or enjoy scenic views from one of the lookouts in Berowra Valley National Park, just north of Sydney.

11km walking track, Dharug National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

Dharug National Park

Explore the World Heritage-listed Old Great North Road, go camping, mountain biking or canoeing at Dharug National Park near Wisemans Ferry, northwest of Sydney.

Action or relaxation

A man and woman walk along Milk Beach, accessed via Hermitage Foreshore walk in Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo; John Spencer/OEH

Top Sydney walks

From world-class walks with spectacular views of the Sydney coastline, to hidden tracks taking in waterfalls, beaches, and history, Sydney's national parks have walks to suit everyone.


A group of children with an NPWS ranger on the Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk, Sea Acres National Park. Photo: OEH

Kids’ and family activities

NSW National Parks runs guided tours for kids and families to discover the hidden mysteries of our national parks. There are heaps of fun adventures for the whole family.

Family playing at Garie Beach in Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

Sydney picnic spots

Sydney Harbour, Royal and Ku-ring-gai Chase national parks offer some of Sydney's best picnic areas for a summer picnic with family and friends. 

Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan