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Sydney and surrounds region

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Bobbin Head picnic area, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: Andy Richards

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Bobbin Head

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Bridge over creek on Forest path in Royal National Park. Photo: Natasha Webb/OEH

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Forest path

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Goat Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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Goat Island

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Towra Beach Day Use Area, Towra Point Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

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Towra Beach

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Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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Fort Denison

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National Pass, Blue Mountains National Park. Views of Wentworth Falls waterfall plunging down into the Jamison Valley. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government

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National Pass

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Akuna Bay Marina, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: OEH

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Akuna Bay

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Neilsen Park, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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Nielsen Park

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A couple enjoy a picnic on Shark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

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Shark Island

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The Nielsen, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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The Nielsen

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Lighthouse and South Head lookout, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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South Head

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Scenic views from Middle Head lookout, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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Middle Head

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North Head lookout, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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North Head

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Rocks and shrubs in Popran National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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248 trail

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Centre trail, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: Andy Richards/NSW Government

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Centre trail

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Federal Pass, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Craig Marshall

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Federal Pass

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Red Hands Cave, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/NSW Government

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Red Hands Cave

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Beehive Casemate, Obelisk Bay, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: K McGrath/OEH

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Beehive Casemate tour

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Camp Cove, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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Camp Cove

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A ranger and teenagers at a NPWS activity, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Tanja Bruckner/OEH

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Campfire circle for teens

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An Aboriginal Discovery ranger paints a snake in ochre on a boy's arm. Photo: Paul Watkins/OEH

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Cultural art day for teens

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Fairfax walk, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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Fairfax walk

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Scenic views from Middle Head lookout, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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Middle Head Forts tour

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A group of people walking up a track in Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Photo: T Willsteed/OEH.

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Walk to Bujwa Bay

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Lobster Beach, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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Lobster Beach

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Strom loop water view, Bouddi National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

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Strom loop

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Netted swimming enclosure Chowder Bay, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: K McGrath/OEH

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Chowder Bay

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Georges Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Yurasek/NSW Government

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Georges Head

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Loop trail, William Howe Regional Park. Photo: John Yurasek

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Loop trail

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Nature track, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton

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Nature track

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Red gum trail, Wyrrabalong National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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Red Gum trail

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View of the fireworks display at its height, Goat Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: Jennifer Mitchell

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NYE in Sydney Harbour

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Camping and accommodation

The Beach campground, Abercrombie River National Park. Photo: NSW Government

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The Beach

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Aerial view of Q Station in Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: Q Station

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Q Station

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The big smoke just ain't so!

There's always plenty going on in Sydney, but did you know the city's surrounded by some of NSW's best natural beauty spots. Head out for some great harbourside walks, a relaxing picnic, or fun in the sun at one of Sydney's idyllic beaches.

Reef Bay, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: Jack Bussell

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Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney Harbour National Park protects islands and foreshore around Sydney Harbour. Explore Sydney's history on a school excursion or guided tour to enjoy coastal walks, picnics and swimming.

South Head in Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan
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Nearby towns

Lithgow

Hassans Walls Lookout, near Lithgow, is the highest in the Blue Mountains. Admire Mt Wilson, Mt York, Mt Tarana and Mt Blaxland as well as the pretty Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong valley and Mt Bindo. While there, go for a walk or ride around the lookout.

www.visitnsw.com

Parramatta

Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don't miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

www.sydney.com

Sydney City Centre

No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.

www.sydney.com

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