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Sydney and surrounds region

What to do in this region

Things to do

A father and son go fishing next to a marina at Bobbin Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/OEH

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Bobbin Head

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Girl walks along a mossy log in a shady forest setting. Photo: Natasha Webb

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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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The view of the NYE fireworks from Shark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Spencer © DPE

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NYE Shark Island Party

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Oyster shells on Towra Beach in Towra Point Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer © OEH

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Towra Beach

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

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NYE Goat Island

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View of the NYE fireworks from Strickland Estate in Vaucluse, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: Jenny Huang © the photographer

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NYE Strickland Estate

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Photo of harbour view from North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/DPIE

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NYE North Head

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Akuna Bay Marina, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: d'Albora Akuna Bay

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Akuna Bay

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Family walking beneath the trees at Nielsen Park. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE

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Nielsen Park

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Aerial view of South Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/DPIE

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South 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 © OEH

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Federal Pass

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

Discover

Red Hands Cave

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View along Strom loop, Bouddi National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

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Strom loop

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A woman and man standing at sandstone lookout, water and coastline in background. Photo: John Spencer © DPIE

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Explore Resolute Beach

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

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Fairfax walk

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The view at Bujwa Bay, Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Photo: T Willsteed © the photographer

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Walk to Bujwa 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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Lobster Beach, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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Lobster Beach

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Wide view of swamp  and the start of the drop into Butterbox Canyon. with Grose River Valley in the background, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo © Dr Ian Baird

Abseil

Butterbox Canyon

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View of woodland, open heath and mountain peak, looking toward Claustral Canyon. Photo credit: Stephen Alton © DPE

Abseil

Claustral Canyon

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Elvina trail in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo credit: Luke McSweeney © DPIE

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Elvina trail

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Water cascades over rock ledges at Empress Falls at the end of Empress Canyon in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo credit: David Finnegan © DPIE

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Empress Canyon

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View across forest-clad canyons topped by steep cliff bands along Lockleys Pylon walking track in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo © Aine Gliddon

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Fortress Canyon

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Creek waters and lush vegetation along Grand Canyon track in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo credit: John Spencer © DPIE

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Grand Canyon

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View of sky, canyon flanks and river from Grand Canyon walking track in Blue Mountains National Park near Blackheath.  Photo: Christina Bullivant © DPIE

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Jugglers Canyon

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

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Loop trail

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

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Nature track

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

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Red Gum trail

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

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National Pass

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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

Park:

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 © DPIE
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Visitor centres

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.

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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.

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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.

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