The best free nature walks in and around Sydney


I like spending time in nature as a lot as the following individual.

But an entire day of simply strolling is not actually my cup of tea.

Evi O, who has lately co-authored a ebook of Sydney nature adventures, agrees. For her, a stroll is all concerning the pay-off — a swim, a waterfall, or a tremendous view that makes all these steep hills price it.

For Matt McClelland, who runs an internet bushwalking guidebook, fashionable facilities like bathrooms, a playground, or a restaurant break midway by can flip a mean stroll right into a crowd-pleasing household outing.

I chatted to them each about a number of the best walks you’ll be able to discover around Sydney this summer time holidays.

The best walks with children — Taronga to South Mosman/Taronga to Balmoral

The Taronga to Balmoral stroll provides you a mixture of each harbour and bushland.(ABC: Rachel Rasker)

When Matt has pals visiting Sydney for the primary time, that is the stroll he exhibits them.

Catching a ferry to Taronga Zoo Wharf is all the time a enjoyable option to begin the day, and then you’ll be able to select to go in the direction of the South Mosman Wharf on Musgrave St, or to Balmoral Beach.

To South Mosman Wharf

For smaller children, Matt says the 2-kilometre wharf-to-wharf Taronga to Musgrave St path is a good possibility, as you’ll be able to take the ferry there and then again at both finish.

Halfway by you will arrive at Sirius Cove, which has a grassy picnic space, a playground, bathrooms and a small seashore. The stroll and seashore are canine pleasant, however there are restrictions around canine on ferries.

To Balmoral

For children (and adults!) aged 10+, Matt says the Taronga to Balmoral stroll is “good”.

At slightly below 7km a method (roughly 3 hours), it is a longer stroll, however has one thing for everybody.

“There’s basic Sydney Harbour views, and then you definitely’ve obtained the conflict historical past, you have obtained tunnels. There’s cafe choices, there’s playgrounds, there’s locations to swim,” Matt says.

“It’s this complete sense of ducking in and out of various components of the nationwide park, but additionally getting a few of these little luxuries alongside the way in which.”

The best coastal stroll — Wattamolla to Eagle Rock and Curracurrong Falls

The park entry price applies.

A trail winds through light scrub, towards the ocean.
The stroll to Eagle Rock is picturesque, however not notably troublesome.(Supplied: Ronja Liinamo)

While the Bondi to Coogee or Manly to Spit walks may instantly come to thoughts, Evi’s favorite coastal monitor is to Eagle Rock and Curracurrong Falls (the rock and the falls are subsequent to one another) in the Royal National Park.

The monitor is about 8km return so will take you roughly 2 or 3 hours, and kinds a part of The Coast Track.

Evi suggests beginning and ending on the Wattamolla Picnic Area, so you’ll be able to take a dip while you end your hike.

She says the stroll is on the straightforward aspect, with platforms all through.

“You stroll simply hugging these cliffs, however there’s additionally bushland on one aspect and the ocean on the opposite,” Evie says.

“The rock itself is just not that incredible [but] it appears to be like like an eagle. Then there are these waterfalls simply streaming into the ocean.”

Evi notes this monitor will get “packed” on the weekend, so it is best to go early or on a weekday. The falls will look higher after heavy rain, and it needs to be famous there is a $12 price per car to enter the park.

The best accessible stroll – Narrabeen Lagoon Trail

A paved path leads towards a bridge over a river.
The exhausting floor floor of the Narrabeen lagoon path makes it nice for wheelchairs, scooters, bikes and prams.(Supplied: Wildwalks)

The path around Narrabeen lagoon is an 8.6km circuit, takes roughly two and a half hours, and options paved or exhausting floor all through.

Matt says individuals in wheelchairs will be capable to navigate the entire monitor themselves, and it is an important possibility if in case you have a pram too. If you may have children, he recommends bringing alongside their scooters and bikes.

The stroll has each water views and bushland, numerous ecosystems and wildlife, and even an choice to hire kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. It’s additionally pet pleasant, and there is a scattering of bathrooms, playgrounds, barbecues, and cafes all through.

If you are eager to hit the waves at Narrabeen Beach afterwards, you possibly can begin and end the loop on the japanese aspect, close to Pittwater Rd.

The best bush stroll with a twist — Bidjigal Reserve


Bidjigal Reserve in north-west Sydney is one other good spot to stroll your furry pals. It has three trails; Platypus is the shortest at 1.7km return, adopted by Burraga at 4.7km return, and Murri-Yanna at 8km a method.

Matt’s favorite spot in the reserve is the Northmead or North Rocks Dam, which is on the Murri-Yanna path.

For a shorter (2km) stroll, he recommends parking on the finish of Ventura Rd, Northmead, strolling down the monitor into the valley, turning proper and following the trail for 700m to succeed in the dam wall.

“If you take children, I’d truly advocate not telling them concerning the dam [because] it is so stunning,” Matt says.

“At the very backside of the wall is that this tunnel you get to stroll by. It’s a lot enjoyable.

“Then while you’re on the downhill aspect of the dam, there’s steps so you’ll be able to climb as much as the highest and take a look.”

He says it is an important place for youths, adults and canine to discover, however provides that you must verify the climate forecast earlier than you go to, and by no means enter floodwaters.

The best stroll for a day journey — Clover Hill path

A waterfall in bushland, cascading around a boulder.
The Clover Hill path brings an actual sense of journey.(Daytrip Sydney: Andrew Grune/Evi O/Thames and Hudson)

Out of all of the walks she and her accomplice did for his or her ebook, Evi’s favorite was the Clover Hill path in Macquarie Pass National Park.

It’s about an 1.5–2 hours from the Sydney CBD, or around an hour from Campbelltown.

Evi says the path is just not clearly marked, however there’s some duct tape arrows to mark the way in which.

“It’s not so lengthy, however you need to crawl up [rocks] and leap over a river,” she says.

The path is crammed with “magnificent” waterfalls, is 6km return and will take roughly 2–3 hours.

Especially while you’re occurring a difficult path like this one, it is all the time a good suggestion to follow good bushwalk security, and inform somebody the place you are going and when.

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