Without a doubt the best way to really see a place is…
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Without a doubt the best way to really see a place is to get out amongst it, and when in Australia what better way than to hit the trails to enjoy this vast wide yonder. Sydney is sandwiched between some of Australians most scenic landscapes, with the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean and the soaring peaks of the Great Dividing Range. This makes everything in between a rich and biodiverse hiking mecca, a little ‘walkabout’ for everyone.
White Sands Coastal Walk, Jervis Bay
Arguably Australia’s best sandy white beaches. This is the perfect introduction into a country who worship sun, sand and saltwater. Jervis Bay is an ideal day trip from Sydney, just be sure to leave time to tantalise your tastebuds at the gorgeous Hyams Beach Café.
Royal National Park Coastal Track
If you’re a naturalist a heart then this one is for you, hiking through one of the oldest national parks in the world (second to Yellowstone NP). This multi-day coastal track stretches 26km from Bundeena to Otford but can be broken into several shorter sections to be enjoyed at your leisure. Be ready to indulge in untouched Australian bushlands and a myriad of native animals, including the migration of the Humpback whales from May to October.
Mares Forest Creek Canyon
Whilst most people head to the Grand Canyon in Sydney’s the Blue Mountains, do yourself a favour and track south to Mares Forest National Park where you will find a canyoning adventure like no other. This walk will have you hiking, swimming and rock-climbing through a million-year-old canyon filled crystal clear emerald coloured waters.
Spit to Manly Walk
This 10km hike offers the best of Sydney all in one; white sandy beaches, jagged cliffs, harbour views, bushwalking, boat culture and aboriginal rock art. And a little local’s tip, when passing Balgowlah Heights, be sure to head down the Lighthouse Track and take the first left to Washaway Beach. If you have an outgoing tide you will be delighted to find this spectacular beach, a rare secluded gem so close to the city.
Kanangra-Boyd National Park
There are three walks here but the plateau walk is where it is at! Just 20 minutes from the carpark you will find yourself atop a plummeting cliff face with those majestic mountainous views, iced with clouded tops. Some Aussies say this is one of the best hikes in Australia…will you agree?
Seacliff Bridge Lookout
This is Sydney’s latest Instagramable hike, just one hour from the city you will be weaving your way through lush coastal vegetation to the capture an aerial view of this serpentine sea bridge.
Bouddi Coastal Walk, Bouddi National Park
Australia Geographic nominate this as one of their best day hikes, which follows the coast from Little Beach to Putty Beach. You can walk it in either direction or simply choose shorter sections but the beach you must include is Maitland Bay. This could be one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets. This secluded bay has a sweeping sandy shore, calm waters and is fringed with shady scrub, making this the perfect spot for a family adventure.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
And finally, the quintessence of Sydney is the must-do Bondi to Coogee walk. Be sure to style yourself in the latest trends in activewear fashion because this is where the who’s who go for their Sunday morning workouts. This clifftop walk hugs the coast along 6kms of Sydney’s eastern suburbs, featuring stunning views of the beaches, bays and rock pools. Don’t forget to complete your walk with a stop in at Café De France, one of Coogee’s hottest little cafes complete with Croque monsieur and a strong French coffee.