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Sydney’s Best Hiking Trails:
Here are the leading Hiking Trails in Sydney:
- Garigal National Park
- Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Trail
- Wedding Cake Rock
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Garigal National Park
Garigal National Park – Explore the scenery of Garigal National Park by bike, horse or canoe. It’s so close to Sydney making it perfect for a school excursion, and the opportunities for fishing, picnicking and bushwalking are limitless.
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Garigal National Park. Just a short drive from Sydney’s CBD, its impressive sandstone country offers great water and bush views, waterfalls and several significant Aboriginal sites and historic places. It’s the ideal escape for a daytrip or picnic.
Garigal is home to a remarkable array of animals and plants, including the threatened southern brown bandicoot and protects thousands of years of heritage. You can retrace Governor Phillip’s steps along the heritage walk to Bungaroo, where he camped for two nights on his first expedition in 1788.
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Address: St. Ives NSW 2075
Phone: (02) 9451 3479
“Garigal National Park is a beautifully maintained area. I highly recommend some of the bushwalks as they are all reasonably easy to walk and there are many exits if you’re ant to end the walk sooner.” -Angus Jones
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Trail
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Trail – Located in Sydney’s north, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park combines important history with scenic beauty, making it perfect for school excursions. Bobbin Head is a great place for a family picnic, and parts of the park are ideal for cycling, fishing and bushwalking.
Australia’s second-oldest national park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a recreational favourite for locals and visitors alike. This large park, located in Sydney’s north, lets you feel at one with nature without leaving the Sydney metropolitan area. A heritage-listed park, it combines important history with scenic beauty.
Winding creeks and stretches of ocean meet rainforest and eucalypts, rocky cliffs and mangroves. Camp at The Basin or spend your time exploring walking tracks, mountain biking trails, breathtaking lookouts and significant Aboriginal sites. You’ll still have plenty of time to discover its marinas, cafes, kiosks and well-equipped picnic areas.
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Address: Bobbin Head Rd, New South Wales
Phone: (02) 9472 8949
“A very nice day trip and walk that you can easily do from Sydney, even using public transport. We went there on Sunday using Opal cards so was very cheap. We did quite a long return walk through bush, we saw a waterfall, beautiful lake and it was generally a great day. 2 things though that you don’t see everyday: one a wild python that was sleeping in a tree branch (a bit scary to see a snake in Australia, even if it’s not venomous) and we got bitten by quite a few leeches, so I suggest long walking shoes and socks.” -Bogusław S
Wedding Cake Rock
Wedding Cake Rock is a popular and very fragile rock formation located along the challenging Coast track in Sydney’s Royal National Park. Experience the beauty of this natural wonder without risking your safety.
Located around 1 hour’s walk south of Bundeena, Wedding Cake Rock is a highlight along the famous Coast track. The pure white rock stands out against the harder sandstone of the coastal cliffs – its sharp edges and deep cracks giving it a unique shape, like a slice of cake perched high above the pounding ocean.
The white colour is caused by iron leaching, which makes the sandstone layers dangerously soft, prone to cracking and at very high risk of collapse. For your safety, please don’t stand or sit on the rock, or venture too close to cliff edges.
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Address: Jibbon Track, Royal National Park NSW 2233
“This is one of the most spectacular places in Australia to visit. The walk is worth the amazing views and scenery and an incredible sense of calm to just sit and look out at an amazing view. The saddest part is that eventually this beautiful natural structure will crumble into the ocean. The only disappointment is to see so many people ignore the massive amount of warning signs to jump a 5ft fence and risk their lives for a photo.” -Meltdown By Kyle