The best way to explore the beautiful sights and scenery in and around Sydney is by walking. With literally thousands of walking tracks to choose from in the greater Sydney region, it’s quite the challenge to find the best walks.
In this comprehensive guide we are sharing the best walking tracks in and around Sydney, from scenic coastal walks in the east, to easy sightseeing walks in the city, to challenging bush walks further away.
Top 19 Sydney Walking Tracks
Let’s kick off with our personal top 19 walking tracks in and around Sydney. This amazing list has great Sydney hikes for all ages and for all fitness levels.
You will find exciting walks in our Sydney Harbour, scenic walks along the Sydney coast, as well as walking tracks in the bush. Some of these walks are short and easy, while others are much longer and quite challenging.
Best Sydney City Walks
Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With so many iconic landmarks, beautiful lookouts, and scenic parks situated in and around the city, the best way to explore all that goodness is by simply walking around.
We have listed five of the best Sydney city walks, which will help you see all the highlights and absorb the atmosphere and the culture of the amazing city of Sydney.
Best Walks in Sydney Harbour National Park
Imagine you live in a city that has a beautiful national park right in the middle of its own backyard. That’s right, our incredible Sydney Harbour is actually a national park, and is home to some of the best walking tracks you can find in Sydney.
What’s great about these walks in Sydney Harbour is that they have so much to offer. They are a mix of coastal, bay and bush walks, and offer beautiful scenery as well as history.
Best Coastal Walks in Sydney
If there is one thing that makes Sydney so unique, then it may well be its long and characteristic coastline. Iconic beaches, historic rock pools, scenic parks, huge sandstone cliffs, Sydney’s coastline has so much to offer.
We have selected 15 of the very best walking tracks along Sydney’s coast that encapsulate all of these unique aspects of our city’s incredible coastline.
Best Bush Walks in Sydney
With so many beautiful national parks surrounding the city of Sydney, there is definitely no shortage of exciting bush walks.
You don’t actually need to travel far away into the outback to find these walking tracks in the bush. There are many bush walks to be found in and around the city, as well as in popular national parks nearby, such as the Blue Mountains and the Royal National Park.
Our list of the 15 best bush walks in and around Sydney will help you find the perfect walk for that Sunday afternoon.
Best Walks in the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains is Sydney’s most popular bushwalking destination, and for good reason. Not only is Sydney’s most popular national park home to amazing walking tracks, you will also find lots of scenic lookout points and majestic waterfalls there.
The best way to find all these hidden treasures is by doing some of these walking tracks. We have handpicked the top 15 walking tracks in the Blue Mountains, from short family-friendly trails to challenging multi-day bushwalks.
Best Walks in Sydney’s Royal National Park
Australia’s oldest and the world’s second oldest national park, the Royal National Park just south of Sydney, is another popular weekend hiking destination, with lots of different walking tracks to choose from.
The Royal National Park is also home to one of Sydney’s most challenging coastal walks, the Coast Track from Bundeena to Otford. Read more about that walk and other popular walks in our guide to the best walks in Royal National Park.
Best Walks in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Situated only 25km north of the Sydney CBD, Ku-ring-gai Chase national park is Australia’s second oldest national park, and is a popular weekend destination for Sydney residents as well as for tourists.
Ku-ring-gai Chase is not only home to some great walking tracks, you will also find picnic areas, secluded beaches, lookout points and various mountain biking trails in this beautiful part of Sydney.
If you’re looking for a new exciting walk in the greater Sydney area, check out our shortlist of the best walks in Ku-ring-gai Chase national park.