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When you are on holiday in Australia don’t worry about missing out on an iconic Australian bushwalk just because you are staying in the city. In fact, there are many different bushwalking opportunities within Sydney and in the not too distant surrounds of the bustling, metropolitan city limits. Today we are here to tell you about 5 of the best bushwalks that are in Sydney. Keep in mind, if you want to venture further out, there are literally hundreds of trails in the national parks surround Sydney within just an hour or two drive as well as these walks that are located in the city.

1. North Head Sanctuary Loop in Manly

North Head Sanctuary Walking Loop Photo Credit: Sydney.com
North Head Sanctuary Walking Loop Photo Credit: Sydney.com


North Head Sanctuary Walking Loop Photo Credit: HarbourTrust.gov.au

It is amazing how you can be on a bushwalk in Australia but still experience views of Sydney’s iconic skyline while you walk in the wild. The North Head Sanctuary is just 11 km from Sydney’s Central Business District, but it does seem like a world away. It is an easy track that takes about 2 hours to complete. In addition to various plants and trees, you will hike up the headland and along the beaches, the walk also takes you past the former School of artillery, military relics, and the ruins on the North Head Sanctuary which include the Catholic Church, seminary, and the Archbishops’s residence. Guided tours or self walking tours are available and there is even the Bella Vista Cafe on the walk where you can stop for drinks or a bite to eat.

2. Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au
Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au
Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park actually has a whopping 40 different walks to choose from. The walk from the Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop allows you to see some history and some of the spectacular landscapes that the national park has to offer even though it is so close to the city. It is a challenging walk, so it should only be reserved for experienced bushwalkers with a fitness level capable of handling a 3 ½ to 4 ½ hour 10 km loop walk. You efforts are rewarded with not only this important artefact from Australian military history, but also the open forests filled with smooth barked apple gum and red bloodwood trees. You can take your time and enjoy a picnic in the park too.

3. Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk Photo Credit: Sydney.com
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk Photo Credit: Sydney.com
Bondi to Coogee extension of the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk Photo Credit: Australia.comBondi to Coogee extension of the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk Photo Credit: Australia.com

One of the main attractions in Sydney is it’s beaches and this popular walk incorporates three of Sydney’s most famous beaches: Bondi, Bronte, and Coogee. The walk is a 4 km walk from Ben Buckler to the Waverley Cemetary, which takes about an hour and a half, but it can be broken up into smaller walks:

*  Ben Buckler to Bondi Beach: about 0.5 km; allow 10 minutes.
*  Bondi Promenade: 1 km; allow 15 minutes.
*  South Bondi to North Bronte: about 1.5 km; allow 45 minutes.
*  South Bronte to Waverley Cemetery: about 1 km; allow 20 minutes.

4. Curra Moors Loop Track in Royal National Park

Curra Moors Loop Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au
Curra Moors Loop Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au


Curra Moors Loop Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au
Curra Moors Loop Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Royal National Park is about 40 minutes north of Sydney and is Australia’s oldest national park, so definitely something worth visiting if you get the chance. The Curra Moors Loop Track is an amazing track with beautiful sights because it is where the bush of the park meets the ocean. It is also a challenging track that is a 10 km loop. It takes about 4 or 5 hours to complete the loop. The challenging walk is rewarded with amazing coastal views of the Pacific Ocean and panoramic views of the sandstone cliffs, headland, and woodlands. During whale watching season, you can actually see the whales from the vantage points on the cliffs. Other trail highlights include bird watching and scenic places like the Curracurrong waterfall, Eagle Rock, and Garie North Head.

5. Benowie Walking Track in Berowra Valley National Park

Benowie Walking Track in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au
Benowie Walking Track in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au


Benowie Walking Track in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au
Benowie Walking Track in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au


The Benowie Walking Track is a smaller piece of the famous Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle, one of Australia’s best known long distance tracks. You can say you walked a piece of it if you take the Benowie Walking Track. This is still the longest of our walks featured today at 25 km, it is an overnight walk, so you will get to campout overnight in the Australian bush. This is a difficult, grade 5 walk, so do your research ahead of time and make sure that you have the fitness level and experience to complete this walk. You can always consult with a local guide too and there are smaller parts of this walk suitable for less experienced bushwalkers so no one is precluded from this walk completely.

In Summary

As you can see, Sydney’s national parks allow you to get away from it all while still remaining in the city. Visiting a national park also helps the conservation and protection of these magnificent lands. You can hire a car in Sydney with Budget Australia and that allows you to travel at your leisure to these national parks and destinations in and around Sydney at your own leisure without having to worry about taxis or tour bus schedules. Hiking through Sydney allows you to experience the best of both worlds in Australia with the amazing metropolitan areas of Sydney as well as experiencing what it is like to walk through the trails of the parks and headlands here. Remember before setting out to bushwalk in Australia that you do your research and come prepared. Even walks in populated areas like the coastal walks or national parks can be difficult and are not suitable for everyone. If you do your research and make sure that you have the right supplies, you will be prepared to take on the walk you choose at the level you want.