Bushwalking in and around Sydney

Surprisingly, Sydney does offer some superb bushwalking through secluded bushland. Aboriginal engraving and art sites are quite common, and many are not publicised, simply leaving you to discover them, appreciate them, and leave them alone.

In the north of the city, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a must – particularly the river walk from Apple Tree Bay along Cowan Creek, or any of the steep tracks down to the water from West Head Road. In the south, Royal National Park’s Coast Track is a 26-kilometre overnight classic, with dramatic cliffs, isolated beaches and pockets of rainforest.

Alternatively, for an informative guided day walk and tour of the sights in this park, using public transport from Sydney or a carbon-positive bus ride, try Understand Down Under, which has an admirable environmental policy.

One of the newest long-distance walks in Sydney is the 100-kilometre Great Coastal Walk, from Barrenjoey Headland, at the end of Palm Beach in the north, right through to Cronulla, crossing the Harbour Bridge along the way. It is anticipated that most people would take about seven days to complete the walk, and there is a wide range of accommodation available. The website has maps and plenty of information, including where to buy food and drink.

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