Upon arriving in Sydney, I found that this city is filled with breathtaking hikes – there are coastal hikes, harbor hikes, and even a whole mountain range just an hour East of the city. This is a list of the best hikes in Sydney, Australia.
Best Hikes in Sydney, Australia
This hike starts at the famous Palm Beach (where the aussie soap opera Home And Away is filmed) and takes you up to Barrenjoey lighthouse. From the tip of the mountain, you’ll be able to see where the bay meets the ocean, and the kilometers of beach that separate the two. This is one of the best views I’ve ever had on a hike, and high on the list of the best hikes in Sydney. See the full post on this hike for more photos.
This hike is a beautiful walk along the coast just South of Sydney’s CBD. It took me about two hours one way, mainly because I stopped for so many photos. It’s most common to walk from Bondi to Coogee, but I went from Coogee to Bondi, which I imagine to be a bit more rewarding if you’ve never seen Bondi before. It’s not hard to see how this one made the list of best hikes in Sydney! See the full post on this hike for more info.
About 30 mins south of Sydney CBD is the Royal National Park. Head here for a medium-intensity, 1 hour hike to the beach, and even further, the figure 8 pools. The figure 8 pools have been naturally created over hundreds of years, and are incredible to see in real life. This is one of the shorter hikes of the best hikes in Sydney. See the full post on this hike for more details and lots more photos.
Also located in the Royal National Park, the hike to Marley Beach takes about an hour and a half from the fire road. I took a rocky fire road path, but if you’d like to go on a smoother, newer, man-made path, I’d recommend starting at Bundeena. The path is relatively uneventful, but the reveal of Marley beach is astonishing. We brought a picnic and ate a bit inland, where the wind wasn’t as strong. The views make it obvious as to how this one made the list of best hikes in Sydney!
The Blue Mountains are a perfect weekend trip for the avid hiker visiting Sydney. Located just about an hour to an hour and a half outside of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are full of long, lush hiking trails. One of my favorites was the Grand Canyon hike to Evan’s Lookout – it took us about 2 hours to get to Evans Lookout, through the canyon. The amount of hikes in the Blue Mountains makes it a clear top candidate of the best hikes in Sydney.
Wentworth Falls is a massive waterfall that you should NOT MISS if you’re taking a trip to the Blue Mountains. Go early, because the hike is beautiful but long. We ended up having to take a shorter trail because we ran out of time before it got dark. It paid off in the end, as we got to see a second waterfall – Empress Falls.
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7. Cronulla Beach Hike
If you’re feeling a chill, lazy day sort of walk, the Cronulla beach hike is for you! This is a relatively flat, easy walk. It’s a long one as well, so bring your water and maybe some snacks. It’s not hard to see how this one made the list of best hikes in Sydney!
This is one of the first hikes I did in Sydney and one of the most impressive. This trail takes you from Chowder Bay (have a coffee at the old bunker turned coffee shop before heading out!) all the way to Bradley’s Head – where you will get a stunning view of the Sydney Harbor bridge and Sydney Opera House. See the full post for more photos and details.
The Manly to Spit Bridge trek was one that I was most looking forward to. Starting at the stunning Manly Beach, this is a long hike at 10k each way. I just did one way, but if you’re feeling wild, try to go round trip. See the full post for more photos and details.
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