Sydney itself is a wonderful urbanity to explore. The diverse assembly of suburbs has so much to offer in terms of layout, topography and sights, you’ll hardly get a chance to cover it all during a singular visit. However, you may just be looking for something completely different - a hiking adventure away from the sidewalk verve. If you are excited by the idea of exploring the outskirts of the Harbour City, here are the best trails to explore near Sydney.
Do you enjoy a challenge? The Coast Track is an impressive undertaking even for the experienced hikers, but it is also one of the most serene and beautiful walks you can have in the proximity of Sydney. The track begins about one hour south of the city (via car), and it leads you to explore the wonderful Australian bush-land and some spectacular cliffs that cut into the endless Pacific ocean. The very site of the deep blue waters that extend into the horizon is worth the price of admission (in this case - the effort), and this 26 kilometers long trail will really grace your eyes with some gorgeous images. The only downside is that it’s a one-way trail. so you can catch a train-ride back from Otford.
Blue Mountain National Park is probably the most beloved natural preservation in Sydney’s immediate proximity. In many ways, this national park in one impressive hub of sites and landscapes that is quite well interconnected and always filled with avid outdoor enthusiasts. Should you require swift and convenient rental services to reach the park, look into cheap car hire for travelers on a budget.
Australian urban hotspots are generally renowned for having stellar car rental services and conditions, so you shouldn’t have too much difficulty in finding a type of car that suits your needs. It will take you about 90 minutes to cover the 100 kilometer long drive from Sydney CBD to Katoomba. Then you can take a long but casual walk to Three Sisters - the notable landmark within the Blue Mountains which has become a sort of a go-to highlight of the park, especially for newcomers.
Of course, as it has already been implied, Three Sisters Walk is far from the only worthwhile trail you can come by in the Blue Mountain National Park. However, it is one of the shortest and easiest ones. If you want to get lost in the mountains for several days, you should look no further than Six-Foot walking track - a meditative guide through the enchanting forests that begins near Katoomba and goes on and on for 44 kilometers before the final destination - the Jenolan Caves.
If you are a type of person that likes to ‘stop and smell the roses’, it can take you up to three to four days to complete this trail in full. This is why, if you decide to take up Six Foot Track, you should arm yourself with a well-stocked backpack, several changes of clothes and a medkit.
The natural reserves north of Sydney do not get the coverage they deserve. The expansive delta of Hawkesbury River is actually a wonderful place to explore and not particularly taxing for adventurers that do not want to steer too far from civilization. In fact, the surroundings of Cowan Creek are an amazing showcase of the symbiosis between urban and natural. Stop by Berowra and embark on a trail known as Berowra to Cowan, which is a part of the Great North Walk.
This is also an opportune trail for those of you that enjoy the ‘roads less traveled’, but it also offers the diversity and modularity due to its convenient proximity to smaller urban clusters. Even though most of the walks around here are short and sweet, they can also be physically challenging - the hillsides can get quite steep around Cowan Creek, especially if you like to go off trail. While you are there, make sure to stop by Naa Badu Lookout for a stunning view and a photo session. If you have enough time on your hands, extend your trek into the expedition of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
One of the greatest upsides of the wider Sydney area is its geographical diversity. You can have a hot-summer beachside escapade, an urban adventure for cosmopolitan spirits and a quaint mountain-slope walk - and all of these experiences can easily happen within a singular day. Residents of the city themselves love to take a break from the steamy asphalts and loud sidewalks, so they venture just beyond the city limits to savor some bucolic scenery. While Sydney is an impressive city, it is hard to endure a sensory overload over several days at once, so you may want to follow the residential example and immerse yourself in the surrounding nature.