Best nature trips trails in New South Wales, Australia

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Map of nature trips trails in New South Wales, Australia
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#1 - Grand Canyon Track
Blue Mountains National Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
Users have reported that this trail is now a one way circuit from Evans Lookout to Neates Glen. Waterfalls, ferns, and amazing views define the popular Grand Canyon Track. This is a challenging but short hike through lush vegetation that takes you along a series of ledges that make up this World Heritage listed landscape.Show more
#2 - Lane Cove Riverside Walk
Lane Cove National Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Please note, users have reported that there is construction in one area that has created a small detour. When walking out to Lane Cove road, turn right and head for the bridge - and don't cross the road. The closed area should be open by December 1st. This is a great family-friendly track that will make you feel like you’re out of the city even though you’re right in it! There is plenty of shade and light breezes accompanied by wildlife like ducks and bush turkeys. There are some great picnic spots along the route, even a cafe.Show more
#3 - Great North Walk: Thornleigh to Cowan
Berowra Valley National Park
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Length: 22.3 mi • Est. 11 h 59 m
NOTE: the route is updated to avoid the Rifle Range which is now Private Property. The Great North Walk connects New South Wales' two largest cities from the obelisk in Australia's first planned town square to the wharf from which its oldest home-built steamship still sails in over 250 kilometres of history, mystery and fascination. This is the second section of the Great North Walk, to see the list of sections or the full trail go here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/great-north-walk--70 It is normally a two-day walk staying at one of the designated campsites(booking is generally required). But can also be done as a long day walk or split up into several day-walks. Booking is required for most sites and you plan to stay at a Crown Land campground you need to fill out the reservation form https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/acba2b1cd658485485275b8e8e45c150 Show more
#4 - Platypus and Burraga Loop
Bidjigal Reserve
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
This is a great track if you're after a bit of a challenge but don't want anything too hard. Majority of the track is easy going, but you still have to watch your step as there are rocks and exposed roots. Some portions are a bit tricker as you have to climb up rocks and there are several stream crossings. There are markers but they kind of dwindle to nothing when you're in the thick of it, offline map recommended for easier navigation. Show more
#5 - Piles Creek Loop
Brisbane Water National Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
A varied track in Brisbane Water National Park with a waterfall, views and rock overhangs. This route combines the longer Piles Creek Loop (4.2km) and shorter Girrakool Loop (1km) tracks.Show more
#6 - Thornleigh to Hornsby via Great North Walk
Berowra Valley Regional Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
Great day trip from Sydney. This route starts and ends at a train station so you can easily get back to your car. Watch out for loose and slippery rocks. Show more
#7 - Valley of the Waters to Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Note: As of August 16, 2020, users have reported that Undercliff and National Pass Tracks are currently closed. This is a very popular trek that hits two famous spots in Blue Mountains National Park! Easy enough for the whole family but it will definitely get your blood flowing. Start at the beautiful Valley of the Waters walking downhill to Sylvia Falls and Empress Falls, and then continue southeast to the equally incredible Wentworth Falls. You can take either the Overcliff Walk or the National Pass Track to Wentworth Falls. The route shown on this page has the hiker taking the Overcliff Walk to Wentworth Falls and back. Show more
#8 - West Head Lookout to Resolute Beach and Great Mackerel Beach
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h
This track is a great spot to escape Sydney and get some privacy. This mostly shaded track accesses 2 incredible beaches on a track easy enough for the whole family. There is no cafe or toilets at Resolute Beach so pack out what you pack in!Show more
#9 - Figure 8 Pools
Royal National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Please note: Garrawarra farm trail is closed Monday - Thursday until December 2020, so visitors must take the coastal trail if visiting during the week. WARNING: the pool is only accessible at low tide. Do not attempt at mid to high tide or when there are bigger waves. Check the forecast before planning the walk: tides.willyweather.com.au/nsw/sydney/burning-palms-beach.html A relatively short walk to a very popular natural rock formation in the Royal National Park. This is the shortest route to the pool, starting at Garawarra Farm car park. The Burgh Ridge track descends fairly steeply to Burning Palms beach, where there is a small collection of historic huts and a surf life-saving club (weekends only). From here, follow the coast to Figure 8 Pool. Show more
#10 - Lake Parramatta
Lake Parramatta Reserve
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Close to Parramatta and a handy spot for a lunch break or picnic. Good family walk with a nice place to picnic.Show more
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