Best trails in Sydney, New South Wales

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Looking for a great trail near Sydney, New South Wales? AllTrails has 319 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Lane Cove National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Brett Park or Lane Cove Bushland Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 211 easy trails in Sydney ranging from 0.6 to 577.3 miles and from 0 to 1,312 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Sydney, New South Wales
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#1 - Spit Bridge to Manly Walk
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
This route can be done in either direction, but most people go from Spit Bridge to Manly. The trail can get a bit dusty in summer, and doesn’t offer much shade so wear plenty of sunscreen! Feeling energetic? You can continue through Little Manly to Collins Beach and then up to North Head. If you’re taking public transportation, you can bus to Spit Bridge and then ferry or bus back from Manly. Show more
#2 - Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach Walk
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
A must do if you are in Sydney. The trail can certainly be crowded, but this is easily overcome by the jaw dropping vistas at every turn. There is great bus service to both Bondi and Coogee. Apply plenty of sunscreen and wear a bathing suit so you can cool off in the many accessible beaches. There are many water sources and eating options along the way. Give yourself 5 - 7 hours (one way) if you are snapping photos, grabbing food and taking a dip. This route may be frustrating for runners given the high amount of people on the trail.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 - Warrimoo Track to Bobbin Head Track
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
This route is an easy day trip from Sydney. The trail is quite rocky so be prepared with adequate footwear and the route doesn't have much signage so some navigating might be necessary at times.Show more
#5 - North Head via Blue Fish Track
Sydney Harbour National Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
A stunning walk through coastal heath with a views of Sydney Harbour, the city skyline, South Head, and Manly Beach. Walk clockwise and take a dip at Little Manly Point on your return (calm, harbour side) or anti-clockwise and swim at Cabbage Tree Bay or Manly Beach (ocean side). Lots of stairs and uphill sections make this a good workout. You can catch a bus from the Manly Ferry terminal to the Barracks to shorten the walk. There's an interpretive display at the Fort's Visitor Centre and an excellent cafe with amazing views. If you have time consider adding a side trip to Q Station (old quarantine station) for more views, displays and tours.Show more
#6 - The Bay Run
Brett Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Note: As of August 21, 2020, users have reported that part of the Iron Creek walking area is closed for maintenance cutting it a little shorter. This is a great circuit for those looking for some exercise. It's a paved path used by runners, cyclists, and everything in between. You won't find isolation here, but if you're looking for an easy exercise track, this is your spot. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least six feet wide. It has some steep areas where the estimated grade is above 8% so wheelchair and stroller users may need assistance. Users have reported the steepest section is the hill up to Iron Cove Bridge.Show more
#7 - Narrabeen Lagoon Loop
Bilarong Reserve
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
#8 - Great North Walk: Sydney to Thornleigh
Lane Cove Bushland Park
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Length: 20.3 mi • Est. 9 h 11 m
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 first 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. This section starts in the centre of Sydney CBD and after a ferry ride it winds along the Lane Cove river crossing urban park lands, bush and wetlands with some interesting points to stop at including sand stone caves and the possibility of seeing bell birds. It is normally a two-day walk staying at the campsite in Lane Cove National Park (bookings required www.lanecoverivertouristpark.com). But can also be done as a long day walk or split up into several day-walks. It can be done in either direction, but the classic way is from South to North. The trail is broken into parts so that both ends are easily accessible by public transport. Most of all enjoy Australia's social history and natural environment on a bush-hike that is accessible to virtually everyone. Show more
#9 - Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach Walk
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
This is a must-do walk along the incredible Sydney beaches. You can enter this route at almost any street along the coast, and exit wherever you please. Some areas are very heavily trafficked. There isn't much for shade so bring a hat and sunscreen!Show more
#10 - Manly Dam Loop
Manly-Warringah War Memorial Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Note: As of November 2020, due to track improvement works the Park Circuit Track between Area 4 and the fire trail will be closed. This trail can not be completed as a circuit but can be done as an out and back. More information here: https://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw.gov.au/content/manly-warringah-war-memorial-park This is a relatively easy walk good for the whole family. The track is diverse and takes you along lakeside boardwalks passing waterfalls via an uphill canyon and you hike back down through the forest. Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well.Show more
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