Bushwalking in Australia is one of the top attractions for holiday goers. When locals and tourists alike plan a vacation in Australia, you can be sure that walking trails, hiking, or bush walking will likely be on the agenda. However, you don’t have to traverse deep into the outback or remote locations in order to do some holiday bush walking in Australia. There are plenty of beach walks, walking trails in national parks, and even city walks to explore. Whether you are walking in the city, the mountains, or the outback, it is very important to be prepared at all times. Do your research about the requirements and details of the walk you choose. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, use sunscreen and hats to protect your skin from the sun, have the right shoes and attire, bring plenty of drinking water, have emergency supplies with you, and make sure that someone not travelling with you knows when you are expected back. Check the weather before your walk so you know what type of conditions and temperatures you can expect. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to always remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. Here are 5 must see and do walks right in Sydney and surrounds.

  1. Curra Moors Loop Track in Royal National Park

Curra Moors loop track, Royal National Park

Curra Moors Loop Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Curra Moors loop track, Royal National Park

Curra Moors Loop Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Curra Moors loop track, Royal National Park

Curra Moors Loop Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Curra Moors loop track, Royal National Park

Curra Moors Loop Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Curra Moors Loop Track is a 10 km loop walking trail in Royal National Park. Royal National Park is about a 40 minute drive north of Sydney’s CBD. It is Australia’s oldest national park. There are over 100 km of walking trails within the park. You can read more about it on our blog all about Royal National Park. The Curra Moors Loop Track is a grade 4 track and the suggested time is 4 to 5 hours. The track is free once you pay your park entry fee. The track takes you through the eastern section of the park where the bush meets the ocean. Enjoy spectacular scenic views from the rugged sandstone cliffs. The track also takes you through the woodlands of scribbly gums, angophoras and then opens up to heathland. Highlights of the walk include birdwatching, Curracurrong waterfall, Eagle Rock, and Garie North Head. During whales watching season, you can look out for whales passing by the coastal portions of the track.

  1. America Bay Walking Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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America Bay Walking Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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America Bay Walking Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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America Bay Walking Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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America Bay Walking Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

America Bay Walking Track is one of many walks available in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. In fact, there are more than 40 different walks among the extreme diversity of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. We already once featured Walking through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park  on our travel tips blog. The America Bay Walking Track is a moderately difficult walk that is a 1.8 km return. You should allow 1 to 2 hours to walk through this grade 3 course. Along the way, you will see waterfalls, Aboriginal engravings, and some sweeping scenic views of the bushland and escarpment. Plan a picnic and make the most of your afternoon walk.

 

  1. Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

 

Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

The walk from the Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop is another one of the many walks in Ku-ring-gai National Park. The Sphinx Memorial is a historic part of Australian military history. It was carved out of sandstone by a returned soldier. The walk is a 10 km loop and is a grade 4 challenging walk that takes between 3 ½ and 4 ½ hours. Highlights along the walk include open forests of smooth barked apple gum and red bloodwoods. Once you reach the Sphinx Memorial, there are several pyramids and rough barked tree ferns. You can picnic there or just take a break and enjoy the beauty and history here.

 

 

  1. North Head Sanctuary in Manly

 

North Head Sanctuary Walking Loop Photo Credit: HarbourTrust.gov.au

 

North Head Sanctuary Walking Loop Photo Credit: Sydney.com

 

North Head Sanctuary Walking Loop Photo Credit: Sydney.com

 

North Head Sanctuary Walking Loop Photo Credit: Sydney.com

 

When you are walking through the lush green lands of the North Head Sanctuary it is hard to believe that you are only 11 km from Sydney’s busy CBD. The walk here is a loop that takes about 2 hours and is easy to traverse. While enjoying the walk you can see the panoramic views of iconic Sydney Harbour and Sydney’s city sights. Along the trail, you will see the former School of Artillery as well as other military relics. Other ruins on the North Head Sanctuary include the Catholic Church and Archbishop’s residence and seminary. The landscape is filled with diverse flora, hanging swamps, banksia scrub, headland, and beaches. You can choose to walk on your own or take a guided tour. Stop for refreshments at the Bella Vista Cafe while you are touring the North Head Sanctuary.

 

  1. Benowie Walking Track in Berowra Valley

 

Benowie Walking Track in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Benowie Walking Track in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Benowie Walking Track in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

The Benowie Walking Track is a section of the well-known Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle. While the Great North Walk can take several days, the Benowie Walking Track is an overnight walk. You should prepare to camp out in the beautiful bushland and you are in for an adventure. The length of the Benowie walking track is 25 km and follows along the Berowra Creek. The Great North Walk is 27 km one-way and takes 3 or 4 days to complete. The entire walk is a grade 5 level of difficulty which should be reserved for advanced and experienced bushwalkers. Many hikers opt to break the walk up into several shorter walks. There are many different camping sites to check out and opting shorter sections of the trail also opens it up for hikers of varying experience and fitness levels and even kids.

 

Hiring a Car in Sydney

Sydney Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

It’s convenient and easy to hire a car in Sydney  at one of many convenient locations. If you flew into Sydney on holiday, you can hire a car right at the Sydney Airport. Other locations in Sydney where you can rent a car at a great price include Sydney east location in Alexandria, or the Sydney southwest location in Ravensby. Click through any of the links to get a quick and easy rate quote for the best car rental rates in Sydney. Be sure to let your car rental agent know your travel itinerary so that they can ensure you have the best vehicle for your trip. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. While in Sydney, in check out these other holiday ideas from our blog:

 

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