Earlier this year, we featured the national parks in the region around Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region around Sydney. We did a recap of the parks that are part of The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed area: Blue Mountains National Park, Wollemi National Park, Yengo National Park, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Nattai National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park, Thirlmere Lakes National Park. Today, we are wrapping up our blog series with a recap of the other National Parks in the region around Sydney:

We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Dharug National Park,  Ku-ring-ga National Park, and Royal National Park. Here is a summary of each one so that you can decide for yourself which ones to visit on your next holiday near Sydney, Australia.

Berowra Valley National Park

Place of the Winds Walk in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Berowra Creek in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Berowra Creek in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Berowra Creek in Berowra Valley National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Berowra Valley National Park is located just an hour drive north west of Sydney. This vast protected nature wonderland is so close to Sydney, so you can easily make a day trip or spend a part of your holiday here. Things to do in the park include walking trails, boating, beautiful lookouts, picnics in the park, and just relaxing while exploring nature. Berowra Valley National Park is home to the Benowie Walking Track which is a section of the famed Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle. Scroll down to read up on some tips for bushwalking in Australia’s National Parks.

Marramarra National Park

Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Canoelands Ridge Walking Track in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra Ridge to Smugglers Ridge Walking Track in Marramarra National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Marramarra National Park is quite close to Sydney; takes less than 1 ½ hours to drive there. It covers 11,785 hectares of land 40 km northwest of Sydney’s CBD. However, it is hard to imagine that this nature wonderland is that close to one of the biggest cities in the entire Southern Hemisphere and all of Australia. It feels remote and is a haven for outdoor lovers because you can camp here, kayak, canoe, swim, cycle, picnic, bird watch, fish, and bushwalk. The Hawkesbury River, Berowra Creek, and Marramarra Creek are a few of the waterways in the park. There is also much to be learned about the Aboriginal heritage here as well as European settler history of this region and its historic orange orchards. It is a great place for a day trip or an overnight adventure.

Dharug National Park

11 km Walking Track in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Old Great North Walking Track in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Dubbo Guly Loop Trail in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Mill Creek Campground in Dharug National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Dharug National Park is adjacent to Marramarra National Park to the north. It is still close to Sydney at only about a two hour drive away. The park covers a large section of protected land, a total of 14.850 hectares in the Gosford area. Dharug National Park is bordered by Yengo National park, Wisemans Ferry Road, Old Great North Road, McPherson State Forest, Popran National Park, the Hawkesbury River, and Marramarra National park. When you combine Dharug National Park with all the adjoining parks, it makes up a very large contiguous area of protecting land in New South Wales. There are some beautiful walks and trails to explore in the park and campgrounds are available so you can spend the night out in nature.

Ku-ring-ga National Park

Barrenjoey Head in Ku-Ring-ga Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Gibberagong Mangrove Boardwalk in Ku-Ring-ga Chase National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a great place to spend an extended holiday because you can also visit the adjacent island nature reserves. The National Park is very large by itself at almost 15,000 hectares. There are 3 villages located within the boundaries of the National Park and the park also encompasses the Barrenjoey Headland on the north side, and then plenty of beaches, the Hawkesbury River, Aboriginal sites, and close to 50 different walks. For someplace that is so close to the busiest metropolitan hub in New South Wales, it is impressive to see the extreme biodiversity that is prevalent here just 30 minutes north of Sydney. Perhaps the abundance of the variety of plant and animal life is because it has been a conservation area since 1894.

Royal National Park

Wedding Cake Rock in Royal National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Garie Beach in Royal National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Bundeena Drive to Marley Walk in Royal National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Wattamolla Beach Picnic Area in Royal National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Royal National Park is Australia’s oldest national park, and is the 2nd oldest national park in the world behind Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Royal National Park was gazetted on 26 April 1879. The park covers over 150 square km and encompasses 3 settlements, bushwalks, trails, a campsite, lagoons, coastal trails, and beaches along the coast of the Tasman Sea. It is easily accessible and a popular holiday destination for visitors and locals alike. There is much to do in the park including over 100 km of walking trails, beaches, surfing, cycling, picnicking, camping, and more.

Tips for Bushwalking in Australia’s National Parks

When you are planning to venture out into a national park, remember that it is still wild lands even though it is a protected national park. Do your research about the requirements and details of the walking trail 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 trip so you know what type of conditions and temperatures you can expect. The weather in most of the National Parks in the Sydney area can be extreme and unpredictable, so be sure to come prepared for different weather scenarios. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable 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.

Hiring a Car in Sydney to get to the Surrounding National Parks

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. The drive from Sydney to most of the national parks in the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Area is about 1 ½ hour drive. 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. Many parts of this park are great for four-wheel driving, so you will likely want to hire a 4WD vehicle so that you can access all of those trails. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. While in Sydney, check out these other holiday ideas from our blog:

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