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20 Easy Walking Tracks In And Around Sydney

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Love exploring new walking tracks when travelling by campervan with the family? If you’re spending time in Sydney during your next Australian road trip, you’re in luck. You’ll be treated to views of Sydney’s vibrant harbour, beautiful beaches, glow-worm-filled tunnels and lush national parks.

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There’s no better way to enjoy Sydney’s walks than to rent a travel van. Create your dream itinerary and explore all the great walking trails on offer. Sydney also has plenty of excellent campsites and holiday parks to stay at along the way. And to make it even easier, you can pick up your campervan from the Britz Sydney branch in Banksmeadow and be on a trail in less than half an hour!

So, dig out your walking shoes and sun safety gear, pack the kids’ camping supplies, book your campervan, and get ready to hit the trails! Let’s take a look at 20 easy, family-friendly walking tracks in and around Sydney!

1. Narrabeen Lagoon Trail

Distance: 8.6 km

Estimated walk time: 2-3 hours

This well-formed track is perfect for walkers, pushchairs, and cyclists. Take the full 8.6 km track or choose one of the shorter walk options. The Narrabeen Lagoon Trail winds through bush, parklands, and lush ecosystems. Keep an eye out for some of the hundreds of bird species including egrets and black swans.

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2. Hermitage Foreshore Walk

Distance: 1.8 km one way

Estimated walk time: 45 min – 1 hour

One of Sydney’s great coastal walks, the Hermitage Foreshore Track offers up incredible views of Sydney Harbour. Have your camera ready to snap pics of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Shark Island, and the grounds of Strickland House. Keen on a preview? Enjoy a virtual tour of the track with Google Street View Trekker.

3. Bondi to Coogee Walk

Distance: 6 km one way

Estimated walk time: 2-3 hours

The cliff top coastal Bondi to Coogee Walk features fabulous views, beaches, parks and rock pools. You’ll also find lots of great spots to stop and rest, cool down with a swim, or grab a coffee along the way. Be sure to check out the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition if you’re doing the walk in late October/early November.

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4. Minnamurra Falls, Budderoo National Park

Distance: 4.2 km return

Estimated walk time: 1-2 hours

Get back to nature in the lush rainforest of the Minnamurra Falls Walk. Take in the tranquil views of waterfalls and the canyon from the viewing platforms along the way. Keep an eye out for butterflies, wildlife, and birds. Have your camera handy - you may be lucky enough to spot a lyrebird!

5. Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park

Distance: 10 km one way

Estimated walk time: 1-2 hours

This historic track is popular with both walkers and cyclists. Lady Carrington Drive Walk follows the Hacking River and takes you over 15 creeks, past blue gum trees, and through the rainforest. You may spot lace monitors, echidnas, and lyrebirds. There are several picnic areas along the way, so bring a packed lunch to enjoy.

6. The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains National Park

Distance: 0.8 km return

Estimated walk time: 25-45 min

At less than a kilometre return, the Three Sisters Walk is ideal for those travelling with younger children. You’ll start by passing through the Echo Point Visitor Centre archway before entering the eucalypt forest. Once you reach the Oreades Lookout, you’ll have incredible views of the iconic Three Sisters turrets and the ‘blue’ Jamison Valley.

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7. Glow Worm Tunnel Walking Track - Wollemi National Park

Distance: 2 km return

Estimated walk time: 1- 2 hours

A former railway, the Glow Worm Tunnel Walking Track in Wollemi National Park makes for a magical family adventure. The 400-metre tunnel is home to thousands of mesmerising glow worms that light up like stars. The best time to visit is in spring or autumn during the week when it tends to be less busy.

8. Glebe Foreshore Walk

Distance: 4 km return

Estimated walk time: 1.5 hours

Explore some of Sydney’s beautiful public parks along the Glebe Foreshore Walk. Start in Bicentennial Park before heading into Glebe Point Park and Blackwattle Bay Park. The route is nice and flat, so it’s great for all fitness levels. The walk finishes at the Sydney Fish Market where you can reward your efforts with a lunch of tasty fish and chips.

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9. Berry Island Reserve, Gadyan Track

Distance: 750 m return

Estimated walk time: 15 min

The easy Berry Island Reserve walk takes you through a short bushwalk loop rich in Aboriginal history. Keep your eyes open for Aboriginal engravings and remnants of middens (archaeological sites where food remains were dumped). You’ll also be treated to great views of the harbour. There’s a playground and several picnic areas too.

10. Manly Dam Nature Trail

Distance: 1.5 km return

Estimated walk time: 1 hour 20 return

The Manly Dam has a number of great bushwalks. Our recommendation for a family-friendly track is the Manly Dam Nature Trail. The walk takes you through the lush bush which is home to some of Australia’s rare flora and fauna.

11. Minerva Pool Walking Track

Distance: 2.4 km return

Estimated walk time: 1-2 hours

Pack a picnic lunch and discover the beauty and history of the Minerva Pool Walking Track. This special walk leads to a pristine waterhole with a cascading waterfall. The site is sacred to the Dharawal People and an important part of Aboriginal culture. As you walk along the track you may see some of the swamp wallabies or yellow-tailed black cockatoos that live there.

12. Warriewood Wetland Track

Distance: 2.4 km return

Estimated walk time: 30 minutes

Spanning 26 hectares, Warriewood Wetlands is Northern Sydney’s largest sand plain wetland. It’s home to various wildlife and native animals and is popular with birdwatchers. The 2.4 km walkway network is flat and easy making for a relaxed 30-minute stroll.

13. Parramatta River Walk - She-oak Trail

Distance: 1.5 km return

Estimated walk time: 25-30 minutes

There are several walking track options around Lake Parramatta, but our suggestion for those with children is the relaxed She-oak Track. This easy 1500-metre (return) walk begins at the shore of the lake and loops back along a road lined with beautiful she-oak trees.

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14. Flint and Steel Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Distance: 2 km return

Estimated walk time: 45 min - 1 hour 15 min

Keen to combine a relaxing walk with a cooling swim? The Flint and Steel Track is the place to do it. This walk will take you through an ironbark forest, groves of cabbage tree palms and eucalypts. You’ll then head down to Flint and Steel Beach where you can enjoy a swim and perhaps a picnic lunch.

15. Cronulla Beach Walk

Distance: 4 km

Estimated walk time: 1 hour one way

Following the coastline for four kilometres, Cronulla Beach Walk will take you past amazing beaches, child-friendly rock pools, parks, playgrounds, and cafes. Take in the sights of Shark Island reef break and Blackwoods Beach along the way. Plan a stop at Shelly Beach and Park to let the kids play and enjoy a picnic lunch or fish and chips.

16. Fairyland Track, Lane Cove National Park

Distance: 980 metres

Estimated walk time: 20-30 min

Another of Sydney’s great short walks, Fairyland Track winds its way along a section of the Great North Walk past Lane Cove River. The walk leads to Fairylands Pleasure Grounds, an old picnic ground. The track can get boggy in winter, so plan this one for summer if possible.

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17. South Head Heritage trail, Sydney Harbour National Park

Distance: 1 km loop

Estimated walk time: 30 min - 1 hour

From historic military remnants to whale spotting opportunities, South Head Heritage Trail makes for the ideal family outing. Start your walk at Camp Cove in Watsons Bay and stroll along the 1870s cobblestone path to the historic Hornby Lighthouse. Explore the gun emplacements and watch for whales in the harbour from May to November.

18. Fairfax Walk, Sydney Harbour National Park

Distance: 1 km loop

Estimated walk time: 30 min - 1 hour

If you’re looking for picture-postcard views of Sydney, you can’t beat Fairfax Walk. This paved track starts at the end of North Head Scenic Drive and then loops around the top of North Head. Along the way take in views over the harbour to Sydney’s CBD. The walk is ideal for children and strollers and is wheelchair-accessible. This walk is another great spot for whale watching.

19. Sydney International Regatta Centre Loop

Distance: 5 km loop

Estimated walk time: 1 hour

Everyone loves a loop walk, especially dogs! They’re welcome to join you on the Sydney International Regatta Centre Loop. This 5 km loop is popular with walkers and cyclists. The trail is nice and flat with views of the lake and mountains. There are picnic and barbecue areas, so plan to stay for lunch.

20. Bobbin Head Rainforest Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Distance: 1.6 km return

Estimated walk time: 40 mins

Australia's second-oldest national park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is rich in both history and beauty. There are several walking tracks and mountain bike trails to explore. The Bobbin Head Rainforest Track starts from the southern end of Bobbin Head and is well-signposted. Along the way, take in the views from the lookouts and explore the significant Aboriginal sites.

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Ready to explore walking tracks around Sydney?

Got itchy feet yet? Why not take the first step and book your Britz campervan online? Choose from our great range of campervans and motorhomes to suit you and your family, your budget, and your travel style. Then all you need to do is plan your family camping checklist, put together a road trip planner, and get ready to enjoy some of the best things to do in Sydney Australia! Don’t forget to check out some of the best caravan parks and holiday parks near Sydney.