Kathmandu ambassadors Alesha and Jarryd are professional photographers, writers and founders of adventure travel blog NOMADasaurus. They’ve been exploring the world together since 2008, searching for culture and adventure in off-the-beaten-path destinations.
Sydney is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with the iconic harbour and dazzling beaches attracting approximately 8.5 million international visitors alone in 2018. But amidst the bustle of incredible cultural festivals, gruelling sporting events and some of the world's most famous architectural jewels, there is plenty of hiking in Sydney to satisfy adventurers. It can be easy to take a picture of Sydney's harbour, but to spend a day or more hiking around its many coves and bays will give you a rich appreciation for this city. Here are just 7 hiking spots in Sydney that will get your heart and legs pumping.
1) The Coast Track in Royal National Park
Features: epic coastlines, coastal heath, beach tracks, swimming holes, ancient and endangered rainforests
Rating: Moderate (Grade 4)
Length/Time: 39km (2 days)
When to go: Any time of year, shoulder seasons are ideal and the peak of summer runs the risk of encountering fires (winter is best for less crowds)
More information: See National Parks for more information about track closures etc.
The best way to experience the Royal National Park, the third oldest national park in the entire world, is to tackle the stunning 30km-long Coast Track.
Truly one of the most beautiful hikes in Sydney, sitting right at the southern border of Sydney, you start in the little town of Bundeena in the north of the park and trek 18km on the first day to the gorgeous campground at North Era. The views along the way are outstanding, as you follow the edge of high cliffs with the Pacific Ocean licking at the rock far below. You’ll come across a number of pristine, isolated beaches as well, which are perfect for taking a dip to cool off. The ease-of-access for the Coast Track (accessible by car or public transport!) means this hike often gets overlooked by those seeking multiday hikes in Sydney, as people often look a little further out towards the Blue Mountains. But this is Australia's first National Park, one of its most beautiful, and definitely the most accessible.
While you will often have the track to yourself, there are various insta-famous spots that you may find crowded, such as Wedding Cake Rock, Eagle Rock and Figure Eight Pools. Time your hike in the off-season to enjoy these locations with fewer people. Make sure you read up a bit on what you will encounter in the national park, such as the rare Littoral rainforests that occur along this part of the NSW coast. A critically endangered forest, there is a great variety of plant species in these rainforests, which account for less than one percent of the total area of rainforest in NSW.