10 of the Best Coastal Walks in New South Wales

There is no doubt in our mind that NSW is home to some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. From Sydney’s famous beaches to hidden gems worth exploring, the best way to explore the water’s edge is along coastal walking paths.

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely morning stroll or a five-day hike, NSW Coastal Tracks will take you through all sorts of incredible terrain and offer beach stops, wildlife and breathtaking views along the way. .

Here are 10 of NSW’s best coastal walks.

Bundeena to Otford

Known as “the coastal trackBundeena to Otford is the ultimate way to see the Royal National Park from Sydney. But this 26km hike is not your usual afternoon walk and requires a few days. beaches, coastal lookouts, rainforest, waterholes and picnic areas Be sure to book a place to set up camp for the night at North Era Campground.

Bouddi Coastal Walk

You’ll find Bouddi National Park just 90 minutes north of Sydney on NSW’s central coast. A great option for a day trip away from the city, the state park is home to long and short walks, ideal picnic spots, and some of our state’s best hidden beaches. Just 15 minutes from nearby Avoca Beach is the Bouddi coastal walk, an 8km hike that takes you from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach through rainforest and breathtaking views. Be sure to stop at the Gerrin Point lookout and allow time for swimming at secluded Maitland Beach, where you’re lucky enough to be completely on your own.

Yuraygir Coastal Walk

Listen up if you are a serious hiker because this one is for you. You’ll want to do a lot of planning for the 65km one-way Yuraygir Coastal Walk because it takes about five days to complete. This multi-day trek begins in the coastal village of Angourie, about seven hours north of Sydney, not far from Yamba, and ends in Red Rock. Weaving the north coast of New South Wales, the walk explores the national park, wet and dry moorland, rivers, beautiful sandstone rock platforms, coastal rainforest, cliffs and beaches. You might even spot a few whales if you keep an eye out for the ocean as you hike.

Spit Bridge in Manly

The ferry is a great way to get to Manly Beach. But if you’re looking to sweat it out to earn your refreshing swim at one of Sydney’s most popular beaches, take the Walk between Spit Bridge and Manly-AKA the “manly panoramic walkway”. Starting from Mosman, this 10km walk should only take about 3.5 hours, but it all depends on how many times you stop for a swim or to take in the views of the northern beaches. You’ll pass sites such as Clontarf Reserve, Castle Rock Beach, Fairlight Beach and the Grotto Beach Aboriginal Carving Site with sandstone carvings believed to be over 1,000 years old. Take a minute to enjoy the Arabanoo Lookout at Dobroyd Head.

Walk on the coast of Kiama

the Walk on the coast of Kiama might just be the perfect option if you’re looking for a full day walk for all fitness levels. A 90-minute drive south of Sydney, the 20km walk should take you around 6-7 hours in all, or you can take one of the three sections of the track. You will come across sites such as the Minnamurra Rover, Cathedral Rocks, Bombo Promontory, Kiama Blowhole, Werri Lagoon, Werri Beach and many whale watching spots.

Coogee to Bondi

If you live in or around the Eastern Suburbs, you are undoubtedly familiar with Sydney’s famous neighborhood. Coogee to Bondi Walk. It’s an absolute favorite for people in activewear and especially popular at Sydney’s Sculpture By The Sea exhibition. As the name suggests, the 6km Coastal Hike follows the stunning coastline between Coogee and Bondi, passing endless sea views, rock pools, parks, cafes and beaches (whether watching or swim) such as Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay.

Light to light walking

About 6.5 hours south of Sydney, just past Merimbula, a 2-3 day hike is absolutely worth adding to your South Coast itinerary. the picturesque Walk from light to light in Ben Boyd National Park connects Green Cape Lighthouse to Boyds Tower in Boydtown. Along the 30km track, expect the Sapphire Coast to shine with moorland, rainforest, groves, plenty of beaches for swimming, fishing spots and lookouts to spot seals and whales. migrating humpback whales. Consider spending a night at the historic Green Cape Lighthouse Keepers Cottages.

Mount Gower Walk

Between your days of relaxing on the amazing beaches of Lord Howe Island, consider taking a hike Mount Gower. Expect to break a sweat as you ascend the 875-meter-high mountain, with rope-assisted sections and plenty of steep and rugged terrain to navigate. Of course, you will be treated to stunning 360 degree views of the island once you reach the top. The walk back should take you about eight hours, after which you’ll definitely need a swim in the ocean. Keep in mind that the Mount Gower walk must be done with a guide.

The Bradleys head to Chowder Bay

Back in Sydney, discover the Walk from Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay for an easy and scenic 4km hike that offers epic views of Sydney Harbour. The bush track meanders along the harbor coast and starts at Taronga Zoo wharf, within sight of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Drive through native bush and along harbor bays. The trail is part of the longer walk from Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach if you feel like extending your hike and ending up on the pristine white sands of Balmoral.

From Little Bay to Smoky Cape

Near South West Rocks, about five hours drive north of Sydney, is the Walk from Little Bay to Smoky Cape. The 10km hike begins at Overshot Dam, taking you through the lush rainforest and moorland of Hat Head National Park. After a journey of around four hours, not including stops at the beach along the way for much-needed swims, check out Captain Cook’s Lookout and visit the lighthouse.

Staying in Sydney? Here’s our guide to Sydney’s best coastal walks.

Image credit: Destination NSW

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