Sydney, Australia, is famous for its busy harbor, framed by the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, and the white plumes of the Sydney Opera House. But many travelers don’t know about all the natural beauty that lies outside the city center. There are waterfalls, mountains, cliffs, valleys, rivers, and pristine, uncrowded beaches.
Hiking is one of the best ways to explore these beautiful places around Sydney. Most national parks and hiking trails in the province of New South Wales are free and well-marked. So if you prefer a dirt path to a concrete sidewalk, many epic hiking trails lie within a two-hour drive from Sydney and can be easily incorporated into an epic day trip. So check out one of these, the 10 of the best hiking trails near Sydney.
Note: With each hike, we tell you how to get there by car or public transportation. If you are able, consider renting a car, as it will get you closer to the trailheads. Also, before doing any of these hikes, visit the NSW National Parks website for maps and trail updates.