Discover Sydney: Hiking Edition
Visiting Sydney? Like any tourist, your first stop must be to see the landmark buildings and shopping sites by day, taking on the dining and club scene by night fall. Although these are all worthwhile, experience a new side of Sydney by immersing yourself in the wildlife and nature that the breathtaking city surroundings offer. Yes, I know what you may be thinking- why would I exert myself when I’m meant to be relaxing? If you don’t like exercising, don’t sweat it! Sydney has a variety of hikes for all endurance levels, ranging from gentle strolls to long haul climbs. Check out our favorites below:
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
Known as one of the more splendid and enjoyable walks in Sydney, the stroll from Bondi to Coogee’s Coastal beach is one you would not want to miss out on. Start off at Circular Quay and work your way towards Coogee through the Waverley Cemetery, where you will be able to see the burial area of two famous Australian poets, Henry Lawson and Dorothea Mackellar. The walk would take around two hours, and after reaching the beach you can replenish yourself with a treat from one of their many restaurants.
Hornsby Blue Gum Loop Trail
One of the most popular short walks to take, The Blue Gum Loop trail in Sydney offers some of Hornsby’s best photo-worthy sites. More of a soothing riverside walk, you will be able to pass by the Australian cascades, eucalypts and the rainforest area before reaching the end of the Rocky Crossing walk. Make sure to pack a camera, as you’ll want a snapshot of the stunning river flowing.
The Grand Canyon Loop
For a slightly longer walk, opt for the Grand Canyon Loop. Start at Neates Glen Car Park in Blackheath and work your way down the path, admiring the rainforest beauty around you. Take in the freshness of the air as you pass by the creeks and hidden tunnels. Once you finish the pathway, climb back up the canyon towards Evans Lookout- you’ll get a great view of the Grose Valley.
Gloucester Tops Circuit
Don’t mind going on a day trip excursion? Attempt the Gloucester Tops Circuit, a fierce hike located in Barrington Tops National Park. This remote area of NSW will allow you to experience the true wild life nature that Sydney has to offer- you might even encounter some grey kangaroos! Don’t forget to bring a camera for some outstanding shots.
Bundeena to Otford
Probably one of the hardest hikes in Sydney, the trek from Bundeena to Otford is an amazing coastline beach walk that will take you around two full days to complete. If you’re up for a challenge, take the train to Cronulla, ferry to Bundeena, walk the trek to Otford and return back on a train to Sydney. With over twenty-six kilometers of ground to cover, you will surely never forget this experience.
Pooja Sadhwani is an upcoming third-year student at New York University studying Media, Culture, and Communications with a dual major in Journalism. She was born in New Jersey and later moved to Hong Kong when she was about nine years old. When you don’t see her studying or working at her Ovolo Internship, you will find her hanging out with her friends and exploring the new attractions that the city of Hong Kong has to offer.