Discovering Sydney on foot

The Sydney Walking People

We believe Sydney’s best natural beauty can only be accessed on foot.
Discover the best walks in Sydney, from the very best coastal walks to lesser-known bush walks. You’ll find the stories and information you need to spark and nurture a life-long love of nature, right here in the city’s backyard.

You’ll benefit from our knowledge and well-trodden expertise as we share the Sydney we know and love, so you can get out there and experience the best walks in Sydney for yourself.

Best Walks in Sydney

Check out the most popular coastal walks to kick-start your adventures.

Get fresh ideas on new places to walk

You know your own patch of the city but surely there’s more out there? Yes, and we’re here to share it with you!

Get your free guide to the six best coastal hikes in Sydney, with information to get you walking right now.

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Stories, videos and information on walking in Sydney.

Sydney Walking Events 2018

While I’ve been looking after young children, Ian’s been out doing walking events. Over the years, he’s completed three Oxfam Trailwalkers, the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge, Walk with Lifehouse, Walk for Kids with Cancer, and the Five Lands Walk. We’ve both run, but not walked, the Sutherland 2 Surf and the City 2 Surf. The […]

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The Coast Walk in One Day or Two?

I have hiked the Coast Walk in Royal National Park so many times I’ve lost count. A few years ago, I tried and gave up at more than one hundred. Seriously. When I founded Sydney Coast Walks in 2009 I was the only guide, and the two-day Coast Track was the only walk. But I’ve […]

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how to get to figure 8 pools royal national park

How to get to Figure 8 Pools

A day trip to Figure 8 Pools is one of the best ways to spend a summer day in Sydney. Remember you have a steep bush walk and rocky scramble to reach it, so wear shoes and take your thongs or sandals in a bag. There are no shops down on the beach so take […]

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Royal National Park Cabins Open Day

Have you ever wanted to know more about the Royal National Park cabins? On the annual open day, hear directly from members of the shack communities for the National Trust Festival. You’ll hear how the cabins have been built and maintained by generations of local families away from the mod cons of 21st century life. […]

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Short-beaked echidna. Photo by Adrian van der Stel.

Australian birds and animals in Royal National Park

We are still blown away by how beautiful guest Adrian van der Stel’s photos are of the Australian birds and animals he spotted while out on a full-day Sydney coastal walk with us in Royal National Park a few years ago. This wasn’t a birdwatching tour, nor a specific wildlife walk, but rather Adrian’s photos are of […]

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Royal National Park Fires 2018

Royal National Park Fires

Just because it’s no longer news, don’t think the Royal National Park fires are over. For walkers, the impact will be felt for months to come. Below is exactly which walking tracks remain open, and which are closed (read on or skip straight to track closures). The 2018 fires – thought to be deliberately lit on […]

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Royal National Park accommodation

Royal National Park Accommodation

Come for a walk in Royal National Park, they said. It’ll be easy, they said. Wedding Cake Rock, Figure 8 Pools, and more! Then they lump you with the task of planning where to stay near Royal National Park, and the questions start: “am I looking for Bundeena accommodation”, “where are all the hotels”, “hmm […]

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24 Hours in Sydney’s outdoors, Itinerary

As born and bred locals, we want to help you scratch the city’s surface to discover a whole other side: that of towering gum trees, dramatic sandstone cliffs and secret bush enclaves. Depending how long your stay is, even six of the best walks might be stretching it a bit, so here are some tips […]

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Gordons Bay

This is Stop 5 on the Bondi to Coogee Walk as marked on the Coogee to Bondi Walk Map. Gordons Bay is an underrated swimming location along the Coogee to Bondi walk. If you’re happy to walk down over some rocks, or walk around to where the Underwater Nature Trail starts – Stop 6 on […]

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