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The Best Outdoor Activities To Do In Sydney

The traditional rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne in Australia is this: while Melbourne does the indoors well (small bars, live music and theatre), Sydney’s outdoor activities are outstanding. For those looking for adventurous things to do in Sydney, we’ve teamed up with Expedia.com.au to bring you these ideas which go from gentle to adrenaline pumping. […]

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Ideas for 24 Hours in Sydney’s Outdoors

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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Things to do in Manly (for people who love the outdoors)

From Manly’s beaches to bays, there are plenty of things to do in Manly. While the locals love the cosmopolitan dining and shopping, it is Manly’s natural beauty that attracted them in the first place. So pull on your boots and follow our guide of things to do in Manly for people who love the […]

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Where to See Wildflowers in Sydney

During late winter and early spring, the bushland in and around Sydney comes alive with wildflowers: Australian native flowers growing wild in nature. They are not planted or tended to by people. Best Locations for Wildflowers Sydney There is an abundance of wildflowers in Sydney wherever you find native bushland. Generally speaking, national parks are ideal, including Royal, […]

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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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Bushwalking Blog in Sydney

When it comes to the outdoors, Sydney excels. Think vibrant surf culture, glittering harbour and rivers, masses of park and bushland all within a stone’s throw of the city centre. And Melbourne? Well it does the indoors really well – you know… small bars, intimate gigs, black skivvies… So when we discovered Neil Fahey’s Bushwalking […]

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Aboriginal Canoe Tree

Not too far along the track to Figure 8 Pools is one of the best examples of an Aboriginal canoe tree we’ve seen. It’s literally right next to the track but still easy to miss because you have to know what to look for. Aboriginal Canoes To know what you’re looking for, first you need […]

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Little Garie Shack Community

Just around the headland from Garie Beach in Royal National Park, is the quirky cabin community of Little Garie. It’s one of four shack communities in the park. Built by families mainly in the first half of the 20th Century – before this area officially became part of the park – they’re a fascinating piece […]

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Jibbon Aboriginal Midden

Walk down onto the sand at the western end of Jibbon Beach, Bundeena, there’s a sign saying “Royal National Park, A Dharawal Place”. But what is a Dharawal place? Dharawal were the Aboriginal people that lived in southern Sydney. What makes here any more Dharawal than the developed suburb of Cronulla across the water? The […]

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Why I nearly stopped hiking

It’s confession time: I don’t go bush walking half as much as I could, and my fancy new boots are still not worn in. Once upon a time, I’d call myself a hiker (actually, I would have said, “I like bush walking” but not called myself a “bushwalker” – a subtle difference related to how high […]

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