Sydney’s Best Trails to Explore this Summer

At GearMe we love nothing more than to get out in nature and hit the trails, therefore we have showcased some of Sydney’s best trails. We hope you enjoy!

1.Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach

Distance one way: approx. 6.8km (2 – 2.5 hours)

This trail swirls its way past secluded beaches, picturesque bays, impressive lookouts and historical sights. Get ready for spectacular harbour views too!

Just past Bradley’s Amphitheatre you will find a lighthouse and some old military fortifications to explore. There are a few places to get food along the way but we’d recommend to eat your own packed lunch at one of the beautiful bays. This is a great hike for those wanting to keep it relatively short by staying very close to the city. One of Sydney’s best trails close to the CBD.

Tip: Swim at Athol Beach, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre for a picnic, look out for some Kookaburras at Taylors Bay.

Views to the city on the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach trail

2. Resolute Loop Trail – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Distance loop: approx. 6km ( 3 hours)

With  beautiful views of Pittwater and the Barrenjoey headland,  crystal clear water and virtually no tourists around, this is a true hidden gem.

If you are looking for a secluded beach then Resolute beach is the one.

From the Resolute Picnic Ground, follow the signs to Resolute Beach. Take the steep stairs down to the beach and enjoy this little piece of paradise with awesome views of Pittwater and the Barrenjoey Headland.

Here you also have the option to hike all the way to Mackeral Bay, which is slightly more technical but worth a visit. Great Mackerel Beach has no roads or vehicle access and is considered a holiday home haven away from the hustle and bustle.

Tip: Make sure to carry plenty of water. Resolute beach is perfect for swimming as it is free of rocks, with calm water

Sydney's best trails, Resolute Beach

3. Palm Jungle Loop Track – Royal National Park

Distance loop: approx. 10km ( 4-5 hrs)

Seeking a challenging hike? If you like your adventure to be an all day one then this is for you!

The Palm Jungle loop track offers rainforest, cliff tops, beaches and scenic coastal views in the Royal National Park. The best of all worlds!

This is also a great place to see birds and enjoy the beauty of a wet eucalyptus forest as well as views of the rugged Illawarra coastline. Another of Sydney’s best trails just south of the city.

Tip: You can slightly extend this hike and check out the famous figure 8 pools. Make sure it’s low tide when you do this.

Sydney's best trails, views on the Palm Jungle loop track

Photo @thewildlifediaries

4. Manly Dam Walk

Distance loop: approx. 7.3 km or 10 km option ( 2- 3 hrs)

Manly Dam is still a bit of a hidden gem and has much to offer with plenty of picnic, barbecue and swimming areas. The views are also pretty stunning and it feels as though you are completely away from everything and yet it is so close to Manly and public transport. The Manly Dam Reserve is also very popular with mountain bikers, and for good reason. There is a designated mountain bike pass separated from most hiking paths.

Tip: Look out for some of the local residents, such as black swans, goannas, swamphens and freshwater fish.

Sydney's best trails, Manly Dam

Photo @Hellosydneykids

5. Hanging Rock – Blue Mountains

Distance return walk: 15 km from Blackheath  (3-4 hrs return)

A real beauty and a bit more off the beaten track.

This is an easy to follow hike and nothing quite prepares you for the views when you get there. Baltzer Lookout is a great place to put up a tent for the night. Some people choose to camp right on the edge of the cliff here.

Be careful when trying to get onto the hanging rock as it requires a jump over a pretty scary gap. Anyway, we love just looking at it and soaking in the views.

Tips: You can shorten this hike to 10km return by parking up just before the gate on Ridgewell Road in Blackheath.

Sydney's best trails, the Hanging Rock Blue Mountains

If this makes you want to grab your backpack and go exploring one of Sydney’s best trails then be sure to tell us about your experience and tag us @gearmehq

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