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Syd­ney Har­bour Na­tional Park

Did you know that the fore­shore and is­lands around Syd­ney Har­bour are ac­tu­ally part of a na­tional park? From Bradley’s Head in the north, Nielsen Park in the east, and in­clud­ing Fort Deni­son and Goat Is­land, Syd­ney Har­bour Na­tional Park is home to coastal walks, beaches and coves, bush­walk­ing tracks, pic­nic ar­eas, na­tive wildlife liv­ing in rare pock­ets of bush­land (and whales in the har­bour dur­ing win­ter), con­vict-built build­ings and mil­i­tary for­ti­fi­ca­tions, Abo­rig­i­nal sites and even a her­itage light­house – all set around the har­bour’s stun­ning coast­line. 150 years of NSW mil­i­tary his­tory can be ac­cessed at

Mid­dle Head, in­clud­ing the 1801 Fort above Obelisk Beach. Walk the Don Good­sir track to the Fort (guided tours avail­able Oc­to­ber-May) and ex­plore un­der­ground tun­nels from the 1870s, sand­stone and gun pits and more.

From North Head at Manly, take the gen­tle and short fam­ily-friendly Fair­fax Walk for fab­u­lous views across the har­bour and, in win­ter, you may even spot a whale or two. Try the Manly Scenic Walk and Blue­fish Track to iconic Shel­ley Beach. If you’re game, join a Ghost Tour of Syd­ney’s his­toric Quar­an­tine Sta­tion!

The South Head her­itage trail starts at Camp Cove in the city’s east where the sheer ocean cliffs and The Gap, at Wat­son’s Bay, loom high above the har­bour. Stroll the short and easy walk along an 1870s cob­ble­stone road, past Lady Bay Beach, to the dis­tinc­tive red and white striped his­toric Hornby Light­house, built in 1858. Don’t for­get to visit Nielsen Park in Vau­cluse, one of Syd­ney’s most fa­mous fam­ily-friendly spots to play and re­lax, along­side awe­some views. na­tion­al­parks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/ Syd­ney-Har­bour-Na­tional- Park

Royal Na­tional Park

Where: In Syd­ney’s south About: The world’s sec­ond old­est na­tional park is af­fec­tion­ately known as the ‘Nasho’ or sim­ply, ‘the Royal’, and boasts 16,000ha of big beau­ti­ful back­yard, with ev­ery­thing from rain­for­est to surf beaches.

Camp­ing: YES High­lights:

• Spend the day at Wat­ta­molla pic­nic area and en­joy swim­ming in the tran­quil la­goon and ex­plor­ing beach tracks.

• Stroll the pram-and- wheel­chair-friendly Bun­goona Path, bird-and- wildlife- watch­ing as you go. Take a pic­nic with you and en­joy the views.

• Garie Beach pic­nic area is a great spot for fam­i­lies to play to­gether – and mar­vel at the sen­sa­tional views from Gov­er­nor Game look­out.

na­tion­al­parks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/ Royal-Na­tional-Park

Ku-ring-gai Na­tional Park

Where: In Syd­ney’s north About: This vast na­tional park stretches from Syd­ney’s most north­ern point at Palm Beach, across Pittwa­ter and all the way to the gate­way to the Cen­tral Coast. Ku-ring-gai was Aus­tralia’s sec­ond na­tional park, and home to the Gar­ri­gal of the Guringai Na­tion. The park is her­itage-listed and has recorded over 800 Abo­rig­i­nal sites.

Camp­ing: YES High­lights:

• Visit Bob­bin Head, a fam­ily favourite with plenty of pic­nic and play­ground ar­eas, bbqs, fish­ing, walk­ing tracks and more.

• Take a guided tour of his­toric Bar­ren­joey Light­house (ev­ery Sun­day) that sits at Syd­ney’s north­ern­most

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