Sydney Harbour National Park stretches out across the many headlands in the Harbour, covering Vaucluse and Watson Bay on the south side, and running from Bradley's Head at Taronga zoo pretty much all the way to Manly. There are some amazing little beaches and coves to be discovered with hiking trails paving the way.
Blue Mountains National Park
The most famous National Park in NSW is the Blue Mountains in Sydney. It has the icon of the Three Sisters, and some good fun on the Railway down the valley and over the ridge. However, it is also the most crowded. Currently lots of renovations are underway in the park. Make sure to enquire so that you get the most out of your visit.
Kamay Bottany Bay National Park
The best time to go and visit this park is between May and September when whale season is in full swing. From the headlands you will see the spray and breaching whales.
If you are a history adept and love stories about Australia, this place was the Landing Location of famous Captain James Cook, as well where lots of Aboriginal heritage can be found.
Bouddi National Park
One of the few national parks surrounding Sydney with great accessibility to the ocean. As you can imagine, it is well used for fishing, swimming and boating. Camping is an option too, but you need to book well in advance.
Royal National Park
This Park is used mostly for educational purposes due to its focus on flora and bush land and being one of the world's oldest parks.
In spring, beautiful wildflowers cover the area. In summer, the beaches are a great spot for a day out, or surfing.
The main event is the Coast track that awes visitors with coastal scenery, following a well-maintained board walk.
Lane Cove National Park
Sydney-siders are unbelievably spoiled having a National Park right in the middle of their bustling city. A great lunch spot with many pick-nicking amenities set up. the Park is also on a multi-day trail called The Great North Walk running from Sydney to Newcastle (250km). within Lane Cover National Park you can walk about 20km as a taster.
Garigal National Park
If you are looking for a place to test out your mountain bike you will be in luck in this park. Also horse riding is allowed here on the Cascades Trail. As the name suggests, you can also find waterfalls in the park.
Berowra Valley National Park
Just north of the City, this park also covers a part (about 25km) of the Great North Walk. However, it is one of the parks with a high number of walking trails, about 70km combined. so if you are an avid walker, or really enjoy to disappear into nature, make sure to visit this one. A creek also runs throughout the park making it a great place to launch your kayak into Sydney waters.
Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park
If you want to go off the beaten path check outKu-ring-Gai Chase National Park. If you are interested, check out our Bush and Beach day tour
Malabar Headland National Park
If you have come to Australia to explore its coastal line, this park is worth while the trip and is not that far from Bondi Beach. The South Head in Maroubra offers not only great viewpoints for whale watching, but jaw dropping cliff faces. Follow the walking trail from Maroubra Beach to the point.
Snowy Mountains National Park
In Winter this place offers you a great weekend getaway to experience the snow. But in Summer this place still is a great place of interest, with the main event being Mt Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia. Take the track to the summit, or hire a mountain bike and explore the National Park. This region is best to visit as an overnight trip as it is about 6h away from Sydney, or 2.5 hours from Canberra and 3h from Melbourne.
And many more!
With 870 National Parks and Reserves in New South Wales, there is plenty more to go and do. Find them all on the National Parks website.