From rainforest to desert. From mangrove swamp to alpine meadow. From coral reef to coastal heaths to mountains of eucalypt forests. Few other places in the world have the diversity of landscapes that New South Wales offers.
There are over two hundred national parks and reserves across the state, covering nearly five million hectares of land. Of these, more than twenty two national parks and over a million hectares of protected land lie within a hundred and fifty kilometres of Sydney itself, making the city a mecca for bushwalking. If you look on a map, a belt of green surrounds Sydney on all sides. Further afield, the coast of NSW and adjacent ranges are dotted with national parks and nature reserves. All this combines to make NSW a fantastic state for walking.
Bushwalking NSW provides practical information on bushwalking in NSW - national parks, track notes, walk reports, sketch maps, book reviews and links, just to name a few.
Hornsby Rifle Range - Great North Walk track changes
The section of the Great North Walk between Fishponds and Galston Gorge that crosses the Hornsby Rifle Range is now closed. The alternate route that detours via Manor Rd, Rosamund St and Clarinda St is now the main route. This affects the Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai walk. See the NPWS Park Alerts page, under Berowra Valley National Park, for more information and updates.
Pipeline Track closed
The Pipeline Track is closed near Glen Davis, due to issues with private land. It is still possible to walk from the Newnes side to the lookout at the top of the pass and back down. See the NPWS Park Alerts page for more information and updates. It may be possible to walk around the private property, which would involve leaving the track.
Park closure web page has moved
Fires, floods and park closures alerts and information can now be found on the National Parks and Wildlife Service visitor website. For more information, visit NPWS Park Alerts.