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Best Walking Trails & Spots in Northern Sydney

The northern side of Sydney has an abundance of green spaces (ever heard of the phrase “leafy north shore”?), so if you’re looking for a walking trail, look no further than the northern side of the Harbour Bridge. Here are a few of our favourites, from Team S’art:

1. Ku Ring Gai Chase National Park

Did you know that Ku Ring Gai Chase National Park is the second oldest national park in Australia? And there are good reasons for it too! There are so many walks and on many different terrains. You want a water view? This national park has it. You want to see a waterfall? This national park has it. You want to see the ocean? This national park has it. There’s something for everyone, and there’s always space for everyone here. 

2. Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay (or Balmoral Beach)

This walk is extremely easy to access from Taronga Zoo (ferry trip, anyone?). And you spend the whole walk along the harbour with a view of the city and the Eastern Suburbs area. Bring some water though, as there aren’t many places to refill!

3. Barrenjoey Headlands

This is probably one of the most popular walks in Sydney, and for good reasons too. Here, you can spot a lot of beaches when you look north or south. Hint: try and avoid the weekends, as it gets packed here!

4. North Head

Extremely walkable area near the Manly area. North Head has many scenic coastal walks with cliffs overlooking our beautiful harbour. Why not go for a post-walk swim at Manly while you’re at it?

5. Narrabeen Lagoon

This is a popular 7km route if you want to venture into the Northern Beaches. There are lots of cafes and restaurants nearby, and some of the best coffee shops around the area too. 

Hint: come for the sunset!

6. Cumberland State Forest

This place is tucked away in North-West Sydney, but hey, that’s still Northern Sydney, right? While it’s not a national park like the ones listed above, it does contain 40 hectares of native forest! This one’s also never crowded too, so it’s a hidden gem (Well… not anymore!).

Share with us your favourite walking trails in Northern Sydney!