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  •   Sydney - Natural Attractions

•   Lane Cove National Park
Lane Cove National Park in the northern suburbs has picnic facilities and a range of walks beside the Lane Cove River (swimming in the river is dangerous and is not advised). Visit Kukundi Wildlife Shelter, where you'll see tawny frogmouths, lizards and flying foxes. It is also possible to camp adjacent to the park.

•   Ku-ring-gai Chase and Brisbane Waters National Parks
On the northern edge of Sydney lie Ku-ring-gai Chase and Brisbane Water National Parks. The sheltered bays of the Hawkesbury River make them a paradise for boating, while on land there are bushwalks, scenic drives and picnic areas. Entry fees apply.

•   Sydney Harbour National Park
Sydney Harbour National Park is made up of remnants of bushland around the harbour. A great way to explore this national park is to take the 10 kilometre walk from Spit Bridge to Manly. Take a bus to Spit Bridge and follow the walk through coastal bushland. A bus from Manly will return you to your starting point.

•   Balls Head Reserve
For a taste of bushland close to the city, go to Balls Head Reserve in Waverton. Here, stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the harbour combine with the peace and tranquillity of the bush. It is sometimes hard to believe you are in the heart of a large city.

•   Bouddi National Park
Just north of Sydney is Bouddi National Park, which has a stunning coastal walk along beautiful beaches from Little Beach to Putty Beach.

•   Jervis Bay
To the south of Sydney lies the clean water of Jervis Bay, where you can often see dolphins at play. The beaches are reputed to have the whitest sand in the world. You can go dolphin watching in this remarkable area.

•   Royal National Park
On the southern edge of Sydney is the Royal National Park, the oldest national park in Australia. There is an extensive network of walks and boats can be hired on the Hacking River.

•   Blue Mountains
A popular retreat for the locals is to head west to the Blue Mountains. The hills really look blue (it`s the eucalyptus oil in the air) and the views are stunning. See the Three Sisters, a sandstone outcrop at Katoomba. There are numerous lookouts, short and longer walks, and camping is permitted in various locations.

•   Heathcote National Park
Heathcote National Park, south of Sydney, is only accessible on foot. It a rocky bushland area which is ideal for walkers. Permits are required for bush camping.

•   Wollemi National Park
Wollemi National Park is the home of the Wollemi pine, a recently discovered living fossil which has remained unchanged for millions of years. It grows in only two secret locations in the park, which is the largest wilderness area in NSW. Explore the gorges of the Colo River and see glow worms in the old railway tunnel near Newnes.

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