One of the best Sydney bush walks, as the name suggests, this trail takes you away from the mountains and down to the coast. The trailhead for the Coast Track can be found in Bundeena in the Royal National Park (an hour south of Sydney), with the one-way trail tracing some of Australia’s most picturesque cliffs all the way down to Otford.
Along the way, you’ll be treated to incredible lookouts, hidden beaches and seasonal wildflowers. However, don’t let the ethereal looks of this trail deceive you: it’s a real doozy. The track features some very steep sections, with numerous obstacles rendering it potentially too challenging for inexperienced walkers. Additionally, the beaches on this trail are not patrolled and can often have strong rips and currents, so unless you are a capable swimmer, it’s best to resist the urge to cool off in the surf.
While some (extraordinarily fit) people have been known to complete this hike in a single day, we recommend splitting it into two sections, making it an ideal overnight hike in NSW. To do this, you’ll need to obtain a permit for the North Era Campground from the Parks Department. Note that this camping site is not centrally located, and therefore requires you to hike 18km on the first day (allow around 7 hours) and only 8km (around 3 hours) on the second day. Although, if you haven’t left a relay car at the end of the trail, you’ll also need to walk an extra 2km from the Otford Lookout to Otford train station, so be sure to reserve a little energy in the tank.