Unsurprisingly when something is taken away from you, you start to crave it even more; and never is that more true for us than right now in Sydney. Whenever we get a chance we're trying to spend time outside. Exploring walks (within our LGA) that we haven't explored before.
So we've taken that as inspiration and researched a few of the breathtaking nature walks within or close to some of our major cities.
Below are just 10. However; if you'd like to do some more reading on walks in nature, road trips (some of you still can and hopefully those of who can't will be able too soon enough!) or hidden swimming gems - take a look at our plethora of books; perfect for you or a gift for someone special.
1. The South Head Heritage walk and Camp Cove , Sydney's East
This is a great family friendly walk along beautiful beaches, with great views of the Harbour and ocean, and a lighthouse too.
2. Merri Creek Trail, Inner North Melbourne
A relaxed trek through the best of inner-north suburbia, that stretches 21 kilometres between Dights Falls and the Western Ring Road at Fawkner, with a variety of bush, creek and parkland sights to spy along the way. Pooches are also allowed to join in the fun, as long as they stay on-leash.
3. Sugarloaf circuit, Cleland Conservation Park, Adelaide
This 5.8km easy walk is one for those with an affinity for wildlife. A trip down this escarpment often brings hikers face to face with koalas, kangaroos and an array of birds. You can extend the journey by following the signs to Long Ridge Lookout to check out those famous panoramic views over Adelaide City and Glenelg.
4. Robertson Point Lighthouse Walk, Cremorne , North Shore, Sydney
This is a fairly short walk, off from the main walk around Cremorne Point. You can take steps and ladders all the way to the lighthouse. Not for little kids who are not safe around water!
5. Brighton to Shorncliffe, Brisbane
Wander the foreshore between the seaside villages on Brisbane’s northside. Taking in views over Bramble Bay, the shining star of this walk is wandering to the end of the historic Shorncliffe Pier. The walk takes an hour each way
6. Royal Park, Melbourne
Where else can you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, but still see the city skyline in the distance? Follow the Capital City Trail through the oasis of Royal Park, and when you hit Flemington Road, head left onto Elliot Avenue and back up The Avenue to where you started. It's about a 5km round trip of secluded times with the trees (and the occasional animal noise from the zoo).
7. Bundeena to Wedding Cake Rock, Sydney's South
Start at Beachcomber Avenue in Bundeena and make your way to Wedding Cake Rock. Picture mesmerising sandstone cliffs, coastal lookouts, and seasonal flowers that will lead you to this treasured Sydney beauty. Come during late June or early July and you might be able to spot some whales!
8. North Gorge Walk, Brisbane
Located at Point Lookout on the far side of North Stradbroke Island, it’s worth the trek over the bay to wander the boardwalk that weaves in and out of the natural ravene. Stop along the way to spot dolphins, turtles, manta rays and migrating whales (May to November) splashing in the ocean
9. Baigup Wetlands, Bayswater/Maylands, Perth
This is an easy one kilometre walk along a sealed dual-purpose path through a Bush Forever site on the Swan River foreshore. Native vegetation and a variety of bush and water birds provide interest. Carpark, toilets, picnic area and playground near Garrett Road Bridge make an ideal family-friendly starting point.
10. Balmoral Beach to Chinaman's Beach via Wyargine Point, Sydney
This little known track will take you from the Spit Bridge in Mosman to Balmoral Beach. The most picturesque kilometre of this coastal track runs from Balmoral Beach to Chinamans Beach, but it’s only accessible during low tide. (There is, however, a high tide track, which will take you via the headland streets.)