Things To Do In Sydney: Walks With Kids Aged 6 Months To 6 years +

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Let’s get rid of some of our dreaded cabin fever by stretching our legs in the great outdoors. We’ve put together a list of our favourite lesser-known walks with Kids (6mths to 6yrs+) around Sydney. Some are pram friendly, others are not, so let's just assume you’ve put the littlest member of your family in a carrier or Macpac.

And if you would enjoy some company with like-minded Parents/Carers on these walks, Hike it Baby is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting families to nature.

Great West Walk

This new 65km walking trail links Parramatta to the Blue Mountains and has plenty of long walks through the picturesque bushland, public parklands and iconic urban landscapes. Great West Walk is a community-led initiative by the Walking Volunteers and highlights include The Lost Rogans Hill Railway Line in Northmead, Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens in Western Sydney Parklands, Federation Forest in Mount Druitt, Wianamatta Regional Park and Penrith's Nepean River. Of course, we recommend that kids only do a small part of the walk, so look out for the areas with landmarks, playgrounds and rivers for kids to explore!

Pram Friendly: For the most part, as there is plenty of flat terrain and there are plenty of purpose-built paths throughout the trail

Address: From Parramatta Park, Pitt St &, Macquarie St, Parramatta

Great West  Walk

Bondi to Manly Walk

Another epic, new Sydney trail, the Bondi to Manly Walk spans 80 kilometres from South Bondi to Manly (or reverse) and traverses historic houses, harbour beaches, significant Aboriginal sites and breathtaking harbour view vantage points. This is a multi-day walk so only take kids for a small part of the walk, at a time. There are loads of unique places to explore along the way including Vaucluse House, Hornby Lighhouse, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, North Sydney Pool, Luna Park and Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden. 

Pram Friendly: Parts of the trail are pram friendly, however as the Walk uses existing paths over various terrain, the entire 80km track is not

Address: Bondi or Manly Beach

Bondi to Manly

Manly Dam

This is a family favourite of ours. There are a few different walks you can take here, including one to see Aboriginal paintings and engravings. There are also BBQ facilities, playground, water sports, fishing, picnic, swimming etc. Lots of on-site parking and keep an eye out for wildlife.

Pram Friendly: Not really - best with a carrier.

Address: 112 King St, Manly Vale

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Image: bestsydneywalks.com

The Goods Line

A hidden gem amongst busy city life. Jump off at Central Station and begin the walk from Devonshire Street tunnel. Exit Central station at South Concourse where the Devonshire Street Tunnel starts. Walk through the tunnel all the way to Railway Square where you need to continue into the second part of the tunnel. This will then soon flow into The Goods Line where you’ll see the old train track and also a yellow UTS sign. OK, this one isn’t in nature and its really only about 500m long but that’s a lot of walking for little legs! Plus there is a terrific water play area for kids and The Powerhouse Museum (and its café/playground) is at the very end.

Pram Friendly: Yes

Address: Ultimo Pedestrian Network, Ultimo

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Image: bestsydneywalks.com

Carss Bush Park

Located in the foreshore of Kogarah Bay, this wonderful parkland has a brand new playground that caters for all ages and abilities, a cafe, shark nets for safe swimming, walking tracks, BBQs and tables. Check out our review of the Carss Bush Park Playground

Beautiful place for a picnic, a walk and some history lessons.

Pram Friendly: For the most part, but its an older track so I’d use the carrier if possible.

Address: Carwar Ave, Carss Park 

Carss Bush Park

Glebe Foreshore Walk

The best part of the Glebe Foreshore walking track is the food at either end! You could start at either the Tramsheds in Forest Lodge or near the Fish Markets at Blackwattle Bay. It’s approx. 2.4km walk and is paved the whole way.

Pram Friendly: Yes

Address: Chapman Rd, Annandale

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Myles Dunphy Reserve

A delightful bush walk that's both beautiful and easy to do. Such a great walk to do with young kids too. Enjoy the vegetation as its home to some threatened wildlife and plant communities. The reserve and wetlands are one of the most significant natural areas in the Hurstville local government area which is why so many locals are passionate about protecting and preserving it. 

Pram Friendly: No

Address: 35 River Rd, Oatley NSW 2223

Myles Dunphy Reserve
Image: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Nepean River Walk

It's a 7km track complete with numerous playgrounds, spectacular scenery, various walking, bike and scooter paths, river swings, multiple toilet blocks, BBQ's and a cafe inside an old ferry. No need to do it all (unless you want too of course). Park in one of the many convenient parking bays along the way and walk as much or as little as you’d like.

Pram Friendly: Yes

Address: Bruce Neale Dr, Penrith

Nepean River Walk
Image: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Narrabeen Lagoon Trail

This is an 8.4km circuit walk so again, you can always decide to just do a little segment at a time, especially if your little ones are walking themselves. So much to see and do along the way. Great eateries, playgrounds and marine life. Perhaps even do a spot of fishing or a swim in the lagoon? Check out our guide to Sydney's best rivers and lakes for kids!

Pram friendly: Sometimes

Address: Lakeshore Dr, Narrabeen

Narrabeen Lagoon Trail
Image: bestsydneywalks.com

Como Bridge Trail

A local favourite. The kids can run, scooter or bike alongside you on this 1.5km walkway over a 100-year-old bridge. A welcome stop at the end of the Oatley-Como walk is the Como Marina. You will enjoy a nice lunch here at the cafe whilst taking in all the transportation in sight: trains, boats, planes, scooters and cars. There is also a park with play equipment and of course, the famous pub nearby. Check out our review of the Como Pleasure Playground.

Pram friendly: Yes

Address: Best to park in Myra Place Oatley to start the walk

Como Bridge Trail
Image: railtrails.org.au

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