Overview

Surrounded by national parks, beaches and rivers, and home to a multitude of Aboriginal and multicultural heritage sites, Sydney offers unique opportunities to enjoy nature and heritage without leaving the city.


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Featured threatened species

Common name
Koala

Scientific name
Phascolarctos cinereus

Status in NSW
Vulnerable

Commonwealth status
Vulnerable


The Koala is an arboreal marsupial with fur ranging from grey to brown above, and is white below. It has large furry ears, a prominent black nose and no tail. It spends most of its time in trees and has long, sharp claws, adapted for climbing. Adult males weigh 6 - 12 kg and adult females weigh 5 - 8 kg. During breeding, males advertise with loud snarling coughs and bellows..


Beaches

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beaches

Pollution is likely, avoid swimming today!

Air quality Last updated at 8:48 pm, 24 May 2017 AEST

Air quality index (AQI) values are updated hourly and a daily air quality forecast is made for the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Region at 4pm each day.

  • Sydney East Good
  • Sydney South-West Good
  • Sydney North-West Very Good

THINGS TO DO & SEE

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Aboriginal Heritage walk

The Aboriginal Heritage walk highlights rock art and engravings of the Guringai people in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: A.Richards

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Audley historic recreational complex

Enjoy nineteenth century parklands and picnic grounds beside the Hacking River. Photo: D.Finnegan

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Carisbrook

Carisbrook is a period furnished Victorian house open to the public on a regular basis. Photo: S.Watters

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Collingwood

Once known as Bunker’s Farm, this is a rare surviving example of a Governor Macquarie era residence. Photo: S.Watters

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Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney Harbour National Park protects islands and foreshore around Sydney Harbour. Photo: K.McGrath

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The Coast Track

Discover the magnificent ocean views and rugged beauty of Royal National Park’s coastline as you walk the Coast track. Photo: A.Richards

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