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Bondi to Watsons Bay Coastal Walk

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by Emma Brown (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalist and public relations consultant specialising in arts and entertainment.
Published December 27th 2010
The Bondi to Watsons Bay coastal Federation Walk will reel you in.

It's the ideal way to stretch your legs, jog or walk the dog whilst taking in the majestic views of the harbour and the stunning cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The walk is one of Sydney's best kept secrets it's often quiet with picturesque open spaces.

You can start at Bondi Beach if you're feeling full of beans to take on the eight kilometres starting with a steady climb from Campbell Parade to Military road at North Bondi.

The green hill at the northern end behind Bondi Beach is a good spot to pause and take in the great views overlooking the beach and breathe in the sea air.

If you're planning a picnic you can grab some supplies or take away lunch at the North Bondi shops.

The steady climb along Military road to Dover Heights is worth it for the amazing views and parkland you will encounter.

After the landscape flattens at Dover Heights take a right turn at Raleigh Street where you will stumble upon Raleigh Reserve a green open parkland close to the 80m high cliffs that overlook the vast blue swathe of the Pacific Ocean.

The walkway wanders through to the parklands of Rodney Reserve where a commemorative replica and plaque mark the location where the first radio telescope was installed by the CSIRO in the 1950s.

From Rodney Reserve turn left at Blake Street, return to and cross Military road where you will find Dudley Page Reserve with spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. It's a great spot to watch special harbour events and the New Years Eve fireworks.

If the six kilometre reclining path down to Watsons Bay is more your style Rodney Reserve would be a good place to join the walk with plenty of street parking available and is on the bus route.

To return to the ocean and the sandstone cliffs that date back 200 million years from the Triassic Period cross back over Militiary road and proceed down Lancaster road towards the horizon water line to Eastern Reserve.

The Federation Cliff Walk is a coastal walkway project constructed to mark Australia's Centenary of Federation. The wooden platform links a series of cliff-top reserves from the Eastern Reserve at Dover Heights to Diamond Bay at Vaucluse providing sublime views of the ocean waves exploding against the cliffs and is a perfect spot for whale watching.

The home stretch north leads to Clark Reserve and Christison Park where you can admire Australia's first 'The Macquarie' lighthouse and the postcard views of the Pacific Ocean, South Head and Sydney Harbour.

You have now reached the descent to Watsons Bay where you can cool down with a swim at Gibson's Beach or the bikini size Camp Cove.

There are plenty of refuelling options at Watsons Bay from the Tea Gardens cafe, Gelato Bar, have a beer at the Watsons Bay Hotel or sample the famous fish and chips at Doyles restaurant.

Ferries can take you back to the city or buses to Dover Heights or Bondi Beach.

To view or print out a detailed map of the walk click here.
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Why? Enjoy stupendious water views, do a spot of whale watching and get fit.
When: any day
Where: Bondi Beach to Watson's Bay
Cost: free
Comments
We did this walk today it was awesome but in no way was there 6 km of down hill, it was mostly uphill all the way! Views are definitely worth the physical exertion!
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 18th of July @ 06:11 am
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