A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published September 10th 2015
5 kilometres and 6 suburbs of beach
A leisurely walk with shimmering water views? Sounds good to me, especially as Sydney is once again en-route for summer. The walk from Captain Cook's Bridge to Brighton-Le-Sands is a great idea if you're craving some fresh air, sunshine, and beachside feels.
Start from Captain Cook's Bridge at the mouth of the Georges River.
Brighton-Le-Sands sits 13kms south of Sydney CBD. It borders the beautiful Botany Bay with the walking/cycling track running alongside these waterways that feed into the Georges River. The low-wave beaches are uncrowded during the week, with locals loving the serenity found through the day - setting it apart from walks such as the Bondi-Coogee trail.
I began my recent walk at the southern end of this trail, at the foot of Captain Cook's Bridge in Sans Souci. Before heading to Brighton I walked under the bridge - good idea as I scored a close-up sighting of a pair of dolphins passing through. I also climbed to the top to enjoy a panorama of the broad Georges River mouth and surrounding suburbs such as Sylvania Waters.
Panoramic snap from the top of Captain Cook's Bridge.
From this end, the track will first take you through the peaceful suburbs of Sans Souci, Sandringham and Dolls Point. Neat plantations and floral arrangements parallel the path, adding to the colourful scenery. There are some impressive houses here, if real estate tickles your fancy, and a couple of sailing clubs complete with bistros if you feel like stopping for a drink or a bite. This walk is suited to any pace.
Following this is Ramsgate Beach, if you feel like varying up the ground beneath your feet, the soft sand and shallow waters are nice to weave your toes into. Several designated swimming areas sit along the way too. In retrospect I should have brought my swimmers. Other people (and puppies) had the right idea in stopping to cool off in the pools.
Not to mention that from many points along the walk you'll see Sydney city - just a reminder that you're still close enough to everything.
As I reached Monterey where the path diverts from the shore slightly, I decided to stick to the sand as it provided a better view of Botany Bay, and the airport on the further reaches of this. If I hadn't I wouldn't have witnessed the dramatic change of weather like this. Having seen dolphins and rainbows along this walk, it was particularly scenic.
Not kidding about the dramatic skyline. It was a nice panorama.
Luckily the rain held off and I got to Brighton-Le-Sands with time to veggie out and catch some extra rays. This is a good destination as it is a bustling bayside hub. There are many restaurants, cafes, ice-cream bars and more. All would be ideal for a nice post-walk treat.
From Captain Cook's Bridge, the walk to Brighton is about 5kms and will take about an hour. Of course, it's up to you to decide the pace you'll find the most enjoyable. The track doesn't end here however. If you are up for an extra 20 minutes of footwork, follow it to the end at Kyeemagh. You'll find the best of Sydney's plane-watching spots here.
Next on the bucket-list is doing bridge-to-bridge - walking from Captain Cook's to Kyeemagh. Put on your walking shoes (or don't as the shore is really pleasant) and make your way south of the city to see for yourself why this track is adored.