It's time to get off the tourist track and explore a bit more of Sydney, the Sydney that locals know and treasure. You can do this on the Double Bay to Potts Point walk. Double Bay is well known for its expensive housing, chic cafes and restaurants and attractive shopping opportunities. It also has one of the best libraries I have seen; full of light, different areas for many activities and a green wall. It is certainly impressive and worth a look before you begin your walk. And if you need a coffee before you set off, there are plenty of cafes in the arcade where the library sits.
The walk from Double Bay will take you between 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your pace and whether you stop at various points of interest along the way. It is an easy walk with some steps and inclines along the way but it is not too strenuous.
From the back of Double Bay, you can head towards Marathon Rd and towards New Beach Road which will take you onto the foreshore of Rushcutters Bay. Here your first stop could be to have a look at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia from where the boats for the annual Sydney to Hobart Race leave on December 26th. You could also take a slightly longer way from Double Bay via Darling Point to admire some of the million-plus properties around the point.
From Rushcutters Bay head towards Elizabeth Bay via Elizabeth Point and Beare Park at the end of Ithaca Rd. Beare Park has some interesting historical aspects which you can read here. A new, very cute cafe,The Lookout on the marina serves great coffee and wonderful views.
Continue along Onslow Road till Elizabeth Bay House built between 1835-1839. This heritage, Colonial-style property has an interesting history and was considered one of the most impressive houses in the early years of Sydney. Visit the house to get a different look at Sydney's history or take a short break in the little park opposite with the wonderful vista, peaceful surrounds and large koi looking for food in the pond.
From Elizabeth Bay, it is only a short distance to Potts Point up Challis Avenue, Macleay Street or Victoria Avenue. These streets have a large concentration of cafes and restaurants for all tastes and pockets, just in case it is lunch or dinner time.
Along your walk, the style of architecture changes dramatically. From family houses and luxurious townhouses of Double Bay,
laced heritage terrace houses, large apartment blocks of different eras, styles and taste, and finally Elizabeth Bay and Potts Point which present wonderful Art Deco buildings of the late 1920s. It is worthwhile pausing and looking into doorways and up to the top of buildings to see the details of this type of architecture which is in high concentration in these suburbs.