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Published October 3rd 2013
Explore the bush in and around Australia's biggest city
Manly to Spit Bridge This is one of Sydney's most famous walking routes, and a quick glance at the scenery it encompasses will leave you in no doubt as to why it's so popular. Featuring panoramic views of the entrance to Sydney Harbour and large swathes of native bushland, this trail is a great place to take visitors to show them Sydney's sights.
The track is almost 10 kilometres long and takes between three and four hours in each direction. It passes through the pristine surrounds of Sydney Harbour National Park, and also takes in bushland reserves, local streets and paved footpaths.
It's not just about the lovely harbour views, either, with plenty of Aboriginal sites to explore. There's plenty of evidence of Aboriginal occupation in Sydney Harbour National Park, including rock carvings, burial sites and middens.
There are six entry and exit points to the walkway. These are located at The Spit Bridge, Clontarf Reserve, Cutler Road Lookout, Tania Park (Crater Cove and Arabanoo Lookouts), Wellings Reserve and Manly Wharf.
The Coast Track, Royal National Park Australia's oldest national park boasts a walking track everyone should tick off their bucket list. The 26-kilometre Coast Track winds its way from Bundeena to Otford and can be tackled in sections or, if you're a fitness freak, in one day.
Unsurprisingly, the walk takes in some truly impressive coastal scenery. Sweeping ocean views, majestic cliffs and beautiful beaches catch your eye all the way along the length of this track. If you choose, you can time your walk to coincide with whale-watching season and hope to catch a glimpse of a humpback whale.
If you do the walk in summer, however, you can hit the water and cool off and one of a number of beaches. There's a campground near North Era Beach for those making an overnight stop, and it features basic bush camping sites.
If you want to take in some breathtakingly ruggd coastal scenery, this is the walk for you.
Valley of the Waters National Pass Trail, Blue Mountains National Park It's hard to pick just one of the myriad walking trails that traverse the Blue Mountains, but the Valley of the Waters National Pass Trail is undoubtedly worth exploring. Situated at the end of Fletcher Street and the Conservation Hut Cafe, this trail takes you through the beautiful valley of Wentworth Falls.
As the name suggests, this track passes several impressive waterfalls along the way, so make sure to take a camera along as well. This winding track can be slippery in parts, and takes you deep down into the valley. Allow three or four hours to complete it and be prepared for sore quads once you've climbed back out of the canyon.
The track also takes you to several lookouts, providing beautiful views of this unspoilt piece of Australian wilderness. For a more detailed profile of this track, check out Linda Moon's Weekend Notes article here.