A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published July 3rd 2012
Are you trying to stay in shape, or maybe shed some of those extra kilos you managed to pile on over the colder months? Well, why would you want to lock yourself in a gym when you can get outside in the fresh air and take in some of the best scenery Sydney has to offer?
Here's my list of five of Sydney's best jogging routes.
This 7km loop is popular with joggers, dog walkers and cyclists alike. Never straying more than a stone's throw from the water, this mostly flat route takes in plenty of relaxing scenery including mangroves, sandy beaches and of course Sydney harbour.
If you feel like picking up the pace, there's always plenty of other runners out along the circuit to pace yourself against. There's even an annual fun run held along the route - check out the website to find out when the next one is.
For a full write-up of the Bay Run, check out this review or even Wikipedia.
Centennial Park This 200-odd hectare patch of green in Sydney's eastern suburbs is a jogger's dream. The 3.5km jogging track is a comfortable distance, and you can push yourself to do more laps if you're feeling energetic.
The green leafy surrounds are so much more pleasant than the inside of a gym, and there's always plenty going on around you to help take your mind off the fact that you're exercising.
Bondi to Coogee A jogging route that takes in the country's most famous beach? Not a bad place to get fit.
This five-kilometre trek takes in some beautiful coastal vistas, so it's not hard to see why it's so popular. The sea breeze is always welcome during summer to help you stay cool, while you'll always find someone to secretly race against if you're feeling competitive.
Royal Botanic Gardens Keeping with the theme of running in some beautiful natural surroundings, there are few places with a more relaxing atmosphere than Sydney's Botanical Gardens. With paths winding every which way through the 65-hectare area, you can choose to jog along a different route every time you visit.
You can take in views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House that would make any tourist green with envy, or just amble past the sights and smells of all manner of plant and flower-life.
Sydney Olympic Park
If you ever needed a little inspiration to help you get active, where better than the venue for the Sydney 2000 Olympics? With kilometre after kilometre of pathways to choose from, you can plot plenty of different routes through the parklands.