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Published October 21st 2021
Enjoy the outdoors on these walking trails in Sydney
Here are some top suggestions for walking trails in Sydney. Walking is great for your fitness and wellbeing, so head on outdoors and find a trail in your local area. These suggested trails are in Sydney but you can find many to enjoy where you live. Walking is free, fun and you never know what you will find. Go out and say hello to the wildlife.
There are many walking trails throughout Sydney and these are a few of my favourites. I have enjoyed walking these areas with family, friends and people who have visited from overseas. They never cease to delight and amaze.
This is Sydney's newest trail and is right in the CBD. Encompassing the restaurant precinct of Darling Harbour, this easy walk is mainly flat and has spectacular views.
From the Hickson Road entrance (behind The Rocks), the Barangaroo Reserve circles around the Harbour and finishes at Towns Place. Branch out to other areas of the reserve for more scenery and views of Darling Harbour, The Harbour Bridge, Luna Park and Goat Island.
This trail is family and dog friendly with many quiet spots to sit and enjoy the views. A good place to do this is Stargazer's Lawn where the best views are available.
Once you have finished your walk, reward yourself with a refreshing drink and meal at Darling Harbour.
The Trail Sydney CBD 2kms one way.
Takes approx 2 hours. Easy Cycleways and pathways.
Seating areas available.
MANLY TO SPIT
This is a long walk with some medium difficulty, so be prepared. The spectacular views and secret swimming areas will reward you. It starts near Manly Wharf and goes over to the Spit Bridge. You will enter the Sydney National Park with its subtropical bushland and short tracks taking you to lovely, secluded beaches, bays and inlets.
Grotto Point Lighthouse is a highlight with historical significance. Here you will find Aboriginal rock engravings of fish, kangaroo and boomerangs. Another highlight is you may spot whales frolicking out at sea during whale-watching season.
You can also do this trail in reverse. Start at The Spit Bridge and end in Manly. This way you can explore Manly then enjoy a relaxing meal at the end of your adventurous day.
10kms one way.
Approx 4 hours.
Medium - not for beginners or young children.
Many highlights along the way.
BONDI TO COOGEE
I have done this walk a few times and once was in winter. This was lovely because there were less people but the views were just as spectacular.
There are many highlights including Bondi Beach, Icebergs Pool, Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee Beach. Also, stop off at Gordon's Bay and enjoy some snorkelling. Or enjoy the view of the beaches where you will take many photos. Your Instagram will look fabulous. Other highlights include the cliff-tops, rock pools and, during June and early July, you may spot whales.
This trail is for everyone. Bring your family, your friends and especially overseas visitors to show off the famous Bondi Beach. Your reward will be the sensational views and great coffee, food and relaxation at the many cafes when you finish.
2 to 3 hours.
Medium. Pathway with occasional steep stairs.
Can shorten - do Bondi to Bronte.
Great for families.
The Bondi to Coogee walk is just as spectacular in winter.
One of our favourite walking trails and picnic spots is Cabarita Park. This family-friendly area has picnic tables, undercover areas, hot water, play equipment, wheelchair access and is home to Cabarita Swimming Pool. There is also a cafe and there are toilets, plenty of seating and lovely walks. It is also a favourite for wedding photos, special occasions and group get-togethers.
This area and many other foreshore parks have signs telling you about the surrounds and sometimes the history. These can be interesting to stop and read.
Accessible by ferry, this area is popular with locals as well as visitors. It is at the end of Cabarita Road and is lush and green with many trees. This means lots of shaded areas for you to enjoy your picnic.
Inner West Sydney
Short, easy walks.
Best for picnics.
Right on Parramatta River.
Good for families.
Pretty river views.
Some walking trails have information that is interesting to read.