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The first two km of the Manly to Spit Bridge Walkway is an easy but rewarding activity for the whole family. This part of the walkway is paved and winds around the coastline above sea level. Along the way, you will pass a couple of child-friendly beaches, manicured lawns, beautiful homes and natural bushland whilst enjoying tantalising glimpses of water.
There is a cafe near North Harbour Reserve and plenty of places to get food and drink at the Manly end. Toilet facilities can be found at Manly, Fairlight Beach and North Harbour Reserve. You can cool off in the pool at Fairlight, at the small and pretty Delwood Beach or in the various coves and rock pools, which are also great for snorkelling. The kids can let off steam running around North Harbour Reserve, climbing trees or on the play equipment.
The pathway is perfect for a gentle stroll but you will also encounter joggers and people who are undertaking the longer hike. There are few shady spots under Norfolk pines near Delwood Beach that are perfect for picnics, as well as benches in picturesque settings.
At dusk between May and February, you may be lucky enough to spot some residents of Manly's little penguin colony returning to their burrows. The 60-70 breeding pairs live in secluded coves near Manly but are at risk from predators, fishing lines and vandalism.
Sculpture of the little penguins sculpture (image JW)