I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
A bicentennial project (image JW)
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.
North Harbour Reserve (image JW)
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.
Views galore ( image JW)
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.
Plenty of places to cool off (image JW)
Children would really enjoy this walk but need to be watched carefully, as it is not fenced and there are sections with steep drops towards the water.
All roads lead to Manly (image JW)
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)
Being so close to Manly, the walkway can get very busy on weekends and is popular with locals and tourists so slow down and appreciate the views.
Enjoy the natural beauty of Sydney's coastline and make sure you smile at your fellow walkers as you never know where they have travelled from to be here.