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The 7 Most Scenic Walks in Sydney

When it comes to scenic walks, we Sydneysiders are spoiled for choice. From Palm Beach to Coogee, strap on your hiking shoes, hit the trails, and take in Sydney’s spectacular harbour and coastline.

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Taronga Zoo to Balmoral

Beginning at the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf, grab some Insta-worthy snaps of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House before making your way to Chowder Bay, Georges Heights Lookout and Middle Head. Secluded bays and the city skyline peak out of the bushes at every turn on the moderate six-kilometre track, which concludes with a refreshing dip at beautiful Balmoral Beach. The walks takes about three-hours one way and gets quite steep as you ascend from Chowder Bay to Middle Head.

Bondi to Coogee
Bondi to Coogee
Bondi to Bronte

It doesn’t get more iconic than this. The Bondi to Bronte walk is undoubtedly the most popular, and instagrammed, coastal walk in Sydney. The four-kilometre trail takes you along the coastline between Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach and it takes approximately 1.5 hours. The options to detour to beachside cafes or a dip in ocean baths are plentiful and if you’re feeling extra energetic extend the walk a little further to Coogee.

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Manly to North Head

Starting at Manly Beach, wind your way along Cabbage Tree Bay to Shelly Beach before making your way up to North Head, where the majestic sandstone cliff signals the entrance to Sydney Harbour. The walks takes about two to three hours, so stop off at the historic Quarantine Station as you loop around North Head for a refreshing break. If you’re exploring the track during winter, keep a look out for migrating whales.  


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Rose Bay to Watsons Bay
Rose Bay to Watsons Bay

Beginning at Rose Bay ferry wharf and traversing the Hermitage Foreshore Track, this eight-kilometre trail offers spectacular harbour views and several pitstops at memorable Sydney icons, including Strickland House, Nielsen Park and Hornby Lighthouse. The walk takes about four hours, but if you’ve got extra time, stop off at one of the several hidden beaches along the way for a dip.   

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Manly to Spit Bridge Walk

Hugging the coastline of Middle Harbour and North Harbour, the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk is one of Sydney’s most spectacular hikes. This four hour walk leads you past the calm waters of Clontarf Reserve and Reef Bay and through the rugged bushland of Sydney National Park which has non-descript paths that take you off the beaten path to more secluded areas. The views are incredible at every turn and whether you finish in Manly or along the Spit Bridge, world-class dining awaits.

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Gap Park Cliff Walk

After indulging on some of Sydney’s finest seafood at the famed Doyles Restaurant in Watsons Bay, hit the Gap Park Cliff Walk, which is just under a kilometre long and takes less than an hour. The walk offers uninterrupted views of dramatic North Head and the Tasman Sea. The well-marked track teeters at the very edge of the coastline and is dotted with wild scrub, rocky coves, historical reserves and exquisite views.  

Barrenjoey Lighthouse
Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Here, you will find the best coastal views the Northern Beaches has to offer. Located at the northern end of Governor Philip Park in Palm Beach, the popular one hour walk offers two tracks up to the lighthouse, both meander past native scrub and wild flora. The summit greets you with panoramic views across Pittwater and down the coastline, and of course, the striking sandstone beauty that is Barrenjoey Lighthouse.     

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