The upside to Sydney living is the sun tends to shine more than it doesn’t, which is why most prefer their fitness outdoors. Whether it’s a long run, soft sand sprints, boxing or weight training there’s an array of locations catering to open air exercise. Here are the best parks to take your training outdoors. And since Spring has sprung, any excuses are being put to bed.
A huge mass of manicured grass just asking to be worked out on. The family-friendly parkland is perfect for group workouts with an abundance of shady lawn. Close to the water’s edge of Mona Vale, the park boasts a bike track best suited to the kids and allows for a post-workout swims. Opt in for a squat session, or a leisurely (yet active) morning on the bikes with the entire family.
Seabeach Avenue, Mona Vale
Situated at the southern end of Manly beach is Manly Lagoon Reserve, also known as Lagoon Park. This grassy reserve is perfect for families and fitness enthusiasts with an outdoor gym, an abundance of greenery and a pretty impressive lagoon view. If a post-workout dip is on the cards, follow the footpath which takes you under the Queenscliff bridge and continues along Manly Beach.
Pittwater Road, Manly
Sitting pretty on Barrenjoey Road, and a 15-minute stroll from Avalon Beach is Hitchcock Park. Here, tennis courts and a grassy oval await the active who can pick their journey. The oval caters to cardio and strength training while tennis courts provide the setting for the socially active as well as physically active. A huge car park sits between the two providing easy access for the masses. Grab your PT or tennis buddy.
Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach
Nestled atop Little Manly Point is this small gem of a park. It’s as popular for PT sessions as it is for weddings and picnics, so picking your exercise time is vital. With harbourside views it makes working out more aesthetically pleasing and feels oh so Sydney. The open grassed area boasts ample shade, a playground, a killer view, a small car park and picnic tables for dips (of both the food and exercise kind).
Stuart Street, Manly
The name doesn’t lie here and the view is the drawcard. Overlooking Freshwater beach, this humble reserve is often snapped up for weddings but in the morning’s it’s the perfect workout spot. The outlook on weights and planks becomes more positive when viewing the sunrise from this lookout. Nestled between Freshwater and Queenscliff beaches it’s easily accessible from both suburbs. Bring your PT or workout buddy here for some midweek morning sessions.
29 Pavilion Street, Queenscliff
Outdoor training is assisted best with an outdoor gym, and Berry Reserve delivers on this front. Boasting outdoor gym equipment, and all the greatest park assets, you can begin with some crunches or chin-ups and finish with a run along Narrabeen Lagoon. The lakeside reserve is filled with greenery, substantial shade and a vast amount of gym equipment. A reliable workout stop accompanied with idyllic views.
1417 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen
The point intersecting Curl Curl and Freshwater beaches is as hidden as it is breathtaking. McKillop Park, while small, boasts iconic views of Freshwater beach (and most of the northern coastline) making it the perfect location to bust out a weights session. There’s a decent set of stairs and a walking track so you can swap up the dumbbells for a few sprints in between. Freshwater beach is only a short stroll, so there’s easy access for a post-workout swim.
Lumsdaine Drive, Freshwater
A decent run from Berry Reserve lies Jamieson Park, which is frequented with picnic-goers on weekends and fitness-goers mid-week. Located on the southern foreshore of Narrabeen Lagoon it’s easily accessible for those in Narrabeen, Wheeler Heights and Cromer. Whether it’s a weights session at the park, a bike ride or long lakeside run, Jamieson Park is the perfect starting point on weekdays. On weekends we recommend trading runs for a kayak and picnic duo.
The Esplanade, Narrabeen