October 12th, 2020

5 Hikes/Walking Trails Around Sydney

Walking through nature can be a beautifully calming experience. What better way to exercise than to get out amongst nature and breathe in the fresh, plant-filled air?!

There are many gorgeous hiking trails around Australia that allow you to explore the natural beauty that this country has on offer. Today, we take a look at 5 hikes and walking trails around Sydney! North Head via Blue Fish Track If walking along the water is your kind of thing, take a look at the North Head via Blue Fish Track. This scenic track gives walkers views of the Sydney skyline and the harbour. The North Head via Blue Fish Track is a 11.3km loop that provides many points for a nice relaxing swim, too! Plan your stroll to finish with a paddle at Little Manly Point, or swim at the ever-famous Manly Beach. This track is rated third on AllTrails’ user-rated list of 'best trails in Sydney'.

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Manly to Spit Bridge Love the picturesque water views of Sydney? This stunning walk is 10km one-way, and sees hikers taking a peaceful coastal stroll. The Manly to Spit Bridge walk has a few stairs and sandstone steps, which means it’s not suitable for those looking to go walking with a pram. Some features of this walk include the Manly Wharf, Reef Beach, Grotto Point Aboriginal Engraving Site, and Clontarf Reserve, just to name a few!

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West Head lookout Situated in Sydney’s Ku-rin-gai Chase National Park is West Head lookout. This point offers breath taking views of the water and mountains. Keep in mind that there is a park fee in place for entering this park, and if you are planning on driving into the park, you must leave before the gates are closed (6pm during non-daylight savings times, and 8:30pm during daylight savings). There are several different walking tracks that you can begin from West Head lookout, depending on your skill level and what you wish to get out of the walk.

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Bondi to Coogee This urban coastal track takes walkers along the clifftops. With stunning ocean views, you can breathe in the salty air while leisurely strolling along. This walk also features rockpools, bays, parks, and beaches. This walk can be broken down into smaller walks, allowing you to choose a shorter distance if you’d prefer a shorter stroll or run. For example, rather than doing the full hike, you could do a 1.2km walk from Bondi Beach to Tamarama, or the Bronte Beach to Clovelly Beach 2.2km stroll.

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Bundeena Drive to Little Marley Beach Located within the Royal National Park in Sydney’s south, the Bundeena Drive to Little Marley Beach walk features wonderful freshwater pools and creeks, and beautiful beach views. This little trek is 8km, including the return journey. While the hike itself is free, it’s important to remember that there is a $12 fee per day for each vehicle looking to enter the Royal National Park. This walk is marked as grade 2, which means it does not require previous experience, but does include occasional steps and gentle hills.  

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