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Whether you’re a intense trek lover or a beach-side stroller, you’re spoilt for choice of options in Sydney when it comes to amazing coastal walks. We have created a list of the best five, including tracks close to the city and those of historical significance.
This is perhaps Sydney’s most well known and popular coastal track. Starting at world-famous Bondi Beach the track leads you along the rugged coast passing Mackenzie Bay, popular among dogs and their owners. There is also Tamarama Beach where you can always spot a surfer or 10 and then Bronte Beach. Come the weekend, the track is incredibly busy so don’t expect to go anywhere too fast. If you happen to be in Sydney during the week however, it’s a great option. It is also home to the annual Sculptures by the Sea festival over October and November each year.
This beautiful route takes you along the foreshore of Sydney’s best asset, the harbour. It starts at Nielsen Park in the city’s east and weaves along the coastal path towards the harbour’s opening to the ocean. Along the way you will pass ancient sandstone rock platforms, secluded beaches with crystal clear water and end at Watsons. The Bay is an ideal place to end of walk as it has panoramic views across the harbour with the city skyline, Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the distance. You can celebrate the end of your walk with a cold one at the Watsons Bay Hotel.
This hike isn’t for the faint of heart. The path will take you on a journey through native bushlands and scenic coastal enclaves over 10 kilometres of track. The walk should take about 3 to 4 hours and you will be rewarded for your hard work with amazing views across the harbour at different vantage points. Once you have made your way back and worked up a sweat, you can cool off with a swim at the famous Manly Beach.
This walk through the national park will take about two hours. If you’re a history or wildlife lover then this walk is definitely for you. As you weave through the lush bushlands, there is a good chance you will see some wallabies and once you reach the coast line, you have a good chance of spotting whales as well as dolphins. This spot also has a lot of cultural significance as it was once home to the indigenous Dharawal people. You can admire aboriginal artwork carved into the stone which dates back over 1000 years.
This coastal walks looks like a walking postcard. If you’re not too busy stopping to take a picture at every turn, you can still have a good workout while pacing along its 5 kilometre track. With the magic views, it is hard to believe you are actually in the middle of the city. The walk starts at Taronga Zoo and works towards the idyllic harbourside neighbourhood of Chowder Bay. Along the way you will be able to enjoy views of the harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Need I say more?