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Kayaking the harbour | © Life's An Adventure
Kayaking the harbour | © Life's An Adventure

An Adventure Traveler's Guide to Sydney

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Updated: 27 March 2017
Sydney might be Australia’s largest city but it is also a mecca for outdoor adventure lovers. There are stunning beaches, a huge harbour, and beautiful national parks to explore and enjoy. Here is a list of experiences that you will never forget.

Hike to from Manly to North Head

If you love hiking and you love views, then you will love this track. The route passes beaches, cliffs, beautiful headlands, and historic sites along the way. The best starting point is the Queenscliff end of Manly Beach; continue along the beach towards the stunning inlet, Shelly Beach. The trail then enters the bush lands of the Sydney Harbour National Park which winds up onto North Head. Once you have enjoyed the views, you can begin your journey back, passing the historic Q Station along the way. If you’re visiting in winter you are more than likely to spot some whales on their annual migration.  

N Head Scenic Dr, Manly, Australia

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Snorkel in Clovelly

Clovelly is less of a beach and more of a natural inlet forming a huge rock pool which is home to crystal clear water. It has a reputation among Sydneysiders as the best snorkelling spot in city. Snorkelling here, you’re likely to see a ton of sea life including gropers, sponges, starfish, and the occasional Port Jackson shark.

Clovelly Rd, Clovelly, Australia

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Kayak Tour

The best way to see Sydney is from the harbour, which offers panoramic views in every direction. Life’s an Adventure offers guided kayaking tours which take you on a journey around the beautiful coves and beaches between Rose Bay and Vaucluse, while teaching about the history of the area. The tour also takes you to Shark Island: this is the only island in the harbour and can only be accessed by private boat. Kayakers can enjoy a delicious picnic lunch here. Best of all, all of this takes place in viewing distance of the famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

New South Head Rd, Rose Bay, Australia, +62 (02) 9975 4553

Bridge Climb

What better way to experience Sydney than to climb its favourite Harbour Bridge? With an experienced leader you can ascend the arches of the bridge and enjoy the iconic, panoramic views of the beautiful harbour below. You can opt to do the BridgeClimb or the BridgeClimb Express, both of which lead you to 134m above sea level.

3 Cumberland St, The Rocks, Australia, +62 (02) 8274 7777

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb | © ImagineCup/Flickr