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The Best Running Routes in Sydney

The Best Running Routes in Sydney

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Updated: 27 March 2017

Sydney is surrounded by sea and home to a huge harbour dotted with parks throughout. This means there is no shortage of amazing running tracks to pound the pavement on. Whether you’re a rookie, training for a marathon or anything in between, there is a suitable track for you in Sydney.

Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

From Bondi Beach to Bronte and back is roughly 6 kilometres. The path takes you along the rocky headlands, past Tamarama Beach and finishes off at the Bronte pool, which can be a nice way to cool down. If you want to extend the trip further, you can continue along the undulating hills to Coogee while soaking up the incredible views along the way.

Lane Cove National Park

Love to run through the bush? This track is definitely for you. Although this national park is located in inner-city Sydney, you’ll feel like you’re a world away. The tracks are lined with native trees, which in turn are home to plenty of native birds. Their chirping can play a nice distraction while you’re running up a storm.

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Manly to North Head Run

Manly is a popular beach destination hugged by both the Harbour and the sea. It is also situated right next to a protected national park and a headland named North Head. You can start your run anywhere along Manly Beach and then follow the path along Shelly Beach, before the challenging uphill climb to North Head. Once you’re up there, the pain endured will be forgotten as you admire some of the best panoramic views in the city. Best of all, you can enjoy a swim at the end of your return journey.

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Opera House to Darling Harbour

If you want to kill two birds with one stone, and smash out some exercise while seeing some of Sydney’s iconic sites, then you can’t pass up this track. Starting at the Opera House, it runs along the Harbour and underneath the Harbour Bridge. Once you’re there, you can weave along the old historic wharves of Walsh Bay and along Hicksons Road, ending in the bustling Darling Harbour. To really step things up a notch, do some stair sprints along the way, on one of the many sets of stairs alongside the old sandstone wall leading up towards The Rocks precinct.