7 Scenic Sydney Running Trails

7 August 2016

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Runners cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge for Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. Image: Craig Golding

The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival invites runners, joggers and walkers to experience one of Australia’s most scenic courses along Sydney Harbour on Sunday 18 September 2016.

The festival’s four events – the Sydney Marathon, Sydney Half Marathon, Bridge Run and Family Fun Run – allow people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and take in other Sydney sights including the Sydney Opera House.

Get training ahead of the festival by exploring some of Sydney’s best running and walking trails.

Royal National Park

Sydney’s heritage-listed Royal National Park features more than 93 km of walking and running tracks to suit all levels and abilities. Try the challenging 10 km Curra Moors loop and enjoy spectacular coastal views where the bush meets the sea.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

This waterfront route  is a popular walking and running track passing by some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches including Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly.

Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. Image: Hamilton Lund

Manly to Spit Bridge Path

For those who love running in the bush, this 10 km track offers something a bit different from conventional running. Stairs and rugged terrain provide additional challenges and you can enjoy the stunning views of Sydney Harbour.

Royal Botanic Gardens

This 30 hectare oasis in the heart of the city is a great place to enjoy a quick run along paved paths overlooking Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival takes in the Sydney Harbour Bridge, however did you know you can also run across the bridge using the walkway path on any day of the year? Head north on the bridge to enjoy scenic running around Luna Park, Kirribilli and the secluded bays of the inner Sydney Harbour. There are also paths to the south of the bridge that wind their way through the historic streets of The Rocks.

Kirribilli Track Harbourside

Kirribilli Track Harbour side. Image: Hamilton Lund

Centennial Parklands

This Sydney landmark encompasses three parks – Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park – offering plenty of quiet tracks. Tackle cross country routes on the 5 km Ponds Course or 3.5 km Grand Drive Circuit within Centennial Park.

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park features more than 35 km of scenic walking trails. Enjoy views of the city skyline on the 11 km River Heritage Circuit that begins alongside Parramatta River and continues through wetlands to the vantage points at Woo-la-ra or Haslam’s Creek Marker.

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