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Outdoor fitness in Sydney


Urban beach lifestyle

Sydney in summer is perfect for water-based activities. If you like to get your exercise on the back of a surfboard, head to one of the city's surf beaches. If swimming is more your thing, Sydney's beaches, many with outdoor pools, can fit the bill. Add to this list running along the beach, kayaking, kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding, and you'll get an idea of why the beach and fitness go in hand.

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Outdoor fitness around Sydney

Blessed with beautiful, sunny summers, Sydney caters to anyone who loves exercising outdoors. The city has a wide variety of alfresco fitness options, from waterfront swimming pools and fitness parks to outdoor yoga classes, walking tracks and bike tours.

Why not combine sightseeing with exercise on Sydney Harbour and hire a kayak?

In the city centre, Prince Alfred Park has a lot to offer. In addition to mapped and measured running routes, it features outdoor gym facilities and a new 50-metre swimming pool. The park also provides free basketball facilities and five tennis courts for hire.

Sydney's parks are perfect for outdoor yoga as well as scenic places for your morning run. Many also offer early-morning or after-work fitness boot camps to help get you in shape.

Away from the city centre, Sydney is a haven for those who like to combine the beach with their exercise. While some beaches, such as Bondi, Cronulla and Manly, are famous for their surf, others, including Chinaman's Beach, Coogee and Redleaf, are known for their safe swimming conditions, outdoor pools or gentle breaks.

For those who want to be at one with nature and spend summer days walking and taking in the views, Sydney is surrounded by beautiful natural attractions. Popular and picturesque walking trails include the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk and the Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Track.

Sydney harbour foreshore. Kirribilli
Running in Sydney

With its temperate climate, meandering harbourside tracks, and great beaches and parklands, Sydney makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors. You'll find plenty of walking trails, national parks close to the CBD and easy-to-navigate city streets so you can keep fit while you're on holiday with an early morning or sunset run.

Chinese family at manly Beach, Sydney
Cycling in Sydney

Cycling is also popular in Sydney; there are some great bike-friendly tracks around the city and harbour. A bike, water and a helmet (required by law) are all you need. A number of bike tour operators show you all the top sights, while others let you hire a bike and pedal at your own pace.

North Sydney Olympic Pool, Milsons Point
Sydney's beachside pools

Clovelly, Coogeeand Palm are all beaches with a bonus pool. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar at the south end of Bondi Beach also overlooks a pool, and Cremorne has a historic pool that was built back in the 1920s. The pools at Bronte and Freshwater beaches are set into the cliffs, providing a stunning setting for a few laps.