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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Running in Sydney


Here for a running event?

Whether you're a competitive runner, a casual jogger or even just a walker, road races are a great way to see the sights, meet new people and soak up the Sydney vibe. Running events take place in Sydney year-round. Don't miss the biggies – the Sun-Herald City2Surf in August and Blackmores Sydney Running Festival in September.

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Running in Sydney

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

In the heart of the city, the harbour foreshore and gardens are sure to entice you to take a run. The Royal Botanic Gardens are the ideal place to start, with gentle, paved paths overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. A jog over the bridge itself is fun, and the paths to the south of the bridge wind their way through the historic streets of The RocksWalsh Bay and Darling Harbour.

Sydney's fabulous beaches are loved by surfers, runners and walkers. Take your pick of Sydney beaches the running possibilities are endless. The spectacular Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach waterfront route passes by some of Sydney's most iconic beaches. Choose to make this run as long or as short as you want, enjoying the local sights of Tamarama and Bronte beaches.

Parklands close to city centre are great spots for a run and easy to reach. Centennial Parklands is a Sydney landmark and offers plenty of quiet tracks to explore. You can even choose to run on the inside track, a welcome break for legs used to running on hard surfaces.

Royal National Park, south of the city centre, has more than 93 km of walking and jogging tracks to suit all levels and abilities. The 10-km loop at Curra Moors offers a great challenge in a beautiful natural setting.

  • Kirribilli Track Harbourside. Image Credit Hamilton Lund

    Sydney Harbour Bridge

    The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the starting point for some of the city's most well-known races, but a local tip is to take the iconic footpath across the bridge! Spanning 2 km in one direction, the bridge opens up plenty of opportunities to run around Luna Park, Kirribilli and the secluded bays on the north side of the harbour.

  • Spit to Manly walk, Sydney Harbour National Park

    Manly to Spit Bridge

    For those who love bush running, the Manly to Spit Scenic Walkway offers something a bit different from conventional tracks. Expect some stairs and rugged terrain to provide additional challenges, but you'll be rewarded with stunning views of Sydney Harbour and plenty of wildlife to spot along the way.

  • Sydney Olympic Park aerial. Image Credit Ethan Rohloff

    Sydney Olympic Park

    Sydney Olympic Park is a runner's delight with more than 35 km of paths and cycleways. These well-maintained paved paths lead through wetlands, along the river and through expanses of native grassland. You can easily access Olympic Park by train, bus or ferry from Circular Quay.