Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
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 – Sun-Herald City2Surf in August and Blackmores Sydney Running Festival in September.
Running in Sydney
Scenic Harbourside tracks, gorgeous beaches, a wealth of accessible parkland - Sydney makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors. In Sydney, you'll find plenty of walking trails perfect for training, as well as stunning national parks close to the city for a peaceful jog, easy-to-navigate city streets so you can keep fit while you're on holidays with an early morning or sunset run, and plenty of bayside walking and running tracks to explore.
In the heart of the city, the Sydney Harbour foreshore and gardens lay out a surplus of tracks for you to choose from. The Royal Botanic Gardens is the ideal place to start, with gently sloping paved paths overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. A jog over the bridge (the path is on the bridge’s eastern side) is rewarding and a great experience. The paths along the harbour to the south of the bridge wind their way through the historic streets of The Rocks, along Walsh Bay (test your mettle on the historic steps down to Hickson Road), through the beautiful parkland of Barangaroo and on to Darling Harbour.
Sydney's famous beaches are a popular place to walk, jog or run while taking in spectacular coastal scenery. The path winding along the coast from Bondi to Coogee passes by some of Sydney's iconic beaches. You can make this run as long or as short as you want to enjoy the local sights of Tamarama, Clovelly and Bronte beaches. Follow the paths from Manly to Spit Bridge along the coast for stunning views of Manly Beach and Sydney’s northern suburbs.
Parklands close to the city centre are easy to reach and offer great options for a run. Centennial Parklands, a Sydney landmark, offers plenty of quiet tracks to explore. You can choose to run on the inside grass tracks, a welcome reprieve for legs used to running on hard surfaces. Further afield, check out the Royal National Park, south of the city centre. It has more than 93km of walking and jogging tracks to suit all levels and abilities. The 10km loop at Curra Moors offers a challenging run in a beautiful natural setting.
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 other secluded bays.
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 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 Sydney Olympic Park by train, bus or ferry from Circular Quay.