Seven reasons to do the Seven Bridges Walk

20 October 2016

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

The tenth annual Seven Bridges Walk takes place this Sunday October 30th, to raise money for Cancer Council NSW.

Participants can walk all or part of the 28km course, which crosses the seven iconic bridges of Sydney Harbour as well as the new Barangaroo Reserve precinct. Stop and refresh at one of the seven event villages along the way, where you can enjoy refreshments, entertainment and facilities.

And this year sees Olympic gold medalist Jared Tallent walking alongside Channel 7’s Mark Ferguson as an Ambassador for the 7 Bridges Walk. Jared’s career highlights include an Olympic Gold medal from the London 2012 50km walk event, an Olympic silver medal at Rio in 2016 and both an Olympic silver (50km walk) and bronze (20km walk) at Beijing 2008.


View from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

View from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

The clockwise loop of the Seven Bridges Walk crosses the Sydney Harbour Bridge, so you’ll have gorgeous views of Sydney Harbour from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Islands. You’ll also see the beautiful new Barangaroo Reserve and thriving Darling Harbour, walk along the stunning Glebe Foreshore and take in wonderful views across the water to Rodd Point on the Iron Cove Bridge.

This fantastic walk also crosses the beautiful Parramatta River, as well as the more secluded Tarban Creek and the Lane Cove River.

Cross all seven bridges in one day

Glebe Island Bridge, Sydney

Glebe Island Bridge, Sydney

There will be seven Villages around the course that participants must pass through to complete the circle walk. Each of the Villages will provide information, registration, first aid and toilets plus food, refreshments and entertainment.

The Seven Bridges Walk provides a unique opportunity to explore Sydney on foot and cross all seven of its coastal bridges in one day. The walk crosses Pyrmont Bridge (which goes through Darling Harbour), the Anzac Bridge, Iron Cove Bridge, the Gladesville Bridge, Tarban Creek Bridge, Fig Tree Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The course is a clockwise loop, so you can start and finish wherever you like

7 Bridges Walk, Barangaroo

7 Bridges Walk, Barangaroo

Start at any of the seven event Villages and walk clockwise around as much or little of the 28km closed loop circuit as you like. As part of the offerings for the Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk, there will be food, music and activities at each of the seven Villages.

The official start is at Milsons Point, meaning the first bridge most participants will cross is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can then continue in a clockwise direction, through the beautiful Barangaroo Reserve Village and on towards Pyrmont Village, Rozelle Village, Hunters Hill Village, Lane Cove Village and Wollstonecraft Village.

It’s recommended that you start the walk before 11.00am if you want to complete the full loop, and that you nominate your starting point when you register. The course is open from 7.30am to 4.30pm on event day.

There’s a free event bus in case you get tired

Hunters Hill

Hunters Hill Village. Image credit: Katrina Flynn

Free event buses will stop at the course’s seven villages. Buses run in both directions around the course with bus stops on either side of the road. The first buses depart Milsons Point at 8.30am and the last buses leave at 4.30pm.

This free event bus service travelling around the course will be available on event day only for event participants. To be able to use this free transport system you will need to show your Event Passport. No dogs are allowed on free event transport, with the exception of guide and companion dogs.

Buses will be available from each bus stop approximately every 20 minutes in the morning and every 15 minutes in the afternoon.

Help fight cancer

NSW Cancer Council, 7 Bridges Walk, Sydney

NSW Cancer Council, 7 Bridges Walk, Sydney

Last year over 12,500 people took part in the 7 Bridges Walk, altogether raising over $700,000 for Cancer Council NSW. This year the target is to reach over $750,000. All the funds raised and donated will help provide services and support for the 1 in 2 Australians who will be affected by cancer by the age of 85.

The past ten years has seen an incredible 90,000 walkers take part in the Seven Bridges Walk, raising over $2.7 million raised for charity. You can donate online or at any of the event Villages or bridges along the way.

It’s a great way to exercise

View from Tarban Creek Bridge, Sydney

View from Tarban Creek Bridge, Sydney. Image credit: Katrina Flynn

This event is a great way to see Sydney, benefit your health, be part of a great community activity – and of course raise money for charity. Walking is one of the most beneficial and low-impact forms of exercise, and it’s also a very social.

Set your own pace while enjoying spectacular views around Sydney.

If you’re not available to walk, you can volunteer or donate instead

Checkpoint at 7 Bridges Walk, Sydney

Checkpoint at 7 Bridges Walk, Sydney

With a 28km course, seven bridges, seven villages and 12,000 participants, this event welcomes anyone who wants to lend a hand and volunteer. Each volunteer will be supplied with an event T-Shirt and cap and all event day volunteers will also receive a lunch pack on the day and a Certificate of Appreciation.

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and help support the thousands of people walking for charity. It’s a great way to meet new people with similar interests and a fun day all round. You can also donate to The Cancer Council if you’re unable to participate or volunteer.



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  • Laura

    2 photos into this are labelled incorrectly. The fist is Anzac Brisge not Glebe Island, and the second is at Pyrmont, not at Barangaroo