Sydney is the perfect city for walking, with its spectacular coastline and iconic beaches such as Bondi and Manly, sparkling Sydney Harbour and enchanting national parks. Choose from a range of walks and hikes, from harbourside and coastal walks to hikes that include camping in national parks.
For one of the best city walks in the world, start at either Woolloomooloo or Barangaroo and amble along the beautiful harbour foreshore to these iconic attractions – the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Royal Botanic Garden. Stop at Mrs Macquaries Point for fabulous photographs.
A small section of this walk is in the 30km Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head Walk, one of the great urban coastal walks in the world. The walk from Palm Beach to Barrenjoey Lighthouse is also outstanding. This Heritage Listed lighthouse was built in 1881 and is an iconic Sydney attraction.
Another beautiful walk is the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. The Federation Cliff Walk to Watsons Bays also offers postcard views of the Pacific Ocean and features Australia’s oldest lighthouse. You’ll also find dog-friendly walks and walking tours that provide fascinating commentary.
For more splendid vistas south of the Coogee, enjoy the Malabar Headland National Park’s Western Escarpment walking track near Maroubra. The sweeping views of the rugged coast, deep blue ocean and Botany Bay are amazing, and the bush is teeming with wattlebirds, honeyeaters and fairy wrens.
Hermitage Foreshore Track begins in Nielsen Park and winds past the heritage-listed Strickland House to Milk Beach, a small sandy beach and one of Sydney’s well-kept secrets. The walking trail offers stunning harbour views, including of and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The Royal National Park in Sydney’s south is Australia’s oldest national park and a bushwalking paradise. Sydney Coast Walks offers an Aboriginal discovery tour, where you’ll see rock carvings from a millennium ago. For campers and hikers, the Coast Track is a wonderful two-day adventure.
In Sydney’s north is the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk, a 10km trail with superb harbour views, and the Manly Lagoon to North Head Walk. You can join EcoTreasures and Sydney Outback for walks in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. On the Red Hands Cave track are Aboriginal ochre hand paintings.