Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head
Explore secret bush tracks, historic sites and secluded inlets with breathtaking harbour views. The 18km urban coastal walk takes you from the iconic Harbour Bridge through the Royal Botanic Garden to glittering harbourside suburbs such as Double Bay and Vaucluse, weaving in and out of the Sydney Harbour National Park to Watsons Bay and the entrance to the harbour, South Head.
Take a seat and enjoy the panoramic views from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a sandstone rock bench in the Royal Botanic Garden, hand carved by convicts in 1810 for Governor Macquarie's wife Elizabeth. Stop for lunch at beautiful Rose Bay and relax over coffee at local favourites Ministry of Coffee at the ferry wharf or the family-friendly Sugar and Spoon Cafe roof-top overlooking picturesque Lyne Park.
Join the Hermitage Foreshore Walk in Vaucluse, winding through the Sydney Harbour National Park where the bush meets the sea. Spot native wildlife in pristine pockets of bushland with sparkling harbour views of nearby Shark Island.
Round the headland at Nielsen Park, take a dip in the swimming pool enclosure at Shark Beach or rest in the shade on the promenade. Step back in time at historic Vaucluse House, the 19th-century home of colonial explorer William Wentworth. Now a museum, the mansion is open daily to the public, and its original gardens and wooded grounds are worth a visit.
Indulge in fresh seafood at legendary Doyles on the Wharf at Watsons Bay, where a ferry service runs regularly to and from Circular Quay. From here, follow the scenic South Head Heritage Trail as it loops around the headland, past lightkeepers’ cottages and historic 19th century gun emplacements.
The distinctive red and white Hornby Lighthouse at the tip of South Head was built in 1858 after the wrecking of The Dunbar, and marks the end of the epic coastal walk. It’s also the perfect vantage spot for whale watching in winter, with sweeping views across to North Head and the Pacific Ocean.