Bondi to Manly Walk
Bondi to Manly Walk
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An iconic Australian suburb, Bondi Beach is famous for its fantastic beaches and views. Once the domain of backpackers, hundreds of tourists from all over the world descend en masse to Bondi in December ready to enjoy the "Aussie summer". Bondi Beach boasts impressive ocean views all along the many restaurants and bars on Campbell Parade. Wake up early and take a dip in the surf before walking the scenic stretch from Bondi to Coogee Beach. Stroll through the Saturday organic markets in North Bondi or grab some fish and chips and relax in the grassy area opposite the beach. For more upscale cuisine, head down to Hall Street where a range of new eateries have recently opened. Just make sure to save enough energy for the buzzing nightlife Bondi Beach has to offer.
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Ian B
Adelaide, Australia152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We walked Manly to Bondi as part of a longer walk from Barrenjoey Lighthouse (Palm Beach) to La Perouse. The wonderful thing about these walks is that you can walk them as fast or as slowly as you like - taking time perhaps to enjoy other things along the way. We walked Manly to Coogee (just south of Bondi) over six days of about 13km/day, based in a hotel in the Rocks and using ferries and buses to shuttle to each day's start and finish. The Sydney public transport system was excellent and very cheap for this and we just carried a light day pack.
The walk takes you through so many, varied little spots always with fantastic views of the harbour or coast. Don't forget to carry your bathers! There are signs between Manly and Bondi but I recommend you take a map or the .gpx file if you're into that sort of thing.
Well done to this group of people for 'creating' this walk - perhaps one day it will be expanded to the full Sydney Coastal Walk.
Written 26 September 2023
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Explore16300518267
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
We did this walk over 7 days, and if you've got the time, I think this was a good amount of time.
We actually started at Coogee and walked to Bondi the first afternoon.
We booked accommodation on the trail each night (except we bussed back to Bondi rather than staying at Watsons Bay - easy to do as busses are frequent). We often got to our accommodation soon after lunch, and used the rest of the afternoon to explore the area. We carried fairly light day packs, doing a little washing in the hotel sinks. We actually posted a box of gear back home after 2 days as we realised we were carrying too much!
I found the app particularly useful, as the path isn't always straightforward to find.
Walk slowly, enjoy the views, smell the flowers and savour the food!
Written 9 September 2023
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia872 contributions
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May 2023 • Solo
So my background is I have come to like walking but am not a keen hiker (that may come). I prefer flat walks instead of hilly ones, cools walks instead of hot ones and am not a fan of humidity. I find interesting details in both natural and urban environments. So over six days in Sydney I completed the approx. 80 km Bondi to Manly Walk. My husband and I were staying in Sydney so each day meant travelling to the start point and returning from the end point. In May sunset started around 5pm so that ended up being when I would head back, particularly when I was walking by myself. If you want to be completist and you're used to walking and you have the time then this walk is a nice challenge. It is possible to do the walk in just two days. Otherwise, choose the section(s) that have the most appeal to you and use public transport to get to and fro.

There is a very useful app with suggested itinaries and an interactive map at bonditomanly.com. I supplemented it with google maps and took chargers in case my phone or watch ran out of power. This walk is actually made up of a number of earlier sectional walks (which are probably the best sections in my view) with joining bits added in, often in residential areas. I did get lost sometimes in the residential areas, but the signposting, while not perfect, is mostly reasonable. At the start of the older sections there is often a handover sign to say follow the signs of the original section, e.g. South Head Heritage trail, Hermitage Foreshore Track, Spit Bridge to Manly walk, etc which I didn't find difficult and they are adding the Bondi to Manly signs even to these.

I encountered a least one track closure a day on each section, unfortunately with the most picturesque sections, e.g. the Fairfax walk on North head, the Clifftop walkway near Bondi, Fisher Bay walk and others. Note that parks can close at night (mostly 10 pm). As Sydney used to allow private ownership of land bordering the harbour there are sections where you must go up to residential streets to get around these blockages and come back down. There are also quite a few military installations on the harbour that put a stop to explorations too.

Here is how I walked it. It wasn't the recommended itinaries I read. It was just based on how far I felt like walking that day, how long I took for breaks and when I had to head back.

Day 1 Sunday, My husband chose the Manly Ferry to Manly Beach walk so we took the ferry to Manly Wharf and walked up the hill to North Head Sanctuary and Sydney Harbour National Park where there are a number of walks that explore the old military buildings in the Barracks Precinct and cemeteries. Bandicoot Heaven, on North Fort Rd, contained lots of environmental and wildlife information and very helpful volunteers. Fairfax lookout was closed but we still got views across to the Sydney skyline. We came back to Manly Beach via Shelly Beach. We ate at Chica Bonita Manly in Manly Beach and then came back to Sydney via the ferry.

Day 2 Monday. Harbour Bridge to HMAS Penguin, Headland Park. My husband was unavailable for the next 5 days due to work and conferences so I am by myself but, inspired by yesterday, my target is now to finish the Bondi to Manly walk. This was the longest day of walking I did this week and was the best segment with views of the Harbour Bridge, lots of little coves, Neutral Bay, Sirius Cove, the 3km walk along Cremorne Point, the very natural, fairly flat, Bradleys Head Walking Track around Taronga Zoo and the Taylors Bay Track to Chowder Bay and Headlands Park. I started in North Sydney (officially the walk starts at the Harbour Bridge). You go past Kirribilli and the prime minister's house but you don't see much and then go through a number of bays and coves mostly serviced by ferries. I sometimes lost the track in residential areas. The section around Taronga Zoo was pretty and taking the ferry from there is the easiest exit point. Headlands Park on Georges Head and Middle Head has some natural bushland but I kept losing the walking path and ending up on roads. It ends up in a confusing ex-military area where buildings have been re-purposed for other uses. I finished my walk at the HMAS Penguin bus stop on Middle Head. I should have continued onto Balmoral Beach because, after the hill I stopped out, the next part is lots of stairs on the Headland Park Walking Track down to Balmoral Beach and later on I had to walk UP them. I took the bus from HMAS Penguin to South Mosman Wharf where I had quite a wait before returning home. I recommend taking the bus to Mosman and Sydney instead. I ate an early lunch at the Flying Bear café in a Wilson Park marina and then had a drink at Tarongo Zoo but there wasn't much else on the route.

Day 3 Tuesday. Bondi Beach to Watsons Bay. I took the train to Bondi Junction then transferred to the Bondi Beach bus. You get to see Bondi beach and the surfers. From there you take the Cliff walk through Dover Heights, Waverley, Diamond Bay Reserve to Watsons Bay. Nice cliff views of the seas, lots of linear parks, views across to Sydney and, unfortunately, a lot of up and downs where private houses force you onto residential streets. I ate at Bay Café in Watsons Bay then walked the Gap Lookout National Park and South Head Heritage trail before taking a bus back to Sydney.

Day 4 Wednesday. Manly Wharf to HMAS Penguin, Headland Park. I took the ferry to Manly Wharf. There is a little free art gallery at the end of Manly beach and then little beaches before you reach Forty Baskets Beach. I was able to cross on the rocks but a high tide you will need to go up higher. Then you are on the natural environment walking track section of the Manly to Spit Bridge Coastal Bushwalk which has a number of lookouts. I got to the Grotto Point Aboriginal Rock Engravings (be careful not to walk on them) but, after climbing so high, wasn't up to taking the tracks down (then back up) to Washaway Beach or Grotto Point Lighthouse. Coming down to Clontarf beach where the yachts come very close to the shore was pretty and that's where I had a rest as there are two very nice cafes here - Bosk and Sandy Bear. The direct walking path to the Spit was closed so it was head up to the main road and across the Spit. Once over it is via mostly residential areas down (via Parriwi Lighthouse walking track and where, if the tide is low, you can inch along the rocks around the houses) to Chinaman's Beach, then up and down to Edwards Beach and then the largest beach, Balmoral, where I had some substandard fish and chips. From there it was a long stairway on the Headland Park Walking Track up to Middle Head Rod and HMAS Penquin and a bus to Mosman and a bus to Sydney (much faster than the ferry). If you are after natural environment bushwalking then this is excellent but there is a lot of walking uphill.

Day 5 Thursday. Watsons Bay to Darling Point. I took a ferry to Watsons Bay then along mostly residential streets with short walking tracks along Gibson Beach and a bridge to Parsley Bay Beach, Beach Paddock and Nielson Park with Greycliffe House leading onto the more extensive Heritage Foreshore Walk. This is some nice bushland and there are nice views of Sydney and harbour bridge through this section. The residential section at the end of that is where I got lost and it took me a while to find Rose Bay Beach with its promenade. I ate there at Sugar + Spoon which was away from the beach but was less expensive and had a nice variety of food. Then around Point Piper with the little Lady Martin's Beach and Duff Reserve but mostly residential walking until you get to very pretty Seven Shillings Beach and the Murray Rose (Redleaf Pool) which you get to via an art gallery and lift and lovely garden. I really liked that. Then up via the Marathon stairs and more residential streets to Darling Point Reserve ferry and sunset views of the city and harbour bridge as I went back to my hotel.

Day 6 was just a tidy up day of the last section from Sydney Harbour Bridge to Darling Point. I had, on a previous trip walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge and around Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, the Opera House, Mrs Macquaries Chair and the Botanical Gardens which is very pretty. So the only sections I had left were Finger Wharf, the accessible parts of Potts Point not taken up with navy facilities, Elizabeth Bay with its marinas and finally to Darling Point and a ferry home.
Written 1 June 2023
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Jodi A
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Absolutely loved the whole walk! My crazy friend and I did the course over 2 days over Easter. Manly to Circular Quay day 1 and Bondi to Circular Quay day 2. We stayed in the city and from the website thought Circular Quay was halfway. Discovered the Manly to circular quay was quite a bit longer then anticipated but glad we did the long day first. We did day 1 in reverse. The app was great for directions. Highly recommend. There’s so many spectacular places along the way that I’d never of known about if we didn’t do this
Written 28 April 2022
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Groovychook
Shelly Beach, Australia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
A spectacular walk. I had no idea there were so many little secret bays on the southern side of the harbour. The northern side had much needed ice teams available at the harbour side stores. Views the whole day! I’d happily run it again!
Written 28 March 2022
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Nicholas W
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
We did the Circular Quay to Taronga Wharf leg, which was ok but as others have said has poor signage and a lot of streets. My really criticism though is the very basic app which accompanies the walk. It’s clunky in operation on a phone and while it gives recommended itineraries it is not possible to interrogate it to establish one’s own custom itinerary. There is also no direct link to public transport apps, particularly for ferries which enable access to so much of the walk. For example I’m interested in walking that part of the walk from Taronga Zoo Wharf to North Sydney Wharf, but the app doesn’t enable me to highlight the walk between those two points and estimate the walking time, nor link to a timetable for ferries. All of which would enable Sydneysiders and their visitors to plan to visit differing parts of the walk at their convenience. In this day and age to expect a sophisticated highly interactive app to promote and assist access to this iconic walk is not unreasonable. The current basic one does the hard work by the promoters of the walk a serious disservice.
Written 2 October 2021
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PoppyWB
Sydney, Australia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
I walked the entire path in short chunks between July 2020 and March 2021. Some only a couple of km at a time around where I live in the Lower North Shore, and some larger 10km parts south of the Harbour Bridge. Much of it solo, but also with friends. It's a beautiful walk. Jaw-droppingly stunning in parts. It's also very safe, which I appreciated as a woman. Quiet enough that you get to experience tranquility and solitude (I stood on quite a few little beaches on my own on the north shore) but there are always other people around and close enough if you need them. After all, Sydney is a major city!

Spring and autumn are ideal as it isn't so hot, but seeing the jacaranda blossom in November is unforgettable. The changing seasons are wonderful to see if you re-walk sections at different times of year. Make sure to take water and plan toilet stops ahead.

Completing the walk in sections gave me a goal when my work was put on hold due to Covid, and I am very thankful to the team who created the walk, signage and app. I feel as if I achieved something and my fitness has improved considerably. I'm currently twiddling my thumbs a little during the 2021 lockdown and trying to walk as much of it again as I can, with my family this time.
Written 8 September 2021
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Dave H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
What a fantastic way to explore Sydney.
Having lived in Sydney my whole life and run around it for many years, I was surprised at just how many unexplored gems I uncovered on this trail.
From bush trails on the harbour's edge to cliff top panoramic views to quiet and secluded beaches this showcases the highlights of the city, many of which only locals know about.
I thoroughly recommend it, and a beer and burger from the 4 Pines brewery in Manly at the end is a great way to celebrate your achievement.
Written 17 May 2020
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Thanks so much for your review @RunRidetheWorld. Great recommendation - there's nothing better than ending a long days walk with a beer and burger. We're so lucky there are so many epic spots to grab a bite and a drink around the Harbour. Hope you get back out there again soon :)
Written 1 March 2021
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Brett M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 • Friends
Gave the coastal trail from Bondi to Manly a go last Sunday with a couple mates. I can highly recommend it to anyone looking to explore everything great about Sydney. The trail is very well marked so you won’t get lost. You will struggle to find a better view for 78km anywhere else!
Written 29 April 2020
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What a huge achievement - congratulations! 78km in one day - amazing. Almost a year since you did it - any chance of an annual challenge? ;)
Written 1 March 2021
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Christian W
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 • Friends
Ran this beautiful route with 4 friends. Given the distance and undulating terrain this was a fairly tough physical challenge. However, in terms of the views and landscape I can’t think of a better way to take in all of Sydney’s stunning Coast line. From the cliffs of Dover Heights, iconic views of circular quay and twisting trails of northern Sydney this route offers a truly stunning perspective of the city.

My only recommendation would be for more sign post directions along the way. Especially for the section around neutral bay after crossing the harbour bridge
Written 28 April 2020
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Thanks so much for this great review Christian and congratulations on a huge day out! We're working on that signage - which you'll start to see installed throughout this winter. Might be time to organise a rerun for 2021!
Written 1 March 2021
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