Scenic Walking Areas in Sydney

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Scenic Walking Areas in Sydney

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  • leuveen
    United Kingdom1,289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a fantastic walk for anyone who wants to see the top attractions but also have a lovely walk. Lots of toilets/cafes/food kiosks on the way. And plenty of benches to rest on.
    Written 29 February 2024
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  • Maggie W
    Coronado, CA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved strolling through Watson's Bay and walking by the sea! Took ferry over and back. Great beach day! Highly recommend.
    Written 17 March 2024
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  • Sue n
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went on 30th March for the 10.45 bridge climb with Shaun. He was amazing very knowledgeable and funny! The safety precautions are top notch and the views are out of this world!! Definitely worth a visit
    Written 30 March 2024
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  • Joanne
    Lake Mary, FL1,784 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great walk and not too crowded on a Sunday morning. There are a lot of overpriced outside eating areas - they were not that busy at that time. The walk is very safe and the views are awesome. You can catch lots of public transportation. At one end is the Reserve and about 2 miles the other way is the Zoo. You can look at the metro maps at the entrances, but there is not a great deal of signage.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • Sophia
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a great experience and my whole family loved it. I would say that this zoo should definitely be on your “must do in Sydney list” we were able to get real close to the animals and even get the chance to see baby koalas up close. On top of this a lot of the animals are rescue either because they are facing extinction or because they are injured. The zoo is pretty big but despite this fact it we didn’t have to do a lot walking which is great for family’s with smaller kids. Overall it was an amazing experience and I would definitely do it again.
    Written 21 October 2022
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,600 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Federation Cliff Walk is a beautiful path to take if you wish to enjoy a nice day staying fit, breathing in some fresh air and enjoying some of the best views over the water. It is accessed quite easily and for the most part it is no trouble to walk across.
    Written 27 February 2020
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  • mistral579
    193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute little park. Stopped by for some photos while on a looping path from The Rocks back to the Circular Quay area. The bridge and surrounds make it feel a little bit like NYC or a Spiderman movie at times lol. Great place for photos.
    Written 21 November 2023
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  • AndyJohn74
    Sans Souci, Australia3,427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located on the north-west corner of Circular Quay, this park offers some very good views out into Sydney Harbour. There are a few shady trees for those hot days.
    Written 17 January 2022
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  • Ian B
    Adelaide, Australia152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • MosesPH
    1,508 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Came to do the walk on a weekday. It was pleasant and relatively flat walking path all along the bay. Very nice for cycling, jogging, skating and walking. Great activity for families of all ages. Parking available at Lilyfield side on Frazer St. Note of caution if you go on the weekend as can imagine that it will be very busy and crowded seeing that it's a popular place.
    Written 4 July 2020
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  • RonWamberal
    Sydney, Australia13,239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As others have said, it’s not High Line, but nonetheless it’s an interesting part of Sydney’s history
    and an easy walk from Central or Darling Harbour.
    Hard to believe thais area in the past was all industrial and the train freight yards were just a bit further
    up in the Darling Harbour area.
    So much has changed here but the Goods Line reminds us of the past.
    Written 17 November 2018
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,635 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a long walk and covers a lot of different terrain including bush trails, boardwalks and roads. It includes stunning views, secluded beaches and sandy bays. Altogether, it covers about 8km and whilst google maps tells me it can be done in 1.5 hours, this is not a realistic time frame. There are so many tempting stops along the way that you should allow 3 - 4 hours.
    For tourists, one of the best things about this walk is that Sydney Ferries run between Circular Quay, Rose Bay and Watsons Bay so, at the end of your walk, you can catch a ferry back from Watsons Bay - a perfect way to finish.
    I think of this walk as having 4 quite different sections. They are:
    1. ROSE BAY

    The first section starting from Rose Bay is about 2km and is the least interesting. It includes Lyne Park and Rose Bay Beach, then it’s uphill along New South Head Rd. Turn left into Bayview Hill Rd and walk right to the end, where you’ll find the start of the Hermitage Foreshore Track. This section is mostly urban streets and pavement and will take about 30 minutes. Hang in there because the next section is amazing.
    2. HERMITAGE TRACK & NIELSEN PARK
    The Hermitage Trail is about 1.8km of walking mainly along the foreshore. It’s the highlight of the walk and includes panoramic harbour views, secluded beaches, sandy bays and historic sites. The trail is a mixture of bushland paths and boardwalks and is well sign-posted. It finishes at Nielsen Park where you’ll find a very popular swimming beach as well as a kiosk, clean toilets, changing rooms.
    3. PARSLEY BAY
    The next section, to Parsley Bay, is mostly along residential streets. There is little to no signage and you are essentially left to your own devices to find your way. Without google maps, you would struggle. In particular, it is hard to find the right road to the Parsley Bay bridge. Keep an eye out for the path off Fitzwilliam Rd, next to 43a. We missed it and instead ended up at the back of Parsley Bay Reserve. Whilst we could easily pick up the track again, it was a shame to miss the bridge and if you have kids, crossing the suspension bridge is part of the fun.
    Disappointingly, we also missed the waterfall. Apparently there is a short bushland circuit by the bridge that leads you there but again signage was not clear.
    4. WATSON’S BAY
    The final section is largely back on roads again but we cut down through Gibson's Beach Reserve so that we could walk along the waterfront and past the Baths. Watson's Bay is a great destination. Obviously the walk can be started at either end but we really enjoyed finishing with lunch at Watsons Bay. There were several cafes, a pub and the famous Doyles Restaurant. We had fish and chips from the Doyles take-away shop on the wharf and we sat at the edge of the park, overlooking the bay. Before leaving, make sure to walk up to the ocean clifftops to see The Gap, a stunning lookout point.
    NOTES:
    i) Overall, the walk involves a fair amount of time walking along residential streets, albeit attractive ones. If you are time-poor, a very good option is to do just the Hermitage Trail and plan a separate ferry trip to Watsons Bay (or Manly Beach) for another day.
    ii) The inadequate sign-posting really lets the walk down. Whilst it is OK for locals, it’s unhelpful for tourists who are on unfamiliar territory.
    iii) Once you leave Rose Bay, there are no facilities or shops until you get to Nielsen Park. If you’re desperate, there’s a porta-loo at Strickland House.
    iv) Depending on time, there are a number of really interesting diversions, that you could include in your plan for the day. These include historic Vaucluse House, Camp Cove Beach and the South Head Heritage Trail and Lighthouse. We headed for Camp Cove Beach for a swim which was wonderful.
    Written 12 January 2022
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  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia27,951 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Stargazer Lawn is a large area of gently sloping lawn at the top of the Barangaroo Park which provides great views of the harbour and the bridge.The area has been very well developed with good paths and sandstone edging to provide good views.Acess is vai Hickson Road or the Nawi Cove, a small well-developed inlet adjacent to the Baranaroo Station in development.Access from Barangaroo Wharf requires a detour around the construction but still worth it.
    Written 13 February 2019
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  • Mei Y
    Nullagine, Australia1,332 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Looking at Manly from the 10km Spit to Manly walk, this look out point is located within the Sydney Harbour National Park. The earlier European settlers abducted this aborigine as their 'interpreter' against his will, seeing him attempting escape a few times. However, he died of 'white men's' disease a few years later. The Captain attended his funeral and acknowledged his role during the era with a lookout point
    Written 15 September 2016
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  • Peter
    Glasgow, UK3,248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This old wall, in great condition is close by the gate leading to/from the Art Gallery road.
    It was originally constructed by Govenor Maquarie beside the carridge route to Mrs Maqaries Chair.
    There is an historic marker and seating next the wall.
    Excellent and restful spot with superb tree and park view.
    Written 16 December 2022
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