Sydney's best walks and hikes

Sydney’s coast is known for its beautiful walking paths filled with bush, wildlife, and with spectacular views of the ocean! And sometimes, it’s hard to figure our which walk you want to do, depending on the time it takes, intensity and location… that’s why we’ve created a list of our favorite places to walk in Sydney.

Spit Bridge to Manly This beautiful 10km walk is the perfect trail for those wanting harbour views, hidden beaches, and picnic and park areas to rest in. This walk can take anywhere between three and five hours, meaning it’s probably best to go on a cooler day and to pack snacks and water. The walk can be split up, meaning you can do different parts of the walk on different days, which may make it easier to complete. Give yourself an entire day if you want to do the whole walk, then you won’t be rushing through it as quickly as possible.

Brighton Le Sands to Sans Souci Fancy a walk along the beach? Of course, you do! This walk is a very chilled and easy walk to complete, and you can hike on the sand or on the footpath, depending on what you would rather. Mums and bubs, its the perfect trail for a pram and there are many kids play areas and exercise stations along the way. The path is also dog-friendly, and there are many cafes and places to grab a bite to eat. The best bit is, you can decide when you want to turn around and call it a day, or keep going… so the time of walking is really up to you!

ANZAC Bridge to Pyrmont Bridge If you’re looking for a short, scenic walk, put on your shoes and get walking! Start off by crossing the ANZAC Bridge and walking around through to the fish markets for a delicious lunch by the bay. You can then head through to Darling Harbour and across the Pyrmont Bridge, completing the 4km trip in under an hour. You’ll be looking at all Cockle Bay has to offer, while being in the middle of the city. Such a great way to spend the day!

Middle Head Middle head is a beautiful lookout spot located in the Sydney Harbour National Park. Walk through the park as you explore the Don Goodsir track to the 1801 forts, or take a look at the tunnels, gun pits, and war-ridden tiger cages. Finish the day off on Cobblers beach with a sunbake and picnic!

Bondi to Coogee Take on the Bondi to Coogee walk for a relatively easy 6km walk that won’t require more than three hours to complete! The trail will lead you along and through stunning beaches such as Bronte, Clovelly, and Gordons Bay – meaning you can stop off and have a dip in each one if you please! All year round this walk will provide spectacular views, including the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition if you go later in the year.

Balls Head Reserve This walk is by far the most chilled yet stunning walk on this list! Right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, this short leisurely stroll will lead you through private parks and flourishing flora and fauna. Take a break and have a picnic wherever you please, perhaps on the rocks for the best views of Sydney’s CBD!

Centennial Park If you’re specifically wanting a track to follow, head to Centennial Park (about 10 minutes from the city) to enjoy a leisurely stroll. It’s 4km long and, like the Brighton Le Sands to Sans Souci walk, perfect for mums and bubs with strollers and young kids wanting a park to play in. Dog lovers, you’re more than welcome too, just make sure they stay on the lead in the specific zones! It’s the perfect picturesque picnic spot, especially when the sun is beaming!

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