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Want to know where the best coastal walks in Sydney are found? No problem. We’ve picked five of our all-time favourites.
1. Anzac Bridge to Pyrmont Bridge
With the sunshine pelting down from above, the huge steel spokes of Sydney’s Anzac Bridge shine gloriously under a bright blue sky. Photographers pack your cameras, there are some stunning shots to be captured on this walk. If you’re walking from the inner west towards the city, the Anzac Bridge to Pyrmont Bridge route is one of the most scenic. Anzac Bridge is fronted by two commemorative soldiers; one Aussie and one Kiwi. There’s also a shared pedestrian walk way and cycle way which provides fantastic horizon views of the Sydney harbour. Once across, take a detour to the Sydney Fish Market and soak up the electric atmosphere. Continue towards Pyrmont Bridge where you can finish your 4km bridge hike with a refreshing scoop of Aussie beer.
Cool fact ALERT: A plaque signalling the joining of the two halves on the 24th July 1995 also details the location of an embedded time capsule. No one knows what’s inside or when it’ll be opened.
2. Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walk
If you’re in need of a little escape from the big city lights of Sydney, embark on the Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walk. Once you’re in the thick of native bushland and coastal hinterland you won’t even know you’re only 20 minutes away from the concrete playground. Pack your togs because there are several opportunities to take a dip in waters that lap secret harbour beaches. Begin the 10km hike with a scenic glide across the harbour on board the Manly bound ferry. From here you can set off on a three hour tramp through lush bushland offering startling panoramic views across the city.
Add-ons: If 10km sounds extreme, fear not. There are numerous cafes, watering holes and pristine beaches en-route, whereby you can to stop, take a rest and absorb the tranquillity.
3. Middle Head Walk
A true Sydney landmark, history buffs shouldn’t miss the forts of Middle Head which you’ll stumble across when traversing the aptly named Middle Head walk. Scrambling through underground tunnels and disused gun pits is only half the fun when you embark on this fascinating hike. The views which span the harbour and an expansive ocean are more than compelling. With the fresh sea air whipping at your cheeks and the sun screaming down from a gloriously clear sky, look out for such highlight as the Vietnamese 'Tiger Cages', where trained military men simulated POW conditions, as well as the labyrinth of rabbit warrens (hard to miss) which curl some 300 metres across the terrain.
HOT tip: For photos that’ll make your Insta followers go gah gah, head for Georges Heights Lookout. Panoramic views of Sydney Harbour will fill your viewfinder.
4. Bondi to Coogee Walk
But of course, the all-time classic. It might not be a newbie to the walking scene but this one never fails to impress. Sydney siders know all too well the merits of this glorious coastal-hugging walk; it’s the best weapon in their arsenal when it comes to wow-ing visitors. And rightly so. From champagne beaches to craggy cliff edges and crashing waves, the scenery is year-round profound. Covering 6km over six different sections, our favourites include The Tamarama to Bronte walk, not only because it’s beautiful but because it’s flat and easy – and perfect for a Sunday morning mooch. If you’re after something more sweat inducing, both the Bronte to Clovelly walk, and the Clovelly to Coogee walk throw a few rugged hills into the mix. And if you’re visiting in October, don’t miss the iconic art event: Sculpture by the Sea which dominates the walk’s Bondi to Tamarama section. Yes it’ll be extra crowded but the inventive designs are well worth casting your eyes over.
Highlights: Where to start? Beaches, parks and rock pools. Cliffs and bays bathed in sunshine. Twinkling ocean water, elevated scenery and beautiful Sydney joggers, surfers and golden sun seekers.
5. Moonwalk: Sunset to Sunrise (September - April only)
Nothing to do with the man and his white crystal glove, the Moonwalk is an enchanting nocturnal walk along Sydney’s dazzling coastline. Particularly favoured by budding photographers, you’ll meet at 6pm and enjoy a sunset dinner at the Wattamolla Lagoon. You then have all night to tramp through the Royal National Park, using nothing but moonlight and glow sticks (and torches if you’re a renegade) to guide your way through native bush. There will be a night photography lesson en-route and plenty of time to sit back and gaze at a formidable starlit sky. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a midnight dip in crystal-clear waters, or soak up the tour guide’s stories of Aboriginal and European history. Dawn is greeted with a sunrise breakfast, sitting before a spectacular seashore setting.
Don’t forget: To take your own sleeping bag.
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