Hikers Gonna Hike: 5 Amazing Walking Tracks Near Sydney

We might walk to work. We might walk to uni. We definitely walk to the fridge (probably more than we should). But how often do we walk for fun? There’s no form of exercise like a scenic summer stroll, so let’s get out there and see what Sydney has to offer. We’ll race you!

Spit to Manly

split to manly
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This 10-kilometre walk features stunning views around Port Jackson, and it can be done in either direction – it just depends on what you fancy. We’d definitely recommend finishing up at Manly, though, as it gives you tons of tasty food and drink options to reward yourself with (go on, you’ve earned it). Plus, you can jump in the water and have a refreshing swim to cool off!

What are these tasty food and drink options, exactly? Well, 4 Pines Brewing Company is always good for some top-class modern Australian cuisine, while Manly Mexican is on hand for a spicier bite.

Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay

Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay
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The gentle bush trail from Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay is a relatively easy walk with a big payoff. Blessed with glorious vistas of Sydney Harbour, you can see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, or just watch the boats sailing by. If you’re lucky you may be able to spot a few water dragons! It’s also extremely close to Taronga Zoo, which is never a bad place to find yourself. This walk is pure coastline bliss, and you can even download a guided tour if you want to know more about the area.

Chowder Bay is brimming with trendy cafes and restaurants to refuel after your march, with the elegant Ripples being an old favourite of ours. The lamb rump is simply divine.

Glebe Foreshore Walk

Glebe Foreshore Walk
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The Glebe Foreshore Walkway stretches across four kilometres of Sydney’s spectacular waterfront, and it’s the perfect spot for a leisurely after-work stroll in the summer. It takes you through Rozelle and Blackwattle Bay, incorporating splendid views of both the harbour and the CBD’s skyline. It’s also a great place to take your four-legged mate for walkies, as there is off-leash access for dogs from Pope Paul Reserve to Ferry Road.

Why not stop off at Sydney Fish Market for some fresh seafood, or even indulge in a big old heap of gourmet barramundi at Cafe Sydney? We can taste it already!

Centennial Parklands

Centennial Parklands
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You’ll be spoiled for choice at the Centennial Parklands, which has a huge selection of intertwining walking tracks for you to explore. If you can’t decide, we’d suggest you give the 3.6-kilometre circuit of the whole park a go. With gardens, ponds, statues and gorgeous old heritage buildings to take in, it’s a very flat and easy-going route, and the scenery is a treat.

If all that walking’s worked up an appetite, Flat White Cafe is lovely spot with an all-day breakfast, while Bistro Moncur is famous for its French-style feasts.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk
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Built in 1881, the Barrenjoey Lighthouse is one of Sydney’s most iconic sights – and the walk to see it is just as impressive. This picturesque trail takes you to Sydney’s northernmost point at Palm Beach, where you might even get to glimpse a whale or two frolicking about in the endless blue waters. It’s a dreamy location, and an absolute must-visit.

Once you’re done, you should swing by The Greedy Goat for a hearty helping of Mediterranean magic. If fish and chips is your weakness, then The Boathouse is where you belong.

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