The 14 Best Walks in Sydney

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A destination famed for its stunning coastline and sparkling cityscape, there no shortage of sights to see when visiting the Harbour City. Whether you want to embark on an urban exploration, a leisurely coastal walk or a challenging multi-day hike, Sydney has a track to suit every preference.

Want to explore the city’s most magnificent sights on foot? Make your way from the concrete jungle to the coast with PARKROYAL’s guide to Sydney’s top walks.

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1. Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach

Distance: 6 kilometres; Difficulty: Medium

One of Sydney’s most iconic trails, this cliff top coastal walk extends for six kilometres in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. Also dotted with surf shops, popular cafés and waterfront bars, the Bondi to Coogee walk offers the best of beach and city life combined.

Bondi Coogee Coastal Walk

2. Circular Quay to the Royal Botanic Gardens

Distance: 1.5 kilometres; Difficulty: Easy

An easily accessible walk for guests of PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, this inner-city trek begins in Circular Quay and winds through the lush flora of the Royal Botanic Gardens. A great break from the CBD without having to leave the city limits, this self-guided stroll has everything from art installations and sculptures to colourful flower displays and water features.

3. Anzac Bridge to Pyrmont Bridge

Distance: 4 kilometres; Difficulty: Easy

Explore two of the city’s most notable structures with a bridge-to-bridge tour in the city’s inner-west. A great way to see another side of the harbour, this alternative trail takes walkers past the portside suburb of Pyrmont and the world famous Sydney Fish Market before crossing over Darling Harbour and ending in the CBD.

Anzac Bridge Walk Sydney

4. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Distance: 2.5 kilometres; Difficulty: Easy

While options for discovering the Sydney Harbour Bridge range from guided climbs to helicopter rides, one of the best ways to explore this iconic structure is on foot. Begin in Milsons Point and make your way across the bridge toward the historic suburb of The Rocks, stopping mid-way to take in views of the legendary Opera House and the harbour below. Once you arrive at the bridge’s south end, scale the eastern pylon for even more amazing views of the city and its surroundings.

5. Taronga Zoo to Chowder Bay

Distance: 4 kilometres; Difficulty: Easy

Pack a picnic and take the ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo, where this leafy walk beside the water offers vistas of the Opera House and ‘The Coathanger’. Once you arrive at Chowder Bay, you’ll find a secluded sandy beach that’s great for yacht and bird watching.

Taronga Zoo Walk Sydney

6. Manly Beach to Spit Bridge

Distance: 10 kilometres; Difficulty: Medium

A truly beaten track on the city’s tourist trail, this 10-kilometre harbour-side walk hasn’t gained its reputation without reason. At the mid-way point, Dobroyd Head offers a 270-degree view of the Sydney Harbour, as well as views across to Manly, “the heads” and the South Shore in the distance.

7. Centennial Park

Distance: 4 kilometres; Difficulty: Easy

A well-loved trail for local cyclists, runners and walkers alike, this scenic loops circles the whole of Centennial Park, bringing visitors up-close and personal with nature, mere moments from the trendy suburbs of Surry Hills and Paddington.

Centennial Park Sydney

8. Dover Heights to Watsons Bay

Distance: 4.5 kilometres; Difficulty: Easy

Also known as the Federation Cliff Walk, the path from Dover Heights to Watsons Bay leads through Christison Park, where picture perfect sights like Signal Hill and Macquarie Lighthouse can be found alongside a backdrop of sandstone cliffs and crashing waves.

9. South Head

Distance: 1.5 kilometres; Difficulty: Easy

An easy extension of the Federation Cliff Walk, the short, 1.5 kilometre South Head Heritage Walk departs from Camp Cove in Watsons Bay and leads to the famous Hornby Lighthouse. A prime whale watching location between April and December, this leisurely stroll is equally stunning at all times of the year thanks to its uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour, North Head, Middle Head and beyond.

10. North Head

Distance: 9.5 kilometres; Difficulty: Medium

Nestled on the remote, south-eastern tip of the Sydney Harbour National Park, this history-filled trail takes walkers through dense scrub and wilderness and past a former military barracks before opening up to a mix of coastal views, from the Sydney Harbour to the Tasman Sea.

North Head Walk Sydney

11. Cockatoo Island

Distance: 2 kilometres; Difficulty: Easy

A former convict colony turned tourist attraction, Cockatoo Island’s historic walking trails are akin to stepping back in time, with heritage buildings, museums and 360-degree views of the Parramatta River to be savoured along the way.

12. Palm Beach to Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Distance: 2.5 kilometres; Difficulty: Hard

Set about an hour’s drive north of the CBD, the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Track is an excellent option for hikers who are up for a challenge. Known for its steep incline, this deceptively difficult, 2.5-kilometre trek provides spectacular views of the tranquil shores of Pittwater and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean split in two by Palm Beach’s white sands.

Palm Beach to Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk

13. Lake Parramatta

Distance: 4 kilometres; Difficulty: Easy

Historic Lake Parramatta offers numerous walking and cycling tracks, as well as a cafe. Home to a diversity of migratory birds and flora, these wetlands are an ideal destination for nature lovers staying at the nearby PARKROYAL Parramatta.

14. Bundeena to Otford

Distance: 26 kilometres; Difficulty: Hard

A multi-day trek best suited to experienced bushwalkers, this 26-kilometre trail through the Royal National Park’s dense, sub-tropical wilderness calls for at least one night of camping. Those who want to explore the area without an overnight stay can opt for the shorter Bundeena to Marley trail, which passes by Wedding Cake Rock before looping back to the start.

Bundeena to Otford Walk Sydney

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