Sydney Hiking Bondi to Coogee

Hiking in Sydney

I’ve always thought that Sydney is one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities.  Hiking in Sydney opens up even more of the beauty on offer – harbour views, beautiful landscapes, which are all easily accessible from the city – what could be better?  It’s a fantastic way to escape the hustle and bustle, recharge and enjoy the stunning scenery.

There are literally dozens of walks to choose from, however here are some of my favourites.

Mount Kuring-gai National Park

If you have a full day free, this is the perfect hiking trip.  Kuring-gai has plenty of walks on offer, and this is one of the more challenging ones, but the views and the landscape make it all worth while.  Taking the train to Berowra, it’s a few hundred metres to the Kuring-gai Chase National Park.  From there it’s a hard track, around 9km or 4 hours, through to Kuring-gai.  But it’s glorious!  Fabulous views, and for the most part not too busy.  You get magnificent views from several lookouts.  The close proximity to public transport is an added bonus, and makes it rewarding day trip.

Cremorne to Taronga

I only recently discovered this little treasure, but what a wonderful surprise!  Taking the ferry from Circular Quay to Cremorne Point, this walks follows the shoreline for the most part, meandering up and down, until you reach Taronga Zoo.  All up it’s about  4 1/2 kms, or 90 minutes of hiking.  It is a great way to enjoy the stunning harbour views, plus get a good look at some of Sydney’s more expensive houses!  On a nice day it’s hard to beat this – a really beautiful walk, topped off by a ferry ride to fully appreciate the city.

Bondi to Coogee

This may be one of the most famous and best known walks in Sydney, and for good reason. It’s simply stunning. But famous also means it’s really busy, so to truly enjoy it go early. The sunrises are spectacular and well worth the early start.   I’ve done this one so many times I’ve lost count, but I still love it.  I usually start in Bondi, and walk, or run, for as long as I have energy for, then return to Bondi and finish off at one of the many delicious cafes for breakfast.  It’s 6km in total, and for the energetic takes 45 minutes, but a more leisurely walk takes up to 90 minutes.

Spit Bridge to Manly

This is probably my favourite walk in Sydney. Taking in lots of beautiful beaches and a national park with breathtaking views over the ocean and out to the heads, it’s full of variety and there’s plenty to enjoy.  All up it’s about 10 km, or about 2 hours of hiking, starting at the Spit bridge. Time it right, and you can finish in Manly for lunch at one of the many delicious restaurants across the road from the beach.  Or you can take your time, spend the day swimming at the beautiful beaches along the way, then you’ll arrive in time to find a nice bar on the beach and feel refreshed with a crisp wine or cold beer.

Royal Botanic Gardens

When all else fails and there’s no time to take a bus or a train or a ferry to set off on a hike, the Royal Botanic Gardens is right on the doorstep of the city.  I often think how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful city. There’s no better way to remind yourself than going for a walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens and through to Mrs Macquaries Point.

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