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Sydney’s Best Walks
So we have the world famous Opera House, the awesome Harbour Bridge and some of the best beaches on earth, but we don’t get enough credit for our fantastic scenic walks!
So get out of the house and stretch your legs; here are some of the most enjoyable walks in the city.
Bondi to Coogee, Eastern Suburbs
This iconic path covers 6km along Sydney’s picturesque coast starting at Bondi, going through Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly before winding up in Coogee. The walk goes from cliff tops, through parks and across the sand and boardwalks of some of our most beautiful beaches.
For those weary of the distance, the Bondi to Tamarama section is an ever popular option for a shorter stroll at less than 2km long. Keep an eye on this spot in October and November as it plays host to Sculpture by the Sea, a free outdoor exhibition set up on the beach itself.
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Harbour Bridge Track, Circular Quay
The most scenic short walk would arguably have to be the Harbour Bridge track, not to be confused with Bridge Climb. We all know you can scale the bridge, but you can also walk the flat footpaths across the main thoroughfare completely free. It features beautiful panoramic views and is enjoyable at any time of day.
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The Bay Run, Inner West
The Bay Run is an inner west track featuring cool views of the harbour and the bobbing boats. The 7km track is a loop so there is no right or wrong start, but a popular entrance point is from Leichhardt Park. The run never strays more than 20 metres from the waters’ edge and completes the full loop by linking up to the footpath across Iron Cove Bridge.
Get out of town and back to nature at Lake Parramatta. The atmosphere is peaceful and quiet except for the distinct sounds of native birds flying nearby. The typically Australian water and bush views are so stunning that it’s hard to believe that this tranquil setting is just kilometres from the heart of bustling Parramatta. The paths track around the edge of the lake and vary in length from 1.5km to more than 4km of varying terrain. The well-signed paths include gravel tracks, rocky climbs, sandy flats, steps and occasional bridges.
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The Royal National Park
The Royal National Park is located at the southernmost end of Sydney. Located in the world’s second oldest national park, the Coast Track features well-preserved bushland next to breathtaking beaches. Follow the Bundeena – Otford trail; this course covers 26 km and takes two days. Hikers can camp on the far side of North Era beach, where there are basic facilities including toilets and limited water. Visit http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au for camping approval.
Writer and Photographer – Jennifer. H