If Sydney’s one of those places you always hurry through on your way from Sydney Airport to Sydney Harbour or vice versa, then maybe it’s time to take a closer look. Sydney is the largest city in Australia and has much more going for it than just being a gateway to the rest of the country.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is probably Sydney’s most recognized landmark, but exploring Sydney by foot gives a different perspective that only a few people experience each year. To help you out we’ve put together this list of our favorite walks and hikes around Sydney.
1) The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk (4km)
The coastal walk from Bondi beach down to Coogee Beach is one of Sydney’s most popular walks and a great way to explore Sydney’s beautiful coastline. The full coastal walk takes about three hours to complete, but you can always stop for a coffee or bite to eat along the way.
2) Sydney Domain (5km)
The Sydney Domain is located within the Royal Botanical Gardens and is home to Sydney’s oldest cemetery as well as Sydney’s contemporary art museum called ‘Carriageworks’. You can take a guided tour at Carriageworks on Saturday mornings which includes seeing some inside exhibitions that are not usually open to the public.
3) Blue Mountains Explorer Bus (7 – 8 Hours)
There are many different bus tours around Sydney and this exploration bus tour through the Blue Mountains is one of Sydney’s most popular. You can hop on and off as many times as you like throughout the day, but if you only have one day to explore Sydney’s Blue Mountains then this is the best option.
4) Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb (3 – 7 Hours)
The Sydney Harbour Bridge climb will give you an amazing view over Sydney harbour and Sydney bridge. It takes about 3 hours in total which includes an hour of instruction before climbing the Sydney bridge itself, so it’s a great way to see Sydney from above. If you climb Sydney bridge during twilight or nightfall it’ll be illuminated by lights too so that makes for another awesome experience.
5) The Great North Walk (15km)
The Great North Walk follows Sydney’s old railway line which was closed down in the 80s and has since been converted into Sydney’s longest walking track. Taking the train to Sydney’s Hornsby station is one end of Sydney’s Great North Walk and you can walk all the way out at Sydney harbor via the Spit Bridge along the way.
6) The Bay Run (10km)
The Bay Run loops around Sydney harbor, taking in some beautiful views over Sydney parklands too. Running is a great way to keep fit while traveling because all you need is a pair of good running shoes. This trail starts from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair so if your hotel or hostel is close by it’ll be an easy run to do.
7) Sydney Olympic Park (20km)
Sydney Olympic Park is Sydney’s hub for sporting events, so it’s no surprise that Sydney’s best running track can be found here too. Sydney’s famous athletics track is located right next to the Sydney Olympic stadium, making it a unique place to run which you’ll probably never see again in your lifetime.
8 ) The East Circular Quay Wharf (5 – 10 Minutes)
Circular Quay Wharf is Sydney’s main ferry terminal and one of Sydney’s busiest places. Since this walk will only take 5-10 minutes you can easily fit this into your day without having to plan around it. Sydney Opera house is a great Sydney attraction and Sydney’s ferry terminal can be seen from Sydney opera house, which makes this a popular photo spot for any tourist in Sydney.
9) The Royal National Park (45km+)
The Royal national park is Sydney’s second-largest park located about 40 minutes south of Sydney city. Many people choose to drive down here because it’s such a beautiful walk, but you can also catch the train down to Waterfall. This will take around 2 hours from Sydney central station so if you don’t fancy walking back then make sure to plan when booking your tickets.
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