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There are many places to walk in Sydney to enjoy Sydney's unique bushland and harbour. For visitors these two walks are particualrly recommended. Please remember to take water with you and use sunscreen. Enjoy!
Sydney City Walk
On foot is the best way to explore Sydney. If you are staying around the Rocks area, then begin the walk by heading towards the Opera House, and then enter the Royal Botanic Gardens on the eastern side via the Queen Elizabeth 2 Gate. For a detour follow the signs to Government House or continue along the harbour frontage called Farm Cove, and head past Mrs Macquaries' Chair until you see Garden Island and the Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo. Continue until you find the Andrew Boy Charlton pool (a cafe is available here). Re-enter the Botanic Gardens at the Henry Lawson Gate and take the path which leads to the Palm Grove section where you will find a kiosk, lovely restaurant and the garden shop. Follow the directions uphill slightly towards the Domain (going past the Cadi Jam Ora display) and exit through the Woolloomooloo Gate. Across the road is the Art Gallery of NSW which is highly recommended for a visit and is another good stop off point for a light lunch or snack. Turning right you are now heading towards Macquarie Street, which houses glorious buildings from Sydney's colonial past. This is one of the most beautiful streets in Sydney and should not be missed. The Hyde Parks Barracks, the State Library, The Mint, the Sydney Hospital and Parliament House are all located along the street. This is the end of the walk. If you wish you can go to Hunter Street and find the Chifley Plaza for a shopping interlude, or you may continue to walk towards Pitt Street Mall or the Queen Victoria Building for a lovely shopping experience or you can return to Circular Quay/The Rocks area. All this can be done in a good half day but it is recommended that you take your time and explore the many sights along the way. It's a great way to familiarise yourself with Sydney.
This thread has some great information on walking from the Opera House to Botanical gardens http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTop....
Bondi to Coogee Walk
One of the most popular & scenic walks in Sydney follows the coast for 6 km from Bondi to Coogee. The walk takes about 2 hours to complete, depending on how often you stop. Longer stops can be made along the way to swim in some of the beaches such as Tamarama & Bronte. A shorter option (4 km) is to finish the walk at Bronte.
Further details including transport options http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTop...
Spit Bridge to Manly Walk
Note: The Spit Bridge path starts at the northern end of Spit Bridge and then heads towards Fisher Bay (where you can see an Aboriginal midden). The walk goes past Clontarf Beach, provides views of Balmoral, cuts through Dobroyd Head, continues onto Fairlight Beach and then around into Manly. Distance: 10 km one way.
This walk is another stunning Sydney walk, particularly on clear sunny days. The walk is not really difficult at all, though it does take the best part of a day. About three and a half hours of walking, and by the time you travel out to the start (by bus from Wynyard Carrington St. bus stand C) and return to the city (via Manly ferry), there's not much left of your day. Don't be tempted to start the walk from Manly.... it is easier if you start from the Spit and conclude in Manly. Arriving tired but exhilarated at Manly, you will be rewarded by scores of coffee shops and restaurants to provide some welcome refreshment. Make sure, when you arrive at Manly, that you actually walk through the shopping strip known as The Corso to Manly Beach foto view one of Sydney's very best beaches.... the strip of sand between OceanWorld Manly and the ferry wharf is NOT Manly beach, although I fear that many tourists who do that walk assume that it is... how disappointed they must be with the beach, after all the great photographs they've seen!
For more details on Manly see http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g25...
Also, make sure you take a detour about mid-way to see the aboriginal carvings on the cliff top. It's not signposted, although you should see the side track veering off to the right. This is a great place to sit and eat a picnic lunch, and it is the best view in all of Sydney.
Four year olds and people in their seventies do this walk unaided.... even women in high heels and tight skirts don't seem to find it too hard, even though that's not a recommended style of dress for the walk! There are a few steps, early in the walk, but nothing to worry most people. In fact, the council is busy at the moment making the track wheelchair-friendly. For the last quarter, you are actually walking along suburban streets with paved footpaths.
For those who wish to be naughty and do the Manly to Spit Bridge walk first , then you can also be rewarded with the best fish and chips, it is one of Sydney's best kept secrets, under the Middle Harbour Yacht Club you can sit on the beach, feet paddling in the water, glass of wine in hand and reminisce in absolute bliss. For more details of Middle Harbour / Balmoral see http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g25...
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Wharf
This walk starts at Cremorne Wharf. To reach the wharf you may catch a ferry from Circular Quay (wharf no. 4). From the Cremorne Ferry Wharf explore the bushland remnant at Robersons Point, the outermost point of this peninsula. Here you will find a pathway which leads to a lovely lighthouse. You may sit for awhile here to admire the harbour scenery. When you are ready to leave keep to your right along the foreshore walking path to Mosman Wharf. Along the pathway you will see beautiful grand mansions. On your right look out for the Lex and Ruby Graham garden. These gardens were made by an elderly couple who lived in the area. They are lovely. Follow the foreshore all the way around past Mosman Rowers until you reach the other side of Mosman Bay. Return via the Mosman Wharf. This walk takes around 45mins.