Calling all tourists and Sydneysiders alike! It can be tough to find Sydney's best seaside strolls when new to the city. Luckily, this guide has done the leg-work of research for you.
1. Bradley’s Head to Chowder Bay
Time: 1.5-2.5 hours
For beautiful views of the Sydney Harbour, this is the walk is ace. It’s an easy 4km walk starting at Taronga Zoo and ending at the gorgeous Chowder Bay. You will make your way through Sydney National Park with unobstructed views of Sydney’s most iconic features, including the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
We recommend you finish up your good, hard walk with a bite to eat at Ripples Chowder Bay.
2. Bundeena to Otford Coastal Track
Time: 1-2 days
This one is for the serious hikers out there. It’s 26km around the Royal National Park with amazing views of the Tasman Sea along the way. As you hike, you see the rugged beauty of nature, as well as beaches and some stunning natural formations.
For novice hikers, it’s probably best to actually spend a night camping at the North Era campground. Wake up for the sunrise over the ocean - it's worth the early alarm.
Notes: If you intend on camping out, make sure you get a camping permit from the park office beforehand.
3. Chinaman’s Beach to Balmoral Beach
Time: 30 mins
The path to Chinaman’s Beach is only available at low tide, so you might experience a rocky walk along the beach if you hit it at high tide. To make the most of this hike, wander up the Parriwi Lighthouse Walking Track for a peek at stunning waterfront mansions.
The walk is only 1km long, making it a great option for those who don’t consider themselves pro-athletes.
4. Middle Head
Time: 1 hour
Walk around the perimeter of Middle Head and you’ll catch great views of the eastern suburbs, Middle Harbour and Manly. The cliffs surround you as you meander your way around the walk. One of the unique things about this walk is the Vietnamese ‘Tiger Cages’. The military simulated war prisoner conditions and you can explore these forts at the Middle Head Fortifications.
5. Cockatoo Island
Distance: 2km around
Time: 1.5 hours
Located in the middle of Sydney Harbour, it’s hard to believe that Cockatoo Island was once a convict colony; but believe it, because it's actually a UNESCO World-Heritage site. It’s easy to get there; just catch a ferry from Circular Quay and enjoy a day on the island. If you’d prefer to make a weekend out of it, you can camp overnight.
6. Bondi to Coogee
Time: 2-3 hours
This walk is the quintessential Sydney coastal walk. The stunning journey alongside some of Sydney’s most desirable beaches makes this hike not only a workout, but also a fun experience. It’s a great weekend activity to do with friends, as there are a lot of trendy cafes and stunning scenery along the way.