Just because summer’s over, doesn’t mean we’re quite ready to trade the outdoors for bed-ridden Netflix weekends. As the sun still shines, now’s the time to embrace what Sydney has to offer before the gloom and doom of winter approaches.
And while sweltering beach days might be on the decline, the change in season offers the perfect excuse to explore some of the many amazing nature walks Sydney has to offer. If you’re lucky, a quick dip in the ocean might even still be on the cards!
So, if you’ve been looking for something to do on those less than scorching hot days, these are some of Sydney’s best walks, with views and coffee pit stops to boot!
Spit Bridge Scenic Track
A 10km bushland trail that shows off some of Sydney’s best (hidden) beaches and bays. With spectacular lookouts over the ocean, in whale watching season, you might be lucky enough to spot them, so our suggestion – take binoculars! This can take 3-4 hours to complete, so be sure to come prepared and pack plenty of water and sunscreen!
Bondi – Coogee
The iconic walk can take up to two hours, depending on whether you go the whole stretch. It can get crowded, but worth it for the views and the intermittent dips in the ocean.
Rushcutters Bay to Rose Bay
A 5km walk that takes you past Sydney’s largest marina and offers a perfect excuse for a cheeky coffee pit stop. Follow the promenade, which curves around to Rose Bay and Lyne Park where you can treat yourself to a picnic lunch with an incredible vantage point that looks over Sydney Harbour.
North Head Coastal Walk
This 9.5km trail is as close to nature as you can get. Walk past the old army barracks before reaching bushland that overlooks the harbour. If you’re lucky this is another opportunity to spot whales on their migration or simply just sit back and take in the breathtaking views as you watch the ferries traverse the headlands. Finish up at Little Manly beach for a dip or take your thirst to Manly wharf, where a cool ale awaits.
Barrenjoey Lighthouse Track
Head to Sydney’s most northern point via Palm Beach and climb the scrubland track up to the lighthouse that opens up to a lookout over the Pittwater. An easy (and well worth it) day trip from Sydney, it doesn’t stop at the picturesque walk. Enjoy a swim either side, whether the bay or surf beach takes your fancy and enjoy lunch at one of the many wonderful eateries around town before you go.
Bradley’s Head to Chowder Bay
This track offers leafy panoramic views from Taronga Zoo through the historic military sites. It’s a great way to explore Sydney’s middle harbour with plenty of wildlife, native bushland and impressive views of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge periodically on show.
Bundeena to Otford
Best experienced as a 2 day backpack trip, the coastal track can be broken into sections should you prefer to cut it a little short. For the northern section, allow at least 7 hours to tackle the 18km from Bundeena to North Era. This trail is not for the faint hearted, so ensure you’re adequately prepared with food and water. With several stops along the way, including the famous waterfalls of Wattamolla, you can be guaranteed to reconnect with nature as you take in breathtaking views and enjoy the serenity. The southern part of the walk covers around 8km and can take 3 hours from North Era to Otford lookout.
Image Credit: Australian Traveller – Spit Bridge Scenic Track