One of the groups of people under the most turmoil in Australia would have to be the Chinese. As immigrants to this country, they have gone through many years of battles for the right to immigrate to Australia, and still to this day are a bit segregated from the rest of the settlers to the new country. Deep in the heart of downtown Sydney however is a rich heritage of Chinese owned business, especially some delicious restaurants! Sarah and I walked through this part of town in search for some good lunch, and saw the difference between Chinese and British cultures. Definitely worth the walk, and worth the time to stop and have lunch.
The best walk I have done so far is the walk from the Spit bridge to Manly. It is a fantastic walk through forests, over beaches and over rocks. You have some amazing lookouts at various stops along the way. At some point it really feels like you are in the middle of the Mediterranean. Clear blue greenish water, lots of sailing boats and yachts etc. Make sure you go out and do this walk on a sunny day during the weekend, because there will be much more happening on the water and on the beaches ;-)
To get to the Spit bridge just take bus 460 from Wynyard station and get out at the Spit bridge. Right opposite the stop you will find a kayak rental place. This might be cool to do aswell for a couple of hours, before you start the walk. To actually start the walk, cross the bridge and the continue walking under the bridge and that's where the start is.
The walk is very good signposted, so you don't need a map really. Just keep in mind the walk will take you along the water, so always keep the water in sight and you'll be fine. Have fun and let me know what you thought of it.
If you want to see some more pics and read some more about this track take a look at my Manly Scenic Walkway travelogue. Click on the link below to see a very detailed map of the walk.
Not as spectacular as Manly Scenic Walkway, but nevertheless an interesting walk is the one from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. You can start where you want, but we were told the easiest is to walk from Bondi to Coogee. You follow the coast line pretty much all the way and along the way you will come accross many beahces, such as Tamarama and Bronte. You will also pass quite a big graveyard which is situated on the cliffs. There are really huge gravestones here.....
Too bad we didn't have a great day, so that might have something to do with the way I value this walk. I might do it again on a sunnier day.
Shelley Beach is a much smaller, more secluded beach to its well-known neighbour, Manly Beach.
From the South-end of Manly, one can take a coastal walk of about 10mins around to Shelley Beach.
There is also a great cafe on the way that has beautiful fresh seafood and their weekend breakfasts are popular too!
Catch a ferry to Manly then walk
The Scenic Manly Walk is a 10km long rather challenging walk from the Spit Bridge through the Sydney Harbour National Park to Manly . It was one of the highlights of my stay in Sydney!
The clearly marked trail leads you through a magnificent and changing landscape up and down the hills. Allow 2 to 3 hours for the walk and avoid the midday heat. Take your swimmers with you, there are some marvellous beaches along the trail. And look at my Travelogue for more pictures!
Bushwalking, while in Sydney its easy to do some good walking by getting the train to Otford and doing a loop around the Royal National Park. When you get off the train walk up the stairs at the end of the platform and up the hill (600m) til you hit the road, your see a cafe on your right, they have maps for the nearby walks, the loop walk is 3-4 hours in length, great bush & beaches. Note because of the Christmas Bush fires , some parts of the Park have been close so if you want to walk , check with 'National Parks' to see it the path is open, The one described above is still open and there isn't any recent fire damage.
The higher the better! A good address if you want to admire Sydney from the heights and save some $$$. The great views will cost you only the price of a drink of your choice... compare to the AU$ 25 of the Sydney tower without drink ;-) So head to Australian Square Tower (170 m high) designed by the famous Harry Seidlerand and climb up to the 47th floor... thanks to the lift. Take your comfy seat and order your favourite drink, the revolving bar floor will show you Sydney in every directions.
Hungry? The Summit Restaurant will welcome you with the same view or you could find a large food court at the ground floor.
Enjoy the 360 degrees great views... enjoy Sydney!
UM, I love to walk, what can I say. If you do too, you won't be dissappointed in Sydney. There are phenominal coastal trails. Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Mosman Bay, get off anywhere and start your walk toward Manly. Really...that is all I did. I had no map or idea what I was doing but I had a map of the ferry stops and figured I would just walk to the next ferry stop and ride back. I found some great coast trails and if there was not a trail, or if I wanted to see a bit of the neighborhood, I just climbed a few streets then headed back toward the coast and onto a trail. I hiked all the way to the zoo and past but had to head back to the zoo to catch the ferry back as it was getting dark. There is a trail that will take you all the way to Manly. Don't stop there either, keep walking because there are more trails in Manly. Don't do what I did and forget to take a map, no excuses because you can find printable maps at www.wildwalks.com (site below). Print and hike like mad!! Watch out for all the lizards sunning on the rocks.
I just thought this was the most beautiful view I saw.
The walk begins at the Sydney Opera house, following the signs to Mrs Macquaries Chair, and ends there.
I don't want to describe the walk as it is absolutely amazing. Its the best way to see Sydney, please take my word for it
This is taken on the walk from Cremorne Point (officially Robertsons Point) to Mosman Bay. To the right and virtually impossible to see these days (due to plant growth) is an old quarry from whence much of the sandstone used in 19th century buildings came from. The stone itself is also easily viewed today as it forms that attractive wall running from the Opera House around to the Botanic Gardens.
As you can also see in the photo, like any other walk in Sydney, you'll come across many nationalites and cultures during your stroll which adds even more colour to the experience.
Cremorne Point is a peninsula of land on the Lower North Shore of Sydney Harbour, separating Shell Cove from Mosman Bay. It's a wealthy residential area where the foreshore has been retained as public space, providing access for everyone to enjoy the area's beauty.
Finding your way to Cremorne Point couldn't be easier. First, head for the ferry wharves at Circular Quay on the waterfront in central Sydney.
At Circular Quay, catch the Mosman ferry. Get off at Cremorne Point.
It's worth pausing a while near the wharf to take in the spectacular views of the harbour, opera house, harbour bridge and city skyline from Cremorne Point.
When you can tear yourself away from the lovely view, climb the stairs up the small cliff across the road from the wharf to get to the walking path.
Please see my travelogue for more photos and deatailed info!
The Manly Scenic Walkway
This was a lovely walk, I think I heard about it through the Lonely Planet. After some searching around for the right bus, which takes you over the Sydney Harbour Bridge the bus driver stopped for me and told me where to start the walk (very friendly).
At first you walk over the bridge (or can get off at the other side, but I wanted to have a look) and are hit by the huge, expensive looking houses!
The walk is well sign posted throughout and you go buy some lovely secluded beaches, very tropical looking, you get wonderful views when you get up high of the city and the coastline, and all the boats bobbing around.
I passed some big lizards and the odd small snake, at the highest point there's some Aboriginal rock carvings to see, you can see why they carved them where they did; spectacular views.
You end up on the far side of Manly, a secluded fishing area then walk around to the main part.
It is 9kms and takes around 3-4 hours, be sure to take plenty of water and your bathers! Watch out for sharks, I read there's not been an attack for 35 years, but they could happen as around most of Australia.
If you don't want to walk back you can hop on the ferry to Darling Habour, make sure you get a nice cold beer on the Manly side first and watch the sun go down, as I did!
There are numerous National Park areas in Sydney, its surrounds, and New South Wales.
The NSW National Parks website (listed below) also includes information on Botanic Gardens, State Forests and other natural areas.
-Bondi to Coogee Walk.
A spectacular walk along the eastern beaches of Sydney. This walk takes 2.5 hrs to complete and along the way you pass by breathtaking scenery. Dont just go to Bondi Beach, see the other beaches along this walk - away from the commercialism, crowds, & the touristyness of Bondi.
You should use the opportunity to have guided short walks into the bush. (Don't walk all alone, if you do not know the place. There are to many poisonous animals in australias wildlife!) Never believed something could be so strenous. But there is ...
Please don't forget your camera on these trips.