I didn’t come to the Botanical Gardens and Domain until my third trip to Sydney in 2006. Now this has become one of my favorite things to do, especially the walk around the water’s edge from Woolloomooloo to the opera house. This is really one of my favorite Sydney activities. And anyone who goes and stays in Potts Point at least once I think you’ll find yourself doing this.
As you start out you walk along the boardwalk with Woolloomooloo pier on the right. Finally you head up some stairs and onto the path. This goes on past the Swimming club and around to the first corner near Mrs. Macquarie’s chair. From here you follow it back around the horseshoe all the way to the opera house. A nice pleasant walk, that affords for some fantastic shots.
My wife and I love walking here and have done so numerous times in our many trips to Sydney. We enjoy bringing along some snacks and drinks to enjoy while sitting on a bench taking in the beauty of this pace.
This has to be one of the most spectacular walks in the world. You can start and finish the walk at either Coogee or Bondi and make stops along the way as you please.
The walk is a combination of beaches, parks, local history and glorious scenery. Along the walk you will take in Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee Beaches, the cute little fishing cove at Gordon's Bay & Waverley Cemetery.
The walk follows a medium gradient clifftop path with occasional seating & several staircases (some quite steep). The beachside parks offer picnic shelters, coin-operated BBQs, play areas, kiosks, toilets & changerooms.
For something different along the way, take a detour into Waverley Cemetery. The first burial to take place there was on 4 Aug 1877. The cemetery grounds are open to visitors every day from sunrise to sunset. Some people of note buried in the cemetery are:
Jules Francoise Archibald - founder & editor of The Bulletin newspaper & provider of the annual portrait prize in his name
Sarah (Fanny) Durack - Olympic gold medal swimmer
John Fingleton OBE - Australian Cricketer & 'Bodyline' veteran
Harold Hardwick - champion swimmer & boxer
Lawrence Hargrave - Aviator & inventor
Henry Lawson - Writer & poet
Dorothea Mackellar - Poet
John Sands - Greeting card manufacturer & stationer
George & Charlotte Sargent - Meat pie bakers (infamous Aussie brand)
Arthur Tauchert - Star of the silent movie 'The Sentimental Bloke'
Victor Trumper - Test Cricketer
You will encounter all sorts of people along the walkway - people walking their dogs, sweaty athelic types on their daily run, tourists, locals and day trippers. During the month of November each year you can also experience "Sculptures By The Sea" between Bondi & Tamarama beaches.
Allow at least 2 hours walking time, more if making frequent stops. In the summer months it's best to walk in the early morning or late afternoon - the middle of the day can be very hot. Don't forget the sunscreen!
Central Sydney streets are easily walkable, with easy to navigate streets, no hills and quite main attractions that are quite compacted. It is an easy walk from say Darling Harbour to the Queen Victoria Building to Circular Quay and the Rocks area.
One of the must-do attraction in Sydney is the coastal walk. You can either start from Bondi or Coogee to complete this walk. It will take about 3-4 hours depending on the length of breaks you may want to give. If you start from Bondi, you will go down south to Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, Waverley Cemetery, Gordon's Bay and finally Coogee. As well as enjoying the breathtaking ocean views, you can jump into the cool ocean to chill and relax.
i like walking. and sydney is just a perfect place for it!
walking along the harbour, strolling around oxford street, or detouring passageway of the rocks... you will be in love with the city just by walking.
I know in "talking" to all my "buddies" here ahead of time, each town I was heading to seemed to have it's own Botanic Garden, and of course, I was told to go there. My thought is why do I want to go half way across the world to go to a garden!?!?! Well, probably because they are something you just should not miss; the beauty and splendor of the Royal Botanic Gardens is magnificent; the trees remind me of when I saw the David in Florence -- the size is astounding. Then, the wildlife puttering around -- even my daughter, who just rolls her eyes at me when I get excited about a bird or two went bonkers over 2 families of ducks in a little pond -- she is not allowed to make fun of me anymore. One baby duck kept falling way behind, then would go into hyper-drive to catch up with mama.
What tickled me about these gardens was as we entered, the sign saying walk on the grass -- had a very hard time staying OFF the path and staying ON the grass, so used to being told to get off. Very neighborly!
The gardens open between 6:30 a.m. - 7 a.m. and close at sunset.
For me, Sydney sites will be best appreciated when you do a walk-tour. You don't necessarily have to join a group or pay a guide ... an independent leisure walk is great.
There are lots of walk-tour suggestions from the internet. --- personal suggestion coming soon ---
This was the first thing I did in Sydney, and as well as being a lovely way to pass an afternoon, it's also a good way of checking out some of the beaches that Sydney has to offer. We started out in Coogee and walked to Bondi, but obviously the walk can be done in both directions. There's not really a lot more to say, so long as you know which direction to head in (see below!) you just follow the coast. The walk's about 4km long, and should take approximately 1-2 hours (not including stops at the beaches along the way!) depending on how fast you go. Just be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen, and take plenty of water and camera!
George Street is Sydney's Main Street. Named after King George, the street highlights the architectural styles of the city's civic and business institutions.
Starting from the Rocks, which is lined by 19th century sandstone low rise structures, you then enter the CBD where gigantic postmodern skyscrapers tower over you, juxtaposed by some of the finest examples of Victorian-era architecture. Further along, you'll see the grand looking pedestrian square called Martin Place, where massive sandstone edifices dominate, including the old General Post Office Building. At the centre of the square is a forlorn statue to commerate the Anzac soldiers that died for the country.
Further down the CBD is the grandious Victorian-style building aptly named Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Made of sandstone, this ornate building is now a shopping mall. Next to the QVB is the fanciful Sydney Town Hall, where the mayor holds court and which shares a square with yet another sandstone structure, the understated St Andrews Cathedral.
Moving down George Street is Sydney's entertainment district. Here movie houses, fastfood joints, videogame arcades and pubs abound, including Sydney's largest outdoor television screen. New highrise apartments flank both sides of the street as you move closer to Chinatown district.
George Street ends at the massive Central Station which is austerely made of huge sandstone bricks. The train station is the hub of all trains that lead to Sydney. The street then gives way to Broadway which is a major bus transportion junction.
The views are spectacular, and with the right weather it's a great way to spend half a day, or even a whole day if you choose to stop at each of the beautiful beaches along the way.
The walk also takes in Tamarama, Clovelly, Gordons Bay and Waverley Cemetery. Trust me on the last one.
More info available here: http:/ home.clara.net/ianlloyd/holiday/sydney/day9.htm
Walk from Bondi Beach to Cogee Beach (8 km)
I loved walking along this 8 km coastal walking path. The Pacific is near you. About halfway you walk through Waverly Cemetery, a huge cemtery with old graves.
Walking around parks and small beaches around
Enjoy these uncrowded places (avoid lunch time if you want to get them all for yourself ;) of peace and rest before continue your sightseeing activities all around the city (walking, of course).
I walked along Oxford Street to the Paddington Market. This is the gay district of Sydney, but I found a lot of interesting shops along the way and great places to eat.
This is a must, make sure you have sun cream on, takes about hour maybe hour andhalf, make sure u also have your camera with.