Scenic Walks, Sydney
We did a day trip to Watson's Bay to meet up with Laura for lunch at Doyle's at the Beach. After lunch Laura had to rush home so we decided to explore more of Watson's Bay.
The Bay has some of the most amazing views. Watson's Bay is located on the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. According to my guide book, it is considered the oldest fishing village in Sydney.
Watson's Bay has two walking paths from the warf and we decided to walk south past The Gap, see Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse.
Liz and I decided we wanted to do the Coastal Walk from Bondi to Coogee. We both love the ocean and heard the views along this walk were unsurpassed. We began our walk in Bondi on the Promenade. We climbed up the hills and looked down upon the beach and the crashing surf; absolutely beautiful.
We then continued along the path to Mackenzies Point. Here was a beautiful lookout point with water all around. We continued walking and the path went downhill to Tamarama. Tamarama is a small beach with some cafe if you want to catch a bite or a drink. We had our water and decided to walk on. Our next stop was Bronte Beach which is really beautiful. Just past Bronte is Waverly and the huge Waverly Cemetery. As we walked along the cliff(many yards away) we were able to see the headstones, monuments and crosses jutting out from the cliff; eerie but beautiful. Clovelly is a small beach that is very sheltered it almost seems like a pond; no waves. Gordon's Bay right past the beach was very deserted except for a lone man snorkeling. Our final stop on our walk was Coogee. Coogee is a nice sized beach with plenty of shopping and restaurants. This was our final stop on our 2 1/2 hour walk.
The walk was absolutely beautiful; we saw such amazing sights and met some fun people along the way.
**Dress appropriately for walking; some areas are quite steep and the walk is very long. Bring and umbrella and plenty of water. We got drizzled on a bit at the end of our walk.**
Now here's a spot I guarantee you haven't heard of - Phantom Falls; an apt name for an ephemeral cascade. Worth a look if you're a keen bushwalker but not if you're just the average Joe who doesn't want to explore.
To get to the base you need to go off piste and cross the falls up top before bush bashing your way downstream keeping your eye out for a gap in the rocks. You only have to go 100-200 metres then it's a fairly steep walk to the bottom.
Once there you will be rock hopping your way back to the falls.
When I was there it was barely flowing so you'll be seeing no spectacular sight, just a gorge with a dribble coming over the rocks.
I should also mention that it's part of the Mueller Track mentioned in an earlier tip.
Here's one I'll wager not many have heard of. It's a 2 hour jaunt (rated medium), starting from the Kur-ing-ai Wildflower Garden. It's a loop down to the creek below and back. Although it's only 3 kms, the going isn't easy and there's very little flat sections.
If you're into nature then this is a good walk. However, if you're looking for architecture etc., then give this one a miss.
Gates open at 9 and close at 5 but you can do the walk from other locations at any time you like.
It's advisable to pick up one of the free maps before you start which will let you know about the other trails that you will cross. All the other walks are shorter than the Mueller Track.
There are several walks, from as short as 10 minutes, that start at the gardens.
On my first morning in Sydney, I arrived at my hostel, exhausted, jet-lagged and in need of a shower. My room at the hostel wasn't ready yet, so I was recommended to talk a walk and explore. I was pointed to a path that took me along the Botanical Gardens. The name of the path was Mrs. Macquarie's Bushland Walk. There were plants that were transplanted along this route that were from the bushlands, in an effort the preserve the area's beauty.
It's a really nice walk. I started from Pott's Point, proceeded down a long flight of stairs and went past the Blu Hotel. The only sights I seen were the beauty of the flora and the occasional jogger. Once I walked around a sharp curve, the first major sight of Sydney greeted me. The Sydney Opera House! The Botanical Gardens were then within my reach. The fresh sea air from the harbor greeted me.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Wastons Bay, the view of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge is great!
At Wastons Bay, do not miss The Gap which is just a few minutes walk from the ferry terminal, it is near the bus stop. The sea view with the cliffs is fantastic!
Get the ferry from Circular Quai to Manly. It's a beautiful boat trip. In Manly get a plan at the tourist office (right at the ferry wharf), walk up to the beach through the shopping street, and then back to the ferry wharf. There you start the Manly scenic walk, down to the Spit. It's a 10km walk, along the water, through the Sydney Harbour national park, along some beaches and bays. A really beautiful walk.
I did it twice: pics here and here
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.
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.