From spectacular harbourside hikes to tranquil bushwalks to relaxing inner-city strolls, Sydney really has it all. The best part is that Sydney’s walking trails are easily accessible, wherever you are in this sunny city. Exploring the best walks in Sydney is easy because chances are some of them are right on your doorstep!

Experience views of shimmering blue seas, spot birdlife along peaceful bushy trails or brave challenging hikes to get your heart racing. Walks in Sydney truly have something for everyone. Besides, who doesn’t love a fun, free workout?

Discover the Best Walks in Sydney

1. Bradley’s Head to Chowder Bay Walk

This spectacular coastal walk begins at Taronga Zoo, extending all the way to Chowder Bay. This is one of the best coastal walks in Sydney, with panoramic harbour views to enjoy most of the way. This is a fairly easy walk. There are some stairs involved but there are also plenty of excuses to stop along the way, with no shortage of photo opportunities! There are also toilet facilities available at Chowder Bay before you return back.

Length: 8 kilometres there and back

Duration: 2-2.5 hours

2. Glebe Foreshore Walk

This Sydney walk starts at Bicentennial Park and ends at the Sydney Fish Markets, where you can reward yourself with a delicious lunch! From there you can return to the starting point. This is a short, dog-friendly walk suitable for all fitness levels with beautiful park and bay views in abundance; just perfect for a cruisy Sunday.

Length: 5 kilometres there and back

Duration: 1-2 hours

3. Hermitage Foreshore Walk

This walk, located in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, is definitely one of the best walks in Sydney. It contains plenty of shady paths and beaches, making it one of the most family-friendly walks on our list. This trail is mostly boardwalk with just a few sets of stairs. There’s plenty to see, from multi-million dollar properties to quiet harbourside beaches, to coastal views and the idyllic Shark Island. You can also stop by the historic 19th century Strickland House. Although you can’t enter the house itself, you can stop to browse the tidy grounds and gardens for free.

Length: 5 kilometres there and back

Duration: 1.5-2 hours

4. Manly to Spit Scenic Walkway

If you’re up for a challenge, the Manly to Spit Walk is one of the best hikes in Sydney. It can three to four hours to complete one way (depending on how many selfies you take) but the views are well worth it. Throughout the trail, you’ll explore subtropical bushland and sandy coastal pathways and catch glimpses of beautiful beaches, bays and harbour inlets. The walk is long and does have some stairs so probably isn’t suitable for small children but it should still be relatively easy for those of varying fitness levels.

Length: 10 kilometres one way

Duration: 3-4 hours

5. Bundeena to Wedding Cake Rock

For a coastal escape, head to Sydney’s south. Start at Beachcomber Avenue in Bundeena where you can begin the challenging hike to Wedding Cake rock. You’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of steep sandstone cliffs, coastal lookouts and plenty of natural flora and fauna. If you visit in June or July, you may even be able to spot a whale or two! While not overly long, this walk is steep so requires a moderate fitness level.

Length: 7 kilometres there and back

Duration: 2-3 hours

6. Bondi to Coogee Walk

We couldn’t write a “best walks in Sydney” list without adding the Bondi to Coogee walk! This popular coastal walk is one of the best-known walks in the city and is conveniently located a stone’s throw from Sydney city. Starting anywhere along Bondi Beach, simply keep walking along the beachfront path, past Bondi Icebergs and continue along the coastal path. Along the way, you’ll pass Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and, finally arrive at Coogee, with spectacular coastal views along the way. It does get busy on a weekend though, so it’s advised visitors start earlier in the day. Break up the walk with a coffee in Coogee or enjoy a tasty lunch at one of the many cafes or restaurants in Bondi upon your return.

Length: 6 kilometres there and back

Duration: 2-2.5 hours

7. North Head Walk

North Head’s “Fairfax Walk” offers an easy stroll with breathtaking ocean views. This relaxing walk starts at the end of North Head Scenic Drive and follows a loop around North Head. This is also another popular whale-spotting spot in June and July. If the walk isn’t long enough for you, continue on past Shelly Beach to Manly along the picturesque coastal path.

Length: 1-kilometre loop

Duration: 20-30 mins

What do you think the best walks in Sydney are? Drop us a line and let us know. If you need more advice about Sydney walks or the best hiking areas, we have an in-depth knowledge of this beautiful city. Contact us for more information, or browse our other local insights for more information.

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