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Sydney is a sprawling metropolis with seaside suburbs stretching both north and south for a length of about 30 km. It then extends west in a broad sweep about 60 km to the Blue Mountains, through historic Parramatta, with the metropolitan area of Sydney covering some 5,000 square kilometres.

Covering such a huge area, Sydney offers plenty for those interested in taking in the sights by walking. From a casual leisurely stroll along any one of it’s many beach suburbs, to the more strenuous walks through national parks, there is something for everyone.

We will be bringing for you on this page, some suggested walks of all grades for the whole family.

View from Sydney Harbour National Park.

Circular Quay to Kings Cross
Take the walk from Circular Quay around to the Opera House. From there you can enjoy the leisurely stroll through the Royal Sydney Botanical Gardens. Following the foreshore will take you to Lady Macquarie’s point. From here you can take a walk back to the city passing the Sydney Art Gallery or take the lower path to Woolloomooloo, a stop off for a cafe break, and then follow the road as it winds it way back up to Kings Cross. (Tip: if you do the walk in reverse from Kings Cross to Circular Quay, it is mainly down hill).

Circular Quay to Parramatta
You can combine a day’s outing with catching the RiverCat to Parramatta, enjoying some of the historic buildings, then catch the RiverCat back.

Circular Quay to Manly
Any outing on the harbour can be pleasant and one that is popular with tourist is the Circular Quay to Manly ferry ride. Enjoy the cosmopolitan feel of Manly and hop on the ferry back.

Coastal Walks
There are a number of walks you can do along the coastline. From the world famous Bondi Coastal Walk, starting at Bondi Beach and ending up at South Maroubra. Another walk has been recently opened, that threads it’s way from Watson’s Bay, through Vaucluse, Dover Heights and only a stone throw from North Bondi. Soon these two walks will be joined to become one continuous walk.

Bondi Coastal Walk
This coastal walk is one of the most popular tourist walks in Sydney, winding it’s way from North Bondi to South Maroubra. At the height of summer it is known to attract over 800 people per hour.

Hermitage Foreshore Walk
This 1.4 km long track, takes one hours to walk, or two hours return. An enjoyable walk that takes in spectacular harbour views, a spot for a quiet picnic and a swim, or a spot for some fishing. The walk can start at the end of Bay View Hill Road, passes Queens Beach, Hermit Point, Milk Beach, through to Nielsen Park.

The view from Sydney Harbour National Park: Neilsen Park.Nielsen Park to Watsons Bay
Nielsen Park is part of the Sydney Harbour National Park, that hugs the foreshore. This is a nice easy walk, that you can take. If you feel like a longer walk, you can extend this to take in Vaucluse House, and then keep on heading east through Parsley Bay Reserve, Robertson Park, until you get to Watsons Bay.

Vaucluse to Dover Heights Coastal Walk
This three km walk, detours through suburban streets, but wherever possible sticks to the coast. The cliff tops are fenced, has decking and steps, with the occasional timber look-outs. The walk takes in Diamond Bay Reserve, Dudley Page Reserve, and Raleigh Reserve. Eventually, this walk will link through to Bondi, which will make possible a walk from South Head to Bondi and South Maroubra.

Historical Walking Tours
The City of Sydney has available some self-guided historical walking tour brochures that have been developed by the City of Sydney History Program to introduce you to different aspects of Sydney's fascinating history.

Each brochure features a clear map of the walk with numbered points of interest, detours and museum stops suggested along the way. Each tour takes approximately 1 to 2 hours.

Brochures can be downloaded from their website or you can pick up a hard copy from one of the Council Locations, Community Centres and Libraries.

For additional information on the walks, contact the local visitor centre, who should be able to help with maps and other information.

Information Centre

Sydney Visitor Centre Darling Harbour

Sydney Visitor Centre The Rocks

Check out the NSW Tourism Sydney Walks.
Check out City of Sydney Historical Walking Tours.

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NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

A great place to start is to check out the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service site for information. Just enter your walk destination location into the Find me a walking track search. Some park maps and information can also be picked up from the local parks office.

Information Centre

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Find me a walking track
Local parks office

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Sydney Ferries

Has launched a revised edition of the popular Go Walkabout brochure. It features 16 of the best and most accessible harbourside walks, that takes in tranquil bush trails, sweeping beaches, beautiful bays and charming suburbs, all accessible by ferry and foot. The brochure contains the different walks and sights that you will see, a guide to the terrain, maps, and the time each walk takes, and information about Sydney Ferry services to these places.

The brochure is available from all Transit Shops or by contacting:

Information Centre

Sydney Ferries Information Centre
opposite Wharf 4, Ciruclar Quay
Ph: 13 15 00 (Tranport InfoLine)

Check out Sydney Ferries Corporation and download their
Harbour Walks brochures.

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Mosman Municipal Council

Recreation & Culture
There are a number of brochures you can download and print from the Mosman Council Recreation and Culture - Parks Walks section including Balmoral Self Guided Heritage Walk, Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach Walk, and the Harbour Bridge to Spit Bridge Walk.

Information Centre

Mosman Council
Mosman Square
Ph: +61 2 9978 4000

Check out Mosman Municipal Council to download
Recreation and Culture - Parks Walks brochures.

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Randwick City Council

Coastal Walk
There is a signposted and spectacular walk that hugs the coastline from Clovelly Beach in the north to Maroubra Beach at the southern end. The walk passes through several parks and reserves, as well as encompassing the city's beaches. A map is available from the the Randwick City Council.

Information Centre

Randwick City Council
Administrative Centre
Randwick City Council
30 Frances Street

Check out Randwick City Council Coastal Walk for more information.

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Waverley Council

Recreation & Culture
There are a number of brochures you can download and print from the Mosman Council Recreation and Culture - Parks Walks section including Balmoral Self Guided Heritage Walk, Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach Walk, and the Harbour Bridge to Spit Bridge Walk.

Information Centre

Waverley Council
Mosman Square
Ph: +61 2 9978 4000

Check out Waverley Council for information map on the
Bondi to Bronte Coast Walk.

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Woollahra City Council

Walks in Woollahra
There are many scenic walks in the Woollahra Municipality that take in the magnificent and scenic harbour views and parks. There are a series of walks that take in Rushcutters Bay, Rose Bay, Watsons Bay, as well as the Christison Park to Inner South Head.

Information Centre

Woollahra Municipal Council
536 New South Head Road

Check out Woollahra Municipal Council - Local information and activities section for Walks in Woollahra.

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