Things to do in Sydney

The Best Sydney Walks that will take your Breath Away

When it comes to walking trails in Sydney, there are plenty of options, from coastal treks to urban strolls.

Looking for things to do in Sydney that allow you to get active and enjoy nature? These walking trails are the perfect way to explore the city and the surrounding region. Lace up your boots, and join us as we explore the best walks in Sydney.

Coastal Walks

From rugged cliffs to hidden coves, these coastal Sydney walks promise adventure and a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea! Grab your sunscreen, pack a picnic, and get ready to taste the salt air on your tongue.

1. Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Get ready for an adventure along one of Sydney’s most iconic walking trails — the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

This trail offers jaw-dropping views of beautiful beaches, towering cliffs, and charming cafés. It's a must for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re strolling leisurely or making a day of it with beachside swims and picnics, there’s something for everyone to enjoy along the way.

Start at Bondi Beach, a hotspot for surfers and sunseekers alike. You'll pass the iconic Bondi Icebergs swimming club and soak in panoramic views from Marks Park. Keep your eyes peeled for migrating whales in the winter months before continuing on to Tamarama Beach.

As you make your way toward Bronte Beach, you’ll encounter hidden gems such as the Waverly Cemetery and the sheltered haven of Clovelly Beach. Take a breather at the Clovelly Hotel, or enjoy a dip before venturing onward to Gordon's Bay and reaching your destination at Coogee Beach.

Coogee Beach offers a perfect blend of relaxation and recreation, with ocean pools, plenty of parkland for picnics, and a vibrant dining scene. Treat yourself to wood-fired pizza at the Coogee Pavilion. You could also explore the local cafes along the promenade before concluding your coastal adventure.

Photographer: Henrique Felix

2. Spit Bridge to Manly Walk

The Spit Bridge to Manly Walk treats you to sandy beaches, ancient Aboriginal sites, and breathtaking lookouts before leading you to the lively eateries and bars of Manly.

Starting at the Spit Bridge, you have the option to begin your adventure in either direction, but many opt to kick things off on the south side of the bridge. Here, you'll find toilet facilities and a place to grab a coffee and snack at Grumpy's Wharf Café before crossing the footpath to the west side of the bridge.

As you wind your way along the trail, don't miss highlights such as Clontarf Reserve. You can fuel up at Bosk Kiosk and soak in the stunning views before continuing on your journey.

Along the way, be sure to make a detour to Grotto Point Lighthouse for an extra dose of exploration. At the Grotto Point Aboriginal engraving site, you can take in the awe-inspiring Aboriginal engravings.

For those seeking a refreshing dip, Castle Rock Beach and Reef Beach offer secluded spots to cool off before you reach Manly Beach. Wrap up your adventure with a well-deserved drink and bite to eat at one of Manly's famed waterfront establishments. Some options include the Manly Wharf Hotel or The New Brighton Hotel.

3. Federation Cliff Walk

Get ready to immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty of Sydney's coastline with The Federation Cliff Walk. This popular and unique attraction promises panoramic views of the ocean like no other.

Stretching along the cliff tops from Dover Heights to Watsons Bay, this scenic walk offers postcard-worthy vistas of the Pacific Ocean. As you traverse the sandstone cliffs that guard the approaches to Sydney Harbour, you'll be treated to spectacular sea views at every turn.

Along the way, be sure to admire the iconic Macquarie Lighthouse. Take a moment to appreciate the majesty of the sandstone cliffs at Raleigh Reserve. Even our performers get a little lightheaded at the sheer height of these towering giants!

4. Palm Beach to Barrenjoey Lighthouse

The Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk offers big rewards for a short bush walk, treating hikers to stunning views over Palm Beach and beyond. This relatively small peninsula boasts panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean to the east, Hawkesbury River to the north, and Pittwater and Broken Bay to the west.

Barrenjoey Headland, with its heritage lighthouse and lighthouse keeper’s cottages, provides a picturesque backdrop for this memorable trek. The walk via Smugglers Track ascends the side of the headland, offering 360-degree views from the top.

While the track is marked, some sections may be steep and feature uneven natural stone steps, making it a challenge for some. The effort is worth it, especially during winter and early spring, when whale watching adds an extra layer of excitement to the experience.

At the summit, visitors can explore the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, a historic structure built in 1881 from sandstone quarried on-site.

Photographer: Bee Balogun

5. Hermitage Foreshore Track

The Hermitage Foreshore Track is the perfect spot for anyone seeking stunning views of Sydney's iconic harbor, islands, and landmarks.

This easy coastal walk promises plenty of picture-perfect moments, so don't forget to bring your camera along. Keep it handy because you’ll want to capture every moment. Snap a shot of the breathtaking sights of Shark Island, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the picturesque grounds of Strickland House.

Whether you kick off your journey at Bayview Hill Road or Nielsen Park, you're in for a treat. Nielsen Park, in particular, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

Picture yourself lounging on the grass, enjoying a picnic and listening to the peaceful sounds of birds chirping. It's the ultimate spot to unwind and soak up the coastal vibes before hitting the trail again.

National Park Trails

Looking for things to do in Sydney that will take you away from the crowded city streets? Try exploring the untamed beauty of Sydney’s National Park Trails.

6. Royal National Park: Coast Track

Are you ready for an epic 2-day adventure? The stunning coast track from Bundeena to Otford Lookout in Royal National Park awaits.

Day one kicks off with an exhilarating hike from Bundeena to North Era. Plan to spend at least 7 hours soaking in the rugged beauty of the park's sandstone escarpments, sandy beaches, coastal heath, and lush forests.

Along the way, you'll encounter several scenic spots, such as Little Marley Beach, Wattamolla, Curracurrang Cove near Eagle Rock lookout, and Garie Beach. Whether you're taking a break, enjoying a picnic, or cooling off with a refreshing swim, there's plenty to see and do before settling in for the night at North Era’s campground.

On day two, get ready to tackle the southern section of the walk from North Era to Otford Lookout. This stretch takes about three hours to complete and offers its own unique charms. Pass by heritage shacks at South Era, and journey through the coastal rainforest of Burning Palms and Palm Jungle.

Make sure to stop and admire the beauty of Burning Palms Beach before climbing back up to the headlands. Don't miss the panoramic views from Werrong Lookout as you push through the last short stretch to reach the breathtaking Otford Lookout.

7. Blue Mountains: Prince Henry Cliff Walk

If you're looking for jaw-dropping views and iconic scenery, the Prince Henry Cliff Walk in Blue Mountains National Park is for you.

This moderate walking track hugs the cliff edge from Katoomba Cascades to Gordon Falls near Leura, offering some of the most epic views you'll find in NSW. As you stroll along, keep an eye out for the unique hanging swamps and plants such as sedges, rushes, and grasses.

If you're lucky enough to hike in summer, you might catch a glimpse of the stunning yellow and gold flowers of Christmas bells, adding a pop of color to the landscape. With over 20 lookout points showcasing the magnificent Jamison Valley and three waterfalls, this track is a visual feast for your eyes no matter when you visit.

Don't feel like committing to the whole shebang? No worries! You can tailor your adventure by hopping on the track at different lookouts along Cliff Drive. When you've found that perfect spot with a view that's worth a million bucks, roll out your picnic blanket and tuck into a delicious lunch surrounded by nature's finest artwork.

And as for the cherry on top: From Echo Point lookout, you'll score front-row seats to admire the iconic Three Sisters. The view is almost as good as what you'll see in the front row of one of our shows.

Photographer: Ariel Magno

8. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park: Bobbin Head Track

Take the track to Bobbin Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park for awesome attractions that will make your day out in nature truly epic. Bobbin Head is the ultimate waterfront picnic paradise, complete with barbecues, picnic tables, shelters, and tons of lush green space perfect for a spontaneous game of Frisbee or cricket.

Don't miss the chance to stroll along the mangrove boardwalk behind the picnic area. You might just spot some of the park's feathered friends along the way.

9. Garigal National Park: Cascades Trail

Get ready to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Cascades Trail in Garigal National Park. Starting from either Saint Ives or Davidson, expect to be greeted by a mesmerizing array of native Australian trees, including the wonderfully named scribbly gum.

As you make your way down to the creek, the landscape transforms, revealing an enchanting mix of banksias, dwarf apples, and narrow-leaved apples, accompanied by bursts of color from wattles, peas, boronias, and wax flowers.

If you're up for more adventure, Cascades Trail seamlessly connects to Lower Cambourne, Heath, and Bare Creek trails. The exploration possibilities are almost endless!

10. Wollemi National Park: Glow Worm Tunnel Walk

The Glow Worm Tunnel walking track is an absolute must for nature enthusiasts seeking a touch of enchantment in the wilderness. Starting at the old railway station of Newnes, adventurers are transported back in time as they traverse through stunning sandstone escarpments, lush bushland, and awe-inspiring cliffs.

The highlight of the trek? The mystical Glow Worm Tunnel itself. Thousands of glowworms illuminate the darkness, creating a spectacle straight out of a fairy tale. As you wander deeper into the tunnel, be prepared to be spellbound by the soft glow emanating from these tiny creatures. It's a sight that will leave you in awe and wonder.

So pack your sense of adventure and embark on a journey to witness nature's own light show in the heart of the Australian bush.

Urban Walks

To really get to know the city, look up Sydney tours, or use one of these urban walking routes to explore by yourself. Along the way, you’ll discover great places to eat and drink, fascinating museums, and some of the best playgrounds in Sydney.

11. Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head

The majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head Walk winds its way through the Royal Botanic Garden. It offers stunning harbor views and passes through upscale neighborhoods, such as Double Bay and Vaucluse.

Along the way, pause at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair for panoramic views, and make sure you refuel at Rushcutters Bay Kiosk or one of the cozy cafés dotting the route. Don't miss the chance to explore the Hermitage Foreshore walk in Vaucluse and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Nielsen Park, home to Shark Beach and Vaucluse House.

Indulge in a seafood feast at Doyles on the Beach in Watsons Bay before venturing onto the South Head Heritage trail. Admire the historic sites, and enjoy the sweeping views from Hornby Lighthouse, marking the end of your coastal odyssey with a perfect spot for whale watching and reflections on a day well spent.

Photographer: Caleb

12. Barangaroo Foreshore Walk

The Barangaroo Reserve Foreshore Walk winds through a waterfront reserve bursting with over 70,000 native plants. Starting at Hickson Road ensures you save the jaw-dropping Harbour Bridge vista for the grand finale, with a cozy spot atop the hill to soak it all in.

If you have time to spare, why not start from the north side and work your way around before hitting Hickson Road? It's all about the journey, right?

13. Darling Harbour Walk

Stroll into the heart of Sydney's vibrant waterfront with the Darling Harbour Walk, a bustling promenade packed with excitement and endless entertainment. With its dazzling array of shops, restaurants, and attractions, there's something for everyone along this iconic stretch of waterfront paradise.

Start your adventure at the picturesque Cockle Bay Wharf, where you'll be greeted by stunning views of the harbor and an array of dining options to tantalize your taste buds. From there, wander along the waterfront promenade, soaking in the lively atmosphere as you pass by bustling cafés, lively street performers, and charming boutiques.

Be sure to make a pit stop at the vibrant Harbourside Shopping Centre, where you can shop until you drop and pick up some souvenirs. You also don't want to miss the chance to climb aboard one of the many exciting harbor cruises departing from Darling Harbour, offering panoramic views of the city skyline and iconic landmarks.

Photographer: pattyjansen

14. The Goods Line

As you wander along The Goods Line, you’ll pass by some of Sydney’s most prestigious institutions, including Sydney TAFE, the University of Technology Sydney, and the Powerhouse Museum. The walkway itself is also packed with surprises, from outdoor workout spaces to public Ping-Pong tables where you can unleash your inner champion.

15. Parramatta River Walk

Whether you're starting from Woolwich Wharf or Birchgrove Wharf, you're in for a treat as you journey along the Parramatta River Walk. It’s actually a series of linked walks, with trails ranging from leisurely strolls to more challenging treks.

Don’t worry about getting parched. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants along the way where you can refuel and soak in the views before continuing your journey.

Embracing Sydney’s Scenic Trails

Just as Sydney’s walking trails promise discovery and delight, so do our shows! Gasp as you watch gravity-defying acrobatics, settle into your seat as the story pulls you along, and feel your heart race as the show reaches its dramatic conclusion.

It’s all part of the experience of watching one of our shows in Sydney. Get ready for a performance that will bring your dreams to life!

More articles about