5 Of The Best Walks Around Sydney, For When You Need To Clear Your Head

Sydney is a great walking city, whether you’re in North Sydney, the Eastern Suburbs or wandering around Circular Quay on a sunny afternoon. You can take in the views of the Harbour Bridge, explore historic sites, and soak up coastal views, without breaking a sweat— well, at least easier than a hike. 

Ready to stretch your legs? Try one of these strolls around Sydney.

Foreshore walk at Blackwattle Bay Park in Glebe
Photo By James Horan/ Courtesy Destination NSW

Glebe Foreshore Walk

The Glebe Foreshore Walk is a pleasant stroll that goes from Jubilee Park and ends up at the Sydney Fish Market, for a little celebratory fish and chip snack. The walking path is flat and easy and runs along Rozelle Bay and Blackwater Bay.  You’ll find great views of the city skyline, Anzac Bridge and Sydney Harbour Bridge along the walk. There are a few parks and reserves along the way which you can stop in and enjoy with your dog as the walk is dog-friendly. The walk can take anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour one way.

Family walking through Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo.
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Barangaroo Foreshore and Reserve

The best way to explore Sydney’s shiny new waterfront destination is by foot. The Barangaroo Foreshore and Reserve is a stunning walk with views of Sydney’s most iconic attractions including the Harbour Bridge, Luna Park, and Darling Harbour. Enjoy a multi-level park, with open green spaces for picnics, and shady spots to sit and relax. The 2km walk takes around 1hr to complete, depending on how many times you stop to take in the sights. 

Couple enjoying scenic views across Sydney Harbour along the Hermitage Foreshore Walk, Vaucluse.
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Hermitage Foreshore Walk

Enjoy this great coastal walk, packed with family-friendly beaches, and historical sites, that are worth a stop. It starts at Nielsen Park and finishes in Rose Bay, which takes around 45 minutes to an hour to complete. The path is mainly a boardwalk, with some stairs, but it’s relatively flat catering to all level of walkers. Another great perk of this walk is the multi-million dollar mansions lined on tree-lined streets with ocean views. There are some impressive houses to gawk at, but be sure to stop by the famous and historic Strickland House, and Shark Island.

Bondi Beach in Summer
Photo By Hamilton Lund/ Destination NSW

Bondi to Coogee

Is there anything more iconic than the Bondi to Coogee walk? It’s a 6km stroll hugging the coast and its stunning cliff tops. Start at Bondi Beach and enjoy ocean views right through to Coogee, where you can relax on the sand, go for a swim, or have lunch at the Coogee Pavillion. In winter, you might spot whales and dolphins swimming by. The path is mainly paved, but in some instances, there are steep stairs. 

Family enjoying a day out in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.
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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

The Royal Botanic Garden is expansive, and while there aren’t dedicated walks, it’s always pleasant to stroll through the garden. Find open green lawns, or well-kept gardens, cafes, and more inside. Throughout the year, the garden comes alive with events, and changing of colour during the seasons. In autumn, enjoy the orange and red hues, while spring brings an array of vibrant colours to the garden. Whether you’re looking for a pond, a picnic area, or just a stroll through the trees, the Royal Botanic Garden is an ideal place to escape the city, without having to travel too far. 

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