Two of Our Favourite Sydney Coastal Walks

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Having been in Split Croatia for a week, we are getting to know this beautiful city better.

Split has reminded us of Sydney Australia a lot, mostly due to the rocky coastlines, crystal turquoise sea water and hill side dwellings overlooking the water. When exploring the Marjan Forest Park, we thought of two of our favourite coastal walks in Sydney where we used to call home for a number of years.

Manly to Spit Bridge Coastal Walk

As proud Manly-siders, we did this 10km one way walk many times. Being one of the classic walks Sydney offers, this walk boasts quiet inner harbour beaches, native bushland, picturesque bays and panoramic ocean views.

If starting this walk from Manly as we did, you will pass the main points of interest in the following order: the open North Harbour Reserve park that has BBQ facilities, Forty Baskets Beach which is popular with families, the small quiet sandy Reef Beach, the Arabanoo lookout with great Manly and harbour views, the Crater Cove Lookout with panoramic views across Sydney Harbour including North Head and South Head as well as the open ocean, and the Clontarf Reserve which is a big beautiful park with excellent BBQ and other convenient facilities. We would catch a bus back to Manly from the Spit Bridge at the end of the walk. However, most people who don't live in Manly actually do the reverse direction by starting from the Spit Bridge. The bonus they get is what the beautiful Manly has to offer: Manly Cove, Manly Beach, Shelly Beach to name a few! One can easily grab a meal in one of the numerous trendy cafes and restaurants to reward the physical effort before catching the iconic Manly ferry back to the city.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

A classic cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee six km walk starts from the famous Bondi Beach, going through Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly and eventually ends at the quaint Coogee Beach. The walk features stunning views - sandy beaches, lush parklands, rocky cliffs, emerald bays, rock pools and a sprawling cemetery. One can easily pick one of the many beautiful spots to rest, swim or fuel up at one of the cafes and restaurants.

Each year in Spring for three weeks, the Bondi to Tamarama section hosts Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, the largest sculpture exhibition in the world. It features over 100 sculptures on this spectacular outdoor stage, transforming the coastline into a unique outdoor art gallery showcasing local and international artists. It feels such a privilege to be there, exploring wonderful sculptures at such a stunning natural setting. It's absolutely one of our favourite things to do in the world!

What's your favourite coastal walk in the world?