5 walks you cannot afford to miss in Sydney

If you have been reading my blog, then you might know that I am a big fan of discovering new locations on foot. In my opinion, you get to discover a lot more and get to see a place from a unique angle.

And this is exactly what I did on my recent trip to Sydney. I discovered so many nooks and crannies which would have been impossible to find unless I was on foot.

So today, I will share with you five self-guided walking tours and the spots to stop at along the way.

The view of the harbour from Mrs Macquarie's Chair

The view of the harbour from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

1. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair to The Rocks (Via Sydney Opera)

Standing at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and looking over the amazing vista with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House in one shot is truly amazing. What’s even better is walking down to the rocks by the path right next to the water.

This walk will take you via the Sydney Opera house and Circular Quay.

Points of Interest:

  • Mrs Macquarie’s chair
  • Royal Botanic Garden
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Circulay Quay (The departing point for ferries to Manly)
  • The Rocks

Total Distance walked = 2.7km.  Click here to view the route on Google Maps.
Duration = approx. 45 minutes + stops

2. The Rocks to Barangaroo area

The Rocks is one of Sydney’s oldest areas and houses some great shops and markets.  It is a great spot to see the harbour with the Sydney Opera House in the background. The Rocks is also one of the most expensive areas in Sydney, but if you are visiting, it is definitely the best spot to stay in the CBD area.

Points of Interests:

  • The Rocks Market
  • George street for some cool shops (check out the Deciem store for some very effective and affordable skincare)
  • Nurses’ walk
  • Argyle Street
  • Observatory Hill Park
  • Lord Nelson’s Brewery Hotel for a cool spot for some food
  • Hotel Palisades for some amazing views with drinks
  • King Street Wharf for some nice dining spots and views

Total Distance walked = 1.8km. Click here to view the route on Google Maps.
Duration = approx. 20 minutes + stops

A cute heritage building between the Rocks and Barangaroo

A cute heritage building between the Rocks and Barangaroo

3. Barangaroo to Darling Harbour

Barangaroo is a hip and upcoming area in Sydney. It is also a good place to go out for dinner and drinks. The walk to Darling Harbour is quite relaxed and done by a path near the water with some pretty amazing view of sydney

Points of Interest:

  • Cockle Bay Wharf
  • Pyrmont Bridge
  • Sydney Aquarium
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Wildlife Zoo
  • Harbour Walk

Total Distance walked = 1.5km. Click here to view the route on Google Maps.
Duration = approx 20 minutes + stops

Barangaroo and King Street Wharf

Barangaroo and King Street Wharf

4. Manly Wharf to Manly Beach

If I am fortunate enough to go back to Sydney, Manly is the spot that I would choose to base myself. It has a typical seaside village feel with local markets, surfers and cute shops. The view does not hurt either.

To get to Manly, you need to catch the ferry from Circular Quay to the Manly wharf. The walk from the wharf to the beach is a good way of discovering the local flavour of this town with nice cafes and markets to browse at.

Points of Interests:

  • The Artisan Cheese Shop
  • The 4 Pines Brewery
  • Cafés (Belgrave Cartel)
  • Market
  • The Corso
  • The three beaches
  • Manly to Spit walk

Total Distance walked = 600m. Click here to view the route on Google Maps.
Duration = 5 minutes +, depends on where you stop

Manly waterfront walk

Manly waterfront walk

5. Bondi to Coogee

I am not sure whether there is a more scenic walk than the Bondi to Coogee one. The path has been carved from the coastline and you walk to the sounds of the waves and the beautiful vista of never ending blue seas.

Points of Interest:

  • Bondi Icebergs, the start/end point of the walk
  • Wylie Baths
  • Giles Bath
  • Gordon’s Bay
  • Sculpture by the sea in Spring
  • Café at Bondi (Brown Sugar)

Total Distance walked = 6.5km. Click here to view the route on Google Maps.
Duration = 1.5 hours plus stops

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk - Bronte Beach

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk – Bronte Beach

These are my top five Sydney self-guided walks. You might have noticed that there is not that many details on these locations. This is because I have written those in A Weekend in Sydney and Top 10 free activities to do in Sydney.

Are you going to Sydney? What is something that you are looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below.



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