10 coastal walks to do this Easter long weekend
By Alex Willis | Digital Marketing Assistant
Making plans for your Easter long weekend? So are we! This week Wild Women On Top has been quizzing our inspiring Coastrekker's and Wild Women about their favourite walks in Sydney...
Whether it be exploring the botanical gardens after a lunch with friends or embarking on a real 30km challenge from Syndey Harbour Bridge to South Head, here's 10 ways to put adventure into your Long Weekend...
1. Manly to North Head
This 8km, 3-hour walk is perfect when timed with the sunset. It’s not too difficult, starting with a coastal stroll from Manly Wharf to Shelly Beach, offering fresh salty air and endless ocean views. The next part involves some uphill sweating but the reward makes it all worth it.
“It’s breathtaking. You’ll be stunned by the views of South, Middle and Dobroyd head as you peek down over the glistening emerald waters above the golden sandstone cliffs. It’s truly magnificent.” - Di Westaway (Coastrek & Wild Woman on Top CEO and Founder.)
2. Balmoral to Middle Head Forts
This short walk (30 minutes) is an explorative bush path. You will discover some heritage listed sites, absorb some fantastic headland views and if you’re game… check out some of Sydney’s most beautiful nude beaches. It’s the perfect walk to break up a lazy day at the beach!
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head
This whopping 30km walk is one of the best urban walks in Sydney. The trail tightly hugs the iconic harbour while exploring Sydney’s top city suburbs and harbour beaches. Ending at South Head is truly a reward, showcasing Sydney Harbour and the Tasman Sea from sheer cliff tops above.
“This walk treats you to magnificent views of Sydney Harbour at every turn. The Bridge, the Opera House... You also appreciate secret bush tracks throughout the Sydney Harbour National Park including its secluded beaches and iconic bays like Watson's Bay. – Jo Vartanian (Coastrekker, Wild Women On Top Coach)
4. Hermitage Foreshore Walk
If you want a short burst of exercise but still want to soak in fantastic views from the Southside, this is the walk for you. This trail treats you to one hour of coastal goodness, with postcard views of Sydney Harbour and even Shark Island.
“Just before you head down the trail there is a stunning view of the Harbour Bridge, golden in the light of the dying sun. It’s a bush track along the water's edge which at night is like a mystical forest with gnarled tree roots and low hanging branches – Erica Beaton (Sydney & Melbourne Coastrekker)
5. Diamond Bay to Coogee
This 8km walk boasts vast clifftops, beach, bays, forest, ocean…it honestly has EVERYTHING. The ocean views from the cliff tops stretch out wide. Gorgeous houses and parklands line the pathway and lead down to the cafe culture of Bondi and its iconic white sand beach. Looking down from the cliff top at Coogee at the emerald rock pool below is an absolute highlight.
“I particularly love Sunday mornings when I see all of Sydney at play: walkers and runners powering down the boardwalk, tourists sauntering, families playing in the parks.” – Christina Graham (Sydney Coastrekker & Volunteer)
6. North Sydney to Lavender Bay
This walk is most breathtaking in the late afternoon as a half an hour power walk. Just watch as the city lights up before your eyes! But don’t go too late, you need a bit of light to explore the secret garden!
“This walk takes in iconic views of the Harbour, the bridge, beautiful gardens, stately homes on the waterfront and some green parks.” – Lisa Marshall (Lisa is a trek athlete and the Director of Coastrek.)
7. Observatory Park to the Botanical Gardens
This one-hour city stroll will treat you panoramic harbour views, quaint city alleyways and Sydney’s most spectacular garden. Schedule some time for a pit stop at a classy Rocks café or plan a lavish picnic in the gardens!
8. Dee Why to Curl Curl
This headland and bush track truly epitomises the beauty of the Northern Beaches. A short 3.2km return, the walk offers sensational views of Long Reef and South Manly. Bring you swimmers and soak up the waves on your half way point!
“It’s one of my favourite walks, despite being short in length, it is stunning. The first time I did this for Coastrek training I have blown away – I had grown up in Narrabeen and never done it before!” - Katherine Rothwell (Sydney Coastrekker)
9. Mosman Bay to Clifton Gardens
A 30-minute walk through bushland, looking over bays and striking harbour views is most definitely what we call a micro-adventure. The amphitheatre at Bradley’s head is a major highlight.
“This fairly easy trail has so much offer! Magnificent groves of towering red gums, stunning city views, a couple of small, secluded beaches, historic Bradley's head, and a beautiful view of Clifton Gardens as you descend the path towards it. - Jacq Conway (Sydney Coastrekker & Wild Women On Top Coach.)
10. Palm Beach to Barrenjoey Lighthouse
A walk with delicious scenery, rocky terrain and many swimming opportunities… this is as good as it gets! The walk takes about 4 hours there and back..if you do the walk according to trek athlete and Coastrek Guru Lisa Marshall.