One of the great things about Sydney is the abundance of bushland and national parks that surround our city. Many of these are pretty easily accessible by public transit. This is key since, hey, I don’t have a car. Neither do most of my friends.
I’d heard that the Spit Bridge to Manly walk was a great way to “get out of the city” without really going too far. The walk starts north of downtown Sydney and goes along the shoreline over the coastal bluffs until you arrive at Manly. After doing a little research and waiting for a warm winters day I finally was able to take the walk on Saturday, July 28th.
All in, its about 10km of walking (6 miles) and takes around 3-4 hours. It’s quite hilly (yes, that’s metres above, not feet) and varies from going along the beach, to bushland, to getting lost on the trail and climbing boulders. Oh wait… that’s just me not reading signs.
It started with an early morning 30 minute bus ride from the CBD across the Harbour Bridge and north to the Spit Bridge. Once at the Spit Bridge you hop off and find a small walking trail and start going. Since I started around 8:30 am it was pretty empty.
You begin at the yacht club in Middle Bay and make your way over Spit Bridge.
Then down the empty and manicured trail.
then past Fishers Bay
Looping around and looking back at Spit Bridge
Some interesting rock formations on the trail
As you go along you wander past different lookouts, parks and marinas
Some of Sydney’s luxury properties line the waterfront
This beach is next to a playground so they have netting to keeps kids in and nasties out
Clontarf Beach. Crystal water fronted by more high end homes
Heading back up to the next set of bluffs
Pano overlooking the Harbour
Carved rock stairs
Another pano from a secluded beach
More rock ledges and stairs
I was feeling artistic
Lots of stairs
About 1/3 the way there
Keep your clothes on kids. This isn’t a nudey beach
Noticing this sign would have saved me some rock scaling, scrapes and getting a bit lost.
But I was rewarded on my detour with this lighthouse
Me with the Sydney skyline in the background
The North and South Heads which are the entrance to Sydney Harbour. America is just over that way
Almost there! Manly beach skyline in the background.
Craggy rocks line the waterfront here
Beautiful park looking out to North Head
Another pool with shark nets
They do have some tasty microbrews
And a large beer selection
After lunch we made our way across the Corso to North Manly. Above is a shot from the ocean pool. I’m obsessed with these things.
It’s more bouldering than walking
After another pit stop for a beer on the harbour I was off to take the ferry back to Circular Quay
Looking back at Manly and realising a few hours ago I was above those bluffs
Harbour Bridge shot coming into Circular Quay. It’s no Golden Gate Bridge but I’ll take it.
Until my next adventure.