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10 Sydney City Walks that Will Take your Breath Away

Sydney is a wonderful city, full of surprises and beautiful hidden locations. Once you have lived in one place for a while, it’s easy to fall victim to routine and to forget there’s a whole city out there to be explored.

Next time you’re needing some exercise, try out one of these breathtaking walks instead of your regular hum-drum route. We promise you won’t regret it.

So lace up your walking shoes and check out our top 10 local walks:


1. Hyde Park to Royal Botanic Gardens Walk

Especially beautiful in Spring and Autumn when the colours are at their brightest, this is by far one of the most spectacular and convenient walks to do in Sydney. Stop and smell the roses. Enjoy views across Circular Quay and marvel at the impressive collection of native and ornamental plants. A great spot for a picnic too!

Allow yourself at least 30 minutes to cover the grounds but you will likely want more time to check out all the beautiful pathways and gardens.

No pets allowed for this walk but expect to see some local wildlife and birds along the way! For more visit:

Hyde Park to Royal Botanic Gardens Walk

2. Royal Botanic to Barangaroo Walk (through Circular Quay & Rocks)

One of the most rewarding walks in my opinion. You can tick off some iconic landmarks including The Opera House, Circular Quay, Bradfield park and the character packed Rocks on the way to Barangaroo.

2.5KMs of great sights and scenes. Dogs are allowed while on a leash but these areas can sometimes get quite congested so just be aware of that if your pooch isn’t used to large crowds.

Royal Botanic to Barangaroo Walk (through Circular Quay & Rocks)

3. Barangaroo to Darling Harbour

A relatively new route that was born with the new Barangaroo precinct. What I love about this walk is that it’s open 24/7 and well lit up at night. I’d recommend pairing this walk with some delicious cuisine (The Barangaroo strip is full to the brim with amazing options)

Barangaroo to Darling Harbour

4. Darling Harbour to Jones Bay Wharf

This is a great path to take if you want a mix of water views and to immerse yourself in nature. You get to follow the bay for the whole walk and this a great one to take your furry friends along.

Darling Harbour to Jones Bay Wharf

5. Bondi to Bronte Walk

This 4km coastal walk should secure the top spot on everyone’s Sydney bucket list. The perfect way to enjoy Sydney’s most iconic coastline all year round! It might be a little bit of a drive for some but well worth it. My hot tip would be to try and get there as early as possible as parking can be limited in the area. Same deal for the next 2 walking paths.

More info at

Bondi to Bronte Walk

6. Bondi to Coogee Walk

If you’re feeling good and want to take things a little further, keep going until you reach Coogee. This walk will take you between one and two hours, depending on how fast you want to stroll, and how many times you stop for sun-kissed selfies along the way.

More info here

Bondi to Coogee Walk

7. Rose Bay to Watsons Bay Walk

For those serious about their walking game or if you want to make a whole day of it, this 8km walk should take you about four and a half hours. My advice would be to start nice and early and celebrate your successful stroll with a delicious lunch at Doyle’s

View the online walk brochure here

Rose Bay to Watsons Bay

8. Hermitage Foreshore track – Vaucluse

One of the lesser-known trails in Sydney this is quite an easy walk, I’d suggest allowing about an hour to take in the sights. Along the way, you’ll see some beautiful foliage, Shark Island, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the grounds of Strickland House.

If you’re like me and love looking at beautiful houses, you’re in for a treat! Some of the homes around this area are absolutely awe-inspiring! Make sure to take your swimmers, the pristine waters here are very tempting!

More info at

Hermitage Foreshore track

9. South Head Heritage Trail: Watsons Bay to Hornby Lighthouse

This 1km loop is a nice easy stroll, great to start a day out. Pack a nice picnic, enjoy beautiful views and learn something new from the historic artefacts scattered along the way.

More info at

South Head Heritage Trail: Watsons Bay to Hornby Lighthouse

10. Henry Head Walking Trail – La Perouse Area

This 4km walk rewards you with dramatic views across Congwong beach, Botany Bay and the Pacific Ocean beyond as you make your way to Endeavour Lighthouse at Henry Head.

Explore the cliff tops and get some fresh ocean air. If you’re extra lucky you might even spot some marine life, this is a hot spot for migrating whales and dolphins.

More info at

Henry Head Walking Trail


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