24 Hours in Sydney’s outdoors, Itinerary

As born and bred locals, we want to help you scratch the city’s surface to discover a whole other side: that of towering gum trees, dramatic sandstone cliffs and secret bush enclaves. Depending how long your stay is, even six of the best walks might be stretching it a bit, so here are some tips […]

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Gordons Bay

This is Stop 5 on the Bondi to Coogee Walk as marked on the Coogee to Bondi Walk Map. Gordons Bay is probably the best swimming location along the Coogee to Bondi walk, but one of the least popular. It’s not as easy to access the water as the neighbouring beaches and it’s not the […]

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Dunningham Reserve Sandstone Cliffs

This is Stop 4 on the Bondi to Coogee Walk as marked on the Coogee to Bondi Walk Map. A long, long time ago (250 million years or so) when dinosaurs still roamed Earth’s supercontinent Pangaea, where you’re now standing was a giant floodplain. The ancient rivers that flowed down into what is now the […]

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Shrine to Virgin Mary

This is Stop 2 on the Bondi to Coogee Walk as marked on the Coogee to Bondi Walk Map. As the maps indicates, these information points start at Coogee as you walk towards Bondi. In December 2002 a local lady who runs the Beach Street Gallery Laundrette, Christine Cherry, noticed what appeared to be an […]

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Coogee Beach

This is Stop 1 on the Bondi to Coogee Walk as marked on the Coogee to Bondi Walk Map. The Biddabiddigal mob of the Dharuk nation lived here for at least 8500 years before the first Europeans arrived. They knew Coogee as Kuji, which means “bad smell” or “stinking” due to the decaying seaweed that […]

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1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die

I have two reliable sources of solace: nature, and books. So it’s no wonder I finally picked up 1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die, edited by Sydney-sider Barry Stone (and of course I immediately flicked through to find which Sydney walks made the grade). The bucket list concept doesn’t motivate me, and this […]

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The Coast Walk in One Day or Two?

I have hiked the Coast Walk in Royal National Park so many times I’ve lost count. A few years ago, I tried and gave up at more than one hundred. Seriously. When I founded Sydney Coast Walks in 2009 I was the only guide, and the two-day Coast Track was the only walk. But I’ve […]

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Manly Wharf on the Spit to Manly walk, Manly Scenic Walkway

Manly Wharf

This is Stop 16 on the Spit to Manly Walk as marked on the Manly to Spit Walk Map. Manly, ‘Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care’. This catchy slogan was how the Port Jackson and Manly Steamship Company’s promoted Manly in the 1920s. Henry Gilbert Smith had succeeded in establishing Manly’s […]

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Fairlight House on the Spit to Manly walk, Manly Scenic Walkway

Fairlight House

This is Stop 15 on the Spit to Manly Walk as marked on the Manly to Spit Walk Map. This fence is all that remains of a beautiful Georgian mansion built in the 1850’s by Henry Gilbert Smith on a subtantial piece land. He is known as the “the father of Manly”. Before him Manly […]

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North Harbour Reserve on the Manly to Spit Bridge walk. Manly Scenic Walkway.

North Harbour Reserve

This is Stop 14 on the Spit to Manly Walk as marked on the Manly to Spit Walk Map. It was here, on 21st January 1788, Captain Phillip and his men were met by twenty local Aborigines, who “waded into the water unarmed, received what was offered them, and examined the boats with curiosity.” Impressed […]

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