We have pulled together the definitive list of Sydney walking events 2017. It’s an event calendar of challenge walks with something to suit everybody. We’ve included some running events because they offer entries especially for walkers.

Event Calendar 2017

Sydney Walking Events

The SMH Sunrun

Saturday 4 February 2017

Location: Northern Beaches from Dee Why to Manly
About: 7km and 10km solo or team Cost: $30-$130 per person
Supporting: Life Saving Clubs in Manly and Dee Why.

65K for 65 Roses

Saturday 25 February 2017

Location: The Bay Run, Leichhardt Park, Rozelle
About: From one lap to 65km. Solo or team. Cost: $20 – $50 per person. $120 – $150 for families.
Supporting: Cystic Fibrosis NSW and The Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

The March Charge

During March 2017

Location: Anywhere. Anytime.
About: Personal fitness challenge. Cost: Friends, family and/or colleagues Sponsorship.
Supporting: Cancer Council


Friday 17 March 2017

Location: Bradfield Park, Kirribilli to Bondi (30km), Manly to Bondi Beach (60km) About: 30km & 60km. 4 person team (50% women). Cost: $162 – $224 per person Minimum $2000 fundraising commitment per team.
Supporting: Fred Hollows Foundation. Restoring sight to needlessly blind people.

Great Illawarra Walk

Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 March 2017

Location: Day 1 Shellharbour to Coalcliff. Day 2 Coalcliff to Wollongong.
About: From 1 – 100km. Solo or team. Cost: $30 per adult and $20 per child
Supporting: Southern Youth and Family Services for children in the Illawarra community.

Walk for Kids with Cancer

Sunday 26 March 2017

Location: The Rocks at Circular Quay to Manly
About: 26.5km Cost: Early bird $55 per person
Supporting: The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Supporting the Children’s Cancer Centre.

Anzac Day Challenge

Saturday 23 April 2017

Location: Ku-ring-gai and Garigal National Parks
About: 25km, 35km and 40km. Solo or teams. Cost: $55 to $130 per person
Supporting: Soldier On and Mates 4 Mates for the care of those who have served Australia.

William’s Walk

Usually held in May

Location: Richmond Air Base to Penrith Panthers Event Centre
About: 25km. Cost: To be announced, usually Solo $40, Child $20, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $110
Supporting: Arthritis NSW for kids with juvenile arthritis.

Mothers Day Classic

Sunday 14 May 2017

Location: The Domain, Art Gallery Road. About: 4km, 7km and 8km walk (and run). Solo or group. Cost: $25 – $170 Supporting: National Breast Cancer Foundation, for the prevention and cure of breast cancer.

SMH Half Marathon

Sunday 21 May 2017

Location: College Street to Hyde Park About: 21.1 km solo or team Cost: $15 – $140
Supporting: Aims to raise $1 million for over 800 charities

Sutherland 2 Surf

Sunday 23 July 2017

Location: Sutherland to Cronulla.
About: 11km. Cost: Cost: $38-$54 Solo, $154 Family
Supporting: Make-A-Wish Australia, granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Oxfam Trailwalker

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 August 2017

Location: Hawkesbury to the Harbour About: 100km and 50km 4 person teams. Cost: $600 team registration for 100Km and $500 for 50km plus $1400 minimum fundraising commitment
Supporting: Oxfam Australia, challenging poverty. Aims to raise $2.5 million

Parkinson’s NSW Unity Walk and Run

Sunday, 27th August 2017

Location: Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park About: 7km Run, 4km run, 4km walk
Cost: $35
Supporting: Parkinson’s NSW

Spring Trek

Sunday, 22nd October 2017

Location: Kuringai National Park About: 18 or 30 km. 3 – 6 person team. Cost: To be announced, usually $140 per person, raise $900 minimum per team
Supporting: Room to Read supports literacy and girl’s education programs in Asia and Africa

City 2 Surf

Sunday 13 August 2017

Location: Hyde Park to Queen Elizabeth Drive
About: 14 km Solo or Family Cost: Adult $67, Child $40, Family $134
Supporting: Aims to raise $5 million for over 850 charities.

Bloody Long Walk – Sydney North

Sunday 27 August 2017

Location: Palm Beach to Manly About: 35km. Solo and Group Cost: To be announced, usually Early Bird entry $99, Regular entry $121
Supporting: Australian Mitochondria Disease Foundation to help cure mitochondria.

Images: Seven Bridges Walk 2015

Sydney Running Festival

Sunday 17 September 2017

Location: Bradfield Park to the
Harbour Bridge. About: 3km, 9km, 21.0975km and 42.195km Solo or Family Cost: Early bird fee $40 – $135 Standard fee $50 – $195
Supporting: Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), NSW’s premier marine research facility.

Walk in Her Shoes

Usually held in October

Location: No set route. Distance measured by pedometer.
About: 25km / 50km or 100km. Solo or team. Cost: No minimum fundraising commitment, encouraged to raise between $250-$5,000
Supporting: Care Australia. Raising funds for impoverished women and girls in developing countries.

Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge

Usually held in October

Location: Stanwell to Kogarah. About: 100km Cost: To be announced, usually $100
Supporting: St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation, Aiming to raise $500,000.

Wellness Walk & Festival

Usually held in October

Location: Government House Sydney, off Macquarie Street. About: 2km or 5km. Cost: To be announced, usually Early bird $15 – $25 Standard $20 – $30 Family $80
Supporting: Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc, raising awareness for mental illness.

Seven Bridges Walk

Sunday 29 October 2017

Location: Sydney Harbour
About: 27km. Solo or group. Cost: Early bird entry $35, Regular entry $45 – $60, Children under 12 years old are Free.
Supporting: Cancer Council NSW, tackling cancer in Australia.

Bloody Long Walk – Sydney East

Sunday 12 November 2017

Location: Malabar to Circular Quay About: 35km. Solo and Group Cost: To be announced, usually Early Bird entry $99, Regular entry $121
Supporting: Australian Mitochondria Disease Foundation to help cure mitochondria.

Walk 4 Brain Cancer

Usually held in November

Location: Numerous routes to choose from. About: 5km – 20km. Cost: To be announced, usually $20-30 individual, Family $90
Supporting: Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, supporting brain cancer research, advocacy and awareness.

Find some of the best Sydney walking events for a personal challenge you can be proud of. Enjoy choosing a walk to suit you from the 2017 calendar, including Coastrek, Oxfam Trailwalker and fun runs such as the City to Surf or Sutherland to Surf that have a walking component.


Tara Wells co-owns Sydney Coast Walks, and co-hosts new podcast This Hiking Life with her husband Ian Wells. She is a journalist and former TV and radio producer/presenter who’s delighted to combine her love of hiking with story-telling.

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