Events Calendar 2018

Sydney Walking Events

Here is definitive list of Sydney walking events 2018. It’s an event calendar of challenge walks in Sydney and surrounds, including Wollongong and the Central Coast.

You’ll find something to suit everybody, from virtual pedometer walking events to overnight challenges. There are some running events included because they offer entries especially for walkers.


Saturday Feb 3rd 2018

Location: Northern Beaches from Dee Why to Manly
About: 7km and 10km solo or team Cost: $30-$160 per person
Supporting: Life Saving Clubs in Manly and Dee Why.


Friday 16 March 2018

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.

65K for 65 Roses

Saturday 24 February 2018

Location: The Bay Run, Leichhardt Park, Rozelle
About: From one lap to 65km. Solo or team. Cost: $20 – $50 per person. $120 – $145 for families.
Supporting: Cystic Fibrosis NSW and The Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

Great Illawarra Walk

Saturday and Sunday 17-18 March 2018

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.

The March Charge

During March 2018

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

Walk for Kids with Cancer

Sunday 25 March 2018

Location: The Rocks to Manly
About: 26.5km Cost: $55 early bird
Supporting: The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Supporting the children’s cancer centre.

Anzac Day Challenge

Sunday 29 April 2018

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

Mothers Day Classic

Sunday 13 May 2018

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

SMH Half Marathon

Sunday 20 May 2018

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

Five Lands Walk

Saturday 23 June 2018

Location: MacMasters Beach to Copacabana, Avoca Beach and North Avoca
About: 10kms Cost: tbc
Supporting: Communities in the central coast Connecting People to People and People to Place.

Sutherland 2 Surf

Usually held in July

Location: Sutherland to Cronulla.
About: 11km. Cost: Cost: tbc
Supporting: Make-A-Wish Australia, granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Lighthouse to Skillion

Sunday 22 July 2018

Location: Norah Head Lighthouse for 27.5 kms and Memorial Park, The Entrance for 16kms
About: 16 – 27.5km. Cost: Cost: $56 – $59
Supporting: Surf Life Saving Central Coast, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Coast Shelter

City 2 Surf

Held in August 2018

Location: Hyde Park to Queen Elizabeth Drive
About: 14 km Solo or Family Cost: tbc
Supporting: Aims to raise $5 million for over 850 charities.

Oxfam Trailwalker

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 August 2018

Location: Hawkesbury to the Harbour About: 100km and 50km 4 person teams. Cost: $700 team registration for 100Km and $500 for 50km plus a minimum fundraising commitment
Supporting: Oxfam Australia, challenging poverty. Aims to raise $2.5 million

Unity Walk and Run

Usually held in August

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

Sydney Running Festival

Sunday 16 September 2018

Location: Bradfield Park to the
Harbour Bridge. About: 3km, 10km, 21.0975km and 42.195km Solo or Family Cost: Early bird fee $40 to $149 Standard fee $55 to $180
Supporting: Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), NSW’s premier marine research facility.

Walk with Lifehouse

Usually held in October

Location: Royal National Park About: A one-day coastal trek over 28kms, in teams of 4. Cost: Early bird $50 (before 31st July), standard $75 (from 1st August), raise $800 minimum per member.
Supporting: Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Lifehouse provides care for everyone affected by cancer.
Surprise! Sydney Coast Walks facilitates this event for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Join Ian, Tara and the Sydney Coast Walks team as we walk the Coast Track for a great cause.

Bloody Long Walk – Sydney East

Usually held in Septmber

Location: Malabar to Circular Quay About: 35km. Solo and Group Cost: tbc
Supporting: Australian Mitochondria Disease Foundation to help cure mitochondria.

Wellness Walk & Festival

Usually held in October

Location: Government House Sydney, off Macquarie Street. About: 2km or 5km. Cost: tbc
Supporting: Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc, raising awareness for mental illness.

Spring Trek

Usually held in Ocotber

Location: Kuringai National Park About: 18 or 30 km. 3 – 6 person team. Family Team available. Cost: tbc with a minimum fundraising goal
Supporting: Room to Read supports literacy and girl’s education programs in Asia and Africa

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.

Seven Bridges Walk

Sunday 28 October 2018

Location: Sydney Harbour
About: 28km. Solo or group. Cost: tbc, Children under 12 years old are Free.
Supporting: Cancer Council NSW, tackling cancer in Australia.

Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge

Usually held in November

Location: Stanwell Park to Bundeena, Royal National Park. About: 30km Cost: tbc.
Supporting: St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation, Aiming to raise $500,000.

Bloody Long Walk – Sydney North

Usually held in November

Location: Palm Beach to Manly About: 35km. Solo and Group Cost: tbc
Supporting: Australian Mitochondria Disease Foundation to help cure mitochondria.

Walk 4 Brain Cancer

Held through October & November

Location: Numerous routes to choose from. About: 5km – 20km. Cost: tbc
Supporting: Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, supporting brain cancer research, advocacy and awareness.

While I've been looking after young children, Ian's been out doing walking events. Over the years, he's completed three Oxfam Trailwalkers, the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge, Walk with Lifehouse, Walk for Kids with Cancer, and the Five Lands Walk. We've both run, but not walked, the Sutherland 2 Surf and the City 2 Surf. The kids are getting older… what will be this year's walking challenge?


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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