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.

We update this walking events calendar throughout the year, so depending when you're reading we may have 2019 events listed too.

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.

Walking Events Calendar

The SMH Sun Run

Saturday Feb 3rd 2018

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

 

65K For 65 Roses

Saturday 24 February 2018

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

 

For Fitness Sake

1 – 10 March 2018

  • Location: Anywhere, anytime.
  • Distance: From 1 – 100km. Solo or team.
  • Cost: Free, sponsorship only.
  • Supporting: House with No Steps for kids with a disability.
  • Read more and register.

The March Charge

During March 2018

  • Location: Anywhere. Anytime.
  • Distance: Personal fitness challenge.
  • Cost: Sponsorship.
  • Supporting: Cancer Council.
  • Read more and register.

 

Coastrek

Friday 15 March 2019

  • Location: Bradfield Park, Kirribilli to Bondi (30km), Manly to Bondi Beach (60km)
  • Distance: 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.
  • Read more and register.
Coastrek event

Image: Coastrek

Great Illawarra Walk

Saturday and Sunday 17-18 March 2018

  • Location: Day 1 Shellharbour to Coalcliff. Day 2 Coalcliff to Wollongong.
  • Distance: From 1 – 100km. Solo or team.
  • Cost: $40 per adult and $20 per child
  • Supporting: Southern Youth and Family Services for children in the Illawarra community.
  • Read more and register.

 

Walk For Kids With Cancer

Sunday 25 March 2018

  • Location: The Rocks to Manly.
  • Distance: 26.5km.
  • Cost: $65 early bird.
  • Supporting: The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Supporting the children’s cancer centre.
  • Read more and register.
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Walk for Kids with Cancer event. Overlooking Crater Cove in Sydney Harbour National Park.

ANZAC Day Challenge

Sunday 29 April 2018

  • Location: Ku-ring-gai and Garigal National Parks
  • Distance: 25km, 35km and 40km. Solo or teams.
  • Cost: from $65 to $130 depending on distance.
  • Supporting: Soldier On and Mates 4 Mates for the care of those who have served Australia.
  • Read more and register.

 

Mothers Day Classic

Sunday 13 May 2018

  • Location: The Domain, Art Gallery Road.
  • Distance: 4km, 7km and 8km walk (and run). Solo or group.
  • Cost: $25 to $50 depending on walking or running.
  • Supporting: National Breast Cancer Foundation, for the prevention and cure of breast cancer.
  • Read more and register.

 

SMH Half Marathon

Sunday 20 May 2018

  • Location: College Street to Hyde Park.
  • Distance: 21.1 km solo or team.
  • Cost: tbc
  • Supporting: Aims to raise $1 million for over 800 charities
  • Read more and register.

 

Five Lands Walk

Saturday 23 June 2018

  • Location: Central Coast – MacMasters Beach to Terrigal Beach, via Copacabana, Avoca Beach and North Avoca
  • Distance: 10km
  • Cost: Free but must register.
  • Supporting: Communities on the Central Coast.
  • Read more and register.

 

Sutherland 2 Surf

Sunday 22 July 2018

  • Location: Sutherland to Cronulla.
  • Distance: 11km.
  • Cost: tbc
  • Supporting: Wanda Surf Life Saving Club, Wesley Mission, Sutherland Shire Medical Research Foundation, Love Mercy.
  • Read more and register.

 

Lighthouse 2 Skillion Coast Walk

Sunday 22 July 2018

  • Location: Central Coast – Norah Head Lighthouse or The Entrance, to Terrigal
  • Distance: 16km or 27.5km.
  • Cost: $9 – $59, depending on distance. Plus 8 x $2 donations along the walk.
  • Supporting: Surf Life Saving Central Coast, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Coast Shelter.
  • Read more and register.

 

City 2 Surf

Sunday 12 August 2018

  • Location: Hyde Park to Queen Elizabeth Drive.
  • Distance: 14 km Solo or Family.
  • Cost: tbc
  • Supporting: Aims to raise $5 million for over 850 charities.
  • Read more and register.

 

Oxfam Trailwalker

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 August 2018

  • Location: Hawkesbury to the Harbour.
  • Distance: 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.
  • Read more and register.
walking challenges

At the finish line of Sydney Oxfam Trailwalker.

Unity Walk and Run

Sunday 26 August 2018

  • Location: Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Distance: 7km Run, 4km run, 4km walk.
  • Cost: tbc
  • Supporting: Parkinson’s NSW.
  • Read more and register.

 

Copa 2 Killcare Coast Walk

Sunday 26 August 2018

  • Location: Central Coast – Copacabana Surf Club to Killcare Surf Club via MacMasters Beach and Bouddi National Park
  • Distance: 11.2km.
  • Cost: $44. Plus 3 x $2 donations along the walk.
  • Supporting: Surf Life Saving Central Coast, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Coast Shelter.
  • Read more and register.

 

Bloody Long Walk – Sydney North

Sunday 9 September 2018

  • Location: Palm Beach to Manly.
  • Distance: 35km. Solo and group.
  • Cost: tbc
  • Supporting: Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, to find a cure for mitochondrial disease.
  • Read more and register.

 

Sydney Running Festival

Sunday 16 September 2018

  • Location: Bradfield Park to the Harbour Bridge.
  • Distance: 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.
  • Read more and register.

 

Walk with Lifehouse

Usually held in October

  • Location: Royal National Park.
  • Distance: A one-day coastal trek over 28kms, in teams of 4.
  • Cost: Usually early bird $50, standard $75. Minimum fundraising $800 per walker.
  • Supporting: Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, providing care for everyone affected by cancer.
  • Read more: Sydney Coast Walks facilitated the 2017 event for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse – here's what happened last year.
  • Read more and register.
Walk with Lifehouse

Walk with Lifehouse event. Image by Lotsafreshair

Wellness Walk & Festival

Usually held in October

  • Location: Government House Sydney, off Macquarie Street.
  • Distance: 2km or 5km.
  • Cost: tbc
  • Supporting: Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc, raising awareness for mental illness.
  • Read more and register.

 

Walk in Her Shoes

Usually held in October

  • Location: No set route. Distance measured by pedometer.
  • Distance: 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.
  • Read more and register.

 

Spring Trek

Usually held in October

  • Location: Kuringai National Park.
  • Distance: 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.
  • Read more and register.

 

Bloody Long Walk – Sydney East

Sunday 21 October 2018

  • Location: Malabar to The Rocks.
  • Distance: 35km. Solo and group.
  • Cost: tbc
  • Supporting: Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, to find a cure for mitochondrial disease.
  • Read more and register.

 

Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge

Usually held in November

  • Location: Stanwell Park to Bundeena, Royal National Park.
  • Distance: 30km.
  • Cost: tbc.
  • Supporting: St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation, Aiming to raise $500,000.
  • Read more and register.

 

Seven Bridges Walk

Sunday 28 October 2018

  • Location: Sydney Harbour
  • Distance: 28km. Solo or group.
  • Cost: tbc. Children under 12 years old are free.
  • Supporting: Cancer Council NSW, tackling cancer in Australia.
  • Read more and register.

 

Walk 4 Brain Cancer

Held through October & November

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

 

Sydney Walking Challenges We've Completed

Over the years Ian has completed three Oxfam Trailwalkers, two Michael Tynan Memorial Challenges, 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.

There are plenty more to choose from for walking events 2018 and 2019. What will be this year's walking challenge?

Who to Walk With?

Nothing beats the camaraderie of a walking event challenge with participants all united towards a common goal. But who do you walk with if you're not taking part in an event? Here's our guide to walking alone in Sydney, or how to find someone to walk with.

About

Tara Wells co-owns Sydney Coast Walks (including providing Duke of Ed Award hikes) with her husband Ian Wells.

Tara co-hosts the much anticipated podcast This Hiking Life. 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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