Winter Walks in Sydney
Sydney has an endless array of walking tracks, perfect for winter strolls across the coastline or clifftop treks to reach the perfect whale watching spot. We've gathered some of the best walks Sydney has to offer. Take a read below.
Botany Bay Coastal Walk
The Botany Bay Coastal Walk is a perfect choice for those looking to explore Sydney’s beautiful southern coastlines. A 12.7km track, there’s plenty to experience. With sweeping beaches and cliff top tracks, you’ll encounter different native plants and wildlife, incredible views of the ocean whilst soaking up the sunshine and sea spray.
Cape Solander in Kamay is Sydney’s ultimate vantage point to spot humpback whales on their annual migration. July is one of the best times to sight the whales, who have been known to swim as close as just 200m from the coast!
Be sure to snap a photo of Cape Baily Lighthouse - built in the 1950s, it is still active today guiding ships along the coastline – impressive! Continuing from the light house, you’ll soon get views of the Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve. The walk follows the coastline through to Cronulla and, if you're brave enough, why not have a dip in the ocean pools to refresh.
Fairfax Lookout, North Head
Overlooking the gateway to Sydney Harbour, Fairfax Lookout at North Head offers breathtaking views over the ocean and across to the CBD. It’s around a 1km walk and easily accessible. During the months of June through to October, this family friendly walk also offers many vantage points along the way and is one of the bests spots to spend a winters afternoon finding pods of migrating humpback whales.
Manly to Spit Bridge Walk
A breathtaking 10km coastal walk running through Manly Wharf and Spit Bridge, you’ll be treated to spectacular panoramic views of the harbour and Pacific Ocean, native bushland and peaceful beaches. A handful of highlights you can enjoy during your coastal walk include; The Spit Bridge, Castle Rock beach, Grotto Point Lighthouse, North Harbour Reserve, Fairlight Walk and Manly Wharf. Many walkers opt to end at Manly, as the Wharf and Corso have countless options when it comes to dining and drinking. A quick ferry ride back to the CBD is also handy, making this one of the most popular walking paths in Sydney!
Brandley’s Head Trail
The Bradley’s Head to Chowder Bay walk will take you around the harbour headlands from the wharf at Taronga Zoo through to the beach and restaurants at Chowder Bay. It’s the perfect way to experience the best of the bush, whilst taking in incredible views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. There are even some historic sites and heritage-listed buildings along the way, including Athol Hall - a perfect spot to grab a coffee and a snack. Get amongst the wildlife and explore this wonderful part of Sydney.
Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk
Sydney's most northern point in the Ku-ring-gai national park sits Barrenjoey Headland at Palm Beach. The walk up the hill towards the historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse offers spectacular scenery and once at the top, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views overlooking Broken Bay and the Sydney coastline. For those looking to spot migrating whales, Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk is well worth the short but steep walk!
If you find yourself in the City after your walk and are in need of a refreshment, why not come on over to The Fax Bar and relax into soft lounge seating, or settle in for snacks at the bar.
We hope this has inspired you to get out and about in Sydney this winter!
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