Best Coastal Walks In Sydney

Play, Summer Guide, Sydney / 6 November 2022

If, like us, you love nothing more than spending your Saturday mornings out in nature before heading to your favourite cafe, then we’ve got just the list for you.

We are blessed with a plethora of stunning coastal walks in our beautiful harbour city, so don your favourite pair walking shoes and soak in some SPF! Here are our top picks for the best coastal walks Sydney has to offer.

Best Coastal Walks Sydney Bondi Coogee

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk 

Distance: 6km (one way)
Time: 2-3 hours (one way)
Difficulty: Easy, suitable for most ages and fitness levels.

As far as Sydney coastal walks go, none are more iconic than the Bondi to Coogee. The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk takes walkers alongside some of the eastern suburbs’ most beautiful and picturesque beaches. We highly recommend setting your alarm early and catching the sunrise at Bondi; worth it for the killer views and to beat the mid morning rush. Kick-off at the famous Bondi Icebergs swimming club before continuing along to Tamarama Beach and then following the coastline to Bronte Beach. The track continues along to Gordon’s Bay before you hit your final destination, Coogee Beach. 

May we suggest heading for a dip and then into Coogee Pavilion for a well-earned pizza and drink (or two)? Oh and pup parents can bring their pooch along (on leash) to walk the track with you, too.

Best Coastal Walks Sydney

Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay Walk

Distance: 4km (one way)
Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hours (one way)
Difficulty: Easy

Soak in sparkling views of Sydney Harbour at the Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk, an easy track taking you from Taronga Zoo to the heart of Chowder Bay. This bush track gives you prime ‘gramming position for Sydney’s iconic buildings such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, with shimmering water views at every turn. Expect a gentle walk with views of boats on the water from Bradleys Head Amphitheater, military relics at Bradleys Head plus ancient trees and wildlife in abundance.

Hermitage Foreshore Track Best Coastal Walks Sydney

Hermitage Foreshore Track

Distance: 1.8km (one way)
Time: 30 minutes – 1hr
Difficulty: Easy

Want to get a quick walk in before brunch? This is the perfect coastal walk for you. Head to Bayview Hill Road or Nielsen Park to discover one of the best coastal walks in Sydney, the Hermitage Foreshore track. This easy-going trail delivers stunning vantage points to Shark Island and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and won’t break too much of a sweat. Pack a picnic and finish with snacks on the grass at Nielsen Park, or head to The Nielsen for a picturesque lunch spot overlooking the water.

Best Coastal Walks Sydney

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk

Distance: 2.2km (return)
Time: 1.5 hours (return)
Difficulty: Easy with steep sections.

Head up the road to Palm Beach and you’ll find a Sydney coastal walk well worth the drive. The Barrenjoey Lighthouse sits 91 metres above sea level, with two different tracks that will take up from the car park to the top. The Access Trail offers a longer but easier trail, with a few steep sections. For those up for a bit of a challenge, give the Smugglers Track a go, a short but challenging walk with plenty of steps and a short but steep climb. Either way, you’ll be greeted with sweeping vistas of the water and Palm Beach below.

Best Coastal Walks Sydney

Manly to Spit Bridge Walk

Distance: 10km (one way)
Time: 3 hours 45 minutes (one way)
Difficulty: Moderate, suitable for most ages and fitness levels.

For a breathtaking walk on the northern beaches, we can’t go past the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk. This iconic Sydney coastal walk takes you through both bushland and alongside the harbour, featuring sculptural rocks, stunning beaches and an abundance of picnic spots. The trail boasts plenty of sign-posts to keep you heading in the right direction, and drinking fountains and can be completed in under four hours, making it a great half-day coastal walk. Make sure to pack your swimmers and look out for the tidal pools in Fairlight, Crater Cove and Reef Beach for a quick dip. 

Best Coastal Walks Sydney Coastal Track

The Coastal Track, Royal National Park

Distance: 26km (one way)
Time: 2 days
Difficulty: Hard

Not one for the faint-hearted, the Royal National Park’s spectacular multi-day hike the Coastal Track offers incredible coastal lookouts, swim spots and even whale watching. Spread across 26km, walkers will be taken from Bundeena to Otford along the rugged sandstone escarpment with plenty of beaches along the way. Make sure to come prepared as this hike will take 2 days, with all hikers needing to book ahead into the North Era campground online (make sure to get in quick as this site tends to book out between October and March). With very steep sections, rough track and lots of steps to tackle, this coastal track is one for experienced bushwalkers. Bring along water, sun gear, food, a tent, sleeping back and a raincoat to make sure you’re ready for the epic adventure.