Explore Sydney's Northern Beaches by Foot
Exploring Sydney’s Northern Beaches is always better when done by foot. Experience the cool ocean breeze, climb the coastal rock formations and delve deep into the bushland. With maintained walking tracks and signage to map your route, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get walking! Don’t forget to bring the kids and your four-legged friend along for the adventure.
Embark on an adventure through Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park on a walk starting at West Head and continuing on to Resolute Beach. Simply follow the sign which reads “West Head/Resolute Beach” and walk downhill through the dense bushland to the beach. Keep your eye on the view, you’ll be rewarded with sights of Pittwater. The walk takes around an hour to complete and is shaded by trees.
Walk to Barrenjoey Lighthouse at the tip of Palm Beach and choose from two trails. The Smugglers Track is a set of stone steps, 500m straight to the top, or take on the Broad Old Stone Road which is much gentler and 700m long. The walk to the top and back will only take around an hour and a half. It’s well worth the views!
Explore Eden Gardens at Lane Cove and marvel at creative and artistic sculptures on your adventure. The gardens are perfect for families with young children and also feature disabled access. The sculpture trail will lead you past 25 sculptures and a delicious café so don’t forget to stop off for lunch.
Ready for an adventure? You’ll want to stretch before taking on this one. Hike up the hill from Manly Wharf to North Head and take the more scenic route. You’ll get views of Shelly Beach and Manly from various lookout spots on your way to the top. Need to catch your breath? Stop off at one of the cafes along the way.
Look over Bouddi National Park, walk past Bilgola Beach and tackle hills on your walk from Avalon to Narrabeen. The walk takes around four hours in total so come prepared! At 11km one way, the walk should be modified for children and pets. Don’t worry about finding spots to take a break, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the main roads so take advantage of them.
Have three hours to spare? Want to make a day out of your walking trip? Make the most of the adventurous Palm Beach to Avalon walk. Leaving Palm Beach’s southern end, the walk takes you along Whale Beach to Avalon Beach. With steps, unmarked tracks and very few signs, the walk is a little more difficult than others so it might be best to leave the children out of this one.
At just an hour and a half and 3.5km in length, the walk from Narrabeen to Collaroy is one of the easiest in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. This walk is one for the beach lovers, those with children and dog walkers! Simply walk along the beach from Narrabeen and you’ll reach Collaroy in no time at all. Stop off for a dip in the ocean but keep in mind the walk is not sheltered so you’ll need to wear your hat!
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