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The New Bondi To Manly Walk Will Be One Of The Most Beautiful Ever

Bondi and Manly are easily two of the most famous beaches in Sydney, known as much for the walking tracks as their idyllic views. But if you’ve ever done the Coogee to Bondi or the Manly to Spit Walk and felt like it wasn’t enough of a challenge, you’re in luck. Soon, you will be able to walk directly from Bondi to Manly, along one of the world’s most spectacular coastal tracks.

Our local, state and federal governments have come together to sign off on the new urban walking trail between the two beaches.  Stretching 80km, this is no quick leisurely stroll, but rather, an overnight hike. But for those who are up for exploring Sydney by foot, the rewards are endless.

The trail goes past many of the city’s most iconic destinations, starting from Bondi Beach in the East and linking up to the Sydney CBD via Watson’s and Double Bay. Much of the walk is along the Sydney Harbour foreshore, passing along Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head, Clifton Gardens, Middle Head, and Aboriginal rock engravings at Clontarf before heading to North Head and ending in Manly.

 

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Around 60 kilometres of the trail is on public land. The rest will be on footpaths, including near Point Piper, Darling Point and Potts Point. The halfway point is North Sydney, the perfect spot for a well-earned rest.

“If you’re hot after walking across the bridge, you can cool off by taking a dip in North Sydney pool,” North Sydney mayor Jilly Gibson said to the Sydney Morning Herald. “You can go to the pub next door for a nice ice-cold beer, and go on the Ferris wheel at Luna Park. A quick walk around Lavender Bay, along the Peter Kingston walkway, you will find yourself at Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden.”

 

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The walk also provides a Sydney history lesson, with signs along the way with information on the original inhabitants of the Eora nation, the arrival of the First Fleet and the building of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

You can stay updated on the progress of the Sydney to Manly bridge here and donate to the cause here.

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