Calling all tourists and Sydney siders alike; it can be tough to find the most aesthetically-pleasing seaside strolls when new to the city. Because we care about your health, fitness and Instagram snaps, we’ve found six that you just have to do.
Bradley’s Head to Chowder Bay
Time: 1.5-2.5 hours
For beautiful views of the Sydney Harbour, this is the walk for you. It’s an easy 4km walk starting at Taronga Zoo and ending at the gorgeous Chowder Bay. You will make your way through Sydney National Park with unobstructed views of Sydney’s most iconic features including the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
We recommend you finish up your good, hard walk with a bite to eat at Chowder Bay Café.
Bundeena to Otford Coastal Track
Time: 1-2 days
This one is for the serious hikers out there. The 26km trek around the Royal National Park has nature’s true beauty on its side.
It’s 26km long around the Royal National Park and you’ll experience amazing views of the Tasman Sea along the way. You’ll also get to see the rugged beauty of nature, as well as beaches and some stunning natural formations.
For all you novices, it’s probably best to actually spend a night camping at the North Era campground. Wake up for the sunrise over the ocean!
Notes: if you want to camp out, make sure you get a camping permit from the park office beforehand. And bring a map!'
Chinaman’s Beach to Balmoral Beach
Time: 30 mins
Feast your eyes on the most exquisite views of Middle Harbour (whilst you exercise). The path to Chinaman’s Beach is only available at low tide, so you might experience a rocky walk along the beach if you hit it at high tide.
The walk is only 1km long, making it a great option for those who don’t consider themselves pro-athletes.
The best way to seize the day is by venturing up the Parriwi Lighthouse Walking Track. You’ll see some really stunning waterfront mansions that one only dreams of (you know, while you sweat).
Time: 1 hour
Walk around the perimeter of Middle Head and you’ll catch great views of the eastern suburbs, Middle Harbour and Manly. The cliffs surrounding create a somewhat creepy feeling when you meander your way around the walk. One of the unique things about this walk is the Vietnamese ‘Tiger Cages’. The military simulated war prisoner conditions and you can explore these forts at the Middle Head Fortifications.
Distance: 2km around
Time: 1.5 hours
If you haven’t been to Cockatoo Island, it’s time you did a trek around it. Located in the middle of Sydney Harbour, it’s hard to believe this used to be home to a convict colony. With such a rich history, it’s actually a UNESCO World-Heritage site.
A lot of events are held here including concerts, yoga festivals and art exhibitions.
It’s really easy to get there too; just catch a ferry from Circular Quay and enjoy a day on the island. If you’d prefer to make a weekend out of it, you can camp overnight.
Bondi to Coogee
Although pics of this fill our feeds, it’s what Sydney’s all about. The stunning journey alongside some of Sydney’s most desirable beaches makes this hike not only a workout, but also a fun experience. It’s a great weekend activity to do with friends, as there are a lot of trendy cafes and stunning scenery along the way. Makes for some good Insta-snaps, that’s for sure.
Sculpture by the Sea begins on October 23, so if you’re not too fussed about the crowds, make sure you walk the walk then…
This article originally appeared on 7travel.