Walks Around Sydney

February 12, 2020

Check out Sydney's newest 80km walk, Bondi to Manly - B2M 

This multi-day walk is tipped to become a major tourist attraction with the same status as some of the world's great walking trails, such as Cinque Terre in Italy.

The walk has many options, and can be started and finished at any given point depending on you. 

Join me, on different stages, as I endeavour to show some off some of the many highlights this walk has to offer.

 

Bondi Beach to Watsons Bay  (B2M stage 1)

Bondi Beach to Watsons Bay is a scenic 12km coastal walk along Sydney's foreshores. This is also the starting point of Sydney's 80km Bondi to Manly walk known as B2M. The walk passes many well known highlights including Bondi Rescue's famous lifesaving tower, The Gap and Australia's oldest lighthouse, Macquarie Lighthouse.

Transport. (Easy) We caught the train into Bondi Junction and bused it down to Bondi Beach. From Watsons Bay, ferry back to Circular Quay, then train home.

 Bondi Beach to Watsons Bay "in red" (B2M map)

 Rosebay to Watsons Bay (B2M stage 2)

Also known as Hermitage Foreshore Walk, this walk is one of Sydney’s great coastal walks and forms part of the Bondi to Manly track (B2M).

We did the reverse for this relatively easy 8-9km walk, starting at Rosebay and finishing with a beautiful lunch in the beer garden of Watsons Bay hotel then returning by ferry.

Be sure to take your camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities along this walk including Shark Island, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the grounds of Strickland House. It will also be worth taking your swimmers as you may be tempted to jump in for a cool dip. 

Transport. We drove into Rosebay where we started our walk however you can easily train it into Circular Quay and catch a ferry to either Rosebay or Watsons Bay depending on which way you wish to start the walk.

Hermitage Foreshore- Rosebay to Watsons Bay "in red" (B2M map)

 Rosebay to Circular Quay  (B2M stage 3)

Rosebay to Circular Quay is a scenic 14km walk that forms part of the 80km Bondi to Manly walk known as B2M.

This walk passes many well known highlights including HMAS Kuttabul, the original Harry's Cafe de Wheels, Mrs Macquarie's chair and the Botanical Gardens.  A fair part of this stage does wind through some amazing top end Sydney residential with minimal B2M signage.

For this reason, I highly recommend downloading the FREE Bondi to Manly app to help keep you on track.

Transport. We caught the train into Circular Quay, then ferry to Rosebay where we started our walk back to Circular Quay.

Rosebay to Circular Quay "in red" (B2M map)

 

 Circular Quay to Sirius Cove (B2M stage 4)

Circular Quay to Sirius Cove is a scenic 16km coastal walk along Sydney Harbour foreshores and forms part of the Bondi to Manly walk known as B2M. The walk passes many well known highlights including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park and Kirribilli House, finishing at Sirius Cove. Highly recommended to bring your swimmers, a camera and to wear comfortable walking gear.

Transport.  We caught the train into Circular Quay where we started the walk. Sirius Cove was my destination but NOT the best finishing point. Old Cremorne wharf and Taronga Zoo wharf are locate around 1.5 - 2km each side of Sirius Cove

 Circular Quay to Sirius Cove "in red" (B2M map)

 

Sirius Cove to Balmoral Beach (B2M stage 5)

Sirius Cove to Balmoral Beach is a scenic 10km coastal walk along Sydney Harbour foreshores and forms part of the Bondi to Manly walk. The walk passes many well known highlights including Taronga Zoo, Clifton Gardens and the Gunners Barracks finishing at the very popular Balmoral Beach. Highly recommended to bring your swimmers, a camera and to wear comfortable walking gear.

Transport. We drove to Sirius Cove where we started our walk. From Balmoral we bused it back to Taronga Zoo and walked back to our car. Best suggestion would be, train into Circular Quay, then ferry to starting point at Taronga Zoo.

Sirius to Balmoral "in red"(B2M map) 

 

 Spit Bridge to Manly (B2M stage 6)

The Spit to Manly walk is a classic bush walk on Sydney's Northern Beaches and forms part of the Bondi to Manly walk.. 

The walk follows a well-maintained track along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour and provides beautiful views over Middle Harbour ending at the very popular Manly Harbour beach. 

Transport. We drove and parked in the backstreets of Clontarf where we started.

From Manly we Ubered it back to our car. For those without a car I could suggest ferry to Taronga Zoo. There is a regular bus service from Taronga that will take you to the Spit Junction where you can start your walk.

 

Spit Bridge to Manly "in red" (B2M map)

Download the free Bondi to Manly (B2M) App.

The app is an important tool to have on your walk , allowing GPS  to track your location, getting you back on track if and when you lose your way.

Quarantine Station 

We recently had a two night stay at Q Station, originally know as North Head Quarantine Station. The Quarantine Station was established in 1832 and up until 1984 served as the gatekeeper between potentially sick immigrants as well as some sick residents This heritage listed hidden gem has now been restored with hotel style accomodation and provides a unique look into a slice of Sydney's history and delivers a destination that cannot be replicated anywhere. Located in the midst of 36 hectares of National Park in North Head Manly, Q Station is the perfect location for a quick getaway filled with history, wildlife, some great walks and for those keen enough a very creepy ghost tour.

 Coogee to Bondi

Take the Coogee to Bondi walk and discover natural beauty on one of the best Sydney coastal walks. This walk is perhaps the most famous coastal hiking trail in Sydney, New South Wales and perhaps even Australia. For three weeks each spring, the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world, Sculptures by the Sea, illuminates the Bondi to Tamarama section of the coastal walk. With 5 of Australia’s most famous beaches included in the Bondi to Coogee walk, this is going to be one beautiful day out

 

 

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