The Manly Scenic Walk
Located within Sydney Harbour National Park, the popular scenic walks with panoramic views around Manly and Sydney Harbour are definitely on the list of Sydney’s absolute “Must Dos”! There are several enticing walks to choose from, ranging from as short as 1-2km for those who wish to have a more casual sight seeing experience, all the way up to 10km for those who want something a little more challenging!
One of the more well-known and longer walks is the Manly to Spit Bridge (or vice versa!) walk, which is approximately 10km and has a suggested time of 4 hours. If you’re feeling up for a longer walk or jog along a beautiful trail, this is definitely the route for you. Along the way, you’ll be amazed by spectacular views over Middle Harbour and at lookouts such as Arabanoo! Additionally, this makes for a perfect opportunity to have a picnic. A few ideal spots include Clontarf reserve, Forty Baskets and Reef Beach. Don’t worry – there are also plenty of toilet facilities along the way!
If you’re under a lot of pressure of Uni and are a little more strapped for time, or would simply prefer a shorter walk, there are a series of short tracks (1-2km) including Fairlight, Dobroyd and North Harbour. These scenic trails still offer some amazing views through the bushland and around the Harbour. Additionally, Dobroyd can be easily accessed by car for a glimpse of some quick, sensational views!
Although entrance to Sydney Harbour National Park is free, parking fees do apply if you decide to drive and park on site. If you would prefer to take public transport, Manly can be reached easily by a variety of routes including Ferry and Bus.
Navigating your scenic walk has also been made significantly easier by the availability of both online PDF maps and hard copies, which can be attained between 9-5pm Monday to Friday or 10am-4pm Saturday/Sunday at the Manly Visitor Information Center (http://www.sydney.com/visitor-information-centres/manly-visitor-information-centre).
For more information on walk lengths, time and general details, visit the following website: http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/attractions/walking-tracks/manly-scenic-walkway/
By Jayesavannah Brown