Interactive Map for the Bondi To Manly Walk
The Bondi to Manly Walk is entirely on public land, and for most of its length utilises existing harbour-side and coastal walking tracks.
The final track has been determined by each individual public landholder, including the Local Council, or the relevant State, or Federal Government agency.
We would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, learn, work and walk.
WALKING THE TRACK
DIVIDING THE TRACK IN TO eight sections
Bondi Beach to Watsons Bay
Watsons Bay to Rose Bay
Rose Bay to Darling Point
Darling Point to Kirribilli
Kirribilli to Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo to The Spit
The Spit to Manly Wharf
Manly Wharf to Manly Beach
Bondi is Australia’s most famous surf beach and is home to the world’s first lifesaving club. More than a million travellers visit Bondi every year for the quintessential Aussie experience of sun, surf and sand.
CAMP COVE & SOUTH HEAD
Camp Cove is a popular harbour beach where Capt. Arthur Phillips first landed in Port Jackson in 1788. South Head offers magnificent harbour views, old harbour fortifications and lighthouse keeper’s cottages and the colourful Hornby Lighthouse.
HISTORIC HOUSES ON THE SOUTHERN HARBOUR SHORE
Vaucluse House is a nineteenth century mansion with its substantial original gardens still intact. Elizabeth Bay House, built in the 1830’s, was considered the finest house in the Colony of NSW.
MRS MACQUARIE’S CHAIR
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is a bench carved into sandstone by convicts in 1810. According to legend Mrs Macquarie, the Governor’s wife, would sit there waiting for ships to arrive from England.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
The Sydney Opera House, with its white shell-shaped sail roof, is one of the world’s most famous buildings.
SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE
Since opening in 1932 the Harbour Bridge has shaped the City of Sydney. Its steel arch span and two pairs of granite pylons have become a symbol of Sydney and Australia.
MAY GIBBS’ NUTCOTE
Nutcote was the home of children’s book illustrator and author, May Gibbs. Now a museum, it celebrates the life and work of the creator of the gumnut babies - Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
CURLEW CAMP ON LITTLE SIRIUS COVE
For nearly twenty years Curlew Camp was a place where artists lived and worked on the Harbour shore, and it is where two of Australia’s most famous artists, Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts, painted some of their best known works.
SIGNIFICANT SITES IN ABORIGINAL CULTURE
The track goes through an aboriginal midden between Fisher Bay and Sandy Bay. At Grotto Point there is a large number of aboriginal engravings. Reef Beach is the home of an ancestral reburial site and rock art.
Manly, so named by Capt. Arthur Phillip in 1788 because of the manly nature of its indigenous people, is famous for its ocean beach and the ferry service from Circular Quay which started in 1852.
Popular Trails on the walk
South head heritage trail
The short, easy and stunning South Head Heritage trail has something for everyone; scenic beaches and Sydney Harbour views, historic gun emplacements and military remnants, and excellent whale watching opportunities from the distinctive red and white striped Hornby Lighthouse.
Green point walking track
This round-trip explored the great sea cliffs of The Bluff on the ocean side of South Head, before heading to the historic and scenic Camp Cove and Green Point on Sydney Harbour. With the opportunity to visit several historic military harbour defence systems while viewing some of the natural beauty of the region.
Hermitage foreshore Track
One of Sydney’s great coastal walks, the easy Hermitage Foreshore track offers stunning views of Sydney’s harbour, islands and icons such as Shark Island, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the grounds of Strickland House. There’s even a cafe at Nielsen Park to enjoy.
Cremorne Point Circuit Walk
The easy Cremorne Point Walk is a 3km foreshore trail with beautiful views across Mosman Bay, Sydney Harbour and looking back on the city skyline. Wander past picturesque gardens and discover Robertsons Point Lighthouse, Cremorne Reserve and MacCallum swimming pool.
bradleys Head Walk
This gentle bush track weaves around the harbour headlands offering views that are almost too good to be true. Starting from Taronga Zoo (serviced by ferries from Circular Quay, Mosman and Cremorne), it goes around Bradleys Head to the beach and cafes at Chowder Bay. It’s a walk that is guaranteed to impress.
Georges Heights Walk
Rich in natural and cultural history, the Georges Heights Walk incorporates Chowder Bay, Georges Heights and Middle Head before finishing on Balmoral Beach. With breathtaking views, bush tracks, boutique cafes, restaurants, art studios and breathtaking views of some of Sydney’s greatest vantage points of the harbour.
Manly Scenic Walkway
One of Sydney’s best walking tracks, the Manly Scenic Walkway, or more commonly known as the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk, offers beautiful bush tracks, secluded beaches and stunning harbour views. Pass Fisher Bay, Sandy Bay and Clontarf Beach before heading up in to the bushland, around Dobroyd Head and past the Aboriginal rock engravings at Grotto Point before passing more beaches on the way back to Manly.
North Head SANctuary
Right in Manly’s backyard, the North Head Sanctuary is home to delicate and diverse flora and fauna complete with hanging swamps. It’s rich in history with military relics and a special place for the Aboriginal people, as a place of isolation, observation and contemplation. The dramatic cliffs of North Head form a memorable entry to Sydney Harbour with superb views of the harbour from the cliff tops.
Australian Memorial Walk
The Australian Memorial Walk honours those who have served and supported the defence of Australia in peace or in war. The paved pathway links five monuments erected to remember the major conflict periods in Australia’s history:
World War I,
World War II,
Post World War II, and
(A special Gallipoli monument also stands along the pathway).
The paved Fairfax Track offers superb views and an enjoyable, short walk, looking out over endless oceans or across the harbour to Sydney’s CBD. A great final view looking back over the entire Bondi to Manly Walk before journeying through bushland to Shelly Beach and back to Manly Beach.
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