Today’s blog comes from the wonderful Shandos Cleaver, of travel website Travelnuity, who has written about a walk that I’m yet to do – the famous Spit Bridge to Manly walk.
There is so much to love about Sydney in summer. Spending days at the glorious beaches; alfresco evenings drinking cocktails; the celebrations for New Years Eve and Australia Day; a jam-packed program for Sydney Festival.
When I’m feeling energetic, one of my favourite things to do is to put on my sneakers, pack a small bag and complete the Spit to Manly Walk. Winding along the northern shores of the harbor and through Sydney Harbour National Park, this 9km walk is easily completed in an afternoon. While a great walk to do any time of year, in summer it really shines, with the water warm enough to stop and have a swim (or two) along the way.
Starting at the Spit Bridge at the northern end of Mosman and ending at Manly Wharf, if you’re coming from the city hop onto a Manly-bound bus and alight at either end of the bridge, then return on the Manly Ferry. Alternatively, drive a car to the Bridge (the main car park is just before it) and then return via bus to your car.
Shortly after the start of the walk is Clontarf Reserve and Beach, a popular swimming spot for young families. However, my favourite beach to stop at is Reef Beach, about two thirds of the way along the walk and only accessible on foot. Surrounded by bush and with a picturesque view over to North Head, if you’re lucky one of the roving café boats will pay it a visit, peddling ice creams and cappuccinos.
Also along the way you’ll pass through stretches of native Australian bush, view Aboriginal rock engravings, visit an historic lighthouse and take in glorious views of Sydney Harbour. And the walk perfectly ends at Manly Wharf, where you can pull up a seat at Papa Chulo, Manly Wharf Hotel or the Bavarian Bier Café, and relax with an icy cold beer.
For more details including maps, check out Wildwalks, a great website that also has details of many more walks around Sydney.
About the author: Shandos Cleaver is a Sydney-based travel blogger who runs the blog Travelnuity. A long traveller who has always been trying to stretch her own travel budget, the mission of Travelnuity is to provide travel inspiration and ingenious tips to stretch other people’s travel budgets.