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11 Coastal Walks in Sydney That You Will Love

Whether you are a visitor trying to choose the best coastal walk in Sydney or a local looking for something fun and healthy to do this weekend, this list of our favourite coastal walks across the city is an excellent starting point. Some will challenge, others are nice and relaxing, but all are truly delightful!

The very best coastal walks in Sydney

Walking along the Sydney coastline or doing a Sydney beach walk is a top way to spend a day. We have listed all the best-known Sydney coastal walks along with a few less well-known, even secret sydney walks that we think locals or visitors will love.

To help make it easier for you to decide which walk to do, we have included all the main facts you need to know to make your choice.

  • How long is the walk?
  • Can you reach the walk by public transport?
  • Is this walk suitable for prams or wheelchairs?
  • Can I take my dog on this walk?
  • Are there good places to eat/drink nearby?

So lace up your walking shoes, grab yourself a hat and let’s go for a walk!

We think these are the best coastal walks in Sydney, but we have not listed them in any order because they are all great for different reasons instead we have divided them by area, north, south and east to make it easier to find walks near you.

Coastal Walks in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs

The Iconic Bondi to Coogee Walk

The Bondi to Coogee walk, or if you are short of time and energy the Bondi to Bronte walk, is likely the most famous beach walk in the country. It needs little introduction, and chances are it might already be on your to-do list.

Bronte Baths along Bondi to Coogee walk
Nothing beats a sunrise swim at Bronte Baths.

Highlights of the Bondi walk:

  • Pass five gorgeous ocean beaches; Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, and Coogee
  • Swim at the Instagram worthy Bronte Pool above
  • Stroll past (or through) the historic Waverly Cemetery
  • Snorkel the beautiful Gordon’s Bay

Before you head out, check out our very detailed guide to the Bondi to Coogee walk where we have answered every question we have ever received about walking this track.

Insider tip: There is a natural bogey hole at Bronte only visible when the tide is right – approx. halfway between high and low tide.

  • Public transport rating: super easy, buses at every beach however Bondi Beach has the most frequent services
  • Wheel Friendly: not really, prams possibly but with plenty of lifting
  • BBQs: Yes at Bronte and Clovelly
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, on a leash on the paths but not the beach.
  • Playground: Yes
  • Nearby dining: You will be spoilt for choice at Coogee, Bronte and Bondi!

Length: 6km. If you prefer a short walk, you could stop at Bronte

 

The Impressive Federation Cliff Walk

The Federation Cliff Walk, also known as the Waverly Cliff walk or the Dover Heights walk, links Bondi to Watsons Bay. This 5km walking trail gives you outstanding views of the sheer sandstone cliffs that protect Sydney Harbour.

Stunning views all along the walkway


Official starting at Dover Heights you can navigate from North Bondi if you wish by following the coastline and heading in and out of the streets when you hit a fence.

Highlights:

  • Fantastic Sydney Harbour views from Dudley Page Reserve.
  • Dramatic sandstone cliffs and old staircase at Diamond Head
  • Historic Macquarie Lighthouse

From Dover Heights, it’s a pretty clear walk which we have outlined in detail on this post. Alternatively, take the 380 bus from Bondi to the start of the walk.

Insider tip: Resist the urge to go off the track at Diamond Bay, and under the cliffs for the magic Insta shot, the cliff is fenced off because it is unstable.

  • Public transport rating: Super easy, regular buses from Watsons Bay or Bondi (380 & 333)
  • Wheel Friendly: Partially – miss the Diamond Bay Stairs by walking around the back streets
  • BBQs: No
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, on a leash
  • Playground: Yes, a small one at Weonga Reserve, a larger at Robertson Park
  • Nearby dining: Yes, at Watsons Bay but not much en route

Length: 5km one way.

The Hermitage Foreshore Track in Sydney Harbour National Park at Rose Bay is another great Eastern Suburbs option.

 

The Family Friendly Coogee to Maroubra Walk

The first section of this walk, known as the Coogee Clifftop Walk, is a great choice for wheelchair users or those with prams. A boardwalk with a slight incline gives access for the first section.

One of Sydney’s Historic sites Wylies Baths is an excellent detour on this walk

The rest of the walk will reward with some very pretty rock pools and panoramic views of Sydney’s coastline. There are also fewer people on the pathway than the more popular walk Bondi trail. Great for those who prefer to take the road less travelled.

Highlights of the Coogee to Maroubra Walk:

  • McIvers Ladies Baths
  • Wylies Baths
  • Ivor Rowe rock pool
  • Mahon rock pool – my favourite sunrise spot in Sydney

All these rock pools are hard to resist so I suggest you pack your swimmers

  • Public transport rating: Easy bus access from the city or Bondi Junction
  • Wheel Friendly: The Coogee Cliff Top boardwalk is very suitable
  • BBQs: Yes at Coogee
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, on a leash but not on beaches
  • Playground: Yes, several along the route
  • Nearby dining: Plenty at Coogee and Maroubra

Length: 5km

More info on parks along this route: Randwick Council website

Have you taken the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach walk yet?

Maroubra to Malabar Beach Walk – The Road Less Travelled

This walk begins at Maroubra, one of Australia’s official National Surfing Reserves. The name ‘Maroubra’ is said to be an Aboriginal word meaning ‘like thunder’ and the surf here rarely lets you down. This kilometre-long offers visitors a less crowded experience and it’s a great place to watch local surfers in action. If you do decide to have a swim while you are here be sure to stay between the flags, the current can get quite strong here.

Coastal walk Maroubra Beach Sydney
Maroubra Beach is one kilometre long with a path suitable for prams and wheelchairs

This walk begins on the northern side of Maroubra Beach. The first section takes you from Mistral Point along Maroubra Beach to the park at South Maroubra. This section is just under 2.5km and is wheelchair and pram friendly.

Highlights:

  • Great views of Botany Bay
  • Family-friendly rockpool at Malabar
  • Whale watching spot in season (June-October)
  • picturesque bays

The next section to Malabar Begins in Arthur Byrne Reserve in South Maroubra and connects to Pioneers Park in Malabar. This 1.15km walking track, officially known as the Western Escarpment Walking Track, links up with the 3.7km Boora Point Walking Track. You can also walk a 4km loop around Malabar Headland. This section has quite a few stairs so not suitable from prams and wheelchairs.

Your final destination is Malabar Beach, pretty much a hidden gem and one that I am almost reluctant to share. The rock pool here, pictured below, is sheltered and has a wheelchair ramp into the pool. Not so much a sandy beach as a beautiful rocky bay.

Malabar Coastal Walk Sydney
  • Public transport rating: Easy bus access from the city
  • Wheel Friendly: Only the first section
  • BBQs: Yes at Coogee
  • Dog-friendly: Only the first section to South Maroubra
  • Playground: Yes, several along the route
  • Nearby dining: Plenty at Maroubra and some at Malabar

Length: 3.6km

Download the detailed map (PDF) if you would like to give this walk a try.

La Perouse to Yarra Bay – Discover History and Identity

La Perouse is full of history and has a strong indigenous identity. The Kameygal people refer to this land as Guriwal, and many still live and work in the area. The name La Perouse comes from a French Naval Officer Jean-Francois La Perouse, who arrived in Botany Bay just days after the First Fleet.

“La Perouse is the one area of Sydney with which Aboriginal people have had an unbroken connection for over 7,500 years.”

Dictionary of Sydney

This walk is a relatively short and easy one, great for younger kids who may tire on some of the others here. From La Perouse head to the playground and you will see a walking track heading into the bush.

The Guriwal Bush Tucker Track features signage highlighting traditional foods and medicines. Once you reach Yarra Bay return to La Perouse via the beach.

La Perouse to Little Bay walk via Frenchmans Beach
Low cloud made a very unusual sight on our last walk at Frenchmans Beach
  • Bare Island Fort (open last Sunday of the month) at La Perouse
  • Signposted Bush Tucker Track between Yarra Bay and Frenchman’s Bay.
  • Weekend snake shows in Cann Park

Insider tip: The Blak Markets, which sells fabulous indigenous goods are held at La Perouse regularly. Check the dates here

  • Public transport rating: Easy bus access – L94 or 393 from Central Station
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes but only the path around La Perouse Headland
  • BBQs: Yes at Frenchman’s Bay
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, but not on the beach
  • Playground: Yes at Frenchman’s Bay
  • Nearby dining: Several cafes at La Perouse and the Yarra Bay Sailing Club

Length: 2.8km

 

Coastal Walks on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Long Reef Walk – An Aquatic Delight

There is so much to love about this walk. It’s unique position between the beach and a golf course, giving it a lovely contrast of green against the ocean blue is quite lovely

Long Reef Headland Coastal Walk in Sydney
Take the stairs to the Aquatic Reserve at Long Reef
  • Long Reef Aquatic Reserve – great for snorkelling in calm weather
  • Whale watching between April and November
  • Watching the hang gliders and paragliders

Local tip: Visit at low tide and wander down the stairs at the base of the headline.

It’s super popular with photographers, particularly at sunrise, so if you can get up early, you will find you often rewarded with a magnificent sunrise.

  • Public transport rating: Easy – the bus stop is less than 100m away. Parking is metered.
  • Wheel Friendly: Not wheelchair suitable, prams are OK, just a few spots to lift over. The first section from the car park to the top of the hill and the lookout is suitable.
  • BBQs: at Long Reef Beah
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, on a leash, an off-leash area nearby.
  • Playground: Yes
  • Nearby dining: Long Reef Golf Club is an option.

Length: 3km

More details on the Northern Beaches Council website.

Collaroy to Manly Walk- A Bondi to Coogee Alternative

I like to begin this walk in Collaroy and end for lunch or sunset drinks in Manly. From Collaroy Beach, you head past Fisherman’s Beach, Long Reef via the headland, Dee Why, Curl Curl Beach and Freshwater Beach, before you reach Queenscliff and finally Manly.

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Manly Beach

Highlights:

  • Walk along six surf beaches
  • Long Reef Aquatic Reserve
  • Statue of Duke Kahanamoku

It’s a long walk, but it’s full of rewards and a perfect walk if you are looking for something to contrast the world-famous Bondi Beach walk.

Insider tip: For the best views do this walk north to south

  • Public transport rating: Easy bus access to Collaroy from Manly. Parking by the beach is metered and expensive.
  • Wheel Friendly: No, sections of the route are paved but much is not accessible and some on the sand.
  • BBQs: Freshwater is a good option
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, on a leash only
  • Playground: Yes – several along the route
  • Nearby dining: Lots of options at the beaches along the way and plenty at the finish.

Length: 11.5km

 

Palm Beach Walk – Summer Bay and Away

Best known by many as the filming location of Home and Away, Palm Beach, the most northern beach in Sydney is a holiday hotspot for the well to do and well worth the effort it takes to visit.

Palm Beach Pittwater NSW
Palm Beach Lighthouse on Barrenjoey Headland offers great views.

Highlights:

  • Barrenjoey Lighthouse walk
  • Outdoor sets of Home and Away
  • Calm Pittwater shores perfect for kids
  • A ferry ride to Ettalong or the Basin

Insider tip: If you want to see the Home and Away gang recording, weekdays are your best option.

Read our tips for exploring Palm Beach before you go.

  • Public transport rating: Super easy, but it’s a 41km trip. Park is metered
  • Wheel Friendly: No
  • BBQs: Governor Phillip Park has plenty
  • Dog-friendly: No, although you can walk nearby Careel Bay with your dog
  • Playground: Yes also at Governor Phillip Park
  • Nearby dining: Yes several from fish and chips to cafes and restaurants

Length: 2.3km one way.

Coastal Walks in Sydney’s South

Brighton to Sans Souci – Parasailing Paradise

This is my regular walking route; an easy, flat 4-5km path hugs Botany Bay. Being a bay walk, it’s not as dramatic as Bondi to Bronte, but the path is great for prams and wheelchairs with almost all of it paved and flat.

Coastal walk in Sydney at Brighton Lady Robinson Beach
Lady Robinsons Beach stretches from the Georges River to the Cooks River

You can get from Captain Cook Bridge at San Souci all the way to Kyeemagh with just a small section moving away from the shoreline for a few hundred metres.

  • Bike path running the entire way
  • Two netted swimming areas
  • Watch the wave jumpers
  • Spot the planes taking off at Mascot
  • Lots of cafes along the route
  • Large parks with BBQ areas

A big bonus is that on weekdays the path can be almost deserted, particularly in autumn and winter.

  • Public transport rating: Easy, buses run the length of the beach – join them in Rockdale or Kogarah or even Central (303)
  • Wheel Friendly: Yes
  • BBQs: Yes, all along the beach
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, but not on the beach
  • Playground: Several in the parks along the walkway
  • Nearby dining: Yes lots, fish and chips, clubs, cafes and restaurants

Insider tip: There is almost no shade along the way so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen.

Length: 4km

Check out Joanne’s walk in Brighton le Sands for more local exploring.

 

Cronulla Beach Walk – Ocean Pools Galore

This is the beach of my childhood; we spent many summer days at the Cronulla beaches, there are several beaches, Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla, South Cronulla, Blackwood’s Beach and Shelly Beach. They are great family beaches with ocean pools, plenty of parks and facilities and several great playgrounds.

The beach is also just two blocks away from excellent cafes and restaurants. Get more details on what you will find in Cronulla here.

Cronulla Shelly Beach ocean pool on coastal walk path
One of several ocean pools along the Cronulla coastal walk

This is a really easy walk with most of it being pram friendly. The walk officially starts at Wanda and finishes at Bass and Flinders Point, but most people start at North Cronulla.

  • Lots of great children’s playgrounds
  • Nuns Pool – a beautiful natural rock pool

Insider tip: Darook Park just around from the end of the walk is a great picnic spot with plenty of shade and a lovely beach.

  • Public transport rating: Super easy – Cronulla is the only beach with a train station
  • Wheel Friendly: yes – a little hilly just past South Cronulla
  • BBQs: Yes, at Shelly Park and Oak Park
  • Dog-friendly: Yes, but not on the beach
  • Playground: Several in the parks along the walkway
  • Nearby dining: Yes lots, fish and chips, clubs, cafes and restaurants

Length: 4km

The Coast Track – Royal National park

The Coast Track is a challenging walk through native bushland with some of the most incredible coast lookouts you will find in NSW. It’s also one of the most popular, so you will likely find yourself sharing the path with others, especially on weekends.

Royal Coastal Walk between Bundeena and Marley Beach Credit: David Croft / DPIE

Highlights include:

  • Dharawal Aboriginal engravings along the Jibbon Beach Loop Track
  • Wedding Cake Rock,
  • Wattamolla
  • Figure Eight Pools
  • Garie Beach and Burning Palms.

It is recommended you tackle this 26km track over two days although some people manage to do in on one long hard session.

If you do go for the two-day option the North Era campground is the official overnight stop. Check National Park alerts before you start planning as there are some closures in place at the moment.

  • Public transport rating: Easy – Train at both ends (+Ferry between Bundeena and Cronulla)
  • Wheel Friendly: No
  • BBQs: No
  • Dog-friendly: No
  • Playground: No
  • Nearby dining: pick up food at Cronulla or Bndeena before you start.

Length: 26km

 

We hope you enjoy these great walks in Sydney. If you want more walking ideas for around Sydney check out these articles:

Do you have a favourite coastal walk in Sydney? We would love to know which one you think is the best.

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First published Oct 2019 Updated 10/10/2020

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7 thoughts on “11 Coastal Walks in Sydney That You Will Love”

  1. This is awesome! I’ve been to Sydney twice and last time I was really staying near the coast, it was soooooo nice!!! I haven’t got enough chance to explore Syndey’s other beaches, should do next time!

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  2. I love this! I can’t wait until I can visit Sydney one day. I also think it’s really great that you have made this post focus on accessibility too. It has made me realise how people don’t tend to write about that aspect when we should. Thank you for this <3

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  3. Thanks for all these wonderful suggestions!! I’m a big walker (try to get 20-30k steps a day) so these are the perfect activities for me!! Can’t wait to go back to Australia.

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  4. These are all BEAUTIFUL! I’m hoping I make it to Australia someday, but in the meantime, I will admire these pictures 🙂 Thanks for the great tips!

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  5. I don’t mind a stroll along the coastline. I have walked the Coogee to Bondi on a couple of occasions when I’ve been visiting Sydney. I now have whole new list of walks. Sydney is so blessed with such a picturesque coastline and harbour.

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