Dial it down with a stroll along Sydney’s coastal walks, where native flowers plunge into sapphire seas.
Bondi to Tamarama
Sydney’s beautiful people jog along this cliff walk, enjoying gorgeous ocean views all year round. Come November, the headlands transform into an outdoor gallery with the best beach backdrop. Forget white walls and quiet hallways, crowds flock to annual sculpture exhibition Sculpture by the Sea, where wonderful works of art are tucked into hideaways or sprawled over the sand.
Coogee to Maroubra
Hang a right at the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club, grab a juice from Melonhead on Coogee Bay Road or start your adventure with a coffee and a sea view at Bar Zura. When you’re suitably refreshed and ready to go, follow the path that meanders past the sea baths around the headland, through marshy stretches, past houses of the rich and famous to rock pools and on to the lovely long stretch of surf beach that is Maroubra.
Parsley Bay Reserve
Lavish in million-dollar water views, without the mortgage: tucked away at the end of a steep driveway, the entry to Parsley Beach is hard to find but persevere, as here lies the gateway to a series of small, secluded beaches. Walk along the bridge, jump into the ocean or settle onto the grass with your picnic. Beach bliss.
The Crescent, Vaucluse
This hidden gem is the place to host a posh picnic. Incredible views of the city, Harbour Bridge and Rose Bay are well worth the ten-minute walk from the nearest parking. Pack your swimmers and watch the seaplanes come and go, while floating in the warm shallows.
(Behind) Strickland House, Hermitage Foreshore Walk, via Carrara Road, Vaucluse
Dee Why to Curl Curl
Bathers are a must-bring for this walk, that and plenty of water. Start the double-dip walk with a refreshing dip in the Dee Why sea pool before tackling the in places challenging ups and downs of this winding sandy coastal bush track and cliff steps cut into the rock. Breathe in the salty sea air and you’ll be rewarded after few kilometers with sweeping views of Curl Curl. Cool down again in the lovely seawater lap pool at the other end. Dee Why Beach
Palm Beach to Barrenjoey Lighthouse
Jumping in and out of the waves, marveling at kite surfers and a little soft sand tramping is the ticket on the long stretch of beach that is Palmy. Stop for a smoothie at the kiosk, before attempting the steep climb up the steps in the lighthouse itself. The rewards of amazing views make the climb worth the three-dollar tour on a Sunday.
Spit Bridge to Manly
Set off on an uphill climb and follow the track through bush to catch glimpses of turquoise seas en route. Opt for early morning to avoid the midday sun or the path pounders that are otherwise hot on your heels. Some ten kilometers later and you’ll be ready for an ocean dip in the Manly surf.
The road from Mosman plunges down into one of Sydney’s best views: out to north and south head of the Harbour and over the shallows of the palm-fringed Balmoral beach and its iconic restaurant Bather’s Pavilion. Pretty and perfect for bathing and basking in the sun.