The key to awesome walking and running tracks has got to be the surroundings. Let’s face it, exercise can get dull if you are in a sweaty box or looking at a treadmill screen. Having something decent to look at keeps the mind occupied. These favourite’s include some of the best views in Sydney. Enjoy!
|I mean…C’MON! Luna Park Boardwalk, Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The walk over the SHB is truly breath taking. I urge all residents and visitors to – at least once – make the journey over this fine landmark and breathe in that view. There is certainly a great feel to walking or running over the bridge during peak times: The “Northerners” are making their way over to the hustle and bustle of the big smoke (and vice versa). They have their runners on and headphones in, it’s very urban professional!
Once you cross the bridge, depending on your direction, you’ll have The Rocks to explore on foot or Milson’s Point/Kirribilli. Both locations take in the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, maybe even a selfie with the big face at Luna Park? If you have time for a cocktail (?) the view from The Deck Sydney is pretty freaking unbeatable
The Bay Run, Iron Cove Bay Inner West
The best track the inner-west of Sydney has to offer. This popular 7 km walking and running track boasts some great views around Iron Cove Bay. Take in sights along the water and bring your pooch.
Cooper Park Stairs Bellevue Hill
An old personal foe of mine, these 151 steps have caused my clients and me soreness for more than a few days. You may need an oxygen tank the first few times you take on these stairs, so start off slow and build up your strength. When you’ve had enough, there are a few coffee joints on Bellevue Road with a good brew to wet your whistle.
Bronte to Bondi
The famous Coastal Walk! As a former Eastern Suburbs local of over 30 years, I recommend taking a cattle prod along with you on this route, as it gets very busy! Peak times tend to be weekends (especially during summer!) and some mornings during the week (9am-10am) can be a little dicey. Best to give this a go during the day when everyone else is at work. It’s a breezy walk and great if you live between Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi beaches.
Running this route can get a little frustrating with all stop/start nature of tourists and photo ops however, if you stand your ground, you’ll love it!
Balls Head Reverse, North Sydney
It’s only a short loop around but man, this place is stunning! A bushy oasis right smackbam in the middle of the harbour (west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge). It’s a real special place here, once inhibited by the Cammeraygal people. Lined with red gums and other flora, it’s more than just a walking/running spot- it’s a piece of history. Don’t forget to check out the Community gardens and chickens are the Coal Loader Centre For Sustainability
Wanda Beach, Sutherland Shire
Sand dunes. Lots and lots of sand dunes. Power up your legs for a high intensity session. Be sure to whip off your shoes and give those feet a workout too. Working on sand is great for balance, proprioception and adds intensity/resistance (compared to, say, working out on grass)
Royal National Park
Fire tracks are a good start but make sure you don’t forget water. There are so many to choose from, as the park is expansive. Get yourself a map and start out with a relative easy track and don’t forget to tell a friend where you are going. A Paul’s Burger is a MUST for the trip back home.
A true expanse of green in the urban jungle. Stroll this 3.7km track or run as fast as your legs will take you. Using the cycle track or horse riding is also an option! Tucked away in this Eastern Suburbs icon are fields, ponds and restaurants. A popular picnic/BBQ spot where, if you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of me torturing my clients at one of my outdoor fitness groups.
There’s plenty of parking available and the park is open from sunrise-to-sunset (but does close to cars the first Sunday of every month).
Where’s your favourite walking or running place in Sydney. Got any gems that I just have to see?
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