The long weekend has (finally) arrived and the weather has been definitely cooperating! The weather in Sydney has been holding steady around 22 degrees during the day, which is not too shabby for a winter’s day!
Obviously, the natural reaction is to do something outdoors and enjoy the sun while it’s nice and warm. A few girls and I decided we’d spend an afternoon doing the Spit Bridge to Manly Walk, which is beautifully scenic coastal walk on Sydney’s North Shore. Personally, I like this walk better than the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk – less crowded and equally beautiful.
Given we all live in the Eastern Suburbs, we decided to meet in the city and catch a bus to the Spit Bridge. It’s easy enough to grab a bus from either Town Hall or Wynyard – any of the buses going to the Northern Beaches will take you to Spit Bridge. The bus ride takes about 25 minutes, depending on traffic.
The Coastal Walk
Walking along the coast, the distance between Spit Bridge and Manly is approximately 10km. The terrain isn’t too bad for walking, but it’s fairly hilly at points and a good amount of stairs. The map below is from the website Short Walks, which can be found here.
We started at Spit Bridge because we wanted to end up in Manly for dinner and drinks. There’s really not much around Spit Bridge, so Manly was a better choice for us – you could definitely do the walk either way. I brought a camera, but sadly the battery died before we started out, so all the photos in this article have been stolen from my friend’s phone!
The views are spectacular – sparkling crystal clear water and a stunning coastline! The walk is great because at some points you’re quite high and get some gorgeous ocean views and then not even a few minutes later you’ve walked through the bush and are back at sea-level on a beautiful beach. I think if I did it again I would take a picnic and a bottle of wine and chill out on a beach part way through!
The Manly website suggest the walk will take 3-4 hours. We did it in just under 3, stopping to take photos along the way. By the time we arrived in Manly, we were ravenous and couldn’t wait to grab some food. We decided to have lunch a Papi Chulo, a newish restaurant opened by Merivale near the ferry wharf. The food was great, but a bit overpriced for what we actually got ($20 for a burger, no fries included).
We were pretty worn out by the time we caught the ferry back to Circular Quay!
- Wear good footwear – 10km is a decent hike, especially when the terrain is a bit rocky and includes hills
- Bring lots of water and wear sunscreen, especially in the summer!
- Bring a good camera to capture some great shots
- There are plenty of BBQ and picnic areas, so it would be easy to make a day of it, stopping along the way to swim and relax
- If you’re planning on having lunch or drinks at the end, start at Spit Bridge and finish in Manly. Spit Bridge doesn’t have much of a social atmosphere.