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Sydney Day Trips: Spit Bridge To Manly Coastal Walk

By on September 22, 2017

One of the things that I love the most about living in Sydney, is there are plenty of things to see and do that are outside of the city itself that are less than 2 hours away.

A popular weekend or school holiday activity for most Sydney siders is to go on a roadtrip or go on day trips around the area. One popular area is definitely a day trip to the Blue Mountains National Park to do some sightseeing, bushwalking or hiking, but there are also plenty of other cool spots a little closer to home.

Spit Bridge To Manly Coastal Walk

Listed as one of Sydney’s top coastal walks, the Spit Bridge to Manly Coastal walk is a 10km stretch of gorgeous bushland and harbourside views which takes up to 3-4 hours one way to complete, depending on how fast you walk!

My husband and I completed the walk before we were married as one of our couple date-day adventure days! (something I think is necessary when you both love travelling so much!). After doing a few walks near Sydney so far, the Spit Bridge to Manly Costal walk is definitely up there as one of the favourites, due to the numerous vantage points along the track to see North Sydney’s gorgeous beaches, coastline and also Sydney Harbour!

The walk sounds amazing! Where exactly do I start the walk?

You can either start the walk from the Spit Bridge (only 20 minutes drive from the Sydney CBD) or you can catch a scenic ferry ride from Circular Quay across the harbour to Manly, if you’re looking for those iconic Sydney Harbour views.

Manly Ferry from Circular Quay

As a Sydney-sider who has been on the Manly ferry multiple times in my life, I was happy to start the walk from the Spit Bridge this time around. We drove to the Spit Bridge and actually parked in a side street (with FREE parking) to start the walk, and once we arrived into Manly, we had a bite to eat and explored the surrounds, and then used our OPAL cards to catch the bus back to near the Spit Bridge (the bus takes approximately 40 minutes from Manly depending on the traffic!). If you don’t have a car and would like to do the walk and start from the Spit Bridge in Mosman, you can very easily catch a public bus from the Sydney CBD, too easy!

Spit Bridge, Mosman

Do I have to do the whole 10kms?

The answer is no, definitely not! There are plenty of access points to get on and off the walk, so you can easily split up parts of it and do them on another day! The great part about this walk is you can take it at your own pace and do the parts you want to do at your own level. If you’re a really keen walker, you might want to do a return trip!

So, what can I expect to see on the walk?

You can expect to see many gorgeous and spectacular views of North Sydney, bushland and Sydney Harbour! Here are a few photos that I took along the course of the walk (in order from the Spit Bridge to Manly) to give you an idea of what you will be seeing!

What should I bring on the walk?

  • Wear some really comfortable walking shoes for the day (it’s a lot of walking!)
  • Sunscreen (yes, even in Winter time if you’ve got a sunny day, you never know!)
  • Hat
  • Camera: To capture some gorgeous views along the walk
  • Plenty of water and a few snacks if you get a little hungry along the way (or if you find a beautiful spot to stop for a break!)
  • OPAL card: If you plan on taking public transport to get to the walk, or to get back to your car once you’ve finished the walk
  • Spending Money: If you feel like stopping at some of the cool restaurants and cafés in Mosman or in Manly

Want more information?

If you would like more information about the Spit Bridge to Manly coastal walk, you might want to check out (and click on!) some of these helpful links:

So, are you ready to go?

I hope my post today has inspired you to explore the Sydney surrounds! This is one of my favourite walks to do around Sydney and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Have you been on the Spit Bridge to Manly coastal walk before? OR

Are you now inspired to go?

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