Sydney, the gateway to Australia, is one of the world’s premier destinations. It is a city of spectacular natural beauty and stunning world famous architecture. Above all, it is renowned for its free-spirited outdoor lifestyle.
Sydney-siders rave about the fabulous walking they have right on their doorstep. Guess what? They’re right! Interstate and overseas visitors alike will delight in discovering the diversity of walking opportunities that exist within easy reach of the city.
Discover the charm of this magnificent harbour on guided walks that hug the coastline. Watch world-class yachts sail by as you hike along the high sea cliffs at the entrance to Sydney Harbour.
Walk through tranquil forests where you will feel like you are a million miles from anywhere. Learn about Australia’s early history as you stroll through the alleys and laneways in the now-eclectic Rocks district.
The walks have been carefully chosen to showcase the tremendous variety on offer. All the walks are one-way hikes, utilising the region’s efficient public transport network. You’ll soon agree that one of the joys of Sydney is travelling on the quaint ferries as they ply the bustling harbour waters.
This fabulous Auswalk walking tour is an excellent way to discover what is described by many as the “world’s most liveable city”. It’s a guided trip and operates on demand for two or more people booking together. We can also offer this for solo travellers for an additional charge.
Starts and finishes in Sydney.
10-20km (4-7 hours) walking each day. About half the walks are graded easy with the rest being moderate in difficulty. The exception is the harder of the options in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park that is graded challenging. The walking will be mostly on narrow, well-defined foot tracks and some paved foot paths.
Your private guide will offer options for shortening or lengthening the walking days.
For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.
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7 day itinerary: One guide for 5 days, 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, all transport required on walking days including ferries and water taxi, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.
5 day itinerary: One guide for 3 days, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, all transport required on walking days including ferries and water taxi, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.
Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).
Sydney has a temperate maritime climate. Walking is great at any time of the year except for the hot and humid summer months.
See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.
Sydney is renowned for its outstanding restaurants. Dining on the waterfront at The Rocks or Darling Harbour are real highlights close to your accommodation. Try the fresh fish and rock oysters.
Dinners are not included on this holiday, leaving you free to explore the fabulous dining opportunities available.
Starts in Sydney at your accommodation any time in the afternoon. No walking scheduled for today but there’s plenty to see and do in this exciting city.
Accommodation: Based in Sydney for all nights
Meet your guide after breakfast. The day begins with a short walk to Circular Quay, then a ferry ride to the northern harbour village of Greenwich. The bushland walking track hugs the shore, Sydney’s skyline forming a panoramic backdrop.
En route we’ll visit secluded bays, watch water dragons as they dart about and see ancient Aboriginal rock engravings. The afternoon will be spent discovering Sydney’s historic districts, the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanic Gardens.
Today we head into the Middle Harbour area of Garigal National Park. We’ll hike along a prime section of the long distance “Harbour to Hawkesbury” trail.
The route features secluded waterside walking, magnificent angophora trees and unusual rock formations like the “Natural Arch Bridge” and “The Bluff”.
A superb coastal offering today. Today’s walk links the scenic headlands of South Head, “The Gap”, Diamond Bay and Dover Heights, finishing at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach – all places the well-heeled frequent.
Along the way you’ll walk past four of Sydney’s historic lighthouses and be treated to panoramic views from cliff top tracks, wild oceans, lively village hubs and several opportunities for a refreshing dip.
Deep into the bush today to experience remote Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the mighty Hawkesbury River. You will be offered a choice of walks today, from easy to quite challenging. All the walks are remote and feature sandstone escarpment country, fabulous wildflowers, great views and a real sense of achievement.
The grand finale is the iconic Spit to Manly Walk, often described as the quintessential Sydney walk!
We feel it is one of the most scenic harbour walking tracks in the world, taking you past modern harbour-side suburbs, Aboriginal sites, native coastal heath and pockets of sub-tropical rainforest.
Lunch is not included today – Manly has so much to offer from fine dining in waterfront restaurants to fish ‘n chips on the beach. After lunch there’s time for a swim or to continue the walk further into Sydney Harbour National Park.
Trip finishes after breakfast.