While there are endless sites to see and activities to do in Australia, I’d consider this beachside walk is a hidden gem that I would recommend to anyone who is spending a summer or semester abroad in Sydney.
I was invited to join in on the Spit Bridge to Manly walk by a friend who had found it in an outdated travel guide. My first thought was “a 10k walk?!” We only had a week left in Australia, and spending three hours walking wasn’t the most appealing activity in the world. However, I hadn’t had a chance to make it out to Manly before, so I figured I’d go along for the walk.
We began our journey taking a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach. From there we hopped on a bus to the Spit Bridge in Mosman, and ventured back to Manly. The walk was simple with nothing strenuous. From the beginning to the end, the trail was generally uncomplicated to follow — most of it hugging the coast of the waterside. All that was needed for the walk was comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and definitely good company.
In the end, the walk was worth every mile. We were able to go on a beautiful, sunny day, giving us the most clear and spectacular views. The waters of the harbor around was a vibrant blue and it seemed that every point of the walk was a photo op. With about a half-hour left of the walk, we reached an elevated point where we could see a wide view of all of Sydney across the harbor. Absolutely stunning.
When we had finally reach the end of the walk we rewarded ourselves by laying out on the sands of Manly Beach and with a ice-cold, refreshing beer from Murray Brewing Co. It was not a bad way to spend my last weekend in Sydney. The walk gave me a view to go along with the city I’ll remember forever.