If you are a visitor or need to travel by car, then the carpark on the southern side of the bridge on Spit Road at the Spit Reserve is the best starting point. If you are a local, one option is to catch the ferry to the Manly Wharf, walk to Spit Bridge, then catch a bus or taxi back to the ferry terminal
Manly Wharf. Then a taxi/car ride back to the starting point
Year round but try to avoid high tides where possible
One of Sydney’s great hidden walks with many locals being unaware of its existence. This walk provides a great opportunity to do a medium length walk (10 km) without leaving the city. Depending on your transport needs and whether you plan to do this as a return trip, the best starting location is at the Spit Bridge end located near the D’Albora Marina on Spit Road. The parking facilities are good, but expensive, provided you make an early start. Alternatively you can start this walk at the Manly Wharf end and either walk back making for a 20km walk or get a return taxi.
The walk starts just over the northern side of Spit Bridge with the trail weaving through bushland along the harbour. The trail passes along residential suburbs near the waters edge and for much of the track you could be forgiven for thinking you are in remote bushland. The walk is well sign-posted and takes around 2.5 hours for fit active walkers to complete. You should allow about 3-4 hours if you are not a regular walker or plan on taking a break.
There are great views both directly of the harbour and with glimpses of the harbour through the lush vegetation that encompasses the track. In addition there is plenty to see along the track with a good range of wildlife and native flora that is totally unexpected in a city of this size so bring your camera. It’s worthwhile bringing your swimming gear so in the warmer months you can take a dip at Manly Beach at the trail end or at several beaches along the way. One thing to note that on occasion you will be walking along the waters edge so it is best to avoid high tide if the conditions are windy.
In addition to the waterfront and bush views about half way along the trail there is also an area of Aboriginal rock engravings that also contains graffiti from the 1940’s.
This is a great walk and one that I never tire of doing when I’m in the Sydney area.
The best place to park is the carpark on the southern side of Spit Bridge on Spit Road at the Spit Reserve. If you start early you will have no problem getting a parking space however later in the day could become a problem.
Spit Reserve Carpark. The best place to start
Toilet facilities at the Spit Reserve
You will need to cross the Spit Road. If it is busy walk to the nearby traffic lights to cross
Trail example. This trail feels very remote in spite of its location
At high tide you will be knee deep. Alternatively you can avoid the beach by walking on the road
Wildflowers are plentiful
Eastern Water Dragon sunning itself on the track
In addition to the Aboriginal rock engravings there is Graffiti from the 1940’s
Male Bush Turkey. These guys can make one hell of a mess in the nearby gardens
Signage if easy to follow. Maps are not required
Fun on the beach
There are plenty of excellent water views along the trail
Eucalyptus bark, just one the little gems along the way
Trail end/start at Manly Wharf
Brunch was reward at the end of the track. There are some good cafes with views of the beach