• Distance 9.6km
  • Altitude max 94m
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Trail type End to end
Four Stars

Four Stars

Not to be missed

The Australian Hiker Experience Rating is a measure of the overall quality of a walk. It is intended to help you decide whether to walk a trail, not to measure anything objective. Consider this our personal take on the walk.

Grade Three

Grade Three

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

The Australian Hiker Difficulty Grading System is based on the australian standard for measuring trail hikes.

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Spit Bridge to Manly Walk (9.6 km)

New South Wales

Starting Location

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

Finish Location

Manly Wharf. Then a taxi/car ride back to the starting point

Best Time to Travel

Year round

Spit Bridge to Manly Walk

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 hour 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. Its 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.

About half way along the trail there is 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.

Getting There

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.

Things to Know

  • Parking for the day is about $25
  • A one way (10 km) or return trip (20 km), your choice
  • Come prepared to get wet if it is high tide
  • Very easy to navigate
  • There are a number of toilet facilities along the way

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 up to the nearby traffic lights

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

Graffiti from 1944. In addition there are Aboriginal rock engravings

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

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

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