Ever wanted to walk your way between iconic Sydney beaches Manly and Bondi? Well lace up your runners hike fans, because an 80km walking track looks like it’s on its way, and it’s already being hailed as the world’s best walk, let alone the best of Sydney hikes.
The plans have been proposed by former press secretary to Kevin Rudd, Lachlan Harris, and former Minister for Defence John Faulkner, who apparently both also enjoy a casual jog along the water. Some parts of the track already exist of course, but the grand plan is to connect them all the way along.
In its entirety, the track would run around Sydney’s foreshore, so you know it’s going to be stunning, taking in some of Sydney’s most iconic sites like the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. It’ll snake passed the stunning views of North Head, Taronga Zoo and Clifton Gardens.
The intention is also to have directions along the way, as well as signs to explain any cultural or historical relevance of parts of the track. For example, history buffs will enjoy walking next to Camp Cove, where Captain Arthur Phillip first landed in 1788. Art lovers can take in Nutcote, the home of artist May Gibbs, in my mind most famous for Snugglepot & Cuddlepie. If you ever wanted to know how the rich people of back in the day lived in this city, take a gander as you walked by Vaucluse House and Elizabeth Bay House. The original history of Sydney is preserved along the track in Aboriginal engravings at Grotto Point.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Harris says the track won’t impact locals at all, “It doesn’t need infrastructure or to disrupt anyone’s existing use of the land. It just needs explanation, a bit of promotion and some modest waymarking in the form of little symbols to keep walkers on track.”
While plans haven’t been approved yet, Harris and Faulkner reckon they’ve received great feedback from Destination NSW as well as from the six different councils the walk will pass through. So fingers crosed folks!