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Do you have what it takes to conquer the new 80km Bondi to Manly walking track?

Written by
Alannah Maher

One of Sydney’s biggest bragging rights is the sheer natural beauty of our harbourside city, as well as the gorgeous walking tracks where you can take it all in – whether you’re getting your heart pumping with an uphill bushwalk or taking a leisurely stroll by the ocean.

However, if existing walks aren't quite hardcore enough for you, it's time to check out the newly opened 80 kilometer walking track between Bondi and Manly, Sydney's new inner-city mega-hike linking two of its most beloved beaches. This epic trek takes in Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and coastal and harbourside suburbs where you can rubber-neck at how the other half live in some of the city's most exxy neighbourhoods. The track is a merging of a bunch of existing paths, which was achieved through a partnership between the NSW government, six local councils and a community support group. By our guestimate, it could take anywhere between three days to a week to conquer in its entirety.

Bondi to Manly Coastal Walking Track

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Plan your route ahead and you can cover off some of Sydney’s best beaches; aside from the titular Bondi and Manly, there are lesser-known gems, like the emerald-hued lagoon of Parsley Bay, to discover. The track is also rich in significant Indigenous sites and culture with Aboriginal engravings at Grotto Point, and the ancestral reburial site and rock paintings at Reef Beach. There are also over 350 distinctive Aboriginal whale symbol signs marked along the walk. 

Consider the Bondi to Manly trek the “secret menu” of beautiful walks, piece together your own adventure and top it off with a salty ocean dip or a well-earned drink at one of our favourite waterfront barsHead to the Bondi to Manly trail website to find out more about this coastal Walk and download the new app with an interactive map to plot your journey.

Looking for more city hikes? Check out these top walking trails in Sydney.

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