The idea of walking through national parks with crystal clear water and secluded beaches on one side and native flora and fauna on the other side is very appealing, so I was really excited to be doing the Spit to Manly walk.
Crater Cove, Sydney National Park
Ok, so I found out about this walk because apparently it is one of the must see tourist destinations of Sydney. I had never heard of it before stumbling across it while browsing the web and couldn’t wait to try it.
I have to say it doesn’t disappoint and is one of my favourite Sydney spots so far!
Middle Harbour, Sydney Harbour National Park
My partner and I started the day at Milson’s Point for breakfast. There are several cafes to choose from in Kirribilli, which despite the CBD being visible across the harbour, has a surprisingly Australian country town feel to it. There are also several options on the other side of the the bridge. The place we intended to eat had just closed for breakfast, so we wandered until a menu caught our eye.
From here we caught a bus to Spit Bridge (the bus leaves from just near the ferry stop). It turns out that the bus only went as far Spit Junction. There are a few buses on this route that go all the way to the bridge but the bus we were on was not one of them. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. On the 2 km walk to The Spit we turned down Parrawi Road, and the view is stunning! It is a residential tree lined street on the edge of a very steep drop, which people have built houses that are nothing short of million dollar mansions looking over a bay of aqua water. You also pass one of two lighthouses that are still used to guide boats into the harbour. It is hard to believe that a place of such natural beauty exists within 20 minutes of the city. It was a great start to the walk.
Once you cross spit bridge, the walk begins and is very well sign-posted. There are numerous spots to go swimming, stop for a picnic and just soak up the scenery.
One of my favourite stops was at Reef Beach. It is secluded and clean and was one of the nicest places I have been swimming.
Reef Beach, Sydney Harbour National Park
The full walk is estimated to take 3 hours, but it took us closer to five with stops along the way for snacks and swimming plus a few detours. We found the maps along the way to be useful for helping keep tabs of where we were up to on the walk.
Make sure you take water and snacks and plenty of sun cream! There are plenty of buses to The Spit from near Wynyard station in the CBD.
We finished a great day with a ferry ride back to Circular Quay, bliss!