Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Kitty Chao, gives us an iiNSIDERS insight into the best walks Sydney has to offer this long weekend.
For me the best thing about the Easter long weekend is not just the chocolate eggs and hot cross buns (although they're pretty great). Instead it's the chance to get outside, get active, enjoy the crisp Autumn air and bask in the beauty of our country (without the blaring heat of summer). It's also a great way to feel a billion times better, in more way than one.
Various research has shown that exercising outdoors comes with huge benefits: from improvement in mood, decreased anger and increased energy, to positive effects on vitality, aliveness and enthusiasm. Other perks include the glorious amount of vitamin D absorption, which is essential for strong bones and a healthy immune system. Just another reason why you need to get outdoors and try these local Sydney walks this long weekend!
1. Bondi to Coogee walk
The famous Bondi to Coogee walk is a 6km trial which gives tourists and locals a sense of Sydney’s local coastal beauty. This walk can be completed in as little as 2 hours and why not hit a local café in Coogee to treat yourself for the walk!
Doing in this walk in October you will even come across the Scupltures by the Sea, which is an iconic art event every year!
2. Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walk
This one is 10km walk combined with a ferry ride to Manly beach! This varying coastal walk of bush and ocean views makes the entire trip compelling and a true Sydney experience that shouldn't by missed by even the most seasoned veterans.
3. Three sisters in Blue Mountains
This short walk gives you one of the greatest views in the Blue Mountains, this walk starts at Echo Point Visitor Centre and is perfect for a family day out, plus if you’re keen for other hikes Katoomba has longer routes such as Leura falls.
4. Blue Gum Walk (Joe’s Mountain Circuit)
Located 20mins from Hornsby station this is a 4.3km track, for a walk and admire Sydney’s Blue Gums, stop and listen to the sound of the nearby creeks.
5. Berowra waters to Cowan Station walk
This three and a half hour walk is a small section of the Great North Walk, which runs between Sydney and Newcastle. This is a track for experienced walkers so do your research before you head off.
6. Rose Bay to Watson’s Bay Walk
This 8km walk should take you about four and a half hours, so block out half a day and soak up the sunshine. Start early and celebrate your successful stroll with a fish and chips lunch on the grass at Watson’s Bay
7. Christison Park to Inner South Head Walk
This is a fairly short walk allow around 90 minutes for this walk, stopping to check out Macquarie Lighthouse, The Gap, Lady Bay and Camp Cove before finishing at Watson’s Bay.
8. Rushcutter’s Bay to Rose bay walk
This 5.5km walk will take you past Sydney’s largest marina, pretty McKell Park, Double Bay - where you can stop for a coffee if you’re desperate - and on to Lyne Park, where you can finish off with a picnic lunch or lay down on the grass.
9. Bundeena Drive to Marley Walk
For a shorter adventure in the Royal National Park, take this 3.25km trail around Wattamolla, stopping for a photo at the famous Wedding Cake rock.
10. Clovelly to Maroubra
Enjoy 5.5km of amazing coast on this two hour walk. If you’re still feeling fit at the finish line, keep on keepin’ on for another 5km to Little Bay.
So why not round up some friends and enjoy the weekend with any of these walks!