Bondi to Manly self-guided walking tour
This marvellous fully-supported, five-day, self-guided walk takes you around Sydney Harbour, one of the most stunning waterways in the world, presenting the very best of this exceptional city: the best walks, the best beaches, the best parks, the best food and the best accommodation.
Starting at glorious Bondi Beach, you walk above sandstone cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean before reaching South Head (the grand entrance to Sydney Harbour). The marked trails then lead you around Sydney Harbour, past islands, hidden bays and beaches, through national parks, botanic gardens and the glamorous residential suburbs that fringe the southern and northern shores of the bay before finishing at the golden sands of Manly Beach.
Staying in ‘king’ rooms in 4-star accommodation each night, you will explore the city’s colourful history, vibrant cultural life and rich gastronomic traditions along the way (pass some of the city’s finest, and best-situated, restaurants). You will also spend a night in the heart in the centre of the CBD, with access to theatres, art galleries and cinemas as well as the celebrated Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. As a special treat, we include an night with dinner at Sydney’s celebrated Taronga Zoo’s 4-star eco-retreat.
This is an all-year-round walk. Although it does get hot in the summer (getting up to the high thirties) there is plenty of shade along the way and many wonderful places to swim each day. We recommend, if possible, doing the walk during the week to avoid the weekend crowds, particularly in the warmer seasons.
The getaway includes four nights’ accommodation: the first night is at pretty Watsons Bay at the beginning of the harbour. The second night is in a beautiful hotel in the heart of the city, overlooking the Opera House, the ferries of Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The third night is an elegant eco-retreat in Sydney’s famous Taronga Zoo. The final night is in a luxurious boutique hotel (originally built as a stately home in 1886) in the fashionable suburb of Mosman.
Please note, additional accommodation at the beginning (Bondi) and end of the walk (Manly) can be organised on request. You may also consider a second day in the CBD (Day 2) to enjoy what's on offer in the city centre.
The eighty-kilometre walk is regularly marked. Navigation is straightforward. It generally follows good, well-maintained pathways through national parks, suburban streets and along beaches. There are occasional sets of stairs but no sustained climbs. The only challenge will be the distance of the walks (see the itinerary for details). Comfortable, good quality walking shoes will suffice, boots aren’t necessary.
The tour includes breakfast each day as well as two dinners (on the first and third nights). We have included recommendations for lunch and dinner in the notes and are happy to assist with bookings. Along the walk you will pass many beautiful bay and beach cafes and restaurants, where you’ll be able to stop for a coffee or lunch. You will also pass delicatessens and produce shops where you can get provisions for each day’s walk if you prefer a waterside picnic lunch.
Health and safety:
All aspects of the tour will comply with the New South Wales government recommended health, safety and cleanliness procedures, including: the maintenance of social distancing; regular deep cleaning of the accommodation and transport, compulsory hand sanitizer use entering and leaving the accommodation, transport and restaurants.
We require a $500 non-refundable deposit. Should government restrictions prevent the tour from operating we will reschedule the tour. If this doesn’t suit, any payments will be refunded, minus the deposit, which will be help as future credit. Click here for full details.
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Bondi to Manly fully-supported self-guided walking tour
1 January to 31 December, 2021
This independent walk can be done all-year around. If possible, we recommend going during the week.
Single supplement: $600
- Private transfer to and from Sydney CBD at the beginning and end of the tour
- Four nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels
- All breakfasts
- Two dinners
- Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
- Maps and detailed walking instructions
- Daily transfers of baggage between hotels each morning
- 24 hour backup from our operations manager
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