5 hrs 45 mins
(0km) Manly Wharf → Int of King and Lauderdale avenues
Continue straight: From the beach, this walk follows the footpath up the hill keeping the water to the left. The path winds behind the houses through the open parkland, following the water. The walk passes picnic chairs and some nice views before coming out of the park at the end of Bolingbroke Parade.
Turn left: From the end of the road, the walk follows the wide footpath, keeping the water to the left. The concrete footpath then winds around the back of some apartment buildings through some open parkland. Soon the footpath heads up a hill to come to Lauderdale Avenue.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows ‘The Spit’ sign up the footpath along Lauderdale Avenue. After passing a couple of houses the footpath comes to an intersection at the top of King Avenue.
(1.95km) Int of King and Lauderdale avenues → End of King avenue
(2.16km) End of King Avenue → Int of Beach Ln and North Harbour St
North Harbour Reserve
Shop at the Park
(2.39km) Int of Beach Ln and North Harbour St → Int of Clarence and North Harbour Sts
(2.51km) Int of Clarence and North Harbour Sts → Int of Gourlay Avenue and Clarence Street footpath
(2.61km) Int of Gourlay Avenue and Clarence Street footpath → End of Gourlay Avenue
(2.85km) End of Gourlay Avenue → South end of Forty Baskets Reserve
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the stairs and follows the sealed footpath, keeping the water on the left. The path gently winds down the hill to soon come to another intersection with a set of stairs and handrail (uphill to the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath down the hill, to the toilet block, keeping the water below to the left.
Continue straight: From the toilet block, this walk follows the footpath (keeping the water on the left) through Forty Baskets Reserve. The track passes the swings, picnic tables, water fountain and the ocean pool, then heads around the back of the beach to the signposted intersection of the ‘Manly Scenic Walk Alternate Route’.
(3.3km) South end of Forty Baskets Reserve → Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway
Continue straight: From the end of Beatty St, the walk heads past the signs and down to a wooden boardwalk. The track then climbs up to a sign posted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to ‘Manly’ along the flat track. The walk soon continues down sets of alternating wooden and stone steps, which lead to a signposted intersection. Now Turn right to rejoin the main walk .
(3.3km) South end of Forty Baskets Reserve → Reef Beach platform
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to ‘The Spit via Reef Beach’, keeping the water on the left. The track is flat for a short time before heading down past a toilet block and then coming to a bench and platform behind Reef Beach.
(3.89km) Reef Beach platform → Crater Cove Lookout
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to ‘The Spit’, up the hill. The track heads up the hill, with the heath on the right becoming thicker as the track gains altitude. As the track winds up the hill, it reaches a rock platform with great views over Manly, before continuing up to the signposted intersection with track to Arabanoo Lookout to the right.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows ‘The Spit’ arrow along the hillside as it winds through the thick scrub to the start of a boardwalk. The walk leads further around the hillside to the edge of the park and down onto the fenced Crater Cove lookout.
Crater Cove Lookout
(5.02km) Crater Cove Lookout → Grotto Point Engravings track
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the Arabanoo Walk, keeping the water on the left. The track continues away from the rock platform for a short time, coming to an unnamed lookout on another rock platform.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the hillside keeping the harbour below and to the left of the track. The walk crosses several separate sections of boardwalk and rock platforms, coming to the intersection with the signpost ‘Castle Rock Beach 800m’.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Castle Rock Beach 800m’ sign along the bush track and down the stone steps, keeping the ocean to the left. The track winds down the hill until it flattens out at the intersection with a short track (heading to the Grotto Point engravings track) on the left.
(5.69km) Grotto Point Engravings track → Grotto Point Engravings
Grotto Point Engravings
(5.69km) Grotto Point Engravings track → Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks
(5.8km) Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks → Grotto Point Lighthouse
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk winds down the hill, passing an old, blank signpost. The track wanders through dense bush and along the ridge, flattening out for a while until it drops down another hill towards the end of the point, coming to the Grotto Point Lighthouse. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn left.
Grotto Point Lighthouse
(5.8km) Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks → Int of Manly to Spit Track and Castle Rock Beach steps
Continue straight: From the rest area, this walk follows the bush track, keeping the water on the left, heading around the headland and winding along the side of the hill. The track passes some fenced-off rock platforms and heads down some rock steps to a wooden bridge. The walk crosses the bridge and continues along the bush track, winding steeply down some concrete steps to the bottom. The track continues back up and along, winding through the bush until it comes across a short boardwalk then to a signposted intersection of the Castle Rock beach footpath.
(6.19km) Int of Manly to Spit Track and Castle Rock Beach steps → Castle Rock Beach
Castle Rock Beach
(6.19km) Int of Manly to Spit track and Castle Rock Beach steps → Int of Manly to Spit track and Ogilvy Road steps
(6.22km) Int of Manly to Spit track and Ogilvy Road steps → Clontarf Reserve (Clonny’s)
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows ‘The Spit’ sign, keeping the water to the left. The track heads down the rocky steps and along the passage of the rocks to a signposted intersection, with the tiny Board Beach down to the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to ‘The Spit’, heading up the stone steps and then around the hill. The track undulates mildly before turning left and down onto a beach, passing a ‘Spit to Manly walkway’ information sign. From the bottom of the stairs, this walk heads across the beach, passing one house to come to the sign pointing along the ‘M.S.W. High Tide Access via Monash Cres’ track.
Continue straight: From the southern end of Clontarf Beach, the walk follows the beach passing the houses. After the last house, the walk continues past the large concrete structure and into the Clontarf Reserve. The walk then heads across the open grassy area, passing the toilets and picnic shelter on the right, then rounds to the front of Clonny’s Cafe.
(7.4km) Clontarf Reserve (Clonny’s) → Int. Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave
Turn right: From Clontarf Marina, this walk heads over the pedestrian crossing and up the stairs. The track passes the houses then leads down the stairs at the end of the clearing, back to Sandy Bay Rd. Once on the road, the walk turns right and heads alongside the bay until coming to an intersection with Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave.
(7.88km) Int. Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave → End of Sandy Bay Rd
(7.92km) End of Sandy Bay Rd → Int. Ellery’s Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway
Ellery’s Punt Reserve
(8.91km) Int. Ellery’s Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway → Int. Battle Boulevard and Manly Rd
Continue straight: From the end of the cul-de-sac, this walk follows Battle Bvd up the road to the car park just near the intersection with Manly Road.
(9.14km) Int. Battle Boulevard and Manly Rd → Top of the Gallipoli Steps
(9.3km) Top of the Gallipoli Steps → Int of Sangrado Street and the Powder Hulk Bay footpath
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the track marker along the narrow road, heading down the hill with the Seaforth Scout Hall on the right. The walk continues down to the intersection at the top of the concrete steps (heading down the hill to the right).
(11.36km) Int of Sangrado Street and the Powder Hulk Bay footpath → Top of the Jenner Street Steps
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the track marker up the concrete steps. The walk follows the steps all the way up the hill to a driveway, which it crosses and continues up the steps on the other side, climbing up to the top of the hill at the intersection with Jenner Street.
(11.62km) Top of the Jenner Street Steps → Wakehurst Pkwy Bus stop
(13.22km) Wakehurst Pkwy Bus stop → Seaforth Oval
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads across the long grassy clearing towards the play equipment. Upon reaching the play equipment, the walk then follows the asphalt path, heading up on the right-hand side of the club house to the car park. Here, it turns left, passing the club house and coming to the information signs on the other side of the car park.
Maps for the Manly to Seaforth Oval walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Parramatta River||1:25 000 Map Series||91303N PARRAMATTA RIVER||NSW-91303N|
|Sydney Heads||1:25 000 Map Series||91302N SYDNEY HEADS||NSW-91302N|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||5 hrs 45 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 5km has short steep hills. The remaining (3.7km) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 4.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (3km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 11km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.7km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 13km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 450m requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 14km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 240m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 12km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2.2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
This is a great, short walk to a lookout with a fantastic views. The lookout has great views out through the heads, and also much of the upper reaches of Sydney Harbour. From the lookout, you can even see down into Crater Cove, to the old houses built during the great depression. The walk is very short and starts on Dobroyd Scenic Drive. Whilst in the area, it is worth looking at Arabanoo Lookout at the north-eastern corner of Tania Park.
Total climbing: 9m
60 m Return
This is a short walk down to Castle Rock Beach, tucked into the rocky shores of Middle Harbour. The walk is mostly along boardwalk or footpath through rainforest vegetation. The foliage surrounding the track is topped by a closed canopy which provides shade, before opening out onto the sunny beach.
Total climbing: 20m
200 m Return
This is an excellent walk with some very scenic views. The walk travels along a well used track through the thick coastal bush. The views are capped off by the vista over Sydney Harbour from the Grotto Point Lighthouse. Easy parking, a few good side trips, and in particular, the Aboriginal Engravings, make this walk all the more appealing.
Total climbing: 83m
1.7 km Return
2 km Return
Walking around Dobroyd Head is a fantastic experience. The heath vegetation high up on the walk provides many opportunities to view flowers and insects close up, whilst still enjoying plenty of views out to the sea. Reef Beach is a great place to stop for a snack or lunch and to get the feet wet before heading back to the road.
Total climbing: 109m
2.5 km Circuit
3.6 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
3.6 km Return
This walks follows the coast from Balmoral to the Spit and across Spit Bridge. There are some alternate tracks to consider at high-tides, which take the streets over the headlands. Balmoral and Chinamans Beaches are very nice places for lunch and a swim. Allows time to wander and explore. There are plenty of options for swimming.
Total climbing: 85m
4.3 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This loop walk from the Spit Bridge is an interesting walk with many different things to see and do along the way. The walk passes Ellery’s Punt Reserve, Sandy Bay and goes along the shoreline to Castle Rock Beach. The walk crosses Dobroyd Head and comes around to Reef Beach, which is a great place for lunch. The walk then heads back to the start via the roads.
Total climbing: 381m
8.7 km Circuit
The Spit to Manly walk is a classic bushwalk on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The walk follows a well-maintained track and provides beautiful views over Middle Harbour. This walk is great for those looking for exercise or just a stroll along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour. If you have time, the sidetrips down to Grotto Point and up to Arabanoo Lookout are definitely worth the effort. There are also a few places to get a bite to eat along the way.
Total climbing: 349m
9.1 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
This is a scenic and culturally rich walk with views over Sydney Harbour and many interesting heritage buildings along the way. The start at the zoo allows for a possible visit. The walk then passes the Bacino Bar on the way through the military heritage buildings. This is an excellent walk to do on a hot summer’s day, with access to beautiful beaches along the whole walk.
Total climbing: 410m
10.4 km One way
This very long day walk has some stunning views, excellent heritage sites, a Zoo and beautiful beaches. What more could you ask for? The many sidetrips and places to stop and enjoy the views, having a coffee at the Bacino Bar or fish and chips on Balmoral Beach, will all make this walk an excellent way to ease into longer distance walking. The walk spends most of its time on the coast, and follows the Spit to Manly walk for the last half.
Total climbing: 746m
18.9 km One way
This full day walk starts at the southern end of the Spit Bridge and explores a lot of Garigal National Park and Middle Harbour Creek. The walk follows the ‘Harbour to Hawkesbury’ track into Garigal National Park, skirting around Bantry Bay and along Middle Harbour Creek before crossing Roseville Bridge. The walk continues to explore the other side of Garigal, before leaving the National Park and arriving at Lindfield train station.
Total climbing: 1181m
22.6 km One way
9 hrs 45 mins
Other Nearby walks
This scenic walk takes you from the Spit Bridge, along the coast to explore the Middle Head Forts. There are a few alternate routes for use at high tide or high seas. Balmoral Beach offers a few spots for a coffee or fish and chips along the way. Middle Head offers plenty of options for exploring the old forts and enjoying a view out the heads.
Total climbing: 181m
6.3 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This great wheelchair-accessible walk starts from the car park at the end of the North Head Scenic Drive, and follows a concrete footpath that winds around the tip of North Head in a big loop, passing four fantastic lookouts before returning to the car park. The Fairfax Track is also an excellent vantage point for keen whale watchers. The whales pass by twice annually, heading north in June and July, and again when they return to the Antarctic in August and October.
Total climbing: 47m
737 m Circuit
This is the main walk around Manly Dam, and is popular for both walkers and bike riders. Prepare for spectacular views from both sides of the dam, along well managed trails. Good spots to break include the picnic areas on King St. Features of this walk include walking the bridge across the top of the dam and the beach on the north side. Watch out for bike riders as this is a shared track. (This walk has changed since these notes were written, the track notes are now somewhat out of date sorry)
Total climbing: 251m
7.3 km Circuit
A short walk along the southern hill above Manly Dam, with great views and fantastic scenery. One of the few tracks in the Manly Dam area where you won’t get run over by bike riders, this is a great walk for those looking for something short and peaceful. Look out for black snakes and goannas along the way, especially in the McComb Hill area.
Total climbing: 150m
3.2 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Following the edge of Middle Harbour, this walk has excellent views and Special spots, including the views from the end of North Arm Rd and the trail near the Mannerim Rd Turnoff. The change in the track from bush track to mangroves and mudflats south of the Pump Station gives a good feel of the diversity of environments that can be found in the area.
Total climbing: 145m
3.1 km One way
2 km Circuit
Starting at Seaforth Oval, this walk follows the Engravings track parallel to the Wakehurst Parkway to the end of Bantry Bay Road, Forestville. The first half of the walk is along bush track and the second half follows a service trail. The engravings, after which this track is named, are fenced off to protect the area, the fence limits the view of the rock platform and engravings.
Total climbing: 39m
2.2 km One way
10 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
Starting at Seaforth Oval, this walk follows a section of the ‘Harbour to Hawkesbury’ track along Middle Harbour Creek. The walk has many highlights, including great views of Bantry Bay, the Historic Magazine Buildings and the Natural Bridge. This walk is blessed with great bushland and views of Middle Harbour. Stop and relax, or wet your toes, at Flat Rock beach before the last section to Davidson Picnic Area.
Total climbing: 491m
10 km One way
This great return walk starts from Seaforth oval and follows the Timbergetters Track down to Bantry Bay, and the pleasant waterfront picnic area. The walk then climbs steadily, out of the valley, to the Bluff Lookout. From this lookout you can see all the way across Middle Harbour.
Total climbing: 363m
5.4 km Return
Starting at Seaforth Oval, this walk explores the historic logging track that heads down to the picnic area on the eastern shore of Banty Bay. The picnic area is a great spot to relax and enjoy the water, and bush views, before heading back up to Seaforth oval. This is just one section of the greater Harbour to Hawkesbury walk.
Total climbing: 120m
1.8 km Return
Spend some time relaxing and exploring Camp Cove – the first landing place for Europeans in Australia. On this walk, you will head across the northern end of Camp Cove Beach, up some steps to follow an old sandstone cobbled road. This road leads to a great vantage point, with views over the Sydney Harbour to the city. This spot is also host to a large (disused) gun, that once defended these shores. Plenty of history and beauty.
Total climbing: 14m
358 m Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.