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Spit to Manly


This is a classic walk in Sydney's Northern Beaches. The walk starts at the Spit Bridge and follows the coast and cliff line to the bustling hub of Manly. There are opportunities for snacks and swim along this walk. Below are notes on the full walk. If the full walk is not for you, then we have included some shorter experiences to see many of the highlights along the way.




Spit Bridge to Manly (Manly Scenic Walkway)
Time: 3 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.8 km W of Manly
Length: 9.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 9.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 349 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 349 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a ferry stop near the end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)


Castle Rock Beach
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.1 km SW of Manly
Length: 0.2 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.2 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 20 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 20 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)


Crater Cove Lookout
Time: 3 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.1 km S of Balgowlah
Length: 0.1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Manly(LGA)
Climb: 9 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 9 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)


Dobroyd Head Walk
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.3 km SW of Manly
Length: 2.5 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.5 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 109 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 109 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


Grotto Point Lighthouse Walk
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.9 km SW of Manly
Length: 1.7 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 83 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 83 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)


Grotto Point Walk
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.3 km SW of Manly
Length: 3.6 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 3.6 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 153 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 153 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

This return walk out to Grotto Point is in a magnificent area above the entrance to Middle Harbour. The walk provides plenty of views of Middle Head and over Sydney Harbour to the CBD. Many scenic views and some spectacular bushland, so close to the city, makes this walk a gem. (open in app)


Castle Rock to Grotto Point Lighthouse
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.1 km SW of Manly
Length: 2 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 2 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 127 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 127 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

The Castle Rock to Grotto Point walk is a great way to see the Grotto Point Lighthouse. The start at Ogilvy Rd passes Castle Rock Beach, which is a nice spot to view the harbour, before continuing to the excellent view from Grotto Point Lighthouse. (open in app)


Spit Bridge to Fisher Bay
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.6 km NNE of Mosman
Length: 3.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 3.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Manly(LGA)
Climb: 146 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 146 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This track from the Spit Bridge to Fisher Bay is a great little loop which also visits Sandy Bay. The track is well maintained, allowing you to fully enjoy the harbour views. Allow some extra time, as you may need to wait for the regular opening of the Spit Bridge. (open in app)



 
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