Sydney to build world’s best walking track

The 80 km Bondi to Manly walk will link two best beaches and feature some of Australia’s most iconic spots

Australia‘s largest city will soon pride itself with one of the most epic walking trails in the world.

The plan is to create the best urban trial on the planet — GagliardiImages / Shutterstock Sydney to build world's best walking track
The plan is to create the best urban trial on the planet — GagliardiImages / Shutterstock

Two former government representatives have unveiled their collective plans to create an 80km route that would link Bondi and Manly beaches while passing by some of the best landmarks of Sydney.

The ambitious walk, which aims to become the best urban trail on earth, will feature such iconic sites as the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, as well as the dramatic views of North Head, Taronga Zoo and Clifton Gardens.

The idea of connecting the two popular beaches through the Sydney shores has emerged from two avid walkers — former minister of defence John Faulkner and former press secretary Lachlan Harris. As they both enjoy night walking as a relaxing pastime activity, they have come to the realisation that the shores of Sydney are a walker’s dream.

“We’re sitting on a world-class walk right here in Sydney,” Harris told The Daily Telegraph.

“The walk sits on what is widely accepted to be the greatest natural harbour in the world and it takes in four of the six most iconic places in the nation.”

Some parts of the trail are already in use, but Harris and Faulkner are proposing an official walk that would go all the way and would include signs explaining the cultural and historical significance of various sites.

“It doesn’t need infrastructure or to disrupt anyone’s existing use of the land. It just needs explanation, a bit of promotion and some modest waymarking in the form of little symbols to keep walkers on track,” Faulkner said.

En route, hikers can visit Camp Cove, where captain Arthur Phillip first landed in 1788, as well as the aboriginal engravings at Grotto Point, the stunning Vaucluse House and the Elizabeth Bay House, and the home of artist May Gibbs called the Nutcote.