With spectacular views across Middle Harbour and out through Sydney Heads, this 10km walk – part of the Manly Scenic Walkway – usually takes between three and four hours to complete. If you’re coming from the city, catch the Manly ferry from Circular Quay. As you exit Manly Wharf, turn left; from here, the trail is well signed as it weaves around the foreshore, past Fairlight and North Harbour Reserve. Have a dip at either Forty Baskets or Reef Beach before heading up to Dobroyd Head. The path takes in parts of the Sydney Harbour National Park; along the way, make a detour to see the Aboriginal rock engravings at Grotto Point Lighthouse before passing along the coastlines of Clontarf Reserve, Sandy Bay and Fisher Bay. Keep an eye on the ocean as you walk: migrating whales can sometimes be spotted from May to November. If you prefer to walk in the opposite direction, a bus runs from the city to the Spit Bridge in Mosman where you’ll start – that way, you can relax post-walk at one of Manly’s many eateries. Beginner walkers should beware: some sections of the track have steep inclines.
SEE ALSO: Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk