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Receiving the NSW Senior's Card has given me the opportunity to enjoy the cheapest pleasure in NSW. At least once a week I try to go somewhere on the train (usually Sydney) to enjoy a walk in one of the most beautiful cities on the planet (though I am glad I don't live there). I must thank members of Dapto Seniors' Walking Group for some of the ideas in these walks as well as brochures from Sydney Ferries and Walking Coastal Sydney.

Walks on this page are:

Some walks I plan to try for future inclusion are:

  • Manly to North Head
  • Cockatoo Island

To see each walk in greater detail just click on the "View Larger Map" link underneath each map then you can study the route in greater detail either as a map, as a satellite picture or as a street view photograph. This technology is wonderful stuff isn't it?


Have to start off with a few of my daily walks in Dapto.

These are walks on fairly flat terrain only Walk #3 has anything like a hill when it goes past Kanahooka High School.

Each walk takes about an hour at a modest pace.

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Further Afield

These walks are in Sydney but are near public transport, in fact they usually start and end at a ferry or railway station. They are usually pretty easy to follow though a photocopy of the appropriate page from the street directory or printout of the Google map might help the directionally challenged (like me). I have tried to mention any particular difficulties but your feedback is welcome.


Across the Harbour Bridge

Neutral Bay to Circular Quay

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A simple walk across the Harbour Bridge. Can be undertaken from the train station at Milsons Point which removes a slight hill from Neutral Bay wharf however I think the ferry ride makes that worth while.

I don't think you need instructions - the bridge is pretty large just aim for it. The stairs up to the walkway are near the Milsons Point Railway Station.

The southern pylon is open to the public and climbing to the top offers splendid views of the harbour and surrounds.

Everybody has to walk across this icon at least once.

North Shore Walks

Neutral Bay to Cremorne Point

Travelling in the opposite direction from the previous walk this one takes you from Neutral Bay Wharf to Cremorne Point Wharf. On the way you can visit Nutcote the home of author May Gibbs (open Wednesday to Sunday).

The early part of the walk is through a few hilly streets but the majority of it is in the beautiful Cremorne Point Reserve.

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Cremorne Point to Taronga Park Zoo

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This walk from Cremorne Point Wharf to Taronga Zoo Wharf can be treated as a continuation of the previous walk.

At one point  near the end of the Cremorne Reserve after a short stint walking between houses you are faced with three paths - take the rightmost path, it is not paved but takes you through Harnett Park to Little Sirius Cove. Walk around the cove to the Mosman Bay wharf - opposite the wharf entrance look for the steps up to Mosman Street. Go south along Mosman St to Trumfield Lane and on to the footpath going east along Mcleod St which takes you across the peninsular to the next reserve and the continuation of a lovely walk with great harbour views.

South Head

Watsons Bay to South Head

From Watson's Bay Wharf to South Head via part of the Sydney Harbour National Park. A mainly flat walk with only very gentle gradients but wonderful views of the harbour.

From the ferry walk along the promenade passing Doyles famous restaurant, at the end climb a few stairs then left and left again into Pacific St until you come to a small park which takes you down to the Camp Cove Beach. Walk along the sand to the start of the National Park and follow the walkway to South Head past some interesting a well marked historic artefacts and buildings.

Opposite the wharf is The Gap; spectacular, perhaps better known as the scene of many a suicide and murder but worth a detour to have a look at the sheer cliffs and site of the Dunbar tragedy.

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Historic Como Railway Bridge

Oatley to Como

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A fairly short, level walk from Oatley to Como Railway stations (or vice versa).

The bridge was originally built in 1885 to get the new railway to the south coast across the Georges River. To save money the builders used 'gauntlet' tracks where one rail is inside the other pair, it saves the cost of points and/or a much wider bridge! I understand that the bridge was only a temporary crossing with the rail planned to cross elsewhere but, as the newer, two line bridge next door testifies, it never happened.

Inner City Sydney

Balmain to Birchgrove

Quite a nice walk with a lot of harbour views. Darling St can be a bit steep at times but there are a number of interesting buildings to see on the way.

Birchgrove Wharf ferry service is not as regular as the service to Balmain and Balmain East so it might be an idea to start the walk from Birchgrove or perhaps carry on along Darling St to, say, Birchgrove Rd then down to Mort Bay Park via Grove and Wharf Roads to end up at the Balmain Wharf for the ferry back to Circular Quay.

Haven't been to Balmain for over 30 years and it has changed a lot.

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