Walks of life
Walking in Sydney is a great way to explore and experience Sydney life. It is one of the most interesting and quickest ways to get around our city.
Walking through Sydney streets allows you to listen to the sounds of the city, browse through the hundreds of shops and find some of the best dining and bar experiences in the world from the splendour of the Harbourside through to hidden laneway gems.
You will also live like a local, from the bustling city centre streets and above the throng in the many tower blocks, through to the more relaxed village main streets with their widely varying character.
There are several walks, of various lengths and difficulty levels, mapped in and around the local area. Below you’ll find walks selected for their inclusion of well-known landmarks and sites of historical value.
A number of walks through the city have been professionally curated to take in Sydney's public art. Allow 1 to 2 hours for each walk to allow time to take in the art works and appreciate our beautiful city.
If you would like to know more about the local area’s past from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, right through to Rock and Roll Walks of Fame and Shame, the historical walking tours are a great place to start.
The Barani/Barrabugu (Yesterday/Tomorrow) walking tour showcases the history and culture of Aboriginal Sydney, from first contact to today’s living culture.
Slices of Sydney
Slices of Sydney makes up a ten course degustation meal, with each village ready to be devoured as a course.
Discover Slices of Sydney here (PDF 51.1MB).
These walks have not been put together by the City and you may need to contact the organisations below if you have any questions.
Explore the beautiful foreshores of Sydney with Walking Coastal Sydney, which has an extensive list of self-guided walks and their maps from our city and elsewhere in NSW. Some of the local area’s history is outlined in these guides. These walks don’t have to be conquered in 1 day and can be shortened and changed as you wish. You can select from walks such as Balmain East Wharf to Circular Quay and Circular Quay to Rushcutters Bay.
Self-guided walks through this grand park allow you to take in the diverse flora and fauna at your own pace. The Wetlands Interpretative Maze uses signage, sculptures and plants to help illustrate water use and conservation, while the Lachlan Swamp Nature Trail makes its way through one of the most tranquil and historic areas of the parklands. Visit the Centennial Parklands site for details.
Themed walks around the public gardens allow you to soak up local history and appreciate outdoor artworks. See some of the oldest living specimens in the gardens with the heritage walk, while the Aboriginal history and culture walk includes plants that are deeply significant to the original custodians of the land. Get up close to fountains, sculptures and other examples of outdoor artwork thanks to the art and memorials walk, while there is also a walk dedicated to the Domain.
Take part in one of these fun events for a great cause. The City does not host these special events, so it is recommended you get in touch with the organisers directly if you need more information.
The Sydney Coastrek is a 50 or 100 kilometre team of 4 challenge held from the Friday of the first weekend in March along Sydney's stunning coastline, including ocean and harbour beaches, headlands, cliff tops and bush tracks from Palm Beach to Coogee. The walk raises funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation.
Some of Sydney’s most well-known bridges are part of this yearly charity fundraiser that has raised more than $650,000 for the Cancer Council. The 27 kilometre walk includes the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pyrmont Bridge, Anzac Bridge, Iron Cove Bridge, Gladesville Bridge, Turban Creek Bridge and Fig Tree Bridge.
Every year, the first Sunday in June sees thousands of people raise funds for MS Australia. Participants can choose from a 5.5 kilometre, 9 kilometre or 16 kilometre route. The walk includes the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens, with the longest route taking in Pyrmont Bridge and Anzac Bridge.
Show your support for premature and sick babies with the Walk for Prems at Sydney Park. After the walk, the park turns into a hub of activity with music, children’s entertainment and market stalls.
Last updated: Monday, 28 October 2013