Uncover Sydney’s rich history with an easygoing jog around the harbour.
You’ve seen the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge before and you’ve probably spent some considerable time in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, as well as in Wendy’s (not-so) Secret Garden. (Featured image: Supplied)
But, have you seen any of these at first light when the city is only just waking up? Have you seen the first rays of the sun sparkle off the seas and the waters in the harbour glisten before the day’s hustle and bustle arrives? It’s both beautiful and magical, but you shouldn’t take our word for it.
Thanks to Fit City Sydney’s Running Tour, you can be lacing up your running shoes to hit the pavement yourself and experience Sydney at first light. Although running first thing in the morning isn’t for everyone, this tour is. At least once, anyway.
Fit City Sydney’s Running Tour is more than just a jog. It is, in fact, a proper, fully-fledged tour of the city complete with a tour guide to keep you on track.
The nine-kilometre tour begins in Australia’s oldest public parkland, Hyde Park, before taking you past Mrs Macquaries Chair and into the greenery of the Royal Botanic Gardens. From there, you will run past the Opera House and onto Cadman’s Cottage, the historical George Street police station. After that, you will get to hear stories of Australia’s first settlers in The Rocks–what they got up and how they lived—and you will also get to see Australia’s oldest house.
Once the lungs have opened up, your knowledgeable guide will take you up and over the Harbour Bridge to explore some of the most interesting hidden sights scattered throughout the harbour where Sydney’s rich and colourful history will continue to intrigue and amaze you.
Shortly after, you’ll pass Kirribilli House (will the PM be home?) and be on the home straight to a cafe for your post-run caffiene fix.
The Running Tour begins at the Hyde Park fountain at 7am and concludes in Manly a couple of hours later. The price of the tour includes your morning coffee, all digital photography taken on the route (so you don’t pack a thing) and the return ticket on the ferry to Circulay Quay from Manly.
Fit City Sydney’s Running Tour is available every day of the week and can be catered to suit all abilities. It can also be turned into a walking tour if you prefer to take your time rather than bound along the harbour. Like we said, running isn’t for everyone.
Even still, it’s time to soak up Sydney’s breathtaking scenery and history at first light and kickstart your day with Fit City Sydney’s Running Tour.