After naming Manly Beach one of the best in the world, another local hotspot has been recognised by Tripadvisor. The Manly Scenic Walkway, otherwise known as the Spit to Manly Walk has been deemed one of the leading attractions in the world as part of the 2023 Travellers’ Choice Awards. The award analyses businesses and attractions that have consistently received good reviews from travellers on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. The winners are placed among the 10% of all listings on Tripadvisor globally. The coastal walk is a 10km trail that will take you through some of Sydney’s prettiest spots including lookouts, hidden beaches, indigenous artworks and more and if you haven’t done it yet, you absolutely should. Read all the glowing reviews about the walk here.
Spit to Manly Walk
The days are getting significantly warmer and the the flowers are already blooming signalling the start of spring. One of the best ways to ring in the new season and rediscover some of Sydney’s choicest gems is through the Manly Scenic Walkway, one of Sydney’s best walking tracks which opened in 1988.
The track starts at the northern end of Mosman’s Spit Bridge and finishes at Manly Wharf. The entire walk can take anywhere between 3 to 4 hours to complete with plenty of stunning spots worth stopping for on the way. Highlights include the Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head, which offers views over North and South Head and the Pacific Ocean and is also an excellent spot for whale watching. Also on the way are at least six beaches so if you’re planning a leisurely day out in the water, there’s plenty to choose from including Clontarf, Reef Beach, Forty Baskets and Fairlight Beach. You can also see Aboriginal rock engravings at Grotto Point made my the local Aboriginal residents.
The Spit to Manly Walk is considered moderately easy and suitable for most ages and fitness levels. If you’re starting from the opposite side, start your walk at Manly Wharf outside the ferry terminal. Both ends of the way have a number of scenic cafes and restaurants if you need to replenish your energy.
How to get there
There are plenty of bus services from the city that take around 30 minutes to The Spit. You’d be mad not to take the ferry from Manly, another Sydney staple worth experiencing. The 30-minute ferry ride will take you across the harbour all the way to Circular Quay. Plan your trip at Transport NSW.