Manly Scenic Walkway
Sydney is blessed to have the finest network of walking tracks in the world.
One of the more famous and most scenic routes is the Manly Scenic Walkway, opened in 1988. Encompassing panoramic views of the majestic entrance to Sydney Harbour and swathes of bushland, walkers are able to contrast the old and new Australia as they pass by modern harbourside suburbs juxtaposed with Aboriginal sites, native coastal heath and pockets of sub-tropical rainforest. The Manly Scenic Walkway is comprised of a number of connecting walks, with walking grades to suit everyone.
The walkway passes through Sydney Harbour National Park, Council bushland reserves, local harbour-side streets and paved paths.
One of the better known walks is Manly to Spit Bridge, a 10km walk that takes approx 3 to 4 hours to complete and offers spectacular views of the entrance to the harbour and over to the city. The walkway is well signposted with a number of entry points and information boards along the length of the track.
A recent addition to the walkway is a 9.5km North Head circuit track which also takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete. Commencing and finishing at Manly Wharf, this newer section allows visitors to experience the natural beauty and history of North Head
via Shelly Beach, Spring Cove, and Little Manly Reserve.
Please remember dogs and other domestic pets are not permitted in National Parks, refer to the map for the alternate route for dogs.
The Manly Scenic Walkway also links in with other walking tracks, including the Harbour to Hawkesbury Walking Track, plus walks through Mosman and Warringah Councils.
Interpretative brochure available
Before starting the walk, it is recommended that you obtain a Manly Scenic Walkway Brochure, which includes a map and points of interest. Brochures are available from:
- Manly Visitor Information Centre, Manly Wharf
- Manly Environment Centre
- Manly Council ph 9976 1500
- National Parks & Wildlife Service ph 9247 5033
Download a pdf version here:
Across Sydney Harbour to Manly: The city’s best-kept secret is a scenic stroll around the bays and beaches of Manly - Sunday Times review
IMPORTANT: Manly Scenic Walkway track upgrade works
Manly Council will be undertaking works to upgrade the section of the Manly Scenic Walkway walking track between Ellery's Punt Reserve and Sandy Bay, Clontarf. For details, see this link.