The Best Hikes In Sydney, Australia

Upon arriving in Sydney, I found that this city is filled with breathtaking hikes – there are coastal hikes, harbor hikes, and even a whole mountain range just an hour East of the city. This is a list of the best hikes in Sydney, Australia.Best Hikes in Sydney: Blue Mountains

Best Hikes in Sydney, Australia 
1. Palm Beach / Barrenjoey Lighthouse Hike

This hike starts at the famous Palm Beach (where the aussie soap opera Home And Away is filmed) and takes you up to Barrenjoey lighthouse. From the tip of the mountain, you’ll be able to see where the bay meets the ocean, and the kilometers of beach that separate the two. This is one of the best views I’ve ever had on a hike, and high on the list of the best hikes in Sydney. See the full post on this hike for more photos.

Best Hikes In Sydney, Australia

2. Bondi to Coogee

This hike is a beautiful walk along the coast just South of Sydney’s CBD. It took me about two hours one way, mainly because I stopped for so many photos. It’s most common to walk from Bondi to Coogee, but I went from Coogee to Bondi, which I imagine to be a bit more rewarding if you’ve never seen Bondi before. It’s not hard to see how this one made the list of best hikes in Sydney! See the full post on this hike for more info. 

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3. Figure 8 Pools

About 30 mins south of Sydney CBD is the Royal National Park. Head here for a medium-intensity, 1 hour hike to the beach, and even further, the figure 8 pools. The figure 8 pools have been naturally created over hundreds of years, and are incredible to see in real life. This is one of the shorter hikes of the best hikes in Sydney. See the full post on this hike for more details and lots more photos. Best Hikes in Sydney, Australia

4. Marley Beach Hike

Also located in the Royal National Park, the hike to Marley Beach takes about an hour and a half from the fire road. I took a rocky fire road path, but if you’d like to go on a smoother, newer, man-made path, I’d recommend starting at Bundeena. The path is relatively uneventful, but the reveal of Marley beach is astonishing. We brought a picnic and ate a bit inland, where the wind wasn’t as strong. The views make it obvious as to how this one made the list of best hikes in Sydney!

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5. Grand Canyon Hike to Evans Lookout, Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are a perfect weekend trip for the avid hiker visiting Sydney. Located just about an hour to an hour and a half outside of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are full of long, lush hiking trails. One of my favorites was the Grand Canyon hike to Evan’s Lookout – it took us about 2 hours to get to Evans Lookout, through the canyon. The amount of hikes in the Blue Mountains makes it a clear top candidate of the best hikes in Sydney.

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6. Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains

Wentworth Falls is a massive waterfall that you should NOT MISS if you’re taking a trip to the Blue Mountains. Go early, because the hike is beautiful but long. We ended up having to take a shorter trail because we ran out of time before it got dark. It paid off in the end, as we got to see a second waterfall – Empress Falls.

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See the full post for more photos. 

7. Cronulla Beach Hike

If you’re feeling a chill, lazy day sort of walk, the Cronulla beach hike is for you! This is a relatively flat, easy walk. It’s a long one as well, so bring your water and maybe some snacks. It’s not hard to see how this one made the list of best hikes in Sydney!

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8. Chowder Bay to Bradley’s Head Hike

This is one of the first hikes I did in Sydney and one of the most impressive. This trail takes you from Chowder Bay (have a coffee at the old bunker turned coffee shop before heading out!) all the way to Bradley’s Head – where you will get a stunning view of the Sydney Harbor bridge and Sydney Opera House. See the full post for more photos and details.
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9. Manly to Spit Bridge

The Manly to Spit Bridge trek was one that I was most looking forward to. Starting at the stunning Manly Beach, this is a long hike at 10k each way. I just did one way, but if you’re feeling wild, try to go round trip. See the full post for more photos and details. Best Hikes in Sydney: Manly to Spit Bridge Best Hikes in Sydney: Manly to Spit Bridge

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The Famous Figure 8 Pools in Sydney

One sunny day, I hopped in the car with Natalie and Michael, and we headed into the Royal National Park to visit the insta-famous Figure 8 Pools. My au pair family had highly recommended it, and after seeing the instagram photos, we knew we had to check it out.

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After we parked, we took the trail to Burning Palms Beach. The hike is a moderate and hilly. It’s just about 45 minutes to the beach. Make sure to bring your water!

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Once we got down to the beach, we had to do some minor rock climbing to get to the pools.

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We finally made it to the Figure 8 Pools and they were astonishing. Each little pool looked like it’s own little world, full of different types of colorful plants.

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We had such a fun day checking out the pools. Some people were swimming in them, but the water was freezing! Figure 8 Pools Burning Palms Beach Sydney

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We even saw a rainbow on our walk back – pure magic. While walking through the beach and the forest, I couldn’t help but become awestruck at the beauty that surrounds us. This is truly a magical place. Rainbow over Burning Palms Beach, SydneyThe figure 8 pools were such an incredible sight, and it was even better that Michael and Natalie were there with me. Natalie is a photographer and she is amazing at it – check her out. She took some of the photos above! Famous Figure 8 Pools Sydney

The total cost of this trip was $12 for parking. If you’re visiting Sydney, I’d highly recommend checking out these pools and a few other hikes in the Royal National Park.

When you visit the Figure 8 Pools, make sure to bring your bathers (that’s Australian for swimsuit), a picnic, and plenty of water. We also had a bit of rain, so make sure you’re prepared for all types of weather.

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Soul Burger: Sydney’s Best Vegan Burger

Soul Burger in Sydney has blown my mind.

If you’re anything like me, you get a serious craving for a solid vegan burger every couple of months. I consider myself somewhat of a veggie burger connoisseur. However, it’s not often that I come across a faux-meat burger that tastes seriously like beef. Soul Burger Plant Based Burgers Sydney Randwick Interior

Soul Burger: Sydney’s Best Vegan Burger

I was told by numerous people that if I was going to Sydney, I needed to try Soul Burger. I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than an epic vegan burger. But, I was super excited to see upon arrival that not only do they serve a wide range of vegan burgers, they also had vegan milkshakes and a massive assortment of fries. Consider this American in vegan heaven!

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Soul Burger: What To Order

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I ordered a “Straya, Mate” and my Australian friend ordered the American Badass. We thought that was pretty cute, considering that one of us was American and one of us was Aussie. Soul Burger Randwick Sydney Straya Mate BurgerSoul Burger Randwick Sydney American Burger

I was very pleasantly surprised when the burgers came out – they were massive. We had also ordered a vanilla coconut milkshake and fries to share. Soul Burger Randwick Sydney Vegan Burger Feast

The burgers tasted (and looked) so much like beef – if there weren’t signs showing that it was plant based everywhere, I’d have thought they accidentally gave me a meat burger! The burgers even had the consistency and chewiness of beef. Trippy!

We did our best, but in the end we couldn’t finish this epic feast. The burgers were so filling! I’d recommend going super hungry.Soul Burger Randwick Sydney Amanda Round the Globe

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Best Hikes in Sydney: Manly To Spit Bridge Hike

After many months of procrastination, I’ve finally completed the Manly to Spit Bridge hike. I was looking forward to this one incredibly, but I’d been procrastinating on it because it’s a 3-4 hour hike…. EACH WAY. I originally wanted to do the full hike round trip, but ended up doing just one way. Here are the best tips I’ve picked up from this experience. Manly to Spit Walk Best Hikes Sydney

Manly to Spit Bridge Hike

Pro tip 1: Start at Spit Bridge and go toward Manly. This way, you’ll start out all fueled up, hydrated, and ready. Spit Bridge is located on the highway, not really close to any restaurants or shops. I’d recommend starting there, so that you can end the hike at Manly beach and wharf, where you’ll have endless options for food, lots of beautiful beach, and plenty of places to regain your energy. Manly to Spit Walk Best Hikes Sydney

I started at Manly, which is a beautiful beach that you may want to spend some time at. The walk is full of lookouts and wildlife at the beginning.

Pro tip 2: Bring plenty of water and definitely bring snacks. There are limited water refill stations (I spotted 2 in 4 hours) and you will definitely be hungry halfway in. We stopped a few times to catch our breath, hydrate, and make some friends. Manly to Spit Walk Best Hikes SydneyManly to Spit Walk Best Hikes Sydney Turkey

The walk is mostly forested trails, and some parts go through residential areas. Wear layers, bring a backpack, and don’t forget your camera because there are some insane views.Manly to Spit Walk View Best Hikes SydneyManly to Spit Walk View Best Hikes SydneyManly to Spit Walk View Best Hikes Sydney

Look for the famous ocean pools that are scattered around the path (and throughout the beaches of Sydney).

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If you forgot to bring snacks (like I did), and have a really low tolerance for having low blood sugar (like I do), stop off at the little cafe at Clontarf beach for some refreshments! There aren’t loads of options, so I ended up with fries and a bottle of orange juice. There is no photo of this because I had 0 patience and scarfed it down to regain energy asap. But here is a photo of the beautiful Clontarf beach:

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Best Hikes in Sydney: Palm Beach

After doing some research on hiking in Sydney, I quickly discovered (and lusted after) the Palm Beach hike to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. The Palm Beach hike drew me in so quickly – the view from the top of the mountain is spectacular. I would have hiked hours for that view, but luckily, it’s just a short hike to the top.

Palm Beach is famous in Australia because it is where the daytime soap opera Home and Away is filmed. This series has been on Aussie TV since the 1980’s – it’s a big deal. I wandered around Palm Beach, not recognizing anything, while Michael the Australian was losing it over being there. Palm Beach Hike Sydney Australia Palm Beach Hike Sydney Palm Beach Hike Sydney

There is a restaurant on Palm Beach, called the Boathouse. It’s super cute and very expensive. If you’re on a budget (which I always am, #travellife), I’d recommend bringing a picnic to enjoy at the top of the mountain.

The hike up took about 45 minutes. There are two trails to choose from on the way up – one of them is a challenging, steep stairs; the other is a more gradual ascent. The mountain is a pretty steep one, so whichever way you take will be relatively challenging.

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Once we got to the top, we found a spot for our picnic.

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There may or may not be wine in that cup…

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Okay, we definitely had wine. We sat up at the top of the mountain for about an hour and a half, just talking, eating, drinking, and watching the boats in the bay.

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The hike down was a bit easier, but those steep descents can be hard on the knees. We watched the sun go down over the bay and headed home, tired and full.

If you’re planning a trip to Sydney, make sure to check out my favorite hikes in Sydney: the Coogee to Bondi hike, the Figure 8 Pools, and the Blue Mountains.

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PS. You can spot these colorful lorikeets outside of the Boathouse at Palm Beach!

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