(If you take ferry back, you cut the distance in half)
Sydney Running Routes:
Central Businesss District (CBD)
Harbour north shore
South Head and Watsons Bay
Bondi to Coogee coastal run
Manly Beach Run
Photos by Jessica Hauser
Check the Routes by Country/City page for more great routes!
If you have the good luck to be going to Sydney, it's time to get down on your knees and thank the Great Spirit or your own great fortune that you will experience this most livable of cities. Sydney combines gorgeous scenery, nice weather, lots of water and beaches, and a laid-back lifestyle that will captivate you from the first minute you get there. And, of course, it's loaded with great jogging routes.
The harbour (that's what they call the fiord-like bay) provides endless vistas of nice, waterfront neighborhoods, sailboats tethered in coves, and cliffs, rocks and beaches. And the ocean coastline north and south of the harbor mouth also provide a stunning mix of cliffs and beaches.
I have worked there a few times, on one project for a whole month. There are a hundred great routes, just get out there and run, and you'll find your heart flying like a bird. But here's a route that not everyone discovers: running along the North Shore of the harbor. It provides a constant change of beautiful homes, parks, boats and rocks, with a view of the main city across the bay, with the opera house and the Harbour Bridge crowning the horizon.
You can run the route, then run back the same way, or simply take a ferry home at one of the various ferry landings (a great experience in itself). The point of the run is to follow the water, zigzagging along the coves.
|View of central Sydney from North Shore|
Personally, if I were in the Central Business District, I'd just run across the Harbour Bridge and enjoy the great view from up there. But let's assume that you got to Milson's Point at the foot of the bridge yourself (there is a ferry landing right here, just a quick ride from the main Circular Quai ferry terminal across the harbour). So you now find yourself standing next to the public pool at the entrance to the Luna Park amusement center.
|Kiribilli side street|
Run northeastwards on Hipwood, then along Clark Road, up and over the promontory separating the cove from Neutral Bay. You will run right to Neutral Bay. Cut across its park right at the water, and go uphill again on Kurraba Road.
|Governor General's mansion in Kiribilli|
|Entrance to the Cremorne footpath|
Just follow the footpath along the cliff overlooking the water. Once you get to the south end, at Cremorne Point, there's a small park where you can climb down the ladder at the lighthouse, and amaze yourself with the rock formations carved out by the winds. You can even cool off with a swim here, but be careful of cutting yourself on the mussel-covered rocks.
|Cremorne jungle paradise|
Once you do finally get moving again, heading to the head of Mosman Bay, you run through a beautiful woods, which ends at a marina and ferry landing. Either turn around here, or take the next ferry back, or continue on past Serius Cove to Taronga peninsula, where you can visit the great zoo, or take a ferry from there.
|View of Mosman Bay from the north end of Cremorne|