Sydney Running Routes:
Central Businesss District (CBD)
Harbour north shore
South Head and Watsons Bay
Bondi to Coogee coastal run
Manly Beach Run
Centennial Park Run
Photos by Jessica Hauser
NOTE: Check the Routes by Country/City page for more routes
Sydney, the most livable city I've ever seen, is full of breathtaking running routes. Water and hills, sailboats and secluded coves are everywhere. Here is one of my favorite corners of Sydney, the South Head area, at the mouth of Sydney Harbour bay. The rocky peninsula is sometimes just a hundred meters across, lodged between the peaceful harbor to the west and the wild Pacific coast to the east.
|The ferry is the way to travel in Sydney|
|View from Watson's Bay|
The Sydney South Head RouteWhen you get off the ferry, just turn left and run north (houses on the right), right up the short beach. Just as the beach ends, take the footpath up to the street and then turn left on Pacific Street at the first intersection in this pleasant neighborhood. Follow Pacific the short way to Green Point Reserve, a small rocky outcrop with a great view of the harbor. Then run down to the next beach, Camp Cove, which is a great place to jump in the water.
|At Camp Cove|
The military base soon ends and you find yourself in the parkland of South Head itself. This narrow point of land looks out at the harbor, at North Head, across the harbor mouth, and to the Pacific. The waves below are impressive. There is also a lighthouse here, and old defensive-gun emplacements.
|Lighthouse at South Head|
Now, you just keep running southwards along the cliffs, parallel to Old South Head Road. Within a kilometer you will first pass an old lighthouse, then a newer, free-standing one, with a blue base. We'll keep running south through the big open lawn south of the light house. Just as you approach the houses at the south end of the park, turn right and head back inland to the road.
We could now go to several beautiful coves and beaches on the harbor-side: Shark Beach, Vaucluse Bay and Parsley Bay, but the roads getting there are a bit windy and hard to follow. So we'll skip Shark and Vaucluse, and just catch Parsley Bay on our way back to Watson's Bay. Parsley Bay is cool enough itself, and there was never a more hidden-away jewel than this.
When you get back to South Head Road at the edge of the lawn, you'll face a roundabout. Take New South Head Road, leading diagonally off to the left. Just run 200 meters and then turn right on Serpentine Parade. Follow the street downhill, and in just 200 meters it runs into Hopetoun Avenue, where you turn right. After another 100 meters, turn left on Fitzwilliam Road and follow it along as it curves to the right. Look for the side street on the right called Parsley Road and follow it in through this very cool, jungly neighborhood until the sharp left turn on Horler Avenue takes you up over the hill and right into the wooded park at the bay.
|Parsley Bay beach and footbridge|
At the mouth of the cove you can go up the path to the top of the cliff and continue running along The Crescent. It runs into Hopetoun Avenue again, where you turn left and run just 100 meters before you have the chance to head to the water again, on Palmerston Street (turn left). The street ends and you follow the footpath down to the water.
Now, at the beach, you just turn right and run the few hundred meters back to Watson's Bay, passing the cafés along the way. Now those eggs benedict will really hit the spot!