Arriving in Sydney, you'll discover one great neighborhood after another. And about all of them are great spots for running. Sydney Harbour, with its countless coves, provides a huge shore full of secluded neighborhoods and parks. And the Pacific coasts north and south of the harbor create a dramatic background for the beautiful coastal trails. Add to that the man-made backdrops of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the CBD skyscrapers, the lighthouses and ferries, and you'll find no more inspiring city to explore with your own two feet.
|Panorama shot of harbour and opera house from Domain|
The Best Sydney Running Routes
CBD (Downtown): This run takes you through the city center, including the Opera House, the Botanical Gardens, Hyde Park, Darling Harbour and the Rocks. What a great way to get to know the downtown.
Harbour North Shore: From the Harbour Bridge to Taronga Zoo along the north side of the Harbour, with its coves, parks, jungles and tranquil neighborhoods.
South Head: The area south of the mouth to Sydney Harbour, including Watsons Bay and South Head, with its cliffs and vistas, is a great way to view both the harbour and the Pacific.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Run: This great trail follows the cliffs between these two famous beaches, heading over sand, rocks, park lawns and quiet neighborhood streets.
Manly Beach: Even the ferry ride to this great run is inspiring. Then run up and down the beach and along the cliffs above Cabbage Tree Bay.
Centennial Park: This huge park in the Eastern Suburbs, just off Oxford Street, provides a great venue for a run through lawns, woods and past a number of ponds.