Manly to Spit Walk – Exploring Sydney's Isolated Beaches

Monday, July 31, 2017

After attempting the relatively easy 'Taronga to Balmoral Walk' earlier, we decided to tackle the Manly to Spit one as well. This trail has a reputation for being quite difficult with plenty of steep climbs but we decided to be kind to our legs and go from Manly to Spit instead of the other way around. This meant that the majority of our journey was downhill.

In its entirety, the walk was 10 km long and took us 2.5 hours due to the reverse course. If you do it from Spit to Manly, the journey can last anywhere from 3 to 4 hours.

Prior to the walk, we made our way from the CBD to Manly via ferry and headed to Ora, an organic wholefood cafe for some healthy drinks to get us started.

The walk is certainly a diverse one and you get to see a little bit of everything, from envy-inducing properties to palm trees and ocean views, all of which exude a very Californian vibe. But not for long. After this stretch you have to bushwalk through the national park and climb cliffs to reach Dobroyd Head, a picturesque spot for capturing those panorama shots.

The last leg is full of isolated beaches before heading to Clontarf beach which essentially serves as a backyard for many of the houses there.

The walk definitely brings together a number of stretches that are quite isolated, leaving you plenty of time to clear out your head and take in the views. It's also scattered with a small coves and inlets for some time out when you get tired or simply wish to explore. Our favourite was the Castle Rock Beach, the perfect spot for a quiet beach day. We can't wait to go back in the summertime for a relaxing picnic on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

If the weather's right and you're looking for something adventurous to do, I highly recommend this for both Sydney residents and tourists!

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  1. I've been to Manly but didn't do this walk. Maybe next time if I have tons of spare time in Sydney.. :)

  2. It's so lovely! How nice to find isolated beach areas.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  3. I adore to visit these type of beaches, I went to a few in Mexico and it is so amazing to get there and have no crows. I hope you enjoyed it!

    My Vogue Style |

  4. Australia is big on my travel list and hope to go some day soon. I actually have family in Sydney so that would help with the costs =P. Looks like you had an amazing trip!

    Rina Samantha

  5. The water looks so inviting! Makes me want to go swimming so bad

  6. Such a beautiful post, love the photographs! It's such a shame that we have no wild beaches left in Dubai

    Naya //

  7. It seems as though California boasts some of the most amazing parks and landscapes, this is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing and I hope you're having a great week so far!



  8. Such a beautiful place to visit! thanks for sharing
    Gros bisous

  9. What a beautiful beach. I'd love to visit Sydney one day.

  10. What a beautiful beach. I'd love to visit Sydney one day.