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Manly scenic walkway

“Going past areas of bushland and exclusive waterfront houses, this walk is the best way to get a complete 'harbour experience'!”

What’s the prettiest way to get to Manly? Some say catching the Manly ferry, but those in the know will tell you otherwise – it’s the Manly scenic walkway.

Beginning at Mosman’s Spit Bridge, this classic walk shows you some of the most picturesque parts of Sydney’s Middle and North Harbours and is part of Sydney's coastal walks.

Follow the shoreline to Fisher Bay, Sandy Bay and Clontarf Beach then enter the Sydney Harbour National Park at Castle Rock. Make your way around Dobroyd Head and don't miss the Aboriginal rock engravings at Grotto Point or the amazing views from Arabanoo lookout. Pass by or take a dip at Reef Beach or Forty Baskets on your way to Manly.

Fancy an ice cream at the Manly Corso after all that effort? Go on, you deserve it.


Getting there

Getting there:

  • To get there from Spit Bridge, follow Spit Road to the Spit Bridge. The walk starts on the north side of the bridge.
  • To get there from Manly, follow the shoreline to the east of Manly.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Important info


9.5km (one-way)

Time suggested:

4 hours each way


Medium difficulty

You should know:

  • The track detours in places when the tide is high so you don't get wet feet
  • If you're planning to stop for a picnic or swim along the way, try Clontarf Reserve, Forty Baskets Reserve or Reef Beach.
  • Toilet facilities are available at Clontarf, Reef Beach, Forty Baskets Beach and North Harbour Reserve.
  • Dogs aren't allowed on the section of track in Sydney Harbour National Park

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Manly Scenic Walk, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan