One of the finest harbourside walks anywhere in Sydney is the Manly Scenic Walkway (10km one way; 3–4hr; mostly flat), which follows the harbour shore inland from Manly Cove all the way west to Spit Bridge on Middle Harbour, where you can catch a bus (#180 and many others) back to Wynyard station in the city centre (20min). This wonderful walk takes you through some of the area’s more expensive neighbourhoods before heading into a section of Sydney Harbour National Park (free entry), past a number of small beaches and coves (perfect for stopping off for a dip), Aboriginal middens and some subtropical rainforest. The walk can be easily broken up into six sections with obvious exit/entry points; pick up a map from the Manly visitor centre or NPWS offices.

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