Sunday 16 August to Sunday 14 September 2014
Download the Itinerary here. Maps for each section of the walk are available to download using the links on the left and on the Sydway Walker App below.
“Sydneysiders are welcome to meet and support us, and wave us on as we walk through their suburb” - Inaugural Walkers
On Sunday 16 August 2014, a group of walking enthusiasts will commence a 30-day journey, walking Sydney’s iconic coastal and harbour walkways, starting at Barrenjoey headland in the north and ending in the Royal National Park. The inaugural Sydney Harbour & Coast Walk is an initiative of the Walking Volunteers that aims to promote the benefits of walking, publicise foreshore walking tracks in Sydney, stimulate awareness of our environment and history, improve community health, both physical and mental, and encourage tourism. It will also provide an opportunity to promote two significant international conferences, the Walk21 Conference and the IUCN World Parks Congress, both of which are being hosted in Sydney in October and November respectively.
Sydney’s coastline and harbour represent one of the most beautiful and environmentally diverse attractions in the world. The coast features cliffs, beaches and inlets of magnificent beauty unique to the region. The harbour offers iconic headlands, historic sites and national parks. Outlined in the attached maps and brochures is a continuous walking track that residents and visitors can utilise to explore the beautiful foreshores of Sydney.
The vision is to promote public access to, and enhance the appreciation and recreational enjoyment of Sydney’s coastline, harbour and estuaries for the people of Sydney and visitors to the city. This vision is shared by Sydney Coastal Councils Group through its Walking Coastal Sydney project, the Department of Planning through the Sharing Sydney Harbour Access Program and the Walking Volunteers, an experienced group of walkers. It is supported by a broad range of local, state and federal government agencies and authorities.
Walking Coastal Sydney featured on Channel 9's Getaway in April 2014. Click here to watch the video!
The maps developed for walking Sydney's foreshores have been converted to applications suitable for iPhone and iPad. To access these freely available applications please click on the iWalk icon on the right.
These applications were made possible with funding from the
Sharing Sydney Harbour Access Program.
A C C E S S P R O G R A M
This foreshore walking network was developed by the Walking Volunteers in partnership with the Sydney Coastal Councils Group and the Department of Planning. The brochures produced provide a mapped and walkable route from Palm Beach in the north to Cronulla in the south and west to Parramatta. Loop and link walks connect to the main route. The network also connects to existing coastal walks including those in Royal National Park, and to the Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle. For information about the Walking Volunteers click here.
The release of the two Parramatta River Walk brochures on 23 September 2011 completed the Sydney Harbour & Coastal Walking Network. The Network was officially opened by the NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell - click here for a short DVD of the launch.
On all brochures the main route is marked in red on the map. Link and loop walks are marked green and have some downloadable individual leaflets. Where possible these walks have been based on public transport.
This magnificent 7 day adventure traverses the great urban coastal walk of Sydney. The walk can be broken into distances and times of one’s own choosing and may be walked in either direction south from Palm Beach or north from Cronulla.
Sydney’s Northern Beaches Walk Barrenjoey to North Head takes 4 days and Sydney’s Southern Coastal Walk 3 days. These two walks combine to form Sydney’s Great Coastal Walk covering a walking distance of approximately 100km.
For information about Sydney's Great Coastal Walk click here
Please let the Sydney Coastal Councils Group know of any errors, omissions or suggestions to improve future editions of the brochures available through the website or other similar publications. To do so click here