(0km) Int. Spit Rd and Ellery’s Punt Reserve Road → Int. Ellery’s Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill towards the water. The walk soon comes to Ellery’s Punt Reserve car park on the right. This walk continues past this, down the footpath to the signposted intersection.
Ellery’s Punt Reserve
(0.1km) Int. Ellery’s Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway → End of Sandy Bay Rd
(1.09km) End of Sandy Bay Rd → Int. Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave
(1.13km) Int. Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave → Clontarf Reserve (Clonny’s)
Turn left: From Clontarf Marina, this walk follows the footpath along Sandy Bay Road, keeping the water on the right. About 100m from the marina, the footpath turns right and heads into ‘Clontarf Reserve’. The walk passes the ‘Manly Scenic Walkway’ signpost and heads over the grass towards the children’s play area, then past the public phone to Clonny’s Cafe.
(1.62km) Clontarf Reserve (Clonny’s) → Int of Manly to Spit track and Ogilvy Road steps
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk keeps the water to the right as it heads towards the rocky end of the beach. The walk then follows the ‘Castle Rock’ sign up the stairs and around the hill for some time, going up and down steps before turning right down some stone cut steps to a signposted intersection, above the tiny Board Beach.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Manly’ sign (keeping the water to the right) as it passes up the stairs between the rocks. The track soon comes to a signposted intersection, with the ‘Access to Cutler & Amiens Rd’ off to the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Manly’ sign as it heads up the slight hill and across the rock shelf, keeping the water on the right. The walk then steps off the rockshelf to continue along the hillside, undulating steeply in parts. The track is board-walked in many places, with a few access points to the water along the way. The walk crosses a bridge before continuing left around the hill to a well signposted intersection.
(2.79km) Int of Manly to Spit track and Ogilvy Road steps → Int of Manly to Spit track and Castle Rock Beach steps
(2.82km) Int of Manly to Spit Track and Castle Rock Beach steps → Castle Rock Beach
Castle Rock Beach
(2.82km) Int of Manly to Spit Track and Castle Rock Beach steps → Grotto Point Engravings track
Continue straight: From the rest area, this walk follows the bush track up the rock steps and along the side of the hill, keeping the water to the right. The track continues steadily up to the 4-way signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Manly’ arrow up the bush track and rock steps. The track winds around to the intersection of the Grotto Point Engravings track, found at the small bench seat and the large wooden sleeper.
(3.32km) Grotto Point Engravings track → Grotto Point Engravings
Grotto Point Engravings
(3.32km) Grotto Point Engravings track → Int. Arabanoo Lookout Trk and Manly Scenic Walkway
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows ‘Crater Cove Lookout 700m’ sign along bush track, keeping the water to the right. The walk crosses several separate sections of boardwalk and rock platforms as it winds through the heath, to come to a large rock platform with great views at the unnamed lookout in southern Crater Cove .
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk follows the bush track along the hillside, keeping the water out to the right. The track continues for a short while until coming to an intersection at the base of some stairs on the left.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track down the short hill towards the ocean, soon coming to the Crater Cove Lookout.
Veer left: From Crater Cove Lookout, this walk heads up onto the boardwalk, away from the fenced lookout. The track follows the cliffs, keeping the water views to the right. As the boardwalk finishes, the walk continues along a bush track which winds through the scrub to the signposted intersection with a track on the left, which points to Arabanoo Lookout.
Crater Cove Lookout
(4.29km) Int. Arabanoo Lookout Trk and Manly Scenic Walkway → Reef Beach platform
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Manly via Reef Beach’ sign down the hill to a fenced lookout. From the lookout, the track heads further along the hillside to wind down past some more views. The track soon passes by a large rock shelf, as it comes close to the water and then comes to a boardwalk with bench seat behind Reef Beach.
(5.12km) Reef Beach platform → Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway
(5.48km) Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway → South end of Forty Baskets Reserve
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track down and across the wooden boardwalk, then up to Beatty St.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along Beatty St away from the bushland. The walk passes Geddes St on the left to continue to houses number 28 and 30 Beatty St. The walk turns right to head down the laneway between these two houses to an intersection beside the beach. Now Turn left to rejoin the main walk .
(5.48km) Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway → South end of Forty Baskets Reserve
Forty Baskets Reserve
(5.71km) South end of Forty Baskets Reserve → End of Gourlay Avenue
Continue straight: From the toilet block, the walk follows the footpath up the gentle hill, keeping the water on the right. The footpath soon comes the intersection with a set of stairs, uphill to the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath up the gentle hill, keeping the water to the right. The path soon comes to another intersection with a set of stone and dirt stairs (uphill to the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath, keeping the water below on the right. Soon, the walk passes around a blue metal gate then continues on to the hairpin bend at the end of Gourlay Ave, just above a small marina.
(6.16km) End of Gourlay Avenue → Int of Gourlay Avenue and Clarence Street footpath
(6.4km) Int of Gourlay Avenue and Clarence Street footpath → Int of Clarence and North Harbour Sts
(6.51km) Int of Clarence and North Harbour Sts → Int of Beach Ln and North Harbour St
North Harbour Reserve
(6.63km) Int of Beach Ln and North Harbour St → End of King Avenue
(6.63km) Int of Beach Ln and North Harbour St → End of Lower Beach Street
Shop at the Park
(7.1km) End of Lower Beach Street → Int of Upper Beach and West Streets
(7.15km) Int of Upper Beach and West Streets → Int of Ethel St and Kanangra Cr
(7.85km) Int of Ethel St and Kanangra Cr → Int. Avona Cres Trk and Avona Cres
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill on Manly Road, in the direction of the traffic. The walk then turns left into Avona Cr, continuing down the road to an intersection with stone cut steps (on the left).
(8.57km) Int. Avona Cres Trk and Avona Cres → Int. Ellerys Punt Rd and Avona Cres Trk
(8.63km) Int. Ellery’s Punt Rd and Avona Cres Trk → Int. Spit Rd and Ellery’s Punt Reserve Road
Maps for the Spit Bridge to North Harbour Reserve walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Parramatta River||1:25 000 Map Series||91303N PARRAMATTA RIVER||NSW-91303N|
|Sydney Heads||1:25 000 Map Series||91302N SYDNEY HEADS||NSW-91302N|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
3.7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (2.1km) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
3.8km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 2.7km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (2.2km) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 7km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.1km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 8km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 450m requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 8km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 240m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.8km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
This is a great, short walk to a lookout with a fantastic views. The lookout has great views out through the heads, and also much of the upper reaches of Sydney Harbour. From the lookout, you can even see down into Crater Cove, to the old houses built during the great depression. The walk is very short and starts on Dobroyd Scenic Drive. Whilst in the area, it is worth looking at Arabanoo Lookout at the north-eastern corner of Tania Park.
Total climbing: 9m
60 m Return
This is a short walk down to Castle Rock Beach, tucked into the rocky shores of Middle Harbour. The walk is mostly along boardwalk or footpath through rainforest vegetation. The foliage surrounding the track is topped by a closed canopy which provides shade, before opening out onto the sunny beach.
Total climbing: 20m
200 m Return
This is an excellent walk with some very scenic views. The walk travels along a well used track through the thick coastal bush. The views are capped off by the vista over Sydney Harbour from the Grotto Point Lighthouse. Easy parking, a few good side trips, and in particular, the Aboriginal Engravings, make this walk all the more appealing.
Total climbing: 83m
1.7 km Return
2 km Return
Walking around Dobroyd Head is a fantastic experience. The heath vegetation high up on the walk provides many opportunities to view flowers and insects close up, whilst still enjoying plenty of views out to the sea. Reef Beach is a great place to stop for a snack or lunch and to get the feet wet before heading back to the road.
Total climbing: 109m
2.5 km Circuit
3.6 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
3.6 km Return
This walks follows the coast from Balmoral to the Spit and across Spit Bridge. There are some alternate tracks to consider at high-tides, which take the streets over the headlands. Balmoral and Chinamans Beaches are very nice places for lunch and a swim. Allows time to wander and explore. There are plenty of options for swimming.
Total climbing: 85m
4.3 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
The Spit to Manly walk is a classic bushwalk on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The walk follows a well-maintained track and provides beautiful views over Middle Harbour. This walk is great for those looking for exercise or just a stroll along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour. If you have time, the sidetrips down to Grotto Point and up to Arabanoo Lookout are definitely worth the effort. There are also a few places to get a bite to eat along the way.
Total climbing: 349m
9.1 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
This is a scenic and culturally rich walk with views over Sydney Harbour and many interesting heritage buildings along the way. The start at the zoo allows for a possible visit. The walk then passes the Bacino Bar on the way through the military heritage buildings. This is an excellent walk to do on a hot summer’s day, with access to beautiful beaches along the whole walk.
Total climbing: 410m
10.4 km One way
This walk follows the Manly to Spit Scenic Walkway, then continues past The Spit Bridge to Seaforth Oval. The walk provides magnificent bushland and Harbour scenes with many small beaches, reserves and coves to stop at. A very scenic and fun walk along the Harbour. Stop for a coffee or ice-cream at one of the cafes along the way.
Total climbing: 624m
13.7 km One way
5 hrs 45 mins
This very long day walk has some stunning views, excellent heritage sites, a Zoo and beautiful beaches. What more could you ask for? The many sidetrips and places to stop and enjoy the views, having a coffee at the Bacino Bar or fish and chips on Balmoral Beach, will all make this walk an excellent way to ease into longer distance walking. The walk spends most of its time on the coast, and follows the Spit to Manly walk for the last half.
Total climbing: 746m
18.9 km One way
This full day walk starts at the southern end of the Spit Bridge and explores a lot of Garigal National Park and Middle Harbour Creek. The walk follows the ‘Harbour to Hawkesbury’ track into Garigal National Park, skirting around Bantry Bay and along Middle Harbour Creek before crossing Roseville Bridge. The walk continues to explore the other side of Garigal, before leaving the National Park and arriving at Lindfield train station.
Total climbing: 1181m
22.6 km One way
9 hrs 45 mins
Other Nearby walks
This scenic walk takes you from the Spit Bridge, along the coast to explore the Middle Head Forts. There are a few alternate routes for use at high tide or high seas. Balmoral Beach offers a few spots for a coffee or fish and chips along the way. Middle Head offers plenty of options for exploring the old forts and enjoying a view out the heads.
Total climbing: 181m
6.3 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
Following the edge of Middle Harbour, this walk has excellent views and Special spots, including the views from the end of North Arm Rd and the trail near the Mannerim Rd Turnoff. The change in the track from bush track to mangroves and mudflats south of the Pump Station gives a good feel of the diversity of environments that can be found in the area.
Total climbing: 145m
3.1 km One way
This is the main walk around Manly Dam, and is popular for both walkers and bike riders. Prepare for spectacular views from both sides of the dam, along well managed trails. Good spots to break include the picnic areas on King St. Features of this walk include walking the bridge across the top of the dam and the beach on the north side. Watch out for bike riders as this is a shared track. (This walk has changed since these notes were written, the track notes are now somewhat out of date sorry)
Total climbing: 251m
7.3 km Circuit
A short walk along the southern hill above Manly Dam, with great views and fantastic scenery. One of the few tracks in the Manly Dam area where you won’t get run over by bike riders, this is a great walk for those looking for something short and peaceful. Look out for black snakes and goannas along the way, especially in the McComb Hill area.
Total climbing: 150m
3.2 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Starting at Seaforth Oval, this walk follows the Engravings track parallel to the Wakehurst Parkway to the end of Bantry Bay Road, Forestville. The first half of the walk is along bush track and the second half follows a service trail. The engravings, after which this track is named, are fenced off to protect the area, the fence limits the view of the rock platform and engravings.
Total climbing: 39m
2.2 km One way
10 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
Starting at Seaforth Oval, this walk follows a section of the ‘Harbour to Hawkesbury’ track along Middle Harbour Creek. The walk has many highlights, including great views of Bantry Bay, the Historic Magazine Buildings and the Natural Bridge. This walk is blessed with great bushland and views of Middle Harbour. Stop and relax, or wet your toes, at Flat Rock beach before the last section to Davidson Picnic Area.
Total climbing: 491m
10 km One way
This great return walk starts from Seaforth oval and follows the Timbergetters Track down to Bantry Bay, and the pleasant waterfront picnic area. The walk then climbs steadily, out of the valley, to the Bluff Lookout. From this lookout you can see all the way across Middle Harbour.
Total climbing: 363m
5.4 km Return
Starting at Seaforth Oval, this walk explores the historic logging track that heads down to the picnic area on the eastern shore of Banty Bay. The picnic area is a great spot to relax and enjoy the water, and bush views, before heading back up to Seaforth oval. This is just one section of the greater Harbour to Hawkesbury walk.
Total climbing: 120m
1.8 km Return
516 m Return
This walk to the Middle Head fortifications is a great way to break up your day at the beach. There are plenty of places to explore, and the forts are quite interesting and historically significant. The track is well marked and has some information signs. The views of Sydney Harbour are great and it is well worth carrying a picnic lunch to allow more time to enjoy North Head.
Total climbing: 199m
4.1 km Circuit
2 km Circuit
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.