This spectacular six-kilometre stretch of coast is loaded with beautiful people and even more stunning beaches, connecting the iconic sands of Bondi and Coogee with Tamarama, Bronte, and Clovelly, as well as the secluded Gordon’s Bay.
There’s no more quintessentially ‘Sydney’ way to get around the city than by ferry – and the 30-minute trip north to Manly is the most scenic route through the harbour, with a bustling beach and a booming food and drink scene to look forward to at the other end.
Take the half-hour ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay to tuck into fish at chips at Sydney institution Doyles, bushwalk around the South Head of the harbour, have a dip in the sheltered bay of Camp Cove, or bare it all at naturist haven Lady Bay Beach.
It only takes 20 minutes to stroll across the Harbour Bridge – and when you get to the other side, follow the water past Luna Park to Wendy’s Secret Garden, a maze of tangled stairways and exotic plants with a postcard view of the city across the harbour.
These manicured lawns provide an oasis of tranquillity in the middle of the city, the perfect spot for cheese and biscuits with a stunning harbour setting. The Centennial Parklands – just east of the city centre – is another green patch to escape from the urban jungle.
An hour’s drive south of the city or a scenic train and ferry trip, go for a wander through the park’s 100km of walking trails that link dramatic costal cliffs and unspoiled beaches with verdant rainforest and trickling waterfalls.