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- Boys and girls interested in the military will be skipping and climbing about … if you see the big White House above the Watson’s Bay hotel that was the former Army officers mess… our bar and a few rooms were upstairs and our dining area is the large area at the ground floor. The entire area was used as a personnel and discharge unit (2MDPD) after the Vietnam war. It ceased being used as a mess about 1984. Great memories, a great location for natural fauna and fabulous views over Sydney harbour, the Gap cliffs and The Tasman Sea. And if there’s a yacht race or large ship entering or going there’s no better vantage pointWritten April 5, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Parsley Bay is a small but charming harbour cove. It couldn’t be more picturesque.
It is somewhat hidden away, making it a perfect spot for picnics and swimming. Snorkelling is popular here too.
It will suit families. It’s safe, budget-friendly and there’s a lot to distract kids.
Being a harbour bay (not a surf beach), the water is very calm and shallow. The swimming area is safely netted (but no life savers).
It is worth noting that when we were there recently, the water was not very clear. A lot of dark weed was washing around in the water, making it look murky and appear unclean. It didn’t look particularly inviting but I don’t think that it’s a permanent thing.
A large, well-kept, grassy reserve stretches right back from the beach. It’s large enough for kids to run around, kick a ball, play Finska or hide and seek.
The mature trees provide good shade if you want to retreat out of the sun and there’s a nice, fenced playground here.
There are about a dozen tables and benches but they quickly get taken, so if you are planning a picnic, I’d recommend taking your own blanket to be on the safe side.
Other facilities include showers/change rooms, an historic art-deco kiosk and a free carpark at the end of the park. The surrounding streets provide more parking but you’ll have to walk down to the reserve.
A unique feature (and perhaps the best thing about Parsley Bay) is the quaint, century-old cable suspension bridge that spans the inlet. It’s a fun thing for kids to run across and is well maintained with sturdy railings. From the beach, take the narrow path and stairs on the right.
To explore a little further, follow the foreshore path around to the seawall promenade and wharf. Continuing around, it meanders past sandstone caves, natural bushland and rock overhangs which makes an easy stroll for small children. You will often see some native critters like the Eastern Water Dragons.Written January 25, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This walking trail includes the beautiful Hermitage Foreshore Track plus an additional section which starts at the Rose Bay ferry.
It includes Lyne Park and Rose Bay Beach which are not part of the Hermitage Track.
For tourists, this is an easier and more convenient walk than the Hermitage Track because you can catch the ferry from the Circular Quay in the city to Rose Bay to start the walk.
From the ferry, Lyne Park is stop #1. This is a large open, grassy park with a playground, cafe, toilets and a number of sports facilities including tennis courts. Rather than walk through the middle of the park, it is much more interesting to stick to the foreshore path and walk along the waterfront.
Stop #2 is Rose Bay Beach. You can swim here if you like but you will pass several other beaches along the way which are nicer and you will be finishing at Shark Beach at Nielsen Park which I think is the best spot for swimming.
From the beach, the next stretch is uphill to the start of the Hermitage Track. You are mostly walking along pedestrian pavements and urban streets until the Hermitage Track begins. It’s by far the least interesting part of the walk. Hang in there though because the foreshore walk along the Hermitage Track is worth it (see separate review).
Once you hit the track, you will be walking along boardwalks, bush paths and across sandy beaches and will avoid urban roads altogether.
Along the way, you will pass:
Stop #3 - Queens Beach, a tiny beach which all but disappears at high tide
Stop #4 - Hermit Bay, a pretty cove with a jetty and and picnic area
Stop #5 - historic Strickland House - another good picnic area and whilst you can’t go inside the house any more, you can wander the grounds
Stop #6 - Milk Beach, where you can swim while looking directly out at the Harbour Bridge and Opera House on the skyline
Stop #7 - Steele Point Cottage - just a quick glance at this historic gunners’ barracks
#8 is your final stop - Shark Beach & Nielsen Park. Here you’ll find changing rooms, outdoor showers, clean toilets and a kiosk.
* Once you leave Rose Bay, there are no facilities until you get to Nielsen Park so if you need to stock up on supplies or water or you need a bathroom, make sure to do this at Rose Bay. There’s a porta-loo at Strickland House but its not in great condition.
* The walk from Rose Bay is 3.5km (one way). It can be done in under an hour but you will probably want to allow extra time to stop at various lookout points.Written February 11, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We started at Taronga Zoo wharf and continued on through the stunning Bradley's Head then passed the picturesque Taylors Bay then on to Clifton Gardens. Amazing views back over to harbour bridge and opera house. What a beautiful walk. We will definitely be back over to continue from Clifton Hardens around to Balmoral beach in the near futureWritten October 4, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Great place to catch up with friends. Nice bushwalk around the Bobbin Head area and it was also good for kayakingWritten January 22, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I visited this small park located in Sydney harbour at the end of an enjoyable walk in the nearby Garigal National Park. Echo Park is compact, but well laid out, there's a few short albeit enjoyable walkways close to the harbour, a grassy area, a separate childrens play area, a picnic area on the harbour, and toilet facilities. Definitely worth considering a visit if you're in the area. Note, there's not much in the area in terms of shops, etc therefore take any water, food, etc with you.Written October 21, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is a stunningly scenic Sydney Harbour walking track. It follows the harbour shoreline around from Rose Bay to Nielsen Park, through natural bushland and past small, hidden beaches and bays. The bush regularly opens up to reveal panoramic views across the harbour towards the city skyline, the Harbour Bridge & Opera House. It’s a fabulous walk for tourists.
1. WHERE TO START The walk can be done from either end but I’d recommend starting at the Rose Bay end so that you finish at Nielsen Park, where you can swim and get a coffee or ice cream at the kiosk.
2. WHAT TO TAKE
There are no facilities along the trail, other than at Nielsen Park, so you’ll need to take water bottles and sunscreen with you. There are some lovely secluded spots for swimming but it’s easiest to wear your swimming costume underneath your clothes because there are no change rooms or toilets until Nielsen Park. Once here, you’ll find clean toilets, change rooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables and a kiosk.
3. WHAT TO EXPECT:
The trail is 1.8km in length (one way). It can easily be done in about 30-40 minutes but that doesn’t factor in stopping at various lookout points. If it’s the first time you are doing the trail, I’d recommend allowing a lot more time. It’s an easy trail and the paths are mostly very even underfoot. Although you are walking through coastal bushland, there is no bush-bashing or scrambling involved. The walk is a combination of wooden boardwalks, well maintained paths and occasional stairs (but no terribly steep or challenging parts). It is well sign-posted and is easily manageable for families. Even young children can manage this walk (although you wouldn’t be able to take pushchairs).
Milk Beach and Hermit Point are particularly lovely spots for a picnic or swim. Other highlights are the historic Strickland House, built in the 1850s and Nielsen Park/Shark Beach.
5. GETTING THERE:
Starting at Rose Bay, parking is generally available along Bayview Hill Rd or Tivoli Rd, especially mid-week. Walk downhill to the very end of the street, where you’ll see a large National Parks sign and map marking the start of the trail. We found it was useful to take a photo of the map. Although the trail was well marked, we often referred back to the map to identify landmarks and general geography.
If coming from the city on public transport, catch a ferry to Rose Bay (or train to Edgecliff Station) and then a bus along New South Head Rd towards Vaucluse. You need to get off just before Kincoppal School at Bayview Hill Rd.
Entry to the National Park is free.Written January 11, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We walked the coastal path from Maroubra Beach to Bondi Beach, starting at Maroubra. The rocky areas at each end of Maroubra Beach are so dramatic ... the sort of place where you want to sit peacefully for hours watching the waves. This is not at all a crowded beach as compared to Bondi or Coogee. Easy access from Sydney by public bus. I only wish wed had more time there. Highly recommended!Written September 17, 2016This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This spectacular coastal walk is officially 11.4 km and takes 3hr 40min. For me, it took longer, since I always stopped to enjoy a view, or a wildflower, to take a photo of a fascinating rock formation, etc. The walk starts at Collaroy Beach and continues to Long Reef. There enjoy the breathtaking view, and walk through Long Reef Beach, to Dee Why Beach. Next to the rock pool, some unusual looking rocks, like a beehive. From the beach turn up to the Dee Why Hadland walk, leading to Curl Curl beaches, that is a bit steep at the beginning, but the rugged sandstone headland provides you with some unforgettable vista, south to Manly and north to Long Reef and beyond. Arriving at North Curl Curl Beach, walk towards the South Curl Curl Life Saving Surf Club from where the Curl Curl to Freshwater walk starts and ends at the Freshwater Life Saving Club. The boardwalk is an absolute must. After the walkway turns up to the road, don't go straight to Freshwater beach. Just a short break away is the Freshwater lookout, from where you can see the Long Reef in one direction and Manly in the other direction. McKillop Park, with the statue of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, also, only cca 100 m away. From Freshwater Beach, you can climb over Queenscliff, and see Queenscliff Beach as well. First, I had a glimpse of Manly Lagoon and The Stuart Somerville Bridge, and from there, the ocean and the sandy beach. Now it is very close to Manly already. The next station is North Steyne, which is practically part of Manly Beach. This walk following the coastline is so spectacular that you feel sorry to arrive at Manly and finish it.Written July 23, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Easy 10km walk from The Spit bridge to Manly ferry walk (or reverse direction). Good transport each end and reasonably well signposted along the way. Popular with tourists. Leave plenty of time to enjoy the views of the heads. Trail can be wet after rain.Written March 8, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Great point on the south side of Port Hacking and an easy walk from the Bundeena ferry. Up a road then cross Jibbon Beach then there's a track around the headland passing some rock engravings and a bunch of great rocks and little beaches looking out over the ocean. You can continue south to the main coastal track and quickly get to the spectacular Balconies or Wedding Cake Rock but that way was a but flooded so I took the shortcut back to the beach and needed maybe 1.5 hours return from the ferry. It's a lush and well shaded path in a spectacular location and not heavily trafficked, hence my high rating. It's poorly marked though and be careful of side trails that go nowhere. Even the entrance to the engravings isn't marked (just look for the prominent stairs and viewing platform) and the engraving are very indistinct anyway (I've seen far better ones around Sydney).Written March 20, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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