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“Enjoyable! But Walking Path directions/instructions are almost NILCH”

Federation Cliff Walk
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Watsons Bay
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed April 30, 2018

Unless you have google to help you give a perspective of where you are, I would say this walk has almost NO proper guiding instructions or directional arrows of any sort. So you just have to venture and walk, even on unmarked "trails" or grass patches. It is no wonder it is not popular, although it does have marvellous views whenever you manage to hug the cliffs in your walks.

If you still really WANT to go, then I would suggest you BEGIN FROM Bondi Beach and walk north to Watsons Bay. As mentioned, there are almost no marked paths, and much of the time you will be walking on the roads (namely Military Road). But use Google Maps as you walk, and see whether there are any possibility to walk near the cliffs (hug the cliffs, as they say), and you might end up on some open spaces of grass, near the edge of the sea, and at least you get some nice scenery and not just rows of residential houses.

The whole walk is about 2hours, depending on your speed.
Hardly any water dispenser along the way, nor any shops selling food/water, so do ensure you are equipped to walk this distance.

Of course, make sure you take photo with the first light house of Australia: Macquarie Lighthouse. It should easily show up on your google maps as you walk.

At Watsons Bay, grab coffee or ice Cream, and make your way back to Circular Quay by Sydney Ferries, instead of taking the bus (if you had concluded your walk at Bondi instead). Taking the ferry is a nicer way to end the walk.

Thank Emmanuel N
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Reviewed February 10, 2018

Superb walk following the cliff in part and going on normal roads for some. The cliff part has some amazing views however the route is not well signposted and whereas it claims to be about 7 km we did 6 miles due to having to discover the route. Not flat dies have some uphill areas and some boardwalk steps but not overly strenuous. The views are worth it and a cold beer in North Bondi REAL at the end overlooking the beach is a great award.

Thank Ed D
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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

A great walk that doesn't always follow the coast but requires the odd small inland track to navigate around. Make sure when you get around the Dover Heights area you cross the main road and view the Harbour from the Dudley Page reserve there, the views are spectacular.
Basically no tree cover for the length of it, and toilets and water stops are rare, so come prepared.
An excellent walk that will give you excellent views of the coast, the occasional whale and a touch of history.

Thank coffeenut64
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Reviewed September 29, 2017

Great walk and easy to do with children (without a pram). The views were amazing and it was better than I had expected. It really is a beautiful part of the world.

Thank Nicko1609
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Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

A sudden plan that turned out to be one of the best walks through the scenic beauty . With young kids too we didnt have any problem as the path was beautiful without much of trouble and we thoroughly enjoyed the walk .

Thank DIBYAJYOTI1978
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