When it comes to starting your day, there’s no better way to put a spring in your step than with a brisk morning walk. Sydney boasts some of the most beautiful strolls around, with stunning views of gardens, harbours and more. Check out our picks for the best morning walks in Sydney, just a short stroll from your short-stay apartment in Sydney’s CBD.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the CBD, the Royal Botanic Gardens are one of the oldest public gardens in the Southern Hemisphere. Divided into four precincts and filled with gorgeous flora, the park covers a massive 30 hectares, so there’s plenty of room for you to roam.
The Royal Botanic Gardens offer free 90-minute guided walks, starting from the Information Centre at 10:30am every day, as well as a shorter one-hour walk on weekdays from 1 March to 30 November at 1:00pm. For those of you who want to blaze your own trail, the park also has a collection of self-guided walks (available on your phone) with options including a Garden Highlights path, Sculpture Walk, and running trails for one, two and three kilometres.
One of Sydney’s newest developments, Barangaroo Reserve is a stunning urban renewal project that sits on Sydney CBD’s western waterfront. In addition to an abundance of dining and retail opportunities, the reserve also offers amazing views, walking trails and picnic spots, with over 75,000 native planted trees, ferns, and other flora.
Although the reserve has several different walking trails over many levels, the Wulugul Walk is the main track and highly recommended. The walk (which gets its name from the local indigenous word for kingfish), is still under development with only the first two sections open. However, once construction has been completed, it will stretch for 2km and follow the foreshore from Walsh Bay to Darling Harbour. If you’re looking for something a bit more intense, we also suggest the 90-minute walk which starts at the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf and takes you through the Royal Botanic Gardens, Opera House, Circular Quay, Walsh Bay, and Millers Point, before reaching the start of Wulugul Walk.
Located just 10 minutes from the CBD, Centennial Parklands has been one of Sydney’s favourite parks since 1888. The area includes Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park, covering a massive 360 hectares and showcasing sporting fields, formal gardens, avenues, ponds, and more.
Centennial Park offers several walking trails that you can easily access via the izi.TRAVEL app, including the Nature and Wildlife Walking Tour (one hour) and History Walking Tour, both of which come with audio commentary about the history and wildlife in the park. Alternatively, you can also embark on the Grand Drive Circuit which extends for 3.6km and will take around the edge of the park as you take in the stunning views of the gardens and lakes.
For breathtaking views of the Sydney CBD skyline, Anzac Bridge, and Rozelle and Blackwattle Bay, the Glebe Foreshore walk is the perfect choice for you. Starting a Bicentennial Park in Rozelle Bay, the route follows the waterfront and takes you across Federal Park, Jubilee Park, Pope Paul VI Reserve, Blackwattle Bay Park, the Sydney Fish Market, before finishing in Glebe.
Popular with tourists, pedestrians, cyclists, and more, the walk extends for 4km (return) and is perfect for anyone with young children or dogs. Don’t forget to look to your left as you might also catch the dragon boaters doing their morning training sessions – it’s quite an impressive sight!
The next time you reserve your accommodation in Sydney’s CBD, why not start your morning with a brisk stroll to get your blood pumping? With suites available on Kent Street, Pitt Street, World Tower and Campbell Street, premium accommodation is just a phone call away.