The Spit Bridge to Manly hike is an iconic bush walk through Sydney’s middle harbour. It is the perfect hike that you can do over the weekend. You can complete the hike in either direction, however starting at Spit Bridge is the most popular, so you can finish your hike with a tasty meal in Manly, or have a break before you do the return leg.
The hike itself is fairly easy. There are a few small inclines, but overall it is flat. As with many hikes in Sydney, the track follows the coast and offers stunning views of Sydney Harbour and plenty of great photo opportunities along the way. Allow two hours each way for the hike, and longer if you want to take breaks or photographs.
The track can get very busy, so early mornings is best to avoid the crowds, however I started my hike at midday and managed to have parts of the track to myself.
Along with the beautiful coastal views, you will hear and see a variety of birds and be surrounded by native Australian flora. There are parts of the track that take you onto the public road, which also allow you to walk past luxury villas and opulent mansions, that have been designed to take in the incredible views they look out to.
It’s a perfect hike for Sydneysiders or tourists wanting a day out exploring without travelling too far. It is also a fantastic track to training for longer and more challenging hikes.
Variations to this day hike:
Take the ferry back to Sydney from Manly
Take the bus back to Sydney from Manly
Extend your hike and explore Manly Beach to Shelly Beach
From the CBD Sydney, take the B180 bus from the Queen Victoria Building, Stand D on York St. Get off at Spit Bridge and walk over the bridge and follow the signs to the start of the hike.
If driving, there is a large car park at the start of the walk at the Spit Bridge.