If you’re training for a marathon, or just want to push your body that much further, then definitely don’t miss the gorgeous 26km-long Coast Track, found in Royal National Park a short drive south of Sydney.
The national park is the most visited one in the entire country, and for good reason. The well-worn path has remarkable views of the ocean, dramatic cliffs and headlands, while native bushland creeps right up to the edge to peek down on the crashing waves below.
You can either do this track as a one-way run, in which case it is best to do it with a friend and park one car at each end as there’s no public transport. Alternatively, you can park your car at either Bundeena, Wattamolla Beach or Otford, run as far as you’d like, then turn around to head back to your car.
During the winter months it’s even possible to see migrating humpback whales just out to sea – a bonus during your run!
Milson Park to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – 12km
This classic Sydney running track manages to include most of the city's iconic landmarks in one marvellous 12km jaunt.
Starting at Milson Park in North Sydney, this trail heads south and over the Harbour Bridge, a bucket-list activity that surprisingly few locals ever actually do. Once you’re in the city, cut down Argyle Street and through the historic Rocks, making your way into Circular Quay.
A lap around the Opera House takes you to the edge of the Royal Botanical Gardens, and at this point, you can either jog along the peaceful pathways or stick to the harbour. Finish up at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, offering some of the best Harbour views in all of Sydney.
As long as you keep the harbour on your lefthand side, you can’t get lost. Remember that NSW received 4.3 million visitors last year, so this is another trail that is worth an early-morning alarm.
Bondi to Coogee – 7km