With over 150 miles of breathtaking shoreline, Sydney stands as a paradise for ocean enthusiasts. The city’s lush headlands, framed by dolphins and whales, create a stunning backdrop to beachside suburbs brimming with local culture. The Bondi to Manly Walk, covering 50 miles and known as the B2M, offers a unique urban coastal trek, connecting iconic landmarks, neighborhoods, and natural wonders.
The trail, officially opened in December 2019 and upgraded in 2022, weaves through surf beaches, Sydney Harbour, clifftop viewpoints, secluded coves, and significant Indigenous sites. Marked with over 350 Aboriginal whale symbols and accompanied by a digital walking app, the B2M offers a captivating exploration of Australia’s largest city.
How to Plan Your Walk
The trail takes four days to a week, with various itineraries available. Created in collaboration with Local Aboriginal Land Councils, the trail is marked with Aboriginal symbols. A digital walking app aids navigation, and as you return to your hotel each night, a large backpack isn’t necessary. Sun protection and water are essential.
Highlights Along the Way
Starting at Bondi Beach, the trail leads to South Head, offering views over the Tasman Sea. Stops include Watsons Bay for fish and chips and historical cottages along the Eastern Suburbs’ coastline. The trail continues to Sydney Harbour, passing landmarks like Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair and offering new Aboriginal-led tours. The final stretch loops around Manly, with highlights including Shelly Beach and the option to catch a ferry back to Circular Quay.
Best Time to Visit
Ideal periods are September to November and February to May, with temperatures ranging between 68 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The annual humpback whale migration from May to November, peaking in July and September, offers a prime opportunity for whale watching.
Where to Stay
Select a base near the Central Business District for convenient public transit connections. Options include the hip Paramount House Hotel in Surry Hills and the design-forward Ovolo Woolloomooloo with loft suites near the water, offering a blend of history and modern amenities.