About this walk
This walk follows the Spit to Manly Walk.
It takes about 3 hours to complete the full 10 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops.
A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.
Getting there and back
Get the bus to Spit Junction using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Manly at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
Walk along the footpath past Spit Junction and across Spit Bridge.
On the far side of the bridge a small road leads down to a waterside reserve.
From the reserve follow the Spit to Manly signs along the gravel track, away from the bridge.
After a bushtrail around Fisher Bay, continue on the footpath along the shore.
Cross Clontarf reserve to the beach at the far end.
At low tide this beach can be followed to the next section of bush trails.
At high tide exit the reserve at the car park near the beach instead.
Follow the street to the right, around the houses nearest to the beach.
At the end of the street a footpath leads back to the beach, past the flooded section.
At the far end of the beach follow the signs along the next section of the Spit to Manly bushtrail.
Several side trail lead to small beaches. Keep following the signs to Manly.
Eventually the trail climbs up from the shore onto the headland.
Keep following the signs to Manly across the headland.
The trail descend passes several small beach on the Manly side of teh headland.
Eventually the trail ends at a gate to the road. Follow the left fork up.
At the top of the climb a footpath on the right leads to a predestrian bridge.
Down the street from the bridge a stair case leads down to North Harbour Reserve
Follow the footpath along the shore to the far end of the reserve.
Take the staircase up to the street from the reserve.
Follow the sign to Manly along the urban street.
At the end of the street follow the bicycle path to the right.
After a short distance a footpath to the right leads down to a reserve along the shore.
Follow the path through the reserve along the shore.
At the end of the reserve a staircase leads down to the aquarium.
Walk around the aquarium to get to the esplanade.
The ferry back to Sydney is located halfway up the esplanade.
What to bring
- Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
- Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
- Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
- Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
- Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
- Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.