Bondi to Bronte. Scamper along the scenic path behind Icebergs (see Rest/smart) around past Mckenzie’s Beach and Tamarama Beach, ending with a nibble at Bronte Beach favourite The Bogey Hole Cafe / 473 Bronte Rd / 9389 8829 / bogeyholecafe.com. Or, reverse it and finish with a cuppa at The Crabbe Hole (see Coffee), an alfrisky sunset cocktail at Icebergs or a schooner at Bondi Icebergs Club (see Bars). Want a real work out? Start or end at Coogee Beach.
Manly. This 3-hr walk is fabulous. Pack a picnic (see V. Useful) as there are many charming harbour-side spots to dally in. Get a taxi over Spit Bridge and stop straight away in the layby on the left. Look back to the bridge and on the right is a sign reading ‘Manly via Clontarf Reserve’. Go down the steps and under the bridge, then simply follow the signs. When you get to Manly, skip around to the ferry wharf and Papi Chulo (see Rest/relaxed) or take an icy bev at Hugos Manly / 8116 8555 / hugos.com.au. Then you can wander on to the delightful Shelly Beach with cute caff The Boathouse (see Brekkie) before ferrying 30-mins back to town.
South Head. Drive, or boat it from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay for this leisurely walk around the former fishing village of Camp Cove. Head down to Camp Cove Beach where you’ll see some steps on the right, up to the South Head Reserve. The 30 min headland stroll takes you around in a loop high above the harbour entrance, past the lighthouse and infamous Lady Jane nudey beach. Finish with a cold ale at the Watsons Bay Beach Club / 1 Military Rd / 9337 5444 / b’fast to late daily / watsonsbayhotel.com.au.