Seeing the Other Side of Sydney

Sydney’s metropolitan centre belies its hidden wilderness not so far away. For a taste of the bush without leaving the state capital, the New York Times suggests walking Sydney’s coastal trails, one of which is the Spit Walk.

Just a few kilometres from the central business district, the Spit Walk runs from the Spit Bridge in Mosman to Manly town (and vice versa). A guided tour of the area with Sydney Coast Walks begins with a water taxi to the walk’s starting point. The knowledgable guide will tell you about the plants and wildlife around you and even provide a picnic lunch at a suitably picturesque spot amongst the houses, trails, bush and beaches. The tour ends with a ferry ride back to Sydney.

This year, Sydney Harbour was given the accolade of National Landscape, joining other Australian wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Centre. The National Landscapes program has been running since 2006 and highlights some of Australia’s most noteworthy wild places.