Running. You either love it or you hate it. If you’re firming hanging out in the hate camp, that’s all about to change because we’re about to introduce you to Sydney’s top five waterside running spots.
Whether you’re easing into it with a cheeky 5km or you're after a sweat-you-ass-off 10km, well, we have that too. Now really is the time to put your obscene activewear collection to good use—here are the best waterside running tracks in Sydney.
The Bay Run
Inner West, NSW
Unsurprisingly, this 7km run covers the running through alllll of the parks. Think Rodd Point, Montague Park, Brett Park, King George Park, Callan Park, Leichardt Park and Robson Park—yeah, we weren’t kidding. You can jump in and out of this one at any point depending on your endurance or take on the whole track for a moderate run. Thanks to a flat path, you can bring along a pram and a doggo (some skilled runners would do both), but we’ll leave that challenge up to you.
Manly To North Head
When you know there a swim waiting for you at the end of a run, it really makes the whole thing a lot easier. Trust us. That’s why the Manly to North Head run should be high on your run bucket list right now. You’ll start at Manly Beach, take a cruise jog through Shelly beach before taking on the hill run to North Head (your buns of steel will thank you for this one).
North Sydney Pool To Boy Charlton Pool
When the hot (read: sweltering) summer heat sets in, this is the run you need to do. You’ll be pool hopping from North Sydney Pool to Boy Charlton Pool with a chill run through Bradfield park and allllllll the way to a little Sydney icon called the Harbour Bridge. From here it’s past the Opera House through the Botanic Gardens and straight on to Woolloomooloo. FYI there’s wine waiting for you at the end at one of the many local restaurants and pubs. You’re sold, aren’t you?
Collaroy To Long Reef Headland
The northern beaches are filled with breathtaking waterside views and this run from Collaroy to Long Reef is no different. As you leave Collaroy you’ll end up on Long Reef Headland and just quietly, the views here are 10/10 and this is your officially warning to take a cheeky snap along the way. The run is basically a clean loop so you’ll finish where you started. AKA finish with a dip at Collaroy beach and avoid the battle of getting back to the car post-run.
Blackwattle Bay Loop
This moderate run will have you running across the Anzac bridge and down through Blackwattle Bay where you will be running right on the waters edge. Despite being a bit loud over the Anzac bridge, the view is totally worth it. The run isn’t too difficult, just 5km in total, and the course is mostly flat—making this an ideal spot for a casual run.
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