Top walks to put the Spring in your step

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Top walks to put the Spring in your step
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Published 23 August 2022

Spring is in the air. The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and the flowers are blossoming. It's the perfect season to get out there and explore the gorgeous wonders of Woollahra and its surrounds. Why not take a walk around your local area and discover breathtaking scenery and other local secrets?

Hermitage Foreshore Trail

The Hermitage Foreshore Trail is one of our favourite Spring-time walks. This trail hugs the coast meandering through gorgeous harbourside scenery. The walk starts at the end of Bayview Hill Road in Rose Bay and meanders all the way to Nielsen Park, passing through secluded Queen and Milk beaches. During Summer, the Hermitage Foreshore is popular and the hidden beaches can get quite busy. But Spring can be the perfect time to explore this blissful 2km path.

This is a relatively easy trail, mostly along boardwalks, however there are a few staircases and spots of uneven ground. While you'll pass some joggers, it's best to take this one a bit slower to enjoy the views.

Please note that the seawall at Nielsen Park is currently being replaced and Shark Beach will be closed until further notice. The Hermitage walking track remains open. Detours through Nielsen Park away from Shark Beach will be marked on site. More info.

Spring walks - Hermitage trail
The scenic Hermitage Foreshore Trail

Bush Tucker Walks

We know that Spring is in the air when the very popular Bush Tucker Walks are back. These award winning guided walks are a highlight in the Woollahra Council calendar and are hosted by expert Aboriginal horticulturalist Terry Lennis.

Bush Tucker walks usually take place in and around Nielsen Park, and are produced in partnership with Bush Tukka Dreaming. They provide an opportunity to discover native plants and foods (tastings when in season) and explore Indigenous cultural sites in the local area.

The feedback from those who have taken part in these walks has been glowing, calling the tours "informative, interesting and fun" with others saying "the bush tucker tasting was great - actually very nice food (I'd expected grubs!) and a great location on a rock overlooking the harbour."

The Bush Tucker Walks will be scheduled to commence from October 2022. Subscribe to Woollahra News to be the first to find out about upcoming Bush Tucker tours.

Spring Walks Bush Tucker
Join our fascinating Bush Tucker walks

Harbour Walk (Rose Bay to Watsons Bay)

On those gorgeous Spring days, with clear skies and mild temperatures, a longer walk is a great way to explore the local scenery.

This 8km trail takes around 4.5 hours to complete. The walks starts at Rose Bay Wharf and meanders along the coast, joining the Hermitage Foreshore trail to Nielsen Park. From there, you can pause by historic Vaucluse House, take a dip at Parsley Bay and then onto Gap Park and Watsons Bay.

While you're near Gap Park, you could meander along the Historic Gap Park Tramway Trail, the new accessible pathway along the historic tramway route through Gap Park connecting Military Road and Old South Head Road.

It's best to give yourself a full day to complete this walk as there are so many jewels along the way that you'll want to stop and linger at the beautiful spots.

More info and a detailed route guide for this harbour walk.

Spring walks - Watsons Bay
Gorgeous views from Gap Park in Watsons Bay

Bondi To Manly Walk

This is one for the bucket list for sure and Spring is the ideal time to tick this off. The iconic 80km walk around Sydney Harbour starts at Bondi Beach, crosses the Harbour Bridge and ends at Manly Beach.

The Walk is rich in Indigenous heritage and includes four iconic Australian landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Sydney’s two most famous surf beaches - Bondi Beach and Manly Beach.

The Walk provides an unsurpassed experience to explore Sydney and discover our beautiful natural harbour, incredible cultural gems and rich heritage.

The trail passes through gorgeous Woollahra Council coastline, including gems like the Lighthouse Reserve in Vaucluse, Gap Park, Camp Cove, Parsley Bay, Nielsen Park, Hermitage Foreshore trail, Rose Bay Beach, Point Piper, Murray Rose Pool and McKell Park.

More info and a detailed route guide for this harbour walk.

spring walks - parsley bay
Pass by the magnificent Parsley Bay en-route to Manly

Double Bay Tree Trail

This trail is a celebration of trees and is simply magical in Spring when nature is at its sparkling best.

Explore the foreshores and suburban streets of Double Bay to discover our magnificent trees. An online map is available for everyone to follow.

The trail is about 2km long, starting at Blackburn Gardens near Redleaf Beach then winding through Double Bay and finally heading up along Ocean Avenue to Edgecliff. If you want to avoid walking up the Ocean Avenue hill, walk the trail in reverse.

The walk showcases some of the area's most spectacular trees, including The Moreton Bay Fig, different variety of Pine trees, Black Booyong and Bottle Trees.

More info and a detailed route guide for this tree trail.

double bay tree trail
Click the image above for a larger version of the Double Bay tree trail

Bird watching walk

Spring is the perfect time to admire the feathered fowl living in our gorgeous surroundings.

Join local birding guide Renee Ferster Levy for a morning walk spotting birds in the beautiful surrounds of Nielsen Park.

Renee will guide us on a walk spotting birds, observing their behaviour and understanding their habitat needs. You will learn about the range of birds found in Woollahra Council area, bird nesting behaviours, the role of birds in pollination and more.

When: Sunday 23 October 2022, 7:30am - 9:30am
Where: Nielson Park, Steele Point Road & Vaucluse Road, Vaucluse

Registrations are essential. Find out more here.

Spring bird watching
You may spot this gorgeous Yellow-faced Honeyeater on your walk

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