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Manly and Northern Beaches Walks

There are so many stunning coastal and nature walks in Manly and the Northern Beaches which are fantastic free options to get your group outdoors for a team building session. Check out our round up below!


Manly to Shelly Beach Walk

Stroll along the 1km walkway from Manly to Shelly Beach, passing Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve that displays The Oceanides sculpture situated at Fairy Bower Pool. As the name Shelly Beach suggests, walkers can put their feet in the coarse ‘shelly’ sand and cool off in its calm waters or bring personal snorkelling gear to snorkel along Cabbage Tree Bay to bring colleagues together as they admire and explore the vast array of marine life, such as stingrays, Blue Gropers and many fish species that are home to Manly.


Manly Eastern Hill Heritage Walk

Take a step into the past along the eastern headland of Manly. This 5km walk is rich in contemporary and traditional history as it passes through Aboriginal sites like Kai’may, also known as Manly Cove, residential and historical buildings like the 1875 heritage-listed Manly Rowing and Sailing Club Boatshed, as well as extensive bushland to ground you with the natural environment.


Manly to Dee Why Walk

This 7km trail of boardwalks connects beaches Manly, Freshwater, Curl Curl and Dee Why Beach offering picturesque ocean views and highlights of North Curl Curl Headland, Duke Kahanamoku Statue at Freshwater and the Queenscliff Worm Hole Cave.


Narrabeen Lakes Walk

Walk or cycle around the beautiful Narrabeen Lakes trail, circling 8.6km around the lake with a cafe in the middle for a snack stop where you can take in the view. If you're feeling more adventurous, hire a stand up paddle, canoe or paddle bike to enjoy the scenery from the water's surface.


Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk

Travel to Sydney's northernmost seaside point in a short 3km bushwalk that ascends to Barrenjoey Light House, built in 1881, where you can soak in marvellous view of the Pacific Ocean, Hawkesbury River, Pittwater and Broken Bay. Experience a mix of Australian native flora as you walk through grass tree forests, palm and pine trees.


Manly Dam Walk

The damming of Curl Curl creek in 1892 created Manly Dam, Sydney’s largest freshwater lake. The official Manly Dam Walk situated in Manly-Warringah Memorial Park is 7.3km long, yet walks within this circuit differ in length and type, from heritage, wildflower or Aboriginal themed walks. Along the walk are little waterfalls and footbridges, as well as wetlands that inhabit local residents like black swans, freshwater fish and swamphens.


North Head Sanctuary Walk

Starting and finishing at Manly Wharf is the beautiful 9km walk and is also a section of the 80km Bondi to Manly walk. Views of the ocean, Sydney CBD skyline and Sydney Harbour can be seen with a historical showcase of the Quarantine Station, North Fort and Army Barracks that are all home to the National Park.


Manly to Spit Bridge Walk

This 10km coastal trek leads walkers through the Sydney Harbour National Park, going through 7 different beaches such as Fairlight Beach, Clontarf Beach and Sandy Bay, also passing through Grotto Point Lighthouse and Dobroyd Head Lookout. After the walk are cafes and restaurants in Manly to refresh and refuel, with easy ferry access to the city for further exploring.


Bondi to Manly Walk

If your work team enjoys a challenge, the Bondi to Manly walk is an 80km harbour-side walking track that links Australia’s infamous surf beaches, Bondi and Manly. There is clear signage that eliminates tricky navigation throughout the walk so walkers are able to get to know one-another and be fully immersed in nature’s surroundings. Highlights on this walk are Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and the Royal Botanical Gardens, of course to start or finish at beautiful Manly.


 If you are looking for help to plan your next meeting or conference in Manly or the Northern Beaches which includes fabulous outdoor options such as these walks, get in contact with the team today via events@meetinmanly.com.au

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