The Five Best Places to Exercise Outdoors in Sydney
Beautiful beaches? Tick. Bushwalking trails? Tick. Convenient city location? Tick.
If sweating it out in the gym isn’t your thing, perhaps it’s time to consider exercising outdoors. And if you’re fortunate enough to live in Sydney, there’s no shortage of great places to do so.
We’ve compiled a list of our top five favourites just for you:
The Bay Run
This 7 kilometre route in inner west Sydney is a fantastic place to exercise – whether you’re a jogger, a cyclist, or a mum pushing a pram. As you walk, jog or cycle along, you’ll be treated to the stunning harbourside views of Iron Cove Bay.
The Bay Run is a circular loop route, which means that you can finish the walk in the same place where you started. It’s a mostly flat route with the occasional upward slope and is suitable even for those with fairly sedentary lifestyles and low levels of fitness.
This beachside suburb is just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. Popular with tourists and locals alike, you have the opportunity here to try a unique type of exercise – stand-up paddle boarding. This particular sport requires a combination of balance and strength.
Stand-up paddle boarding gives you the opportunity to see Sydney Harbour from a different point of view and explore it for yourself. If the thought of stand-up paddle boarding is too intimidating, Manly is still a fantastic place to swim, surf and kayak.
Bondi to Coogee
There’s no better way to get exercise and simultaneously see two of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. This stunning clifftop walk is more challenging than the Bay Run as it’s approximately 6km each way and is not a circular route.
There are also a few flights of stairs which are not for the fainthearted. However the breathtaking seaside views will more than make up for it. If you happen to go during late October or early November, you’ll be lucky enough to see Sculpture by the Sea (Australia’s largest annual outdoor exhibition) along the way.
Lane Cove National Park
If you prefer bush to beaches, Lane Cove National Park is the place for you. It’s a beautiful area of bushland with a number of walking tracks, cycling trails and even boats for hire.
You’re likely to spot some Australian native animals around here, particularly kookaburras, water dragons and possums. Although it’s really not far from the city suburbs, you’ll feel like you’re in the wilderness!
Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills
Conveniently located near Central Station, this park is the perfect outdoors exercise spot for those working in the city. It’s not just an ordinary park – this has basketball courts, tennis courts, outdoor gyms and a heated pool.
When you have so many varied options, there’s no excuse for not exercising outdoors. Take advantage of Sydney’s temperate weather and try one (or all!) of these outdoor locations. You’ll never see the gym in the same way again!
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