Walking the Manly to Spit track

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Travel & Outdoors

Last Saturday morning I took advantage of the stellar March weather and jumped on a ferry to Manly, destination: the start of the Manly Scenic Walkway, roughly 10km of tracks that hug the Sydney harbour coast from Manly Cove to the Spit Bridge. 

The walk offers up a really rather fabulous overview of Sydney and its spectacular rugged coastline, not to mention tidal pools, harbour vistas, rainforest, secluded beaches, wild heathland, Aboriginal rock engravings, glorious native flora, and some lovely spots for ocean swimming.

For those with a little insider knowledge, a detour to the Crater Cove huts should be firmly on the agenda. It’s a steep scramble down a headland along an unmarked path to the cliffs below, where the first sign of civilisation is a series of steps cut into the sandstone rock, followed by the flat roofs and precariously stacked chimneys of two huts nestled on the clifftop. There are five more huts dotted around the cove, built in the 1930s by fisherman and later occupied by folk with a penchant for self-sufficiency, off-the-grid living, and uninterrupted views across Sydney harbour. These days the huts are cared for by a handful of volunteers who maintain the buildings, flower beds, and drainage systems, but otherwise leave the huts and their contents untouched.

But enough gushing, and I shall let the photos do the talking:

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4 thoughts on “Walking the Manly to Spit track”

      • wow that’s pretty long. Still contemplating if I would be fit enough to do this 10km walk. Thanks for the info.

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