Manly to The Spit Walk

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Duration: More than 3 hours
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Manly to The Spit Walk

This tour includes the opportunity to swim so if the weather suits and you’re in the mood, then make sure you pack your swimming things before setting off.

There are also some excellent picnic spots along the way so pack your own or grab something to take with you before you set off from one of the many shops on the Corso at Manly.

Starting the tour

Circular Quay

Section 1:
Directions:

Jump on a ferry to Manly. The trip is deliciously rough and gives beautiful harbour views and sneaky peeks at some of Sydney’s top real estate.

Stopover:

The ferry will take you to Manly Cove, a lightly lapping bay. There’s a visitors’ centre here, so take advantage of the helpful staff and complimentary maps. If you can’t resist glimpsing Manly’s beach before the walk begins, take The Corso – Manly’s main street – to see where the real waves are.

Section 2:
Directions:

Back at Manly Cove, walk along the shoreline path (it’s clearly marked) until you reach Fairlight beach.

Stopover:

The water at Fairlight beach stays shallow for quite a distance until there is an enormous dropoff. An array of fish swim in the deeper parts making it perfect swimming for fish-loving snorkellers. If these waters leave you feeling a little intimidated, there’s also a lovely saltwater pool in which you can frollick.

Section 3:
Directions:

Go through the park at the beach, up the stairs and left again when you see the sign for The Spit. This leads you to Forty Baskets Reserve.

Stopover:

The reserve is perfect for a languid lunch (at one of the picnic tables). Down by the water, you can catch a glimpse of some sleepy oyster beds.

Section 4:
Directions:

Continue on the same path, but be sure to look out for the small dirt road that leads to Dobroyd Head, as it is unmarked.

Stopover:

You can look across the harbour’s entrance from Dobroyd Head. It’s a sight not to be missed. The area is also home to a variety of Australian wildlife (including lizards and snakes), so keep your eyes peeled (and if you’re really paranoid about snakes, make a lot of noise and stomp as you walk along, the snakes will stay well away from you).

Section 5:
Directions:

The path will then lead you to Grotto Point.

Stopover:

You can’t miss the historic Grotto Point lighthouse – you can see the tip of it above the trees as you approach. Beautiful views, yet again.

Section 6:
Directions:

Keep walking along the shoreline.

Stopover:

You can either stop at Clontarf beach, where more picnic tables abound, or head straight to the beautiful swing bridge at The Spit, where the walk concludes.

Section 7:
Directions:

Buses go back to Manly and the city from The Spit bridge.

Stopover:
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