Whether you have your eye on the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival in September, or are just looking for some beautiful new running routes to try next time you’re in Sydney (or are a local looking for a little training variety), the best motivator to get outdoors and training is follow a route with a spectacular view. Better still, if you mix it up with a variety of locations over the weeks.
Trust us, there’s more to spectacular jogging track options in Sydney than the iconic Bondi to Coogee cliff track (which, incidentally, is one of our favourites!) Sydney’s stunning harbour and abundance of beautiful beaches, iconic architecture and bush land areas mean there’s a plethora of places to entice you lace up your trainers and step outdoors. Read on to find out where else you can clock up the distance, whether you’re hardcore training or just heading out for a leisurely jog.
The Harbour Loop: Iron Cove
Best known as the Bay Run, this 7km loop around Iron Cove is mostly flat and is the perfect place to train for a half marathon – just three laps (or six if you’re training for the marathon) and you’ve covered the same distance as race day. The track takes you through some of Sydney’s prettiest harbour suburbs, past pretty parks and even includes a trip across the Iron Cove Bridge (on a very safe running track down it’s side).
The Sea Eagle run: Manly to Spit Bridge
Starting at Sydney’s famous Manly Beach, weave your way through Sydney Harbour National Park at Castle Rock, before passing the shorelines of Clontarf Beach, Sandy Beach and Fisher Bay. If you’re not pressed for time, consider cooling off at one of the pristine beaches along the way.
The easy west: Parramatta Lakes
Considered one of the most significant and beautiful bush land remnants in Western Sydney, one of these three short tracks is great for someone just starting out on their running journey.
Go bush: Lane Cove National Park
A jaunt along this track is an ideal way to feel like you’re running in the bush without really leaving the city. It’s enveloped in eucalyptus and overlooked by Australian native birds, making you feel at one with the outdoors.
The point push: Cremorne Point Circuit
What better place to start your run than with a full view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House? Continue from Cremorne Point Wharf to MacCallum Poolside to be presented with a number of different options including everyone’s favourite stair challenge. Your legs might not thank you at the time but you’ll be thanking them when they’re toned for summer!
The pool to pool: North Sydney
Lace up next to the iconic Luna Park at North Sydney Pool, then run over the Harbour Bridge to arrive at Circular Quay to tick off about a dozen sight-seeing boxes. If you’ve got some extra time on your hands, you can easily continue to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and Andrew Boy Charlton Pool for a rewarding dip and knock out view back at the bridge and Opera House.
The two-bay: Rushcutters Bay to Double Bay
Fancy running past Sydney’s largest marina while enjoying breathtaking views of Garden Island and the Sydney Harbour Bridge? This easy 5.5km run along the foreshore will satisfy all those needs and more.
The Lake laps: Chipping Norton Lakes
The highlight of the area is the 3.2km Lake Moore run starting at Chauvel Park following the lake’s scenic foreshore to Haigh Park and will definitely put a scenic spin on your training.
HOT TIP… from Blackmores Sydney Running Festival ambassador, Jesinta Campbell: “I’ve just started running around Centennial Park, which is so beautiful. There is something really removed about Centennial Park – it doesn’t feel like it’s in the inner city. You feel like you are in a different world when you go there. Even when you are running, there are people riding their horses and swans swimming in the lakes,” she said. We know where we’ll be training this weekend!
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Story by Emilie Sharp
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