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Take a coastal trek from Manly to Spit when in Sydney – a scenic journey indeed

Manly to Spit Bridge walk is a popular attraction among nature lovers as it is one an exciting journey which involves stunning beaches and panoramic views of the sceneries you pass.


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The distance from Manly to Spit Bridge is about 10 kilometres one way and depending on your fitness level and age it will take between three to four hours to cover the whole distance. Although most of the track falls across the beach and flat land there are some areas where you have to climb and descend steep steps where some of the steps are naturally carved from rocks. Since the track is not a smooth road, wheelchairs and prams are not allowed to be admitted to the track. The hike is not too tough but it would require some experience so it is unsuitable for those who are unfamiliar with trekking. The official Spit to Manly track passes through Dobroyd Head where dogs are not allowed so taking your pets would require you to take an alternative route in that area.


What to expect

The main attractions that you will pass are Fairlight, Clontarf Beach, Reef Beach and CraterCove. Depending on the time of the year you embark on the journey you will be able to see whales during the migration season. Grotto Point Lighthouse and the Spit Bride are the two man-made attractions that you will come across on the trek. The path is well maintained and there are clear directions that will guide you without any confusion. You can carry a reusable water bottle as water fountains are available along the track which is convenient and environment-friendly than disposable plastic water bottles.


How to get there

If you are staying at a location such as the Citadines Connect Sydney Airport you are able to take the ferry to Sydney Harbour to Manly Wharf and then start your journey. What time you start the journey makes an impact on the experience as dawn and dusk are the best times to take up the excursion, and the time to start the journey depends on where you have chosen your accommodation. Sydney Airport International and other locations in the vicinity are close by to the Sydney Harbour ferry which will make it convenient to travel early in the morning or just before the sun sets.


Whale watching and other attractions

Your first stop after you begin the expedition from Manly is the Dobroyd Head which offers a stunning view of the Sydney Harbour. Once you have taken in the view and ready tomove on your can continue to Ref Beach, Forty Baskets Beach and Fairlight Beach which are all family-friendly and make great locations for picnics. Fairlight beach is a wonderful place to have a swim and enjoy the warm sun and the glistening water before taking off on the rest of the journey. If you are an animal lover the Fairlight rockpool is also a great location to spot marine life. Once you arrive at Clontarf Reserve you are able to take a rest and have a snack as you enjoy the breeze and the shade of the park which has a few cafes and restaurants.