There is no better way to warm up on a chilly winters day than a nice brisk walk! A couple of weekends ago we did the Hermitage Foreshore walk which follows the ocean and has the most spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House as well as great swimming beaches and parks for picnicking.
We decided to start the walk at Bayview Hill Road in Vaucluse, the other option is start at Neilsen Park.
The trail takes you passed secluded beaches (Queens Beach, Tingara Beach and Milk Beach) all with great harbour views, we cannot wait for summer to return so we can spend weekends sunbathing here.
Along the way you will come across a massive house with gorgeous views of the harbour and a big veranda. This is Strickland House, a heritage listed house designed and built in the 1850’s and was home to Sydney’s second mayor – John Hosking. The house is open for public viewing during Heritage week.
At the end of the walk you will arrive at Nielsen Park and Shark Beach. Neilsen Park is a large park right on the water with views across the harbour. There is a cafe where you can have a bite to eat or if you packed a picnic, find a spot on the grass or sand and listen to the waves lapping in the bay and the cockatoos in the trees.
The Hermitage Foreshore walk is only about 1.8km one way, once you get to Neilsen Park you have the option of getting a bus back home or turning around and returning along the path you came to take in more of the views and breathe in the fresh sea air.