The Spit to Manly walk is a picturesque walk that takes you through a mix of bushland and harbourside trails. This scenic route takes you past many secluded beaches and panoramic lookout points.
The Spit to Manly walk is easily accessible from Sydney city centre via public transport. You can choose to do the walk from Spit Bridge to Manly or from Manly to Spit bridge, either direction is just as beautiful.
Spit Bridge to Manly:
Should you choose to start at the Spit Bridge, get a bus directly from Wynyard Station in the city centre.
Manly to Spit Bridge:
If you choose to start in Manly, you can get a ferry there from Circular Quay.
Time: 3-4 Hours (depending on how many swim stops you make along the way)
Where to start: Spit Bridge or Manly Ferry Terminal
How to get there: Hop on a Ferry to Manly or get a bus to Spit Bridge
What to pack: Swimsuit, water, hat, sunblock and a snack or see our list of what we pack for a day hike
We opted to start at Spit Bridge and got a bus there from the city. The bus from the city stops just before the Spit bridge, this is where you will need to hop out. To get to the start of the route, you will need to walk over the bridge where you will find a sign for the “Spit to Manly trail”. And there is no need to worry about getting lost, as the route is very well signposted in both directions.
Spit to Manly is a lovely walk to do with friends or family. Pack a picnic lunch and stop at one or all of the beautiful beaches for a snack and a swim. You will want to make sure you pack your swimsuit as the sea water is really clear and so blue, especially on hot days! Most of the walk is shaded by trees, but don’t forget your sunblock, hats and plenty of drinking water.
Once we arrived in Manly, we stopped for something cold to drink while we waited for the ferry. The ferry to and from Manly is something you must do even if you aren’t doing the walk. Its a cheap and easy way to get great views of the harbour and the waterside suburbs, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.