Sydney, it's summer and the sun is (*sometimes) shining. It's time to go for a wander.
Lucky for us, our coastline is up there with the best. And whilst we can't even begin to forecast what joys the weather will bring, we can promise spellbinding vistas, meandering paths and a decent dose of cardio.
From easy trails to something a little more hardcore, The Huffington Post Australia has you covered with our picks of the best coastal walks across Sydney that you can tick off in a day.
The Resolute Loop Trail
If you're in to uncovering secluded beaches, this one is a good place to start. Nestled into the vast surrounds of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and with views across Pittwater and the Barrenjoey Headland, Resolute Beach has certainly become a hot spot.
To get there, take the Resolute Loop Trail that lies at the far end of West Head. Park your car at the Resolute Picnic Ground and wind your way down through bushland before hitting that soft, secluded sand for a dip.
For the enthusiastic walkers, the trail continues to West Head lookout with a perfectly-placed picnic spot to cap off your day.
How far? Approximately 2.5km (to Resolute Beach) and 6km (to West Head)
How long? 1-1.5 hours (to Resolute Beach) and 4 hours (to West Head)
How hard? Easy to moderate
Bondi to Coogee Walk
It is quintessential and we couldn't help but to include it.
This six kilometre trail joining two of Australia's most-loved beaches is the perfect start to your morning (if you're lucky to live close by) or an ideal weekend walk.
Take a gentle stroll, bypassing Bronte and Tamarama, and reward yourself with a hard-earned Bondi brekky afterwards (you'll need it).
How far? 6 kilometres
How long? 2-3 hours
How hard? A walk in the park
South Head Heritage Trail
Looking for a new take on Sydney Harbour? See it from a new perspective with this super quick walk around the tip of the Harbour's South Head.
The trail starts at Camp Cove in Watsons Bay, winding around age-old cobblestones and past nudist beach, Lady Bay Beach (for those who are so inclined). You'll reach the historic Hornby Lighthouse -- a perfect whale watching spot (in season, of course). So, keep your eyes peeled.
How far? 1 kilometre loop
How long? 30 minutes - 1 hour
How hard? Super easy
The Coast Track: Royal National Park
This one combines the best of both worlds: inland shrubbery and a stunning coast to boot.
Stretching for 30 kilometres along the foreshore of the Royal National Park in Sydney's south, you'll breathe in that sweet, sweet sea breeze whilst feeling far enough removed from the CBD.
Take on the whole walk as a two-day 'thru-hike' or break it down into smaller sections and wander at your very own leisure. For an optimal day trip, start at Wattamolla Beach and follow the track until you reach Big Marley Beach.
Along the way, you'll come across the highly instagrammable 'Wedding Cake Rock' -- but be cautious and stay behind the railing (that rock is fragile).
How far? About 10 kilometres
How long? About 4 hours
How hard? Moderate
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