State capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Oceania, the Australian east coast city of Sydney provides a spectacular setting for running. Sydney surrounds the world’s largest natural harbor, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west. The city’s countless coves, good weather, and numerous beaches along the coast provide great running opportunities. Additionally, between the Opera House, Harbor Bridge, the Central Business District skyscrapers, lighthouses and ferries, there is no shortage of places to explore! Our guide to running in Sydney includes a tour of the main central Sydney sites, a path along Iron Cove Bay, routes in the Bondi Beach and Manly Beach areas, numerous parks, Olympic sites, and even Sydney’s own version of Heartbreak Hill! Most of the best places to run in Sydney are centrally located or accessible via transport.
Driving is the local’s preferred method of getting around the city. During rush hour, there are up to 350,000 cars on Sydney’s roads. If you would rather use public transit, there is a comprehensive bus and train system. Additionally, NightRide is a nightly bus service that operate between midnight and 5am, replacing trains for most of this period.