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Sydney, Australia

A Comprehensive Guide to Running in Sydney, Australia

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, Harbour Bridge, the Central Business District skyscrapers, lighthouses and ferries, there is no shortage of places to explore!  We’ve researched more than 20 routes for running in Sydney, incorporating the city’s spectacular geography, numerous parks, and extensive system of trails and paths.

Our guide to the best places to run in Sydney is divided into three areas. In central Sydney, highlights include our ‘runseeing’ tour and numerous routes around Darling Harbor, Lavender Bay, numerous bays and quays. Just west of the CBD, we love Iron Cove Bay and some great running in the Olympic Park area. In North Sydney, there are great routes in Manly and the northern beaches. Just south of the CBD is the incomparable Bondi Beach, as well as Centennial Park, and the Victoria Park/university area. Just a bit outside the city, we recommend the Cooks River Trail, and paths around the Chipping Norton Lake.

Most of the best places to run in Sydney are centrally located or accessible via transport. There’s a good bus and train system in Sydney, plus an extensive ferry network. A car is needed to access some routes. Note: If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Sydney, we highly recommend our affiliate partner Go! Running Tours

 

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Some of our favorite runs in Sydney, Australia

Bondi to Coogee

If you prefer seaside runs, this route cannot be missed! Famous Bondi Beach is about 10k west... more...

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Bondi to Coogee

Sydney, Australia

One of the classic walks in Sydney is one of of the world's great urban runs. Follow the 6.5 km coastal path to Coogee, passing sandstone cliffs, aboriginal rock carvings, Waverly Cemetery, beautiful beaches, and great bay views.
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Balmoral Loop

Sydney, Australia

This is a lovely loop with great waterfront views and lots of variety in Sydney's northeast suburb of Balmoral. We've put together a 5-mile route that includes Georges Head, Middle Head, and then a cruise along Balmoral Beach.
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Narrabeen Lagoon Trail

Sydney, Australia

A popular 8.6 km loop around the Narrabeen Lagoon in the northern beaches area of Sydney. A wide path, with lush foliage and some nice water views in sections. Almost entirely off-road. Eastern part of trail is adjacent to Narrabeen Beach.
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Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney, Australia

Build for the 2000 summer Games, Olympic Park is now a large sporting, cultural and leisure complex in the Inner West area of Sydney. There are 35 km of multi-use paths, with popular 'loop' options of 5.5 km, 7.7km and 11.1 km.
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Iron Cove Bay Run

Sydney, Australia

One of the favorites among local runners. This route follows the shoreline of Iron Cove while passing through numerous villages, enjoying beautiful waterfront views and a tree-lined, easy-to-follow path.
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Cooks River Trail

Sydney, Australia

If you're staying near the Sydney airport, there's a pleasant path along the Cooks River, which forms sort of a linear park. There are nice views of the water, and some wooded sections. A loop is 9.2 km. The trail is more seamless on the south bank.
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Parramatta Parks and River Paths

Sydney, Australia

Some excellent running options in this area of northwest Sydney near the Olympic Park area. Enjoy the trails of Parramatta Park, and then run for up to 8 km east on a path alongside the Parramatta River. Can combine with Olympic Park paths.
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Chipping Norton Lake

Sydney, Australia

The area around Chipping Norton Lake, located about 30 km southwest of the Sydney CBD, is a bucolic spot to enjoy for a run. Numerous pathways along the water. We've mapped routes on the north and south sides.
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Bondi to Coogee

Sydney, Australia

One of the classic walks in Sydney is one of of the world's great urban runs. Follow the 6.5 km coastal path to Coogee, passing sandstone cliffs, aboriginal rock carvings, Waverly Cemetery, beautiful beaches, and great bay views.
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Iron Cove Bay Run

Sydney, Australia

One of the favorites among local runners. This route follows the shoreline of Iron Cove while passing through numerous villages, enjoying beautiful waterfront views and a tree-lined, easy-to-follow path.
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Sydney has a humid subtropical climate with warm summers, mild winters and uniform rainfall throughout the year. Average winter (June through August) temperatures have highs in the 60s °F (16–17 °C) and lows in the upper 40s °F (8–9 °C). Summer months (December through March) have temperatures in the 80s with warm nights. The weather is moderated by proximity to the ocean, and more extreme temperatures are recorded in the inland western suburbs. Sydney experiences an urban heat island effect. This makes certain parts of the city more vulnerable to extreme heat. Overall, Sydney’s weather is ideal for running, so take advantage while you are visiting.sydney-climate

The Central Business District extends about 2 miles (3 km) south from Sydney Cove and houses the majority of hotels. From these hotels, Sydney Sites route is accessible right out your front door while Heartbreak Hill, Manly, Bondi Beach and Centennial Park Routes are all easily accessible on public transportation. Sydney Olympic Stadium, Land Cove National Park and Iron Cove are within a 20–30 minutr drive and easily accessible by public transport.sydney-stay

Running Science Rozelle. Service orientated running retail store established by two of Sydney`s leading sports podiatrists. Hosts weekly run club happens from our shop at 5.55am.

The Running Company Bondi Beach. Specialty running store with digital gait analysis.

The Running Hub Potts Point. Independent running speciality store with digital gait analysis.

The Sydney Running Centre Edgecliff.

The Athlete’s Foot Broadway.

Fivemore Paddington. Activewear and lifestyle store for women.

Sydney Striders A group run every Sunday morning rotating through 30 different 10K courses covering the most scenic areas of Sydney’s North Shore, Eastern Suburbs, and Inner West.

Kings Cross Track Club Running group meeting up at the Kings Cross Coke sign every Tuesday (7pm) and Thursday (6.45am) and some Sundays (8.30am).

Sydney has a very active running community and lots of events to be involved in.
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Some of the major events are:

Blackmores Sydney Marathon September. Marathon, half marathon, 9K and 4K.

Sydney Trail Series Spring (September — November) and Summer (January — March). 8km, 11km, 20km, 30km.

Husky Half Marathon August. Half Marathon, Relay, 2K and 5K.

Western Sydney Marathon October. Held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K.

The Carcoar Cup Running Festival November. 60km ultramarathon, 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half marathon, 10km walk, 6km, 1.8kms kids run. The full marathon can be run solo or as part of a team relay.

Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon May. Australia’s largest and most prestigious half marathon, incorporates a relay option as well.

Manly Soft Sand Classic June. Half marathon, 9K and 1.6km Golden Mile.

City2Surf August. 14km distance featuring Heartbreak Hill.