A new plan to connect Sydney’s Bondi and Manly beaches by a single walking track has been conceived, with organisers hoping the trek will become one of the world’s great urban hiking routes - not to mention a tourist magnet.
The project, called The Bondi to Manly Walk, is supported by local, state and federal governments and aims to link the existing coastal and harbourside tracks between two of Australia’s most famous beaches on the north and south sides of the harbour.
Officially unveiled on 25 November, the walk will comprise some 80kms of track around Sydney Harbour, with around 70% of the track to traverse bushland and the entire walk to be situated on public land.
As well as passing Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the track will travel through Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head, Clifton Gardens, Middle Head, and Aboriginal rock engravings at Clontarf, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Indeed, with a roll call like that, the new multi-day walk could become the world’s most spectacular.
“It was an act of imagination to have Sydneysiders understand the scale of public land around the harbour,” said former Labor Senator John Faulkner and co-founder of the Bondi to Manly Walk Supporters.
"It will be an unforgettable experience and I am certain it will become a must-do for walkers everywhere in the world.”
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