Here in Sydney, we know we’re pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful running routes.
For those of you in training to take it on, finding a new track is a great way to challenge yourself, keep up the motivation and switch things up; whether it’s fresh scenery or some new hills and inclines to race up.
Need some inspiration? The City2Surf team are also avid runners, and here we’re sharing some of our favourite spots to run in Sydney. Lace up your shoes and head out to check them out. Don’t forget to tag us in any of your training pics on Instagram @city2surf #City2Surf #LetsRunSydney. We’d love to see where you’re running!
Sydney Harbour & Botanic Gardens
If it's an iconic Sydney run you want, it doesn’t get much better than running along the Sydney Harbour and the Botanic Gardens. Perfect if you’re running with a Sydney tourist who wants to tick off Sydney landmarks or you’re a CBD worker – you can take in the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Mrs. Macquarie Chair, the Botanic Gardens and the Domain.
City2Surf Regional Director Marty counts the Harbour and the Botanic Gardens as one of his favourite places to run in Sydney.
“The views are amazing and remind me how lucky I am to live in this great city. Plus, it’s mostly flat!"
Royal National Park, Sydney
Sydney’s heritage-listed Royal National Park features more than 100km of walking and running tracks to suit all levels and abilities and is less than an hour’s drive from the CBD.
Marketing Coordinator Amy loves running in the Royal National Park for the diversity of the running trails.
“There is always something for any type of training run at the Royal National Park. Check out the Temptation Creek Trail for some hills, Bungoona Lookout trail for a flat (ish) scenic route or if you are up for a long run, try the Coastal Trail from Otford to Bundeena. The fresh air and scenic views are worth the trip down!”
Between the Sydney CBD and Bondi Beach is Centennial Park, a popular place for runners, cyclists, horse riders and picnickers alike. The most popular route is the 3.5km circuit that runs inside the main road, Grand Drive, but there are several loops and tracks you can do to create a longer course or you can leave the park and include Moore Park and Queens Park into your circuit.
Marketing Manager, Sharelle loves running at Centennial Park when she needs a break from Sydney’s hills.
“It’s a relatively flat circuit which is always a welcome relief from Sydney’s hilly terrain! Whether you’re after a speed session or a long run, it’s easy to find a course to suit. I love that it also feels like you’re miles away from the busy city.”
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
Probably the most iconic walk/run in Sydney is the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. Kick off from our famous finish line on Bondi Beach and take on the spectacular path from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. Stop off along the way at some of Sydney's best beaches and take in some of the best views in Sydney. Be warned - there's some steep stairs in sections to challenge yourself and you'll need to dodge half of Sydney... but it's worth it!
The Bay Run
One of Sydney’s most popular running tracks, the Bay Run is a 7km circuit that takes you along the shoreline of Iron Cove Bay in Sydney’s inner-west.
Being a circuit is a core reason Digital Marketing Manager Jeeten enjoys running Bay Run.
“Being a loop means I can record my time and track progression along the same course. I also really like that running along a popular route means there’s always plenty of people around being active, and there’s always friendly dogs to pat!”
Where are some of your favourite runs in Sydney? Tell us in the comments!