Last updated: August 19, 2021
We can all agree that Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. What’s even better is that Sydney is also a very walkable city. Most of the city’s iconic landmarks are all within easy walking distance.
Walking the city is the best way to not only see the highlights, but to also get a good feel of what Sydney is about. It allows you to absorb the atmosphere and the culture of our amazing city.
To help you explore Sydney by foot, we have listed five of the very best city walks that allow you to see the best of our beautiful CBD.
Top 5 Sydney CBD Walks
In no particular order, check out the following walks in the Sydney city.
1. Sydney CBD Discovery Walk
The Sydney CBD is relatively small with most iconic landmarks and tourist attractions all within walking distance. Therefore, the best way to explore Sydney’s highlights is by simply wandering around.
And should your feet get a bit achy after a few hours of walking, the city circle train line can always provide a bit of relief.
Starting at Central Station, the CBD walking tour takes in the best that Sydney has to offer, including Darling Harbour, Barangaroo, The Rocks, Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, Opera House, Royal Botanic Garden, and Hyde Park.
Depending on the pace you maintain and the number of breaks you have, this CBD discovery walk can take anywhere between 2 and 6 hours to complete.
Sydney CBD Discovery Walk:
- Darling Harbour
- King St Wharf + Barangaroo
- Barangaroo Reserve
- Sydney Harbour Bridge
- The Rocks
- Sydney Opera House
- Royal Botanic Garden + Domain
- Hyde Park
2. Cahill Walkway
Located right above Circular Quay train station, the Cahill Walkway is a little-known pedestrian path along the Cahill Expressway, with incredible views of Circular Quay, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
If you’re looking for a great spot to get the best views of Sydney’s two most iconic landmarks, the Cahill Expressway Lookout is where you need to go. It’s high up on the list of most impressive lookout points in Sydney.
The Cahill Walkway can be accessed via the northern section of the Royal Botanic Garden at Macquarie Street, a lift in the eastern section of Circular Quay, or at the Bridge Stairs in The Rocks.
The purpose-built Cahill Expressway Lookout is a viewing platform located halfway the walkway with several information boards and a few benches to relax and to take in the views.
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk
A visit to Sydney is not complete without walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge at least once. Opened in 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge not only has a unique design, it’s also an incredible piece of superb engineering.
The Harbour Bridge walk is a purpose-built pedestrian walkway on the eastern side of the bridge, starting at the Bridge Stairs in The Rocks and finishing at the Bridge Stairs in Milsons Point.
The Cahill Walkway actually extends to the Harbour Bridge Walk, which means you can walk from the Royal Botanic Garden all the way to Milsons Point, taking in all the major highlights of the city of Sydney.
The official starting point of the walk across the Harbour Bridge is at the Bridge Stairs in The Rocks, housed in a somewhat mysterious looking, art-deco building.
4. The Goods Line
The Goods Line is a partly elevated urban walkway in the Sydney CBD that connects Central Station with Darling Harbour. The walkway follows the route of a once bustling but long neglected railway line.
Starting at the end of the Devonshire Street Tunnel at Central Station, the Goods Line runs through a vibrant urban hub, home to various educational, cultural and media institutions.
The pedestrian walkway includes bike paths, table tennis tables, study pods, outdoor work spaces, playgrounds, and an extra large, bright yellow communal table.
Parts of the old train track have been preserved, which you can still clearly see as you walk along the Goods Line.
5. Barangaroo Foreshore Walk
Located on the western side of the Sydney CBD, Barangaroo Reserve is a modern Sydney Harbour foreshore park, one of the prettiest parks you can find in Sydney.
This beautiful urban park was constructed as part of a transformation project that is changing an old industrial site into a thriving business, entertainment and leisure precinct, named Barangaroo.
The Barangaroo Foreshore Walk is a 1.5 km shared walking and cycling path that runs between King Street Wharf and the north-eastern tip of Barangaroo Reserve. The path is also referred to as the Wulugul Walk
Barangaroo Reserve itself consists of several paths, spread over multiple levels. There is no starting point or end point, so you can simply wander around and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.