We’ll commence our tour at Hyde Park and then proceed towards the city’s towering skyscrapers. From there, we’ll make our way to Darling Harbour, where we’ll pause to appreciate the scenic vista before venturing into the historically significant Pyrmont district. We’ll maintain our course along the serene waterfront, following the tranquil wharves, and subsequently return across Darling Harbour to reach the vibrant Barangaroo district.
This area, once a vital hunting and fishing ground for the Aboriginal Gadigal people, has transformed into one of Sydney’s most recent urban developments, featuring a variety of pubs, clubs, and restaurants. After passing the striking Crown Casino building, we’ll continue along the tranquil Barangaroo Reserve, an area steeped in history, providing a welcome respite from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Our route will then trace the water’s edge, passing by the historic piers of Walsh Bay before ascending and crossing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. As we traverse the bridge, we’ll be treated to breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour below. Subsequently, we’ll take a detour down a concealed path leading us into Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden.
Next, our path will lead us alongside picturesque Lavender Bay, past the iconic Sydney Luna Park, offering numerous opportunities for photographs capturing the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from this unique perspective on the north shore of the harbour. Our journey will continue as we ascend the hill and return across the Harbour Bridge, affording us a captivating view of the Sydney Opera House. We’ll then run alongside the Cahill Expressway, high above Circular Quay, before descending the hill.
At this point, you’ll have the chance to get a close-up view of the Sydney Opera House, even touching some of the one million roof tiles that adorn its iconic “sails.” Our route will then take us into the stunning Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens, the oldest scientific institution in Australia, home to a remarkable 4,000 trees and 8,900 plant species, all while enjoying more breathtaking views along the water. Here, we’ll also discover how rangers successfully managed to relocate a colony of 20,000 flying foxes that had caused significant damage to valuable trees.
Following a brief ascent past Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, our path will continue alongside the water, with views extending to Woolloomooloo’s iconic “Finger Wharf.” We’ll pass by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and traverse through the Domain Precinct. After relishing the expansive pathways set against the backdrop of a stunning skyline, we’ll conclude our loop back at Hyde Park.