After a brief meet-and-greet we head down to the bustling Circular Quay ferry terminal and along the harbour foreshore through The Rocks. Some great photo opportunities from under the southern structure of the bridge looking out over the harbour, then we are up onto the walkway to run the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Completed in 1932 and constructed using 53,000 tonnes of steel it remains the tallest steel arch bridge in the world. Nicknamed “The Coathanger” by locals, it is the centrepiece of our beautiful harbour and is the main stage for the yearly New Year’s Eve fireworks display. From here we get an astounding view of the Opera House, the city skyline and beyond. We drop down the stairs at Milsons Point at the northern end of the bridge and down to Lavender Bay to hit the water’s edge.
Passing along the famous Luna Park amusement and theme centre, we will have a brief stop at the iconic main entrance and learn about the tragedy linked to the underworld that shut the Park down for years. From there we circle underneath the northern pylon and back up onto the bridge to return to the city side.Once back on the southern side we make our way down to The Rocks for some exploring, cutting our way through the myriad of back lanes to soak up the history and architecture of this unique and colourful area. Cast back 200 years or so and this was the place of action. It housed the convicts and free settlers and was the hub for immigration, shipping and various other industries. Almost all buildings throughout Sydney city were constructed from sandstone cut from the hills in and around The Rocks, leaving a scattering of sheer walls here and there that remain to this day. Some of the most iconic and interesting pubs are located in and around this area, including The Lord Nelson, The Hero of Waterloo, The Orient and the Fortune of War to name a few. Runners can be directed to the best coffee stops or hotels or return to the meeting point to relax and re-energize for the day ahead.