Exploring the Sydney Coastline – Bondi to Manly Path – Stage 3

As the title says, this post describes the third section of the Bondi Beach to Manly route, this time from Rose Bay to Darling Point. As this stage was my third for the day, I actually cut it a bit short as after +25km, the ol’ legs were starting to protest.

Interested in more stunning views of Sydney and palatial homes?

Then read on…

A sign showing directions to major cities by flying boatStage: 3 – Rose Bay to Darling Point.

Distance:  7.61km (I finished my day early at Double Bay and my Garmin watch said 7.21km).

Time: Around one hour and thirty minutes.

Getting to Rose Bay: For a spectacular start to the day, catch one of the ferries which depart regularly from Circular Quay. Alternatively catch bus 324 or 325 from the City or Edgecliff train station.

Getting Away from Darling Point: Catch the Ferry from Darling Point wharf which will take you direct to Circular Quay or bus 328 from the Thornton St Bus stop on Darling Point Road. This bus will take you to Edgecliff Station and an Opal card is required to get on this bus. Prepay only.


  • Waymarking logo for Bondi to Manly Walk - humpback whaleWaymarking: Currently the path is not waymarked. Print the maps available from the Bondi to Manly website or have them on your phone. If all else fails, do your best to keep the water on your right-hand side. (Update Nov.2020: Just a quick note to let you know that there have been substantial improvements to the availability of directional signage on this stage. Participating Councils have been erecting signage featuring the Buriburi (the humpback whale). Also an excellent free app is now available and you can use the maps offline to save data. Download for free for ANDROID or APPLE. It is a very comprehensive app showing the toilets, water, coffee etc. Enjoy!)
  • Sun Protection: Wear a hat and sunscreen. There is patchy shade and the wind burns too.
  • Footwear: Sneakers or runners are perfectly suitable.
  • Water: There are not many watering points on this section, and other than buying a drink at one of the cafes along the way, I only spotted one bubbler/water fountain at the very start in Rose Bay. Perhaps more do exist and I just wasn’t paying attention.
  • Dogs and humans playing on Rose Bay Beach
    Fun and games on Rose Bay Beach

    Cafes: These are open for business at Rose Bay, Redleaf Beach and Double Bay, but I would still recommend carrying water if it is a hot day.

  • Fitness: A medium level of fitness is required and some seats/rest areas are available in a couple of reserves and on the small beaches you pass by.
  • Terrain: The path is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers as there are multiple steps, stairs, boardwalks and grassed areas, plus some steep climbs.
  • Toilets: Found in most parks and beaches.
  • Murray Rose sea pool at Red Leaf Beach
    Murray Rose pool at Red Leaf Beach

    Swimming Gear: If you walk this path in Summer, consider carrying your swimming gear as there are quite a few beaches and bays to dip into. The Murray Rose Pool at Redleaf Beach looked particularly inviting.


  • Starting Point: The starting point for this stage is (naturally and obviously) the end point from Stage 2, just below Kambala School. As mentioned in my post about Stage 2, this is rather an odd place to finish and start. If you are walking this section as a stand-alone or one-off walk, I recommend that you skip the short section from Kambala School and start walking from Rose Bay itself. You are not missing anything by not starting at the official start of the path, just some suburban and residential real estate. It also makes more sense to start where your public transport drops you in Rose Bay rather than back tracking for no real visual or other benefit. Here endeth the sermon!
  • Heritage Pinterest poster of flying boats
    Those were the days. Source: pinterest

    Aviation History: Rose Bay has an interesting part to play in Australia’s early aviation history and it was the site of Australia’s first international airport, established in 1938. Today it is still home to a number of seaplane charter companies, whisking their passengers off to luxury restaurants on Sydney’s outskirts and other glamorous destinations. Some interpretative information is available as you walk past the Rose Bay Wharf.

  • As I strolled to the end of Rose Bay Beach I was warmly greeted by a homeless man who had made his home in a protected nook adjacent to the beach. He must have some of the best and cheapest (or expensive – it depends on how you look at it) views in all of Sydney.
  • Maps: Again the maps lacked a fair bit of detail and I wandered down streets I probably shouldn’t have and missed streets that I should have been on. Oh well, all part of a pleasant day’s walk.
  • Views of Sydney Harbour Bridge from Point Piper
    The view never gets dull

    Views: There are many nice views of the water, but not as many as Stage 2.

  • Architecture: Even though my preference is for natural views and being in the bush, the path through the suburbs was a real education. I imagine it is an architecture student’s dream to see every known style of home design, colour, and construction materials. The stunning homes of Point Piper have to be seen to be believed. Oh, to have that sort of construction budget!
  • Construction: Through the streets I was constantly serenaded by the sounds of drills, saws and sanders. Every second home seemed to be getting work done or had been completely demolished. The price of keeping up with the Jones’? And where is the economic downturn that everyone is talking about? Perhaps places like Point Piper are immune to everyday money worries?
  • Boats floating at Double Bay
    Floating money…

    Finishing Early: I was pleased to see Double Bay roll into view. By that stage of the day I had knocked over +25km and the body was saying ‘enough’, and also recommending that next time I should consider actually doing a bit of training in preparation for a big walking day. So I turned left on Ocean Street, instead of right to continue to the end of the path at Darling Point, and made the very stiff and steep climb up to New South Head Road and Edgecliff Train Station.

  • Edgecliff Train Station: The Station is a good finishing point from a transport perspective and for food and drink options. I pounced on a bakery and bought a large bottle of mineral water from the supermarket, and over my restorative meal, reflected on my enjoyable day.
  • Again, this stage is a wonderful way to explore Sydney’s nooks and crannies with a good mix of water views and suburbs where ‘the other half live’.

Have you walked any stages of the Bondi to Manly walk? What are your thoughts?

The Basics

Boats moored at Rose Bay
Looking back towards Rose Bay

What: Stage 3 of the Bondi to Manly Walk. “The Bondi to Manly Walk is a proposal to link all of the existing coastal and harbourside walking tracks and paths on public land between Australia’s two most famous surf beaches, Bondi and Manly, in an 80 kilometre walk around the foreshore of Sydney Harbour”. Source

Where: Working my way westwards towards the Sydney CBD, right on the coast from Rose Bay to Double Bay.

When: Early June 2019. You could walk this path at any time of the day.

Why: Because I love a walk and I love to explore on foot.

How: By two feet and a faltering heartbeat.

Who: Homeless people, tradies, gardening contractors, the uber-wealthy and I.

Related Posts: To start from the ‘beginning’, read my post about:

  • Stage 1 from Bondi Beach to Watsons Bay – here.
  • Stage 2 from Watsons Bay to Rose Bay – here.

Related Blogs: To learn about Murray Rose and why there is a Murray Rose Pool, read on here.

Read About It: To read more about early Australian aviation history, check out Peter FitzSimons tome called, Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men. FitzSimons could be classified as a raconteur so even though this is a history book, it definitely isn’t dull and dry! Available from Book Depository.

Seagull on the beach with waves rippling

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8 thoughts on “Exploring the Sydney Coastline – Bondi to Manly Path – Stage 3

  1. How great they are linking the walking routes. We lived in Paddinton for a while and I walked a few times to Rose Bay so was trying to picture it as you post reminded me of it. Actually now I think about it my sister and I walked to Watsons Bay from home too. That is my fav little cove. I didn’t love living in Sydney for many reasons but those walks were something I loved. Thanks for the reminder. 😉

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  2. My pleasure. I am like you and did not like living in Sydney, but it was the Harbour that kept me sane. I ended up doing a couple of sailing courses and I really felt like I had found my tribe. Maybe it is the sense of space the water brings… Have a good day, Mel


  3. Update Nov.2020: Just a quick note to let you know that there have been substantial improvements to the availability of directional signage on this stage. Participating Councils have been erecting signage featuring the Buriburi (the humpback whale). Also an excellent free app is now available and you can use the maps offline to save data. Download for free for ANDROID or APPLE. It is a very comprehensive app showing the toilets, water, coffee etc. Enjoy!



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