Sure, you might be on holiday, but if you are a serious runner then slipping on your trainers is a good way to get to see Sydney at its best. While the views from the Bondi to Coogee cliff walk can’t be beat, and Centennial Park is a lovely central location for a quick run, if you want to do something a bit more serious that doesn’t involve maneuvering around scores of sightseers, then I think the Bay Run is a great option.
Stretching around the harbourside on a dedicated circuit between Leichardt, Rozelle and Drummoyne, it’s a 7km jaunt that is reasonably flat and has plenty of room for both walkers and runners to pass comfortably in both directions. When the sun is shining, the views from the Iron Cove bridge rival those from the more famous parts of the harbour further east. Those eager for a more strenuous run can make a double lap without getting too bored, or for the really keen you can link up the Bay Run with Bicentennial Park in Glebe via a short stint beside the traffic, and then join the equally lovely Blackwattle Bay foreshore trail to Pyrmont.
The Bay Run is public transport accessible from the Leichardt North light rail stop, Birkenhead Point Ferry Wharf or any of the buses that go over the Iron Cove Bridge, while drivers will find many areas convenient to park in Leichardt, Rozelle, Drummoyne or Five Dock.
Visit: www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Recreation/Walking-and-Cycling/The-Bay-Run; Wallet: Free; Local tip: Combine a weekend run with a visit to the Orange Grove organic food markets, or the Rozelle vintage & bric-a-brac markets for a very inner-west day out