Global Australians who have returned, or are planning to return to Australia, might want to take a walk. The Bondi to Manly Walk links all the existing coastal and harbour-side walking tracks between Australia’s two most famous surf beaches, Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. For its entire length the Walk is on public land, with the vast majority of its 80kms on existing well-made and well-maintained bush walking tracks. There are different itineraries, so it’s a good idea to plan your walk.
“So tonight I want to propose a very modest public works project that will enhance the amenity of the harbour—a way marked walking track uniting two of Australia’s most famous icons, Bondi and Manly beaches. This ‘Bondi to Manly’ track would connect these two world-famous beaches by following the shoreline of Sydney Harbour. It would pass the Sydney Opera House and cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge—perhaps our country’s best-known international landmarks. I am confident a walking track from Bondi to Manly, if promoted and supported by all levels of government, has the potential to quickly become one of the great urban trails of the world. But what’s more, this walking route already exists—it just remains hidden from the public.“
And on 8 December 2019, the idea came to life with the official opening of the Bondi to Manly Walk.
“It’s a very simple beautiful idea to get the maximum benefit out of existing public land,” said Lachlan Harris …”So many ideas in recent years have been motorways, and casinos and billion-dollar projects. This is the opposite – it’s the simple utilisation of good public land.”
Former Senator and now Australian Ambassador to the USA the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO says:
“I think it’s very important that our Indigenous heritage is at the heart of this walk.. and the fact that that symbol will be all along the walk so every part of the harbour will remind people we have an Indigenous heritage.
It’s part of what we are as Australians, it’s unique to Australia, it’s indispensable to our identity and a statement to the world that we take our heritage seriously, we celebrate it and we’re very proud of it”
This project is an unprecedented collaboration between Bondi to Manly Walk Supporters and the La Perouse and Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Councils; all six Councils along the Walk (City of Sydney, Mosman Council, North Sydney Council, Northern Beaches Council, Waverley Council and Woollahra Council); seven state agencies (Place Management New South Wales, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services, Roads and Maritime Services, Port Authority of NSW, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Sydney Opera House and Taronga Zoo) and at the federal level, the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.
Many community organisations also supported the establishment of the Walk including the La Perouse and Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Councils, Destination NSW, the Greater Sydney Commission, Walking Volunteers, Principals Branding Agency, the Committee for Sydney, and the Business Council of Australia.
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Executive Director of the Bondi to Manly Walk is Elle Pacholski