Getting out and about with your baby is a lovely way to bond and enjoy the early days of parenthood in the fresh air. It’s nice to get out and explore the local surroundings, parks and walks. While some trails may not quite be appropriate for those with prams, there are many walks around Sydney that are picture perfect and perfect for Redsbaby all terrain, high-performance, four wheel suspension prams.
We’ve put together a list of pram-friendly walks in Sydney here for you to explore.
Manly to Shelly Beach
Short and sweet, this walk hugs the coastline from the Manly Surf Club around to picturesque Shelly Beach. What’s so delightful is there’s so much unique marine life to discover. The walk is flat, perfect for prams, and there are plenty of coffee shops along the way for you to stop and grab a drink and rest. Best of all, the kids can play in the sand. Just remember to give them a good dust off before they get back in the car.
A stunning 8.4km circuit track around Narrabeen Lakes, the trail is relatively new, having been completed in 2015. The Lake is surrounded by beautiful natural bushland with picnic spots along the trail if you want to stop for a spot of lunch. If it’s warm, pack some swimmers and you can go for a paddle with baby at Narrabeen Beach – it’s the perfect way to cool off.
Freshwater Headland to Curl Curl
Picturesque scenery and a refreshing seabreeze – what more could you ask for? The boardwalk is set above the rock outcrops, showcasing gorgeous views across the rock pool and onto the beach. As you meander down the boardwalk there are lots of bright flowers and plants for the kids to admire.
Kirribilli to Lavender Bay
One of the shortest walks in Sydney but unquestionably one of the most beautiful. The blue hues of the harbour water simply sparkle from Lavender Bay. The path, hugging the harbour foreshore, passes by the pylons supporting the Harbour Bridge, the North Sydney Olympic Pool, Milson’s Point and the famous Luna Park. As you walk along, you’ll spot all the boats and yachts dotting the harbour. But don’t rush off once you hit Lavender Bay - peek through the tunnel at the end of the walking path and you’ll look into Wendy’s Secret Garden.
Lane Cove National Park
Riverside picnics, birdwatching and even the possibility of a weekend getaway – it’s all ripe for the picking at Lane Cove National Park. Meander through the natural bushland as you stroll along the riverside and forget about the fact that you’re in the middle of a city. The kids can do a spot of bird watching as you see lorikeets and kookaburras. You can even keep them entertained by encouraging them to spot as many swamp wallabies and brush turkeys as they can.
Cremorne Point Foreshore
Best to go early morning or mid-afternoon, the pathed walk takes in some spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. The walk takes you past MacCallum Pool, Robertsons Point Lighthouse, through Mosman Bay and back, and is a wonderful way to take in the lower North Shore. It’s an easy 3km stroll, and - if you’re prepared to take a short detour - Cremorne Reserve is well worth a stop, especially if your little one wants to get out of the pram and have a run around.
Harbour Bridge to Botanical Gardens
This is considered by many to be the ultimate Sydney city walk, which takes you along the breathtaking sites of the harbour. Start under the Harbour Bridge and weave your way through the Rocks, Circular Quay, past the Opera House and into the Botanic Gardens.
Pyrmont and Darling Harbour
With so many attractions, the walk along Pyrmont Bridge, around Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay wharf is not only pram-friendly, it’s perfect for the kids. If you really want to make a day of it, pack the swimmers and head to the Tumbalong Park. There’s hours of entertainment at the park for little ones including slides, climbing gyms, swing sets and fountains galore.
Brand new and very well set out, the Barangaroo Foreshore Walk is a hub of harbour activity, but distant enough to be relatively quiet and peaceful for a CBD walk. It’s approximately 2km long and very kid-friendly, with beautifully landscaped gardens and panoramic views of Sydney’s glittering harbour. In fact, Barangaroo is home to more than 75,000 trees, palms, ferns and shrubs, all native to the Sydney region. Of course, there are plenty of attractions nearby, or if you’d like to take it easy you can simply wander through the nearby cafes and shops.
The Coogee Cliff Top walk is technically part of the Bondi to Maroubra coastal walk (commonly known as the Bondi to Bronte which actually spans much further south). The walk begins at the northern end of the beach and follows the promenade south to Trenerry Reserve where the boardwalk protects the wetlands below. Be mindful that while there are no steps, the path can get a little bumpy in places. The playground on the way makes it a great walk for kids who may get a bit fussy staying too long in the pram.
An excellent walk for young toddlers in prams, with three playgrounds in the park and acres and acres of grass to roam, the circuit is 3.8km long with a walking track, making it the perfect for family walks. Best of all, the walkway is wide enough for two prams to walk side by side, so it’s perfect for catch-ups with friends. There are cafes dotted around the park so you can grab a coffee and something to nibble on.
Rushcutter’s Bay to Rose Bay
Part promenade, part road, part park, the walk from Rushcutter’s Bay to Rose Bay is breathtaking. You’ll take in the harbour from several angles, allowing opportunities to observe the ferries come and go. It’s a long one if you want to complete the whole walk, which will probably take a couple of hours - especially if you stop on the way to enjoy the lovely parks and scenery.
Glebe Foreshore Walk
Spanning from Bicentennial and Jubilee Park to the Sydney Fish Market, there’s a delicious reward at the end of this delightful walk in the form of fresh seafood. The walk has great views of the Sydney CBD skyline, the harbour and the Anzac Bridge, and there are several lovely parks and playgrounds along the way. It’s an easy stroll and will generally take a couple of hours.
It’s one of the most popular harbourside tracks in Sydney – the Bay Run is social and family-friendly, following the natural course of the cove. You’ll take in a lovely, fresh seabreeze as the path never deviates more than 20 metres from the water. There’s no ‘best’ place to start as the walk is a loop, so no matter where you start, you’ll finish in the same place. Along the way there’s beaches, historical buildings, parks, and lovely views of the Iron Cove Bridge and Sydney Harbour.
Five Dock Bay Walk
The Five Dock Bay Walk runs from Raymond Reserve through Taplin, Russell and Lysaght Parks, right through to Chiswick. Stop off at Taplin park for some time in the playground before continuing the loop to take in views along The Esplanade at Chiswick, Russell Lea and Drummoyne.
This walk features wetlands, parklands, meadows and greenery - offering lots of opportunities to point out unique flora and fauna for the kids. There are playgrounds along the way, one of which has a sandpit, slide, climbing frame, swings and shade. You can even splash in the fountains and water spouts!
Parramatta River Foreshore
Start at the Foreshore Reserve and walk through the history of Parramatta with public art and an adventure playground. Fair warning - it may be tough to get the kids back into the pram once they’ve been let loose to play at the Parramatta River Foreshore Playground.
Sydney International Regatta Centre Walks
Previously used as the Olympic rowing venue, the Sydney International Regatta Centre has 5km worth of walking paths, picnic grounds and lakeside picnic areas. It has 178 hectares of native and landscaped parkland, so if you’d like the kids to let off a little steam, head in the afternoons for a walk and a play.
North to South Cronulla
It will take you around one hour to stroll this easy 4km walk along the promenade from North to South Cronulla. The path passes gorgeous beaches with child-friendly rock pools for the kids to discover, parks, playgrounds and cafes. Start at Wanda Surf Club and finish at Bass and Flinders Point.
Brighton Le-Sands to Sans Souci
A 10km round trip, this walk is lengthy, but definitely worth it. Hugging the coast, it’s perfect for walking with prams. There are several play areas along the way and you can turn around at any point to head back, depending on how long and how far you want to walk.
Bungoona path and lookout, Royal National Park
With scenic views of Hacking River with picnics and birdwatching, the Bungoona path is a great family day trip just south of Sydney. The path is part of the Royal National Park and it usually takes less than an hour to traipse. Round up the family and head there for a lovely walk and picnic, while you enjoy the beautiful lookout of the river and surrounding park.
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