3-Day Northern 'Explorer' Walk

The Northern ‘Explorer’ walk is a challenging 45km trek across three rewarding days.  Walking with the sun at your back, the city will rise up in the distance as you head south along the coastline.  It’s a walk where picturesque rock pools, soaring cliff tops and endless vistas appear at every turn.


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3 days, 2 nights
Walk Length
44 km
Fitness Level
Group Size
4-12 people
Price From
$3,300 per person
Single Occupancy
$420 per person


City to Manly via West Head (15.5km)

After meeting in the city we drive north and enter the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. We walk via the ‘Red Hands’ cave toward West Head and then down to Great Mackerel Beach, where we catch the public ferry to Palm Beach.

Next, we climb the magnificent Barrenjoey Headland.  At the summit, we admire the heritage-listed lighthouse and the panoramic views over Broken Bay and Pittwater, before descending via the winding ‘Smuggler’s’ Track.

We then are whisked down the coast by private transfer for lunch in the waterside suburb of Newport.

After lunch, we transfer to the Long Reef Headland.  The afternoon is spent on the Northern Beaches Coast Walk, admiring as we go the spectacular views, golden beaches and picturesque ocean pools. (From May to September this is classic whale-watching territory). 

Our accomodation tonight is at a beachside Manly Hotel, featuring a rooftop pool.  We’ll be dining tonight at a waterside restaurant. 


Manly to Taronga Zoo (19.5km)

We start the day by joining the Manly Scenic Walkway, a 11km harbour-side route. There’s the intriguingly named Forty Baskets Beach to traverse and some significant aboriginal rock carvings to be admired before we arrive for lunch at a bistro overlooking the marina.

In the afternoon we walk via Chowder Bay and Bradleys Head to the Taronga Zoo where we stay for the night at the stunning Wildlife Retreat.


Taronga to Watsons Bay (9km)

We start the day with a ferry ride to Circular Quay. We then walk via the Opera House and Botantical Gardens to Woolloomooloo where we enjoy morning tea at Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Pool.

A private water taxi then transfers us to Hermit Point from where we walk to Watsons Bay for lunch at The Watsons Bay Beach Club.

The walk concludes with a ferry trip from Watsons Bay back to the City.


The 3-Day Northern ‘Explorer’ walk includes all accommodation, meals, transfers and two expert local guides.

For a list of what to bring, refer to clothing and equipment advice in FAQs.

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  • Two nights twin share accommodation staying at boutique 4 Star hotels with private ensuite and a comfortable bed
  • Breakfast and lunch for three days
  • Evening meals at atmospheric local restaurants including soft drinks, beer and wine. There’s no dinner on the final day as the walk wraps up with a farewell lunch at The Watsons Bay Beach Club
  • All transfers – mini bus, water taxi and ferry
  • Support Vehicle providing all luggage transfers, cold drinks and snacks at morning and afternoon tea breaks
  • All park entry fees
  • A professional and knowledgeable Walk Leader to guide the walk supported by a Walk Assistant each day


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