Thursday, 7 April 2016

#73 - Sydney Harbour Circle Walk

Of all the things to do in the top 100 list, this one caused us the most uncertainty about whether we should include it or not.  You see, the official walk is actually a 60km, 4 day walk.  Now, we didn't actually do a 60km, 4 day walk.  I appreciate that, at this point, you have probably just lost all faith in this entire blog, and thrown your laptop out of the window in incandescent rage.  For that I apologise.

Hopefully by the time you get your laptop repaired, you will have regained your composure enough to come back and see what we have to say for ourselves.  We didn't do the full walk, but we did do lots of big chunks of the walk.  The official site does say you can do it in parts.  Now, I wouldn't claim to have completed the West Highland Way for example, just because I had done 'parts of it', but in this case, we had to remember the whole point of this challenge.

One of the many great views along the Sydney Harbour Circle Walk - this one is from Ewenton Park in Balmain
It was to do the things that had been rated as the best things to do on TripAdvisor.  So, we read the reviews, because we wanted to find out exactly what the walk included.  This is sounding more and more like a pathetic excuse, but almost every single review was about walking some small section of the walk.  In fact, most of them were not even about the official Sydney Harbour Circle Walk, they were just people who had went for a wander in the general area, and decided to post it under Sydney Harbour Circle Walk.

So, we decided that we had indeed completed the SHCW.  Obviously, given the shameful admission I've just made, which demeans this whole blog, nay the whole concept of the STAT100 challenge, I can't give much advice on the full 4 day walk.  However, based on the TA reviews, there are not many people who will actually be planing on doing that anyway.

One of the easier sections of walk to get to
I can tell you about large parts of the walk, and the large parts of the walk are excellent.  It basically follows the shoreline along Sydney harbour, taking in Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Balmain, Greenwich, Huntleys Point, Drummoyne, Lane Cove and Willoughby.  These are all lovely places, and walking by the shoreline is a great way to see the harbour.  There's also no shortage of interesting bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes along the way.

I guess you probably don't believe anything I say now anyway, but the Walking Coastal Sydney website has detailed routes, maps and notes on the walk.

Have you actually done the full walk?  Want to accuse us of cheating?  It's not really cheating when you're making the rules...  Let us know in the comments below if you have anything to add.

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