From Palm Beach to Mosman, you’ll experience world-class beaches, pristine national parks and views of sparkling Sydney Harbour.
The 60km route begins with a soft sand beach (approx. 1.5km), before heading up onto the headland via a driveway (don’t worry, you’re going the right way!). Please always follow our pink markers and refer to your map.
The next 20km follows narrow undulating trails with spectacular views! Alternating between headland & beach. We highly recommend ankle gaiters and sand resistant shoes to keep out sand and debris. There is approx 11km of sand walking on the 60km route, although the great news is that most of it (10km) is finished within the first half of your walk.
There are various access points for your support crew to meet you along the way, and plenty of toilets to visit at the 10 Surf lifesaving clubs you’ll pass.
South Curl Curl Surf Club is your halfway point! Woohoo!
30km route (and 60km second half)
The 30km route and 60km second half of the route from South Curl Curl to Mosman is mostly footpath/trail and with only a spot of sand at Freshwater & Balmoral. (Only 1 km of sand walking in the 30km route.) This section includes the beautiful North Head! Take in the views but also be mindful of the of the flat but pebbly trails, they may cause a trip hazard.
Following this section, you’ll join the famous Spit to Manly walk (although you'll being heading in the opposite direction from Manly to the Spit) with magnificent views across Sydney Harbour. You will go through North Harbour Reserve which is where the 15km route kicks in.
You will complete the Manly to Spit walk by crossing the Spit Bridge. NB: The Spit Bridge will open at the regular weekday times of 10:15am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 8:15pm & 9:15pm. Please be mindful and patient here when the bridge is opening and closing.
You will follow the coast all the way to Middle Head and explore the secret trails and bush tracks that make the Coastrek experience so unique. Emerge from the bushes towards the Middle Head Lookout Finish Village where the view of Sydney Harbour will take your breath away!
Some important points:
There are very few water and toilet stops along the entire route. You must refill your water bladder EVERY TIME you see a water refill station (at the LUV Stops), even if you think you have plenty left. During training these water points will not be available, so ensure you take extra with you for training on the route.
It may also be very dark for those finishing after sunset. Remember to bring your head torch, even if you expect to finish in daylight. They are compulsory for all trekkers.
Please note: All Coastrek routes are subject to change. We attempt, at all times, to adhere to the advised route. As we are immersed in nature, however, there may sometimes be circumstances beyond our control (tides, fallen trees/branches, other safety aspects as advised by local councils) that require us to slightly alter the route. In any such cases these will be clearly marked and identified on event day.