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Whether ambling or keeping fit the Spit to Manly bushwalk provides the quintessential Sydney backdrop, offering breathtaking views out over Middle Harbour and a pervasive tranquillity often sought yet seldom found in the big metropolis. The 10km walk takes approximately 3.5 to 4 hours and is brimming with clandestine beaches, subtropical rainforest, glamorous waterfront real estate and the opportunity to glimpse anything from blue-tongue lizards to humpback whales off North Head. The track is well-maintained, has a number of alternate routes along the way (we recommend taking the Grotto Point detour) and is suitable for most fitness levels. Be sure to pack your bathers and a towel too for the harbour’s glistening waters beckon at every turn. (Richard Barry)