Walking from Manly to Northhead

I set off to walk from Manly beach to Spit bridge. That would be, I found out later, a 10km walk. In the end, I got distracted by Northhead, a promontory in between Manly beach and the bridge, which adds a few km of walking and a few hundred metres of elevation. Once up there, you can explore the barracks and old military emplacements, and get some great views out over Sydney.

Manly Dam park.
Manly Dam park.
View from Northhead.
View from Northhead.
Me, selfie
Me, wind blown at Fairfax viewpoint.
View through trees over cliffs and sea
View through trees over cliffs and sea.
Sydney looks distant – not so much in person.
Sydney looks distant – not so much in person.
View over Sydney.
View over Sydney.
View from the visitors’ centre, Northhead.
View from the visitors’ centre, Northhead.

Once I’d walked back down – via a lovely sandy bike track, then a steep road – I was back to crowds of people enjoying the sun and mobbing Manly itself. Relative peace was easy to find by following signs to the Spit bridge walk, though, with quieter beaches and shaded spots around the corner.

Delwood beach – this one is small and quiet compared to Manly
Delwood beach – this one is small and quiet compared to Manly.
Looking over Manly.
Looking over Manly.

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