It is super easy to fall off the health wagon when traveling, but not even necessary if you happen to be traveling down under. No worries when it comes to energy boosting activities in a city with plenty of sunshine, good food and exercise. Not only can one burn calories by pounding the pavement throughout the city streets of Sydney, there are also many walking paths and hiking trails to discover. Finding healthy food is also an easy option. Travelers that are gluten sensitive, have a food allergy or just opt for good local, organic eats will find that Sydney welcomes you with open arms. Markets and healthy cafes are easy to stumble upon throughout this health conscious metropolis.
Hiking and trekking
All it takes is to read up on Sydney hikes and there are two that will pop into the picture. The Manley hike and the Coogee-Bondi trail are both notable for those wanting a scenic, trail blazing day. The Bondi to Coogee coastal trail offers scenic ocean scenery, stunning cliffs and rock pools. There are steps to consider on the path and it will take a few hours and more, depending how often one stops. There are cafes along the way, places to take a swim and rest areas to just sit to enjoy the view. If continuing on past Coogee, one comes up on Tamarama Beach where Sculptures by the Sea takes place annually every early November.
The Spitbridge-Manley hike will definitely work the thighs and calves, but it’s an energetic trek that shouldn’t be missed. With plenty of steps, the 10 kilometer trek taps into the diversity of Australia’s flora, not to mention a bit of Australia’s wildlife lurking from the distance. The trail has excellent signage, but it still is possible to lose one’s way. Depending on the season, a light jacket may be necessary if leaving early in the morning. The sun is powerful so sunscreen is a must along with a hat. Always bring plenty of water. If planning to trek the entire trail, ending up in Manley, the distance is approximately 6.25 miles.
Healthy cafes and markets
There are a multitude of cafes and markets scattered throughout Sydney that cater to healthy foodies. If searching for a quick, organic lunch, the chain cafe, Iku is terrific. Known as a vegan cafe, one will find gluten-free items, no preservatives and mostly organic ingredients. Sip on their spicy, naturally sweet tea with lunch.
Markets such as Thomas Dux or About Life cater to those opting for healthier travel. Thomas Dux delivers local (straight from market) fruits and vegetables, gluten free bakery items such as pizza crusts, pasta and desserts. They also carry dairy-free items, free range foods as well as preservative free products.
Check out About Life, 31-37 Oxford Street in Bondi for an amazing array of natural body products, supplements and preservative free, local goods supporting local farmers. After shopping, hit the full size cafe to sip on an organic chai.
Rent a bike
It is easy to rent a bike and see the city while in Sydney. There are tour packages available that are mapped out through the beautiful parks, shoreline bay fronts and more. Costs range from $35-$50 (Australian) for rental included with state-of-the-art bikes, baby seats if needed, helmet and locks. Don’t forget sunscreen, water and closed toe shoes if renting a bike through the city. Most bike rental companies advise to use safe streets and will map out the area for you.
Kayak, Pilates and Yoga combined
Imagine starting your day with a little kayaking then laying out at your destination for a Yoga or Pilates class--a half hour out to a secluded beach, soaking in some sun then diving into ones’ favorite exercise routine. Manley Kayak Center sets one up for total success in regards to fitness and health. Full body work-outs and paddling techniques build endurance, core strength and pump out plenty of cardio.
If you have visited Sydney without sitting on a beach, it needs to be acknowledged. There are over 100 beaches just waiting for you in this cosmopolitan city. In fact, Bondi Beach is the leading cause of sick days in Sydney, according to a CNN Travel article, “50 reasons why Sydney is the world’s greatest city.” Whether it’s a beach claimed for optional clothing or a beach for family picnics, Sydney has a beach for everyone.
If one decides to kick it up a notch, try a sailing tour on a luxury yacht. There are half days available and it is an incredible way to enjoy iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. There are different companies that lead the tours and prices can vary. Check out a good travel website to find more information.
50 reasons why Sydney is the world’s greatest city.”; CNN Travel
“Secret Sydney Beaches”; CNN Travel