Taking your baby or toddler for a walk in the pram is one of the easiest ways to keep fit. But finding new and exciting places to explore that are pram-friendly can be a challenge. Well, wonder no more! We’re coming to the rescue with an extensive list of lovely walks around the North Shore that are suitable for wheels too!
1. Manly to Shelly Beach
Start at Sydney Road, Manly
Travel The Corso passing play equipment and water fountains to the beach. Head south to the surf club and follow the path around the headland past breakers and surfers to reveal a picturesque cove. The beach backs onto a grassed area for a barbecue picnic, or try a treat from The Boathouse Shelly Beach cafe.
2. Balmoral Beach Loop
Start at the south end of The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach
The promenade here offers a stunning beachside stroll. Park at the southern end and head to the large oval that you loop around, then follow the path alongside the beach towards iconic The Bathers’ Pavilion. The café has a fireplace in their back room for cooler days, and there’s a ariety of delicious teas to rejuvenate.
3. Narrabeen Lagoon
Pittwater Road, Narrabeen
This coastal bushland trail over 8.4 kilometres immerses you in Mother Nature. Pack a picnic and enjoy the outdoors with the pram, plus scooters or bikes, from either Jamieson Park, Berry Reserve, Middle Creek or Bilarong Reserve carparks.
4. Lavender Bay to Kirribilli
Start at King George Street, Lavender Bay
From Lavender Bay follow the waterside path overlooking the city all the way around to Sydney’s Luna Park. Continue past the Olympic Pool until you arrive under the Harbour Bridge. Catch your breath from the last two kilometres before pushing up Alfred Street to Milsons Point railway station and the delights of Kirribilli.
5. Bobbin Head
Start at Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Bobbin Head
This popular weekend spot boasts activities including walking, fishing, barbecues and picnic shelters, water sports and Bobbin Inn café – the perfect place to park and start a pram-friendly walk to Apple Tree Bay, it’s just a few kilometres round trip.
6. Ku-ring-ai Wildflower Garden
Start at Mona Vale Road, St Ives
Pack some lunch-to-go and take the kids exploring in this lovingly nurtured natural garden – an urban oasis offering paths (many that are cement) through 123 hectares of bushland including ponds, waterfalls and gullies.
7. Lane Cove National Park
Start at at Riverside Drive, Macquarie Park
This peaceful paved road winds through dense secluded bushland that you follow with the pram passing picnic tables, barbecues and, on the weekend, the boat shed hires out rowboats, canoes, kayaks and family-friendly pedal boats.
8. Taronga Zoo to Bradley’s Head and Middle Head
Start at Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman
Enjoy the elevated harbour views surrounding Bradley’s Head. Drive to the peninsula then follow Bradley’s Head Road to Taronga Zoo, then continue all the way to Middle Head (via Headland Park and the Gunners Barracks) for a worthwhile five-kilometre round trip.
9. Cumberland State Forest Sensory Trail
Start at 95 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills
This is a natural oasis to relax and explore with the kids and the grandparents, too. The visitors centre has easy parking, a cafe and hands-on information about the local flora and fauna.
10. Parramatta River Foreshore
Start at Bowden Street, Meadowbank
Commencing on the north side of Parramatta River, an easy access point at Meadowbank welcomes mums with a pram-friendly pathway that snakes east along the water towards the Gladesville Bridge. It’s a great way to explore the river with the kids.
11. The Bay Run
Start at Henley Marine Drive, Drummoyne
With cafes, parks and fitness equipment all along this seven-kilometre loop of Iron Cove Bay, this walk offers delightful waterside scenery while enjoying a great work-out with a pram, and even your dog! A popular track, it’s wide, flat and there is a separate bike path for safety.
12. Bicentennial Park
Start at Bicentennial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park
Open every day from sunrise to sunset, the pathways among the mangrove wetlands and green grassy hills have been designed just for mums passing by water-play areas, playgrounds, nature discovery areas, picnic shelters, barbecues, toilets and the WatervieW in Bicentennial Park cafe.
13. Centennial Parklands
Start at Darley Road, Randwick
Sydney’s most iconic ‘people’s’ park, it offers everything for a day out in the Eastern Suburbs, including a near four-kilometre long flat walking path, rollerblading or bike hire, horse riding, playgrounds, cafes and barbecues. Pack a day bag and enjoy all the activities to really wear the kids out.
14. South Head
Start at Old South Head Road, Watsons Bay
Enjoy the Circular Quay ferry (parking is limited), then head up the hill towards Camp Cove. The short cobblestone path takes you past gun emplacements and up to the iconic Hornby Lighthouse. Don’t forget to look back up north and keep an eye out for whales on the horizon.
Written by: Karina McBride
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