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The Federation Cliff walk: Bondi to Watson’s Bay

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Most hikers enjoy the beach laden Bondi to Coogee walk – It is undoubtedly Sydney’s most popular walk. However, it has a lesser know cousin that takes you in the exact opposite direction towards Watson’s Bay. While it is not strung by a necklace of beaches with delectable names, it is still a beautiful track, straddling lofty cliffs – the quintessential Sydney limestone – along with vertiginous and verdant viewpoints. The 7 km hike gives you multiple stops to take a break, ponder on the faraway horizons and take a deep breath to admire the world outside, just as you get to take a much deeper look within,  inside. A few snapshots to inspire the walk below:

If you start from Watson's Bay, the ferry to the wharf will offer beautiful views of the city skyline...
If you start from Watson’s Bay, the ferry to the wharf will offer beautiful views of the city skyline…

 

...along with the usual delights
…along with the usual delights

 

The Gap Park is an additional set of steps outside the walk offering towering views at Watson's Bay
The Gap Park is an additional set of steps outside the walk offering towering views at Watson’s Bay

 

Then starts the Coastal Cliff walk from the Gap
Then starts the Coastal Cliff walk from the Gap

 

The 'chocolate brownie' rock at the start of the walk
The ‘chocolate brownie’ rock at the start of the walk

 

The perilous rocks of these cliffs have sunk many a ship, such as the Dunbar, back in 1857. Its anchor, retrieved 50 years later, still reminds us today of the accident
The perilous rocks of these cliffs have sunk many a ship, such as the Dunbar, back in 1857. Its anchor, retrieved 50 years later, still reminds us today of the accident

 

The richly hued sandstone cliffs
The richly hued sandstone cliffs…

 

...interspersed with beautiful blues of a raging sea
…interspersed with beautiful blues of a raging sea

 

The Macquarie Lighthouse, the oldest in the country had an earlier structure raised in 1818. the current structure was completed in the 1880s
The Macquarie Lighthouse, the oldest in the country had an earlier structure raised in 1818. the current structure was completed in the 1880s

 

Take you time to walk the dizzy heights and appreciate the varying colors of blue...
Take you time to walk the dizzy heights and appreciate the varying colors of blue…

 

...and if you get tired of the  horizon, don't forget to look around for myriad wonders
…and if you get tired of the horizon, don’t forget to look around for myriad wonders

 

...in various hues
…in various hues

 

A beautiful boardwalk takes you through a mix of scrublands and dense vegetation, with loads of luxury houses thrown in the background
A beautiful boardwalk takes you through a mix of scrublands and dense vegetation, with loads of luxury houses thrown in the background

 

The walk straddles the coastline until you reach Bondi...in our case, we took a bus back to Watson's Bay
The walk straddles the coastline until you reach Bondi…in our case, we took a bus back to Watson’s Bay
Towering views at Watson's Bay before calling it a day...
Towering views at Watson’s Bay before calling it a day…

 

...as dusk descends with its warm colors
…as dusk descends with its warm colors

 

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