Running in Sydney | A Running Pictorial

Looking Up at the Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay from Sydney Opera House
Looking Up at the Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay from Sydney Opera House

Have you ever considered running in a city you’ve never visited before simply for the fun of it? Did you consider that running would give you an overall view of the city you’re in so you can determine later where you might go?  An avid runner and marathoner, my husband likes to take leisurely runs in new cities and record his run in pictures.  On our recent trip to Sydney, he decided to go for a quick run and was kind enough to share his thoughts on his run through this part of Sydney. The following is what I could coax out of him for the blog:

Celebrity Solstice docked in Sydney
Celebrity Solstice docked in Sydney

When I started the run my initial goal was to just tour the surrounding region (to help with later wandering during the day) and to get up close to the Sydney Opera House.

A5E92656-9576-4114-B60B-D17DB7821B24_zpsj69zhxqlI loved that Sydney was yet another runner-friendly city. The sidewalks towards the Sydney Opera House were wide and there were runners and walkers out for a morning run like myself.

The scenery was unparalleled with the beautiful Sydney skyline and Harbour as my view
The scenery was unparalleled with the beautiful Sydney skyline and Harbour as my view
Walkway as you approach the Sydney Opera House
Walkway as you approach the Sydney Opera House
I had no issues stopping to take pictures along the way because of the wide open space
I had no issues stopping to take pictures along the way because of the wide open space
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House
Approaching the Sydney Opera House
Approaching the Sydney Opera House

F6636873-37E6-4A9B-8F1A-716C78275969_zpsy3ki3uhrThe facility features a modern expressionist design, with a series of large precast concrete “shells,” each composed of sections of a sphere of 75.2 metres (246 ft 8.6 in) radius, forming the roofs of the structure, set on a monumental podium.

The sun peaks in through the clouds to form an amazing sunrise
The sun peaks in through the clouds to form an amazing sunrise
Another great view of the Celebrity Solstice
Another great view of the Celebrity Solstice
Sydney Opera House from the north side
Sydney Opera House from the north side
Sydney Opera House from the north side
Sydney Opera House from the north side
Tarpeian Precinct Lawn - Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Tarpeian Precinct Lawn – Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Staircase leading to Sydney Opera House after leaving the Botanic Garden
Staircase leading to Sydney Opera House after leaving the Botanic Garden
After getting around the Sydney Opera House, I though why not run halfway across the bridge?
After getting around the Sydney Opera House, I though why not run halfway across the bridge?
Luna Park Sydney with its 3-ft smiling face
Luna Park Sydney with its 3-ft smiling face
Harbour City Ferries
Harbour City Ferries
It was easy to run along the water and to navigate a path to the Sydney Harbour Bridge
It was easy to run along the water and to navigate a path to the Sydney Harbour Bridge
To go from the seaport region to the bridge you need to climb multiple flights of stairs that made me feel like Mario from the video game.
To go from the seaport region to the bridge you need to climb multiple flights of stairs that made me feel like Mario from the video game.
Then I got greedy and decided to cross the bridge and run back. Climbing the stairs may have been hard, but it was ultimately worth the work once I saw the view.
Then I got greedy and decided to cross the bridge and run back. Climbing the stairs may have been hard, but it was ultimately worth the work once I saw the view.
View from Sydney Harbour Bridge looking down toward the port and the Celebrity Solstice
View from Sydney Harbour Bridge looking down toward the port and the Celebrity Solstice
The bridge path itself is wide and the number of runners was inspiring. I decided to not take pictures of runners to avoid looking like a weirdo.
The bridge path itself is wide and the number of runners was inspiring. I decided to not take pictures of runners to avoid looking like a weirdo.
Looking from the bridge toward the Celebrity Solstice
Looking from the bridge toward the Celebrity Solstice
Running on Sydney Harbour Bridge
Running on Sydney Harbour Bridge

6AAC32ED-81CE-4B9B-BD58-62BC1FD508C8_zpsuwfgfpqtThe entire city was very runner friendly with good signage and wide sidewalks. It was the type of run where you forget to look down because you can’t help but look around at the amazing sites.

Sydney Opera House as seen from Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House as seen from Sydney Harbour Bridge
The bridge has fencing in place to prevent "jumpers" but there are gaps that allow for pictures to be taken with a camera.
The bridge has fencing in place to prevent “jumpers” but there are gaps that allow for pictures to be taken with a camera.

74512BBF-65F8-45F9-8AE4-0D819CE04E0C_zpscw6en9jvThere was traffic on the bridge, but definitely not a traffic jam.  Sydney is definitely a walking city and both walkers and runners were mindful and considerate of others, which was refreshing as this is not always the case.

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Another great view of Sydney Opera House from Sydney Harbour Bridge
Approaching the far end of the bridge
Approaching the far end of the bridge

 

The view of Sydney was impressive with the sunrise in the background
The view of Sydney was impressive with the sunrise in the background
The traffic on the smaller side roads was limited and I felt completely safe during my entire run.
The traffic on the smaller side roads was limited and I felt completely safe during my entire run.
Once I ran down the steps from the bridge, I took a quick picture and made my way back over the bridge and back to Circular Quay
Once I ran down the steps from the bridge, I took a quick picture and made my way back over the bridge and back to Circular Quay

6E676085-5426-4133-BEE7-22AF51F52380_zpsacbtqyhwAt the end of my run as I was approaching the area by the ship, I noticed this large frame set up with actors behind it.  It was apparently a living scene of the Last Supper as a promotion for the The Bible on DVD.

Running route in Sydney
Running route in Sydney

Overall, I found the portion of the city I explored to be safe, easy to navigate, and very runner friendly in terms of space and road conditions.  The quality of the run was such that I could see that Sydney is a runner friendly city and I could definitely see myself running here again. Sydney offered the most scenery and one of the best runs I’ve had out of all of the cities I’ve visited.

6 thoughts on “Running in Sydney | A Running Pictorial

  1. When you run in a new city you also notice small cafe’s or areas you may not have otherwise seen. Great way to keep fit while traveling and look at what all you saw. The pictures are beautiful.

    1. Thanks Daidri! I totally agree with you — it’s easy to get stuck in the tourist run and on main streets, but finding the little nooks and crannies of the city or country that the locals use makes for a more authentic experience. Glad you like the pics, too!

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