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Sweating it out in Sydney – Where to workout besides the gym

With a new gym on every corner and countless memberships available, it’s easy to get lost in the workout realm and forget why you even wanted to exercise in the first place. But rather than hitting the gym, we think it’s time to look for new locations to reignite your passion for exercise. Why fork out hundreds on a membership you might sporadically use over summer, when Sydney is home to some of the most spectacular natural locations to get your fit on?

Known for it’s iconic beaches, Sydney’s national parks offer beautiful coastline views and amazing coastlines, so why not make the most of our beautifully brilliant natural resources. Here are 10 of Sydney’s best outdoor exercise locations –

Manly to Spit Bridge scenic walk, Image

Manly to Spit Bridge scenic walk – The Manly to Spit Bridge scenic walk takes trekkers through a variety of lush bushland and scenic harbourside trails. The 10 kilometre coastal walk consists of a series of short tracks passing some of North Sydney’s stunning beaches, bays and inlets. With plenty of signs so you can’t get lost, the walk should take about 3-4 hours to complete, depending on fitness levels. More Info

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Bondi Park gym – Upgraded in 2015, the Bondi Park gym looks out onto Australia’s most famous beach. With idyllic views and fresh ocean air, the park accommodates all fitness levels with an impressive set of bars benches and circuit style equipment. This location is a must-see, for any exercise buff looking to get outdoors, get healthy and enjoy the views. More Info

Royal National Park coast trek, Image;

Royal National Park coast trek – The Royal National Park coast trek is 26 kilometres, one way, and spans across southern Sydney’s coastline from Bundeena to Otford. More advanced athletes (Or anyone who isn’t a novice), can tackle the walk in one full day, however a popular method of experiencing this scenic path back to nature, is to organise a camping trip and truly appreciate its beauty over two days. If you plan to go during Whale watching season, between May and October, Hump-back’s are regularly seen along the track. More Info

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Bronte Baths – Bronte Baths sit right on the edge of Sydney’s Bronte beach. With stunning beachside views the saltwater swim-spot is large enough for more advanced swimmers to peacefully complete laps while visitors with little ones, have heaps of room in the shallow end to enjoy a splash. More Info

Green Hills in Cronulla. The entrance to Cronulla sand dunes, Image;

Cronulla Sand Dunes – The heritage listed Cronulla Sand Dunes are accessed on the edge of Green Hills, in the beachside Sutherland Shire suburb. Part of Australia’s long and colourful history, the dunes are regularly used by both amateur and professional athletes for endurance training on the 45 degree slopes which go for kilometres. Attempt this challenging exercise regime and you may very well see members of  Australia’s Cricket or NRL teams training right next to you. The beach is right next to you and is a popular and well deserved cool off after. More Info

Iron Cove Bay Run in Leichhardt, Image;

Iron Cove Bay Run – A 7 kilometre trek around the shores of Iron Cove Bay which is a social, family friendly walk or run. The flat run never deviates more than 20 metres from the water and also accommodates cyclists and dog walkers alike. Lanes for walkers and cyclists are clearly marked and there is even room for the pram. The Bay Run is an enclosed loop so you can start in Leichhardt Park and finish in the same location. More Info

Centennial Parklands is a lush exercise oasis minutes from Sydney’s CBD, Image;

Centennial Parklands – One of the most cycle-friendly tracks in Sydney, the Centennial Parklands have over 750,000 visitors each year. The paths are all shared and have plenty of room for cyclists, runners and even roller-blading enthusiasts. Just 10 minutes from Sydney CBD and next door to Moore Park and the Entertainment Quarter, this is the ideal inner city exercise haven for outdoor lovers. More Info

Paddle a canoe or kayak down the river at Audley Boatshed, Image;

Audley Boatshed – Built in 1893, the boat shed is located in the heart of the Royal National Park. Just 30 kilometres south of Sydney CBD, there are heaps of vessels for hire. Row a boat, paddle a canoe or glide down kangaroo creek in a kayak. This is a fun way to exercise and the kids will love it. More Info

Mountain biking around Manly Dam is not for the faint hearted, Image;

Manly Dam Bike Trail –  – This is by no means a leisurely cycle. It’s for the mountain-biking elite. The 10 kilometre natural trail is covered in rough sand stone, rocky platforms and uneven tree roots to get your adrenalin going. The manly Dam bike trail is just 15 minutes from beachside Manly and will challenge even the most advanced rider. If you’re game, tackle the next two tracks once the initial 10 kilometres is completed. More Info

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Blue Mountains – Located 2 hours west of Sydney, visit the heritage listed home of the Three Sisters. You’ll discover Aboriginal culture, countless walking tracks, camp-sites, canoeing, climbing and mountain bike tracks. There’s a lot of room to play in the mountains, so be sure to tell someone where you’re going, pack food and water and most of all enjoy. More Info