I was writing about running last week and immediately realized how nice it was to go out running in Australia.
After months of traveling I was carrying on a couple of kilos more and I am not talking about my luggage. I just love trying new food... I moved to Bondi Beach and had the impression everyone was doing sports except for me. Young mothers were doing yoga and exercises in the park, the water was full of surfers and swimmers, in the training area muscly people were training like crazy, everyone was walking on the esplanade and it looked like every single person in Sydney was running next to the beach. Time for some action.
There's no better place to start working out than Sydney! It's full of beaches and parks and the weather is great, even in winter (I'm european, everything above 15 degrees feels like summer to me). Here are my favorite places to have a little work out.
01 Bondi Beach
Barefoot running on the beach. Best feeling ever! One lap is about 1k so it's easy to count. A little dive in the ocean afterwards to cool down and the workout is complete!
02 Royal Botanical gardens
Running in a beautiful park with views on the Opera House. Great sets of stairs at the Opera House itself for the harder work and a breezy wind from the water to cool you down. The only challenge is to run around the groups of tourists but you get used to it!
03 Walkway Bondi to Coogee
This is probably the best of all. Not the easiest: it's super hilly with a lot of stairs going up going down, and if you have a bad timing it's super busy. BUT it is the most rewarding, definitely the prettiest and nothing's wrong with a little challenge now and then. There's so many great panoramic views over the ocean and I even saw dolphins and whales while running! There's water taps on the way which can help you out in the aussie heat! I usually ran in between 5-10k but if you run all the way to Coogee and back, it's about 14k!
04 Centennial park
A very big park, so there's a lot of options. One thing is sure, you won't be the only one running here! The fellow runners are everywhere and to me, that's just the best motivation to keep going. The park is located in between the city center and Bondi Beach. Easy access, easy running!
On various locations they organise Parkruns. Every Saturday, you can go run 5k against the clock. It's fun, it's for free and organized by volunteers. I joined them once in Wellington, New Zealand, where I ran probably the worst time ever haha :-) but at least I enjoyed it!
Find out more at www.parkrun.com.au
Time to cool a bit down. For those who are not that keen on swimming in the ocean because they're afraid of jelly fish and sharks (ehm or is that just me?) Sydney has the best swimming pools I've ever seen!
01 Bondi Icebergs
1 Notts Ave, Bondi
A swimming pool in the ocean. Best thing I ever saw really. When the waves are high, they even come into the swimming pool! Just gets a bit cold in winter, I saw people swimming in wetsuits so I guess that can be a solution!
02 Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool1 Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
Those Aussies... Full of great ideas: another swimming pool in the water... You can never have enough, right?! Since it's more into the harbor of Sydney instead of the ocean, the surrounding water is a lot quieter so no waves in this pool.
03 Prince Alfred Park Pool
105 Chalmers St, Surry Hills
A recently build pool in the city center of Sydney which might be easier to reach for a quick swim. It's located in the middle of a park with the buildings of the CBD popping out at the horizon. Have seen worse settings to put a swimming pool!