Fitness in the city: Sydney’s best workout spots

Tired of your exercise regimen or looking to start something new? We’ve rounded up some of Sydney’s best workouts to help you get started.

Glebe foreshore walk.

Walk by the water

Stay cool strolling by the water and enjoy some great views along the way with these harbourside walks.

The 2.5km long Glebe Foreshore walk runs along Blackwattle Bay between Bicentennial Park and Harold Park. It’s fully paved and accessible. Plenty of seating along the way gives you a chance to stop and take in the views of both the Sydney Harbour and Anzac bridges.

If you’re not pressed for time, we encourage you to walk on Country and follow the 9km Yananurala foreshore walk between Pirrama (Pyrmont) and Woolloomooloo. As you pass through Darling Harbour, Barangaroo headland, past the Opera House and Royal Botanic Garden you'll take in sites and stories significant to the Aborginal history of the area. A series of public artworks and audiovisual interpretations will soon be added to the walk.

The grassy slopes and shared paths of Sydney Park provide plenty of opportunities for exercise.

Run, ride and rollick in award-winning parklands

Our award-winning Sydney Park covers a sprawling 110 acres of grassy hills, wetlands and more. It’s criss-crossed with multi-use paths, perfect for riding, running or walking. If you like company while you jog, join the weekly community-run Parkrun. It’s on every Saturday morning.

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Andrew Boy Charlton Pool

Take a dip

If you’re swimming for fitness or fun, you’ve got plenty of choice when you want to take a dip with 6 pools in our local area.

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre’s incredible water play area will be a favourite with the kids, while serious swimmers can jump in the outdoor, world-class 50m pool.

Dive in to one of our 6 pools.

If you’re looking for a swim in a special spot, check out Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool in Woolloomooloo. The saltwater pool is sandwiched between the harbour and the Royal Botanic Garden, overlooking the water.

Join an aqua aerobics class for some low-impact, social exercise.

Prefer to exercise in a class? Enjoy the fun and motivation of a group aqua aerobics session. You’ll find a range of aqua classes across our centres, including warm aqua, which is ideal if you’re rehabilitating from injury.

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Ride for fitness, transport or fun.

Go for a pedal

More people than ever are choosing 2 wheels for fitness and transport. A network of more than 17km of separated cycleways and 60km of shared paths makes it smooth and easy to ride around town.

Centennial Park is a bike riding paradise too, the 3.5km looped road is flat and bike traffic far outnumbers cars.

If you’re feeling a bit wobbly or you want to learn new safe riding skills, join our cycling in the city course. The courses are run every weekend and cost just $25.

Discover more riding resources, or order a cycleways map and start planning your ride now.

Try some body weight training at one of our outdoor fitness centres.

Outdoor fitness stations

Take your gym workout outdoors. Across our local area you’ll find more than a dozen outdoor fitness stations.

Put yourself to the test with body weight training on bars, rings and benches in park and harbourside locations like Observatory Hill, Pirrama Park, Turruwul Park and more.

Pickleball is a fun racquet sport for all ages.

Ball sports

If it’s tennis, basketball, football, netball, futsal or about any other ball sport, you’ll find a court in our area. Some are free, others require a booking or hire fee. See all our sporting facilities.

If you’re looking for a new challenge, try pickleball. This low-impact racquet sport is played indoors and blends the best parts of tennis and badminton into a fun, fast format.

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