Where is your favourite place to exercise outdoors in Sydney?


Everyone likes to keep their body fit, but exercise seems so much more fun when it’s outdoors. It’s one of Sydney’s best things to do, anyway – our beautiful city is one gigantic outdoor gym!

For those of us who prefer not to go to a regular gym in Sydney and instead exercise outdoors – do you have a favourite park or trail to jog, cycle or do yoga in? Can you suggest some places with organised outdoor activities in Sydney?

There’s also a growing number of exercise classes which are held outdoors. Many a Sydney personal trainer is holding outdoor personal training these days – where are your favourite places for this time of exercise, with a team or on your own?

Near the CBD, east, west, north or south… let’s uncover those great outdoor spaces to exercise in around Sydney.


  1. Parsley Bay Reserve.
    S 33° 51.148 E 151° 16.717

    ‘Parsley Bay Reserve is a popular family park, that includes an enclosed swimming area, picnic facilities and children’s playground.
    There is also a short bushland circuit (15-20 minutes return), that takes you to a waterfall at the head of the gully. In summer Eastern Water Dragons can be seen sunning along the watercourse.
    This park is a popular venue for birthday parties, school picnics and social gatherings.’

    ‘There are two popular versions of the origin of the name. One, that a hermit called ‘Parsley’ lived in early years in one of the caves at the head of the bay, the other is traditional and was probably used by the first exploratory parties (1788) to refer to an edible plant growing there, closely resembling parsley, which was used as an anti-scorbutic (scurvy) by the vitamin starved First Fleeters. The Bay was set aside for public recreation use in 1907 – it is one of Woollahra’s best kept secrets.’
    Taken from the Woollahra Municapal Council Website.

    ‘The traditional owners of this land were members of the Birrabirragal people and they were known to inhabit the Sydney foreshore. There is evidence of the Birrabirragal with a number of shell middens and also some rock art sites.’
    from one of the signs posted in the park.

    my view is that it is a sheltered cove facing north east, close enough to the heads to keep the harbour water clean excellent for swimming. There is plenty of grassed area for kicking a footy and ample shaded spots to set down the picnic.


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