This is a walk of approximately eleven kilometres from the Sydney Fish Market to Potts Point. You should allow about five to six hours, although if you just walk without stopping to look at any of the points of interest, four hours will probably suffice. There is, however, plenty to see.
From the Fish Market, most easily reached by taking a tram to Fish Market or Wentworth Park, walk close to the harbour’s edge around Blackwattle Bay to Johnston’s Bay, and then to Pyrmont Point Park. Past Jones Bay, you reach Pyrmont Bay and the Star City Casino, then Darling Harbour itself and the Australian Maritime Museum. You can choose to cut across Pyrmont Bridge or to walk round via the Olympic Statue, the Harbourfront Shopping Centre, the Imax Theatre, and the restaurants of Cockle Bay.
By either route, you will arrive at Sydney Aquarium. Next, walk round to Miller’s Point and Walsh Bay, followed by Dawes Point, where you pass under the Harbour Bridge. In Campbell’s Cove, you will see the replica of the Bounty, before reaching the Sydney Visitor Centre, Cadman’s Cottage and the Museum of Contemporary Art. If you have time, you can divert to explore The Rocks area from here. As you approach Circular Quay, look at the plaques embedded in the pavement commemorating famous figures in literature and the arts.
Continue past Circular Quay and out onto the promontory where the Opera House is situated. There is a good view of the Harbour Bridge from here. Following the coastline, you now enter the Royal Botanic Gardens via Farm Cove Gate West and continue round the pretty Farm Cove, feeding the ducks on the way, if you feel so inclined. The First Fleet Steps are encountered on the far side of the bay, and then, at the tip of the next promontory, lies Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, from where, again, there is a good view back, this time with both the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge in the line of vision.
Another twenty minutes walk brings one to Woolloomooloo Bay Wharf and then to Potts Point, from where bus no. 311 will take you back to the city. Alternatively, you can turn right and walk into King’s Cross in about fifteen minutes.
Click here for Sydney Harbourfront walk map.