The Bay Run, Iron Cove
Walking Track Description
One of the most popular harbourside tracks in Sydney, the Iron Cove “Bay Run” is a social, family-friendly walk in the inner-west. Following the entire natural course of the cove, and never deviating more than 20 metres from the water, this flat, well-maintained walk is also bicycle, pram and dog friendly, with lanes for walkers and cyclists clearly marked where possible.
With the Iron Cove Bridge spanning the mouth of the cove, the Bay Run is an enclosed loop, meaning you can start and finish in exactly the same location and there is no “best” place to start. Along the way you’ll see mangroves, sandy beaches, historical buildings, at least 10 parks, the Iron Cove Bridge and of course, Sydney’s beautiful harbour. There are interpretive signs along the way too, with information about aboriginal tribes that used the area, convict history and local flora and fauna.
For argument’s sake, let’s say you begin at one of the more popular starting points, Leichhardt Park. Heading anti-clockwise around the Bay, set off north past the Leichhardt Rowers Club and Rozelle Hospital, then onto the Callan Park playing fields and King George Park. At King George Park head up onto the Iron Cove Bridge via the steps on the east side of the bridge. Once across the bridge, take the first exit on the right, Henley Marine Drive, as it loops back under the bridge and away to the north-western bank of the cove.
If you need a cuppa at this point, try the café at Sisters Bay, next to the old Drummoyne swimming pools and the Drummoyne Rowers Club.
Follow Henley Marine Drive all the way to the western side of the Bay, past Half Moon Bay and Rodd Island, and continue around the bay until Rodd Point, where the bay heads south opposite Timbrell Park.
Finally, heading east past Dobroyd Point and the legendary Haberfield Rowers Club (great place for a cold drink on a hot day), cross the Hawthorne Canal and return to Leichhardt Park to complete the circuit.