The Top 5 Locations in Sydney for Stair Climbing
There are those in Sydney who don’t have time to go to a gym or prefer combining some high-intensity workout with a beautiful view. Fortunately, they now have an exciting alternative. Stair climbing provides a high-intensity workout that burns calories, builds muscle power and increases your oxygen intake. Stair climbing is a perfect exercise quickly improve your fitness level. Listed below are top 5 locations in Sydney for stair climbing. They reward you, with inspiring views of the sea, city, and harbour.
1. South Coogee Stair – Directions
Among local sports clubs and hardcore runners, this has been a well-known Eastern Suburbs secret. The stairs leading up from the Coastal Walk feature one of the steepest gradients in the entire city. This extra burn comes with additional benefits. Stair climbing on South Coogee is building core muscle strength, as it typically engages more leg muscles than a hill climbing. I’d recommend you to hit these stairs during off-peak hours and avoid weekends. This way, you’ll encounter only a few pedestrians, and your stair climbing will not be slowed down. If it’s a hot day, you can relax afterward with a swim at Coogee Beach.
2. McElhone Stairs, Woolloomooloo – Directions
McElhone Stairs have been there for almost 150 years. More than 100 stairs run down to Cowper Wharf in Woolloomooloo from Victoria Street in Potts Point.
3. Barangaroo Reserve, Millers Point – Directions
The Barangaroo Reserve is very new but has already an exemplary circuit of staircases that is guaranteed to make your thighs burn. For those who want to incorporate squats and jumps into their training, the huge sandstone boulders scattered throughout the park make an excellent choice. You can start on the Hickson Pier side of the park, then climb the Baludarri steps, take on the central Burrawang staircase and finish your journey on the Girra Girra steps.
4. Lavender Bay Stairs – Directions
The North Sydney’s top staircase is located alongside Clark Park, by Wendy’s Secret Garden. You can have the perfect high-intensity workout on this set of stairs. As you climb upwards, you will tighten your core, use your arms, and find your footing. It is recommended to combine the stair climbing or run with a loop up through the Harbour and North Sydney. You may also take on to a challenging run on the Harbour Bridge.
5. Fleet Steps, Royal Botanic Gardens – Directions
At the Mrs Macquarie’s Chair end of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Fleet Steps are a favourite with the lunchtime CBD crowd. In fact, this is one of Sydney’s crowded and best-known stair runs. The stairs’ even and wide design makes them a great spot for beginners who want to incorporate stair climbing or stair sprints into their training. However, you have to beware of the tourists and their selfie sticks that may block your path occasionally.