This walk enjoys the beach, cafes, and some of the quirky seaside architecture that gives Sumner its character. For children it is well worth exploring the cave under Cave Rock. This walk is suitable for wheelchairs, buggies, and children.

Walkers on Sumner Esplanade. Start: Sumner Beach promenade, Sumner

Finish: Same as the starting point

Distance: 1.25km

Time: 25 minutes

Toilets: Located at Scarborough Park

Dogs: Must be on a leash along the promenade


Stroll along the promenade and return.

The promenade is a wide asphalt path on the seaward side of the seawall and there is another path on the land side. On a summers day the promenade is busy with other walker, joggers, parents with strollers or people sitting and enjoying the day.

If you want to explore Cave Rock (at low tide) wander across Sumner beach to the seawards side of Cave Rock. It is an easy scramble through this short tidal cave and you emerge out on the other beach near the foot of a walking ramp onto the promenade. Cave Rock itself is an easy climb and a plaque on the tower remembers the pilot Joseph Day who saved many lives between 1867 and 1880.

It is easy walking around to Scarborough Park which sits under the cliffs. There are toilets here as well as a children's playground and an attractive children's paddling pool as well as plenty of shading trees. No dogs are allowed in the park.

For a variation for the return walk try Nayland Street or the less busy Wiggins Street. There are still many interesting and homely houses which reveal Sumner's origins as a quiet seaside escape. Past the Sumner shops, if you cross Wakefield Avenue, it is well worthwhile to walk down the last part of Nayland Street with its idiosyncratic houses, stone walls and cliffs. Cross Main Street at the pedestrian island back to the carpark.