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Australia's Sydney hopes to hit full stride with walking trail

SYDNEY, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Australia's largest city of Sydney wants to get locals and visitors out and about with the creation of the nation's "greatest" urban walking trail which will take in many of the capital's best-known landmarks and scenic views.

Premier of the state of New South Wales (NSW) Dominic Perrottet and state Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes announced on Tuesday that the proposed Sydney Great Walk would stretch along the city's picturesque foreshore, past the world-famous Sydney Opera House and harbor bridge and wind its way through popular tourist areas including the Darling Harbor, the Chinese Garden of Friendship and Hyde Park in the heart of the CBD.

"It will be something all Australians should do, and the one walk every international visitor must do, when they are able to return safely to our shores," Perrottet said.

The trail will feature two loops, one aimed to be completed in half-a-day and the other to take a full day with the walkers to be guided by interactive information loaded from QR codes along the trail.

Stokes said the walk would also incorporate art installations and soundscapes designed to "enhance the liveability of our city, promote more people actively exploring the city and develop a drawcard which is on everybody's bucket-list."

"We will also look at developing special sections of the walk so that people may do a history component in the Rocks," Stokes said, referring to an area in the CBD which contains some of the nation's oldest buildings.

They said they would next conduct a feasibility study and work alongside key stakeholders such as the city council on the best way to forge ahead with the project.

"This route has the potential to become the greatest and most iconic urban walk in the country," Perrottet said.