2 hrs 30 mins
(0km) Int. Chowder Bay Trk and Georges Heights Rd → Georges Head Lookout
(0.07km) Georges Head Lookout → Int. WW1 Hospital and Chowder Bay Trk
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the signs to ‘Balmoral Beach’ up the hill for a short while. The track opens out to a clearing on the left which has some old structures in it. This is the World War 1 hospital.
(0.53km) Int. WW1 Hospital and Chowder Bay Trk → Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Rd
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the road towards the fence, away from the houses. The road tends right as it comes into HMAS Penguin. The walk continues along Middle Head Rd to the intersection with Chowder Bay Rd, opposite the oval.
(1.34km) Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Rd → Middle Head Oval NE Gate
Veer right: From the gate, this walk heads away from the baseball nets to the far side of the oval, where there is another gate.
(1.51km) Middle Head Oval NE Gate → Behind Officers Quarters
Veer right: From the intersection behind the beach, the walk follows the management trail up the hill, keeping the sea to the left. The track winds up the hill to a point just below the old Officers Quarters house (with a white picket fence). Now Turn left to rejoin the main walk .
(1.51km) Middle Head Oval NE Gate → Int. Inner Forts and Lower Barracks Trks
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the management trail towards the house roof that can bee seen on the right. The track comes to an intersection just below the old house with the white picket fence, the Officers Quarters.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill towards the white picket fence of the old Officers Quarters. The track follows the fence up and around to the right, keeping the house on the right of the track, as it comes to the signposted intersection with the ‘Inner Middle Head Forts’ track.
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Inner Middle Head Forts’ sign for approximately 120m winding a little to an intersection which is just before a concrete fort.
(2.03km) Int. Inner Forts and Lower Barracks Trks → Disappearing Gun Pit North
(2.03km) Int. Inner Forts and Lower Barracks Trks → Tallest Fort
Continue straight: From the fort, this walk heads away from the fort, keeping the sea to the left of the track as it slightly winds for approximately 200m, to come out into a clearing. The walk crosses the clearing to the footpath next to the forts.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads along the overgrown management trail to the tallest of the forts. From here, walkers can explore the fortifications.
Middle Head Forts
(2.38km) Tallest Fort → Int. Lower Barracks Trk and Old Fort Rd
(2.49km) Int. Lower Barracks Trk and Old Fort Rd → Int. Old Fort and Govenors Rds
(2.68km) Int. Old Fort and Govenors Rds → Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Rd
Veer right: From the gate, this walk heads up the grassy hill following the fenceline, on the right. The walk follows the fenceline for a short time to then turn right and continue through the car park to the intersection of Chowder Bay and Middle Head Rds.
(3.28km) Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Rd → Int. Chowder Bay Rd and Obelisk Beach Trk
(3.42km) Int. Chowder Bay Rd and Obelisk Beach Trk → Obelisk Beach
(3.42km) Int. Chowder Bay Rd and Obelisk Beach Trk → Roundabout at end of Chowder Bay Road
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the road, keeping the water below on the left. The walk soon passes buildings to the left and right, continuing past the Bacino Bar to the roundabout at the end of the road.
(4.79km) Roundabout at end of Chowder Bay Road → Int. Bacino Bar back deck and Chowder Bay Trk
(4.81km) Int. Bacino Bar back deck and Chowder Bay Trk → Int. Gunners’ Barracks drive way and Chowder Bay Trk
(5.08km) Int. Gunners’ Barracks drive way and Chowder Bay Trk → Int. Chowder Bay Trk and Georges Heights Rd
Maps for the Chowder Bay to Middle Head return via Chowder Bay Rd walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Sydney Heads||1:25 000 Map Series||91302N SYDNEY HEADS||NSW-91302N|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||2 hrs 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
2.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2km has short steep hills. The remaining (320m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
2.9km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 2.1km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (170m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 4.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 990m is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 4.4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 770m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
The Georges Heights Lookout has a brilliant view, which is well worth the short stroll from the road. The track is wheelchair-accessible and leads past some interesting signs about the area. The grass surrounding the lookout is also a nice place to lay the picnic rug for lunch. Georges Heights is the site of a series of gun emplacements, and provides great views over the harbour.
Total climbing: 2m
144 m Return
Chowder Bay to Georges Heights Lookout is a fantastic walk to burn off a coffee from the Bacino Bar. The walk passes the Bacino Bar and enjoys the view from an old gun emplacement at George Heights Lookout. The sandstone seats and shaded grassy areas make this a perfect walk for a picnic too.
Total climbing: 60m
842 m Return
904 m Return
1.7 km Return
2 km Circuit
This walk to the Middle Head fortifications is a great way to break up your day at the beach. There are plenty of places to explore, and the forts are quite interesting and historically significant. The track is well marked and has some information signs. The views of Sydney Harbour are great and it is well worth carrying a picnic lunch to allow more time to enjoy North Head.
Total climbing: 199m
4.1 km Circuit
This scenic walk takes you from the Spit Bridge, along the coast to explore the Middle Head Forts. There are a few alternate routes for use at high tide or high seas. Balmoral Beach offers a few spots for a coffee or fish and chips along the way. Middle Head offers plenty of options for exploring the old forts and enjoying a view out the heads.
Total climbing: 181m
6.3 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk explores a great section of Sydney Harbour. The walk starts at the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf with views of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The spectacular views continue as you explore bushland and the bays along the way. The walk also explores a historic section of the harbour, including the fortifications at Bradley’s Head and Chowder Bay. Some sections of this walk are closed at night. There are a few places to get food along the way, and many great places to eat your own packed lunch.
Total climbing: 328m
6.8 km One way
This is a scenic and culturally rich walk with views over Sydney Harbour and many interesting heritage buildings along the way. The start at the zoo allows for a possible visit. The walk then passes the Bacino Bar on the way through the military heritage buildings. This is an excellent walk to do on a hot summer’s day, with access to beautiful beaches along the whole walk.
Total climbing: 410m
10.4 km One way
This very long day walk has some stunning views, excellent heritage sites, a Zoo and beautiful beaches. What more could you ask for? The many sidetrips and places to stop and enjoy the views, having a coffee at the Bacino Bar or fish and chips on Balmoral Beach, will all make this walk an excellent way to ease into longer distance walking. The walk spends most of its time on the coast, and follows the Spit to Manly walk for the last half.
Total climbing: 746m
18.9 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This walks follows the coast from Balmoral to the Spit and across Spit Bridge. There are some alternate tracks to consider at high-tides, which take the streets over the headlands. Balmoral and Chinamans Beaches are very nice places for lunch and a swim. Allows time to wander and explore. There are plenty of options for swimming.
Total climbing: 85m
4.3 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This loop walk is the shortest way to access the views from Chowder Head. The optional side trip leads to an informal lookout on an unfenced rock platform. A great spot to enjoy the sailing boats on Sydney Harbour. In spring, this walk is particularly spectacular with a wide range of wildflowers on display.
Total climbing: 36m
548 m Circuit
Spend some time relaxing and exploring Camp Cove – the first landing place for Europeans in Australia. On this walk, you will head across the northern end of Camp Cove Beach, up some steps to follow an old sandstone cobbled road. This road leads to a great vantage point, with views over the Sydney Harbour to the city. This spot is also host to a large (disused) gun, that once defended these shores. Plenty of history and beauty.
Total climbing: 14m
358 m Return
This walk leads to a popular nudist (clothing optional) beach on Sydney Harbour’s South Head. The walk follows the clear footpath / old roads past several significant historic and beautiful sites before climbing down a set of steps to find the beach. The beach is protected from the main surf on the inside of the headland and provides a great view across the harbour to Middle Head.
Total climbing: 38m
992 m Return
This walk explores the tip of Sydney Harbour’s South Head. On this walk, you will visit several historic and scenic places, following a footpath most of the way. You will start at Camp Cove, the first landing place for Europeans in Australia, and also visit a number of gun emplacements, designed to protect the shores from the threat of invasion. Also enjoy the panoramic ocean and harbour views from the cliff line at Hornby Lighthouse. A wonderful walk for those wanting to explore wide open views and get a glimpse of history.
Total climbing: 64m
1.7 km Circuit
On this walk, you will circumnavigate Green Point (also known as Laings Point), on Sydney Harbour’s South Head. The point is surrounded in history and great harbour views. Starting from the end of Pacific St, you will head through some open parkland and a short side trip leads to Camp Cove, the first landing place for Europeans in Australia. The walk then continues around the grassy headland to visit the eastern anchor point of Sydney’s anti-submarine net. A short and enjoyable walk.
Total climbing: 10m
243 m Circuit
1.7 km One way
This track takes you from Taronga Zoo Ferry, directly to Camp Curlew. A perfect little walk for the Impressionist wanting to recreate the attraction to Camp Curlew for painting. Little Sirius Cove is a secluded beach, worth the short sidetrip. Camp Curlew is a secluded spot on Sydney Harbour and has historically been used as a retreat by artists.
Total climbing: 61m
930 m Return
This walk is a great way to explore the history of Bradleys Head whilst enjoying the views of Sydney Harbour, including the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and a majestic angophora forest. Starting from the ferry wharf below Taronga Zoo, this walk follows a clear track along the shore, visiting several historic sites (and a cafe) on Bradleys Head. The track then leads around Taylors Bay to enjoy more harbour views from Chowder Head. Here, the walk heads up to Morella St. A great way to enjoy this pocket of Sydney Harbour National Park, and the sweeping city views.
Total climbing: 219m
3.7 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
Starting at Taronga Wharf, this walk passes many icons of Sydney, including Taronga Zoo, HMAS Sydney Mast, Chowder Bay. The walk also provides views across the water to the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Fort Denison and the city skyline. The walk has many brilliant vantage points over the harbour with some spots to stop for a coffee and lunch. A great walk to see Sydney Harbour from a different view.
Total climbing: 246m
4.4 km One way
The walk around Bradleys Head is a great way to see Sydney Harbour and some interesting cultural heritage. The walk passes stunning views at Bradleys Head, to the mast of HMAS Sydney, before coming back to the old Athol Hall for afternoon tea. The entrance to Taronga Zoo is passed twice so be prepared for the kids wanting to visit!
Total climbing: 138m
3 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
This walk winds along the coast of Sydney Harbour with many beautiful views across to the city and of the bush surrounding the track. Bacino Bar at Clifton Gardens is worth a visit for a coffee before walking through the streets over to Sirius Cove. The walk passes Taronga Zoo, which could be added to your walk to make a great day out.
Total climbing: 352m
6.5 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.