Chowder Head

20 mins

548 m Circuit

36 m

Moderate track
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.

Maps for the Chowder Head walk

You 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

Cross sectional view of the Chowder Head bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Chowder Head

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.

Length 548 m
Time 20 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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 Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


Around 470m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 85m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

280m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 190m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (85m) follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 470m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 80m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 550m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 550m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 550m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Chowder Head walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Chowder Head walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Chowder Head walk starts and ends at the Int of Iluka and Morella Rds (gps: -33.843072, 151.25104)
Your transport options to Int of Iluka and Morella Rds are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each 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 Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* 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.
Happy walking
Matt :)