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Taronga Wharf to Chowder Bay
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.1 km SSE of Mosman
Length: 4.4 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.4 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 246 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 246 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a ferry stop near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)


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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Taronga Wharf to Chowder Bay

Map of Walk

Location

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Taronga Zoo Wharf
Taronga Zoo Entrance
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Corner Trk
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Cannons picnic area Trk
Int. Bradleys Head Amphitheatre Trk and Borogegal Walking Trail
HMAS Sydney Mast, Bradleys Head
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Taylors Bay Lookout track
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Taylors Bay Lookout track
Taylors intersection
Bottom of the Iluka and Morella access track
Chowder Head track intersection
Chowder Head track intersection
Bottom of Morella Rd track
Morella St lookout
Bottom of Sarahs walk steps
Western end of Clifton Gardens
Clifton Gardens Baths
Chowder Bay Lower Gate
Chowder Bay Wharf
Starting point for this hiking track: Taronga Zoo Entrance

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Photo Gallery

 
Looking Down road from Lower end of Taronga Zoo
 
Looking Down road from Lower end of Taronga Zoo +
 
Lower end of Taronga Zoo
 
Lower end of Taronga Zoo +
 
Track east of Taronga Zoo
 
Track east of Taronga Zoo +

 
Atholl Hall
 
Atholl Hall +
 
Seat with a view on Bradleys Head
 
Seat with a view on Bradleys Head +
 
Mast at Bradleys Head
 
Mast at Bradleys Head +

 
View from the track
 
View from the track +
 
Track on western side of Bradleys head
 
Track on western side of Bradleys head +
 
Lookout over Taylors Bay
 
Lookout over Taylors Bay +

 
Track over Chowder Head
 
Track over Chowder Head +
 
Track behind houses near Clifton Gardens
 
Track behind houses near Clifton Gardens +
 
Clifton Gardens baths
 
Clifton Gardens baths +

 
Clifton Gardens
 
Clifton Gardens +
 
Chowder Bay
 
Chowder Bay +
 
Chowder Bay
 
Chowder Bay +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Taronga Wharf to Chowder Bay bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Taronga Wharf to Chowder Bay bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Taronga Wharf to Chowder Bay bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Taronga Wharf to Chowder Bay bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 4.4km
Time 2 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
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)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
1.8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.4km has short steep hills. The remaining (1.1km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.7km follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (630m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 3.8km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 620m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 4.4km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 3.5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 850m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the ferry to Taronga Zoo
Public transport (ferry) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for upto date running time info
Use these links to plan your Ferry (and train) trip to the end of this walk.

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Catch the bus to Taronga Zoo Wharf
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
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Drive to Taronga Zoo Wharf
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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(0 km) Taronga Zoo Wharf to Taronga Zoo Entrance
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 218 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -5 m
From the wharf, the walk heads uphill along the footpath beside the road to the Taronga Zoo entrance at the pedestrian crossing.

Taronga Zoo Alt = 14 m
Taronga Zoo was founded in 1916, with the vision of imitating the Hamburg Zoo's bar-less exhibits. Since its opening, Taronga Zoo has directed more attention to research, education and conservation efforts to support the animals. Taronga Zoo is open everyday 9am- 5pm. Phone: +61 2 9969 2777 or email: groups@zoo.nsw.gov.au. More info

(0.22 km) Taronga Zoo Entrance to Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 412 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -15 m
Turn right: From the opposite the zoo entrance, the walk heads down the ramp leaving the road up to the left. The track soon leads to a a lookout with a set of bench seats and good harbour views. The walk continues along the footpath to a wire fence then follows the 'Walking Track' sign along the hillside to climb a few steps and cross a wooden bridge. The track comes to the corner of Athol Hall's grass clearing.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads down the stairs then continues along the hill for a short time. The walk descends more stairs to a signposted intersection.

(0.63 km) Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk to Athol Hall
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 70 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Athol Hall' up the stairs, crossing a large grassy area. The walk then continues up to Athol Hall entrance.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Athol Hall Alt = 33 m
Athol Hall, built in 1908, was once a hotel. Sections of the original building date back to the 1800's. The hall has an excellent vantage point over the harbour with the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city all well within its scope. Athol Hall today is a cafe and function centre with the cafe open Tues-Fri and Sun, 11am -3pm. More info

(0.63 km) Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk to HMAS Sydney Mast, Bradleys Head
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 671 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -40 m
Continue straight: From the stairs, this walk heads around the hillside with the harbour below on the right. The walk travels across large sections of boardwalk which undulate slightly as the walk comes up to a trail (which leads to a bench overlooking Sydney Harbour). From the trail, this walk keeps contouring along the hillside, south and tending left, to the intersection, signposted as the way to 'Cannons picnic area'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the car park, keeping the harbour to the right. The walk leads approximately 10m to the intersection with a track (leading down to Bradleys Head Amphitheatre).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads along the footpath next to the car park for a short distance, until it comes to be above the flag pole, HMAS Sydney Mast.

HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast Alt = 13 m
The HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast was erected in 1934, following the HMAS Sydney's decommissioning in 1928[1]. The mast stands as a sign of respect for 'Australian officers, sailors and ships lost at sea and in combat'[2]. HMAS Sydney itself was a Chatham Class light cruiser which saw action in WW1.
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(1.3 km) HMAS Sydney Mast, Bradleys Head to Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Taylors Bay Lookout track
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 787 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 42 m Descent = -29 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the footpath, keeping the road to the left, for about 150m to where the road bends sharply left. From this point, this walk heads along boardwalk, on your right, keeping the water glimpses to your left. The board walk soon end and this walk follows the track along the side of the hill for about 600m to come to an intersection with a sign pointing back to 'Bradleys Head'.

(2.09 km) Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Taylors Bay Lookout track to Taylors Bay Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 49 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads away from the main tracks winding into the bush. The track winds past two white benches, to a small rock shelf overlooking the water.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

(2.09 km) Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Taylors Bay Lookout track to Int. End of Iluka Rd access and Borogegal Trks
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 677 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 41 m Descent = -51 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads into Taylors Gully, with Taylors Bay below on the right. The track continues for approximately 300m, contouring around the hill with views of Taylors Bay on the right. Tending right, this walk enters and exits Taylors Gully, to continue approximately 250m to the signposted intersection at the beginning of the houses, on the left.

(2.77 km) Taylors intersection to Chowder Head track intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 566 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -30 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads along the line of the houses, on the left, for approximately 140m. The track passes a Japanese Submarine information sign on the right as it continues along sections of boardwalk track, to the intersection next to the last house. The walk heads up the stairs below the last house to be met by a large sandstone staircase on the left and a track to the front.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the house and clearing along the fairly flat track keeping the water glimpses to your right. The path soon leads to a clear three-way intersection with a 'Ashton Park' sign pointing back along the track.

(3.33 km) Chowder Head track intersection to Chowder Head
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 87 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -10 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Chowder Head' sign[3] south-west along the clear track. The track heads gently downhill and bends left past some dead gums[4] to find an unfenced rock platform with great harbour views[5]. (Note the informal track continues down becoming steeper, leading to a small bay.)
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Chowder Head Alt = 23 m
Chowder Head provides a small unfenced rocky outcrop to enjoy the wide harbour views. From this vantage point, there are views across the water to South Head, Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Shark Island and Bradleys Head. A great spot to watch the sailing boats on a clear day.

(3.33 km) Chowder Head track intersection to Bottom of Morella Rd track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 110 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Clifton Gardens'[6] sign gently up the hill. The track leads through the bush for a short time to soon come to another three-way intersection, this one marked with a 'Morella Rd' sign[7] (on your left).

(3.44 km) Bottom of Morella Rd track to Morella St lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 168 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -14 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the main track keeping the water glimpses to your right (and the Morella Rd track to your left). The track gently works is way around the hill to come to a sign point back to 'Ashton Park' and a large clearing with good views behind some houses.

Morella St lookout Alt = 29 m
This informally named clearing behind some houses[8] on Morella St provides a great view across the harbour[9]. The fairly large clearing has been maintained and is a good place to stop if wanting to avoid the large groups at Clifton Gardens.

(3.61 km) Morella St lookout to Bottom of Sarahs walk steps
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 75 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -17 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Clifton Gardens' sign[10] downhill along the concrete path, behind the line of houses[11]. The path leads down the hill, following a series of steps[12] past a bench seat to come to a 'T' intersection (with Sarah's Walk, part way down a set of steps)[13][14].

(3.68 km) Bottom of Sarahs walk steps to Clifton Gardens baths
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 251 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -16 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the steps[15] that soon flatten out as the footpath leads around the headland under a few sandstone overhangs[16]. The walk soon comes to a 'Foreshore Path'[17] sign pointing back along the path at the south-western end of Clifton Gardens.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down onto the beach, towards the wharf in the middle of the beach. The walk passes an Illawarra Flame tree, as it heads approximately 100m along the beach to the start of the wharf.

Clifton Gardens Reserve Alt = 2 m
Clifton Gardens was developed as a picnic spot in the late 1800s, with a local hotelier building a wharf and dance pavilion. In 1909, Sydney Ferries Ltd purchased the estate, and further developed the area, including a large swimming enclosure. The structure burned down in 1956.[18]
Today, Clifton Gardens is touted as 'remnant bushland'[19], offering birdwatching, a netted swimming enclosure, change rooms, a fenced playground[20], and of course, spectacular views over Chowder Bay. A short bush track leads through to Rawson Oval.

(3.94 km) Clifton Gardens Baths to Chowder Bay Lower Gate
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 207 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the wharf, this walk heads towards the playground-end of the beach. The walk leads along the beach, passing the playground and rocky outcrop on the left to tend right onto a boardwalk. The boardwalk takes the walk to the lower gate of Chowder Bay.

Bacino Kiosk Alt = 5 m
The Bacino Kiosk, just next to Clifton Gardens, is a smaller version of the Bacino Bar above at Chowder Bay. This kiosk supplies passers-by with a home-blend coffee and sandwiches, and all at a reasonable price ($5-12). The Kiosk is open from 7am-4pm every day, except Christmas and bad weather. More info

(4.14 km) Chowder Bay Lower Gate to Roundabout at end of Chowder Bay Road
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 230 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the gate, this walk heads towards the wharf approximately 80m away. The walk soon passes Bacino Kiosk on the left, and continues along the foreshore footpath to the start of the wharf.
Turn left: From the wharf, this walk heads directly away from that wharf, heading up the stairs. At the top of the stairs, this walk follows the footpath right, around a flag pole and house on the left. The walk continues past a round-about, to the start of a car park, opposite Bacino Bar.

Chowder Bay Alt = 19 m
Chowder Bay looks over Sydney Harbour, to Vaucluse and Rose Bay. The bay is named after the food of the American whalers stationed at Clifton Gardens, 'clam chowder'. Chowder Bay then became a Submarine Mining Depot in 1889. Today, Chowder Bay still has great views from the remaining military buildings on the hillside. One of the newer buildings houses a cafe, and other buildings stand as monuments to their former use. Chowder Bay offers great views with easy access to Clifton Gardens for a swim.

Bacino Cafe Alt = 23 m
The Bacino Bar is in Building No.2 at Chowder Bay, with great views across Sydney Harbour. The bar sells pastas, panini, arancini, tramezzini, stuffed eggplant and biscotti, along with homemade sandwiches and treats. The Bacino Bar prices are reasonable, ranging between $5-12 for the delicacies, and their coffee is made of their own blend. The bar is open every day from 7am- 4pm except for Christmas. A public toilet is available at the Eastern end of the building. More info

Catch the bus from Roundabout at end of Chowder Bay Road
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
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Drive from Roundabout at end of Chowder Bay Road
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 5.2 km
Inski 46 York St , Sydney (02) 9233 3200 4.1 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 4.1 km
Venus Repair Workshop Suite 36a 104 Bathurst St , Sydney (02) 9267 0706 4.3 km
Wildsports Upper Floor 447 Kent St , Sydney (02) 9264 2095 4.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Taronga Wharf to Chowder Bay.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Taronga Wharf to Chowder Bay
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
18 km (to the NW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 19 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 27 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 31 km (to the WNW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 46 km (to the N)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Clear.
Clear.
~15.9°C (feels like ~13.7°)
7 km/h from the NW (gusting 9)
~53% humidity     (as at 30/08:35pm)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Sydney Harbour National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
One of Sydney's most diverse parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is formed from 11 pockets of harbour islands and shoreline. Highlights include coastal walks and swimming, breath-taking viewpoints, tours of colonial buildings and Aboriginal cave art.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Sydney Harbour National Park
Closure information last downloaded Wednesday 30th of July 2014 09:00 PM
CLOSED AREAS
Bradleys Head improvement works (Ends Friday 22 August)

Work is being undertaken to improve access from the lower carpark and toilets to the mast and headland. During this period we ask visitors to follow signage and verbal directions from the work team. Walkers may experience minor delays or detours around the track whilst improvement works are in progress.
Locations affected: Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages currently unavailable for booking. (Ends Tuesday 30 December)

New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. It’s expected that an announcement about this process will be made later in 2014.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage
North Head, Middle Head, Georges Head and Bradleys Head from sunset to sunrise (Ends Thursday 31 July)

Pest management activities are being conducted throughout the normal park closure period of sunset to sunrise Wednesday 30 11 July 2014. Please abide by all Park Signage.
 
Locations affected: Georges Head, Military relics at Bradleys Head, Quarantine Station (Q Station Retreat), Middle Head, Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk, Athol Hall, North Head, Collins Flat Beach, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre, Obelisk Beach, Cobblers Beach, North Head Sanctuary carpark, North Head carpark, Ashton Park

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