Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall

1 hr 30 mins

3 km Circuit

138 m

Moderate track
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!

Maps for the Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall 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.
Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series 91303N PARRAMATTA RIVER NSW-91303N
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall

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 3 km
Time 1 hr 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
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


1.4km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 1.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (250m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track

2.1km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 860m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (70m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 2km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 2.9km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 110m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall walk starts and ends at the Taronga Zoo Wharf (gps: -33.845752, 151.23978)
Your transport options to Taronga Zoo Wharf are by;
Ferry. (get details)
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



Short URL = http://wild.tl/tzbhtah

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 :)