Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach


3 hrs

6.8 km One way

328 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach 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 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 Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach

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 6.8 km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 4/6



Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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

Gradient

2.5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.2km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 1.8km has short steep hills and the remaining 380m is very steep.

Quality of track

3km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 2.3km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (1.5km) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs

Around 6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 950m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

weather

This whole walk, 7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure

Around 6km 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).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach walk starts 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)



The Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach ends at the Rocky Point Bridge (gps: -33.823419, 151.25171)
Your transport options to Rocky Point Bridge 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

Comments

 


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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 :)