South Head Tour

1 hr 45 mins

4.1 km Circuit

144 m

Hard track
On this walk, you will explore historically significant and majestic sections on the tip of Sydney Harbour’s South Head. Explore the confronting sea cliffs at The Gap, visit the first landing place for Europeans in Australia and climb through some of Sydney Harbour’s military defense systems. You will also enjoy great views from Hornby Lighthouse and there are a few chances to grab a drink or a bight to eat along the way.

Maps for the South Head Tour 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 South Head Tour bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the South Head Tour

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 4.1 km
Time 1 hr 45 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
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


2.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.1km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 220m has short steep hills and the remaining 90m is very steep.

Quality of track

Around 3.5km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 580m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


This whole walk, 4.1km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 4.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 4.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 4.1km 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 South Head Tour walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the South Head Tour walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The South Head Tour walk starts and ends at the Watsons Bay Wharf (gps: -33.843316, 151.28184)
Your transport options to Watsons Bay Wharf are by;
Ferry. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Ferry. (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 :)