2 hrs 30 mins
(0km) The Obelisk → Circular Quay
(0.26km) Circular Quay → Woolwich Ferry Wharf, Valentia St
(5.07km) Woolwich Ferry Wharf, Valentia St → Goat Paddock
(5.8km) Goat Paddock → Woolwich Lookout
(5.88km) Woolwich Lookout → Top of Kellys Bush
Continue straight: From the end of Alfred St, this walk follows the ‘Nelson Parade’ sign up the sandstone steps. At the top of the steps, this walk turns right, following the ‘Picnic Area’ sign along the dirt track for about 80m to a three-way intersection just past a bench seat. This walk veers right, following the ‘Nelson Parade’ sign up the steps, passing a ‘Kellys bush’ information sign at the top of the hill, then leaves the park through a gap in the timber fence to come to a road beside Weil Park (a large playing field).
(6.46km) Top of Kellys Bush → Int of Brookes and Vernon Sts
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow west alongside Woolwich Rd for about 100m, then turns right across the road and heads to the end of Serpentine Rd. There are some GNW arrows here and a footpath on the left.
Continue straight: From the end of Serpentine Rd, this walk follows the GNW arrows down a few steps, then downhill along the footpath. The path soon leads down to Vernon St to turn left, following the street for about 30m. Here the walk turns right, leading down a pedestrian lane-way and steps between two house, coming to ‘Mornington Reserve’, beside Alexandra Bay on the Lane Cove River. Here the walk turns left, leading up along the grassy track reserve behind some houses for about 180m to turn left at a GNW post marking another pedestrian lane-way. The walk heads up this lane-way then up the steps to turn right on Vernon St, coming almost immediately to an intersection with Brookes St (on your right).
(7.29km) Int of Brookes and Vernon Sts → Hunters Hill Shops
Hunters Hill Shops
(8.5km) Hunters Hill Shops → Joubert Street Reserve
Turn left : From the northern end of Mount St, this walk follows the asphalt footpath behind Hunters Hill High School, whilst keeping the Lane Cover River to your right. The path leads past a few information signs, then bends left at the grassy clearing to head up the side of the school. The path leads up a small set of stairs and turns right on Reiby Rd, where the walk follows the road for 100m until the road bends right. Here, the walk crosses the road to follow the GNW arrow up to the right and along the concrete footpath, which leads under under Burns Bay Rd (Fig Tree Bridge). Just after passing under the bridge, the walk heads left, diagonally up through Joubert Street Reserve to Joubert St (just downhill from the intersection with Figtree Rd).
(9.89km) Joubert Street Reserve → Boronia Park
Maps for the Sydney to Boronia Park walkYou 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|
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.
|Time||2 hrs 30 mins|
|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 8km of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 2.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
8km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 2.5km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (420m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 10km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 420m has directional signs at most intersection.
This whole walk, 11km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 11km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 11km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
Going through the streets of Hunters Hill, this walk is on the first segment of the Great North Walk. The majority of the walk is on roads and footpaths so you may not really consider it a bush walk. The track does pop into some pockets of nice bushland, but these are short, relative to the walking along the streets.
Total climbing: 175m
5.8 km One way
This overnight walk starts from the Obelisk in Macquarie Park, Sydney, at the official start of the Great North Walk. The walk soon boards the ferry from Circular Quay to Woolwich, and follows the Great North Walk through the streets of Hunters Hill and into the Lane Cove National Park. After staying the night in a caravan park here, the walk backtracks a little, then heads north, winding through the Lane Cove Valley, up to Thornleigh train station.
Total climbing: 1114m
33 km One way
This fun walk covers a large section of the Great North Walk, starting from the official start in Circular Quay. After a short ferry trip the walk follows the Lane Cove River through the Lane Cove National Park, to Thornleigh. Here, the walk enters Berowra Valley National Park, continuing along the Great North Walk to before following the popular Blue Gum Walk up out of the valley, to Hornsby train station. Camp overnight at Lane Cove tourist park and at the Scout camp in Thornleigh.
Total climbing: 1695m
44.4 km One way
Other Nearby walks
On this walk, you will explore much of the foreshore linking Milsons Point Station to Taronga Zoo Ferry wharf. The walk is mostly along footpaths sometimes beside roads and other times through parkland. There are a few places to grab a drink or a bight to eat, and plenty of places to stop and enjoy the majestic views of Sydney Harbour.
Total climbing: 389m
9.8 km One way
On this walk, you will circumnavigate Cremorne Point along the harbour-side paths, winding through gardens and sections of native bushland. The extra time for the side trip to Robertsons Point Lookout is well rewarded and in the warmer months, why not bring your swimmers and enjoy a dip at Maccallum Pool. There are places for the kids to play, grand houses and great harbour views to enjoy. A great walk for people wanting to stretch their legs and enjoy Sydney Harbour.
Total climbing: 115m
2.7 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
This walk explores the foreshore tracks of Cremorne Reserve, taking in fantastic harbour views, beautiful gardens and a sidetrip to Robertsons Point lighthouse. Starting from Cremorne ferry wharf, the walk climbs to Robertsons Point and lighthouse, then meanders down past interesting houses and historic gardens, before delving into Mosmans Bay and finishing up at the ferry wharf. A great way to explore part of the harbour, capped off with rides on the ferry.
Total climbing: 68m
2 km One way
This delightful walk from Cremorne to Taronga Zoo enjoys stunning harbour views and a number of sites to explore along bushland and suburban tracks. Starting from Cremorne ferry wharf, there is an option for a closer look at Robertsons Point lighthouse before continuing around Cremorne Reserve into Mosmans Bay. The walk continues through Little Sirius Bay, and offers the chance to visit historic Camp Curlew before finishing at the scenic Taronga Zoo wharf. A great way to enjoy a few hours exploring this beautiful harbour.
Total climbing: 218m
4.2 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
A short walk but a fun time. Catch a ferry to Cremorne Point and grab a bight to eat before climbing the steps and having a play in the kids playground. Then wander along the footpath to the lookout at the end of Cremorne Point, know as Robertsons Point. The view across Sydney Harbour is great. There are also a few picnic tables to enjoy. Beyond this walk, the more adventurous can climb down the steps and ladder to the rock platform below.
Total climbing: 11m
478 m Return
This walk explores a great section of Sydney Harbour. Starting with some historic points at Bradleys Head, you can enjoy views of Sydney’s Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The views will continue to delight as you explore bushland and the bays along the way. The pleasant walk ends at Clifton Gardens, where you will find a kiosk and equipment for the kids to play.
Total climbing: 161m
2.8 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
The walk around Bradleys Head is packed with great views and cultural heritage. The views over Sydney Harbour can be enjoyed from many vantage points. There are a number of places of historic significance, including HMAS Sydney’s Mast and Athol Hall. Athol Hall has a wonderful, grassed lawn with excellent views over the city, a great place for a coffee or picnic.
Total climbing: 83m
1.7 km Circuit
This short walk follows a set of sandstone steps from the narrow streets of Vaucluse to the small, isolated Queens Beach on Sydney Harbour. The beach has great views across the top of Rose Bay to the city and Sydney Harbour Bridge. A great place to wet the toes and enjoy a peaceful lunch by the water. Although the walk is short, the only flat section is on the beach.
Total climbing: 18m
108 m Return
This short walk explores a memorable section of the Hermitage Foreshore Walk. Starting from Queens Ave, this walk heads down the fairly steep stone steps and enjoys a short side trip to Queens Beach. From the beach, this walk heads back up the steps a short way, then follows the main walk around to Hermit Point. Hermit Point is a great place for a picnic and to enjoy the water views. There is access to the water, natural shade, and picnic tables. A short walk with great harbour views.
Total climbing: 39m
Note: There is no car transport option to the start of this walk.
552 m Return
This walk is a great way to explore the history of Bradleys Head whilst enjoying the views of Sydney Harbour, including the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and a majestic angophora forest. Starting from the ferry wharf below Taronga Zoo, this walk follows a clear track along the shore, visiting several historic sites (and a cafe) on Bradleys Head. The track then leads around Taylors Bay to enjoy more harbour views from Chowder Head. Here, the walk heads up to Morella St. A great way to enjoy this pocket of Sydney Harbour National Park, and the sweeping city views.
Total climbing: 219m
3.7 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
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.
Total climbing: 246m
4.4 km One way
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!
Total climbing: 138m
3 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/stbp
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.