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Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk

Important information

Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas, upcoming fire bans


Updated: 31/10/2014 03:17 PM

“Bushland, harbour views, magnificent homes and historic sites – this walk is the quintessential Sydney experience.”

The views along Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk are almost too good to be true. The gentle bush track weaves around the harbour headlands from Taronga Zoo Wharf around Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay and is guaranteed to impress. There is even an app you can download directly to your iPhone or Android device.

You can see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge – Sydney’s most famous icons – in all their glory. Watch the boats glide by from Bradleys Head Amphitheatre or step into the past at Military relics at Bradleys Head. Come face-to-face with wildlife and ancient trees, and stop for a drink at heritage-listed Athol Hall or a Chowder Bay cafe.

The Harbour Bridge to The Spit Bridge walking track continues past Chowder Bay if you feel like a longer walk. Once you’ve explored this exquisite part of Sydney Harbour you’re sure to want to walk more of Sydney's coastal walking tracks. 


Getting there

Getting there:

Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk is in the Bradleys Head precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. To get there:

By car

  • From Mosman take Military Road onto Bradleys Head Road
  • The walks starts at the end of the road at Taronga Zoo Wharf.
  • Parking is not available at the Wharf

By public transport

  • Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo Wharf
  • From Chowder Bay the 244 bus takes you to Wynyard in the city.

Get driving directions


Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Paid parking is available at Clifton Gardens and Chowder Bay.

Important info


5km (one-way)

Time suggested:

1.75 hours each way



Opening hours:

Vehicle access to Bradleys Head is available between 6am and 8pm every day.

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

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
Gap Bluff Headland walking track closure
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is upgrading the Gap Bluff Headland walking track and viewing platforms in Sydney Harbour National Park from 7 October 2014 to 28 November 2014. The area will be closed for safety reasons during this time. It is anticipated that the work may be completed in early November but progress is dependant upon the weather conditions.
 Previously completed stages of the upgrade included the construction of two viewing platforms and interconnecting walking tracks. The final stage of construction will provide further upgrades to two additional viewing areas and associated walking track.
For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 9337 5511.
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed - Nielsen Park
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed following annual winter maintenance.

upcoming fire bans

Fire ban (Saturday 1 November) A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:

Bradley's Head Walk, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan