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Harbour Bridge to The Spit Bridge walking track

Sydney Harbour National Park

Overview

Tread the paths of history past Taronga Zoo and federation homes on The Harbour Bridge to Spit Bridge walk. Be enthralled in beautiful bushland and rainforest remnants.

Where
Sydney Harbour National Park
Distance
16.5km one-way
Time suggested
5 - 6hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Harbour Bridge to Spit Bridge walking track is always open but may need to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note

  • You might like to pack swimmers and a towel as there are opportunities to swim along the way
  • Take care as this walk includes a variety of terrain and pathway conditions
  • This track is part of Sydney's walking track network. For more information visit the Walking Coastal Sydney website

This stunning urban foreshore walk begins at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Start at the bridge’s southern end in The Rocks or its northern end at Milsons Point, and then follow its signage around the harbour’s northern shores.

On this superbly scenic route, you’ll tread the paths of history as you pass harbour fortifications and Federation homes. You’ll walk some of the city’s most interesting and exclusive streets and find yourself ensconced in beautiful bushland and rainforest remnants.

Hike east past Taronga Zoo and into Sydney Harbour National Park, home of the incredible Bradleys, Chowder and Middle Heads. Be sure to stop at Athol Hall for a cuppa and a bite to eat, before continuing on to the exquisite Balmoral Beach for a swim. Then press on until you reach The Spit Bridge; you may even get there in time to see it open and rise to allow boats through.

It’s easy to break this walk up into shorter sections by parking partway along the route, catching the bus or the ferry at Mosman or Taronga Zoo wharves.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Conservation program:

Fort Denison heritage collection project

Fort Denison is home to a wealth of historic heritage. The Fort Denison heritage collection project invited volunteers to locate, identify, document, conserve, interpret and make accessible the heritage collections in Sydney Harbour National Park. This allowed NPWS to engage with the community and ensure our collections are protected.

 Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully.

    Other fees:

    Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour Islands. Fort Denison can only be visited on a tour. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands Island, all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

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      (02) 9337 5511
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
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      (02) 9960 6266
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Wednesday to Friday
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    • Fax: (02) 9960 3965
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Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath