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Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk

Sydney Harbour National Park

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Overview

Take the Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk for beautiful views of Sydney Harbour. This easy walk takes you from Taronga Zoo to the beach and cafes at Chowder Bay.


Distance
4km one-way
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Entry fees

Vehicle entry fees apply at Bradleys Head and Chowder Bay. Pay using pay machines or via the Park’nPay app.

Opening times

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

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note

Before you visit, download the Bushland secrets at Bradleys Head self-guided tour to discover the wildlife and history along this walking track.

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 – Gooree and is guaranteed to impress.

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 – Booraghee 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. 

Take a virtual tour of Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

Bushland secrets at Bradleys Head self-guided tour

Discover the secrets of Bradleys Head on a self-guided tour that takes you beneath the towering angophoras to the area's military forts, naval tributes and historic structures.

A red-crowned toadlet amongst leaf litter. Photo © Kelly Nowak

 

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General enquiries

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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: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head: $5 per vehicle per day. Tap and pay card or phone payments accepted at pay machines. Coin payment available at Fairfax carpark machines only. Chowder Bay: 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. Park’nPay: You can also pay for your visit to any area via the Park’nPay app.

    Other fees:

    Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.

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