Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk
Sydney Harbour National Park
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.
- 4km one-way
- Time suggested
- 1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
- Grade 3
- Entry fees
Vehicle entry fees apply at Bradleys Head and Chowder Bay carparks.
- Opening times
Vehicle access to Bradleys Head is available between 6am and 8pm every day.
- What to
- Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
- Please note
Before you visit, see how to download the NPWS self-guided tour app 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.
Bradleys Head self-guided tour app
Download the app and discover where wildlife likes to hang out around Bradleys Head. Sections of elevated boardwalk offer views over Sydney Harbour and historic points of interest. Take a rest on the grass before completing the loop and returning by ferry.
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- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Middle Head office
- Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.
- 02 9960 6266
- 2 Governors Road, Mosman NSW 2088
- 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. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.
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.Buy annual pass
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