Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk
Borogegal & Cammeraigal Country

1 h 15 min to 1 h 30 min

3 km
oneway

↑ 146 m
↓ -143 m

Moderate track
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. Let us begin by acknowledging the Borogegal & Cammeraigal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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pano of Sydney harbour. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 1970.
Lighthouse at Bradleys Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track at road on Bradleys Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track on western side of Bradleys head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track intersection near Taylors Bay lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Seat near Taylors Bay Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track on western side of Bradleys Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lookout over Taylors Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track over Chowder Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Houses on behind Morella St lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Steps above Clifton Gardens. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bottoms of Steps on Southern end of Chowder Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Clifton Gardens. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rock stairs at Northern end of Clifton Gardens. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Play Ground at Clifton Gardens. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.853017,151.2462703)
Mode Bus Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Bradleys Head Road
  • Turn on to Bradleys Head Road then drive for 1 km
Finish (-33.8386512,151.2553325)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (Parking fees apply in the area.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk heads along the footpath, keeping the road to the left, for about 150m to where the road bends sharply left. From this point, this walk heads along boardwalk, on your right, keeping the water glimpses to your right. The board walk soon end and this walk follows the track along the side of the hill for about 600m to come to an intersection with a sign pointing back to 'Bradleys Head'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 10 m veer left.
Then pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
After another 6 m pass the water tap (9 m on your right).
Then find the "HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast" (7 m on your right).
HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast
HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast

The HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast was erected in 1934, following the HMAS Sydney's decommissioning in 1928. The mast stands as a sign of respect for 'Australian officers, sailors and ships lost at sea and in combat'. HMAS Sydney itself was a Chatham Class light cruiser which saw action in WW1.
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The HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast was erected in 1934, following the HMAS Sydney's decommissioning in 1928. The mast stands as a sign of respect for 'Australian officers, sailors and ships lost at sea and in combat'. HMAS Sydney itself was a Chatham Class light cruiser which saw action in WW1.

After another 45 m pass the "Bradleys Head Lighthouse" (80 m on your right).
After another 65 m continue straight.
After another 30 m veer right.
After another 30 m pass the shelter (15 m on your left).
After another 590 m continue straight.
After another 670 m pass the car park (175 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 400 m veer right.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Chowder Head. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 155 m turn left.
After another 125 m veer left.
After another 160 m turn right.
Then head up the steps (about 60 m long)
Then find the "Morella St lookout" (on your right).
Morella St lookout
Morella St lookout

This informally named clearing behind some houses on Morella St provides a great view across the harbour. The fairly large clearing has been maintained and is a good place to stop if wanting to avoid the large groups at Clifton Gardens.
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This informally named clearing behind some houses on Morella St provides a great view across the harbour. The fairly large clearing has been maintained and is a good place to stop if wanting to avoid the large groups at Clifton Gardens.

After another 30 m turn right.
Then head up the steps (about 30 m long)
After another 50 m pass the "Clifton Gardens Reserve" (85 m on your left).
After another 105 m pass the "Clifton Gardens Car Park" (55 m on your left).
This car park is wheelchair accessible.
Then pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
After another 150 m pass the water tap (on your right).
Then find the "Clifton Gardens Reserve" (15 m on your left).
Clifton Gardens Reserve
Clifton Gardens Reserve

Clifton Gardens was developed as a picnic spot in the late 1800s, with a local hotelier building a wharf and dance pavilion. In 1909, Sydney Ferries Ltd purchased the estate, and further developed the area, including a large swimming enclosure. The structure burned down in 1956. Today, Clifton Gardens is touted as 'remnant bushland', offering birdwatching, a netted swimming enclosure, change rooms, a fenced playground, and of course, spectacular views over Chowder Bay. A short bush track leads through to Rawson Oval.
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Clifton Gardens was developed as a picnic spot in the late 1800s, with a local hotelier building a wharf and dance pavilion. In 1909, Sydney Ferries Ltd purchased the estate, and further developed the area, including a large swimming enclosure. The structure burned down in 1956. Today, Clifton Gardens is touted as 'remnant bushland', offering birdwatching, a netted swimming enclosure, change rooms, a fenced playground, and of course, spectacular views over Chowder Bay. A short bush track leads through to Rawson Oval.

After another 120 m pass the toilet (70 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.

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Turn right.
Then pass the playground (30 m on your left).
After another 160 m pass the "Bacino's Kiosk" (7 m on your left).
After another 50 m head up the steps (about 9 m long)
After another 8 m pass the "Ripples at Chowder Bay" (20 m on your left).
After another 9 m veer left.
After another 50 m come to the end.
About 135 m past the end is a toilet.
About 115 m past the end is a car park.
This car park is wheelchair accessible.
About 85 m past the end is "Chowder Bay".
Chowder Bay
Chowder Bay

Chowder Bay looks over Sydney Harbour, to Vaucluse and Rose Bay. The bay is named after the food of the American whalers stationed at Clifton Gardens, 'clam chowder'. Chowder Bay then became a Submarine Mining Depot in 1889. Today, Chowder Bay still has great views from the remaining military buildings on the hillside. One of the newer buildings houses a cafe, and other buildings stand as monuments to their former use. Chowder Bay offers great views with easy access to Clifton Gardens for a swim.
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Chowder Bay looks over Sydney Harbour, to Vaucluse and Rose Bay. The bay is named after the food of the American whalers stationed at Clifton Gardens, 'clam chowder'. Chowder Bay then became a Submarine Mining Depot in 1889. Today, Chowder Bay still has great views from the remaining military buildings on the hillside. One of the newer buildings houses a cafe, and other buildings stand as monuments to their former use. Chowder Bay offers great views with easy access to Clifton Gardens for a swim.


Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 85 m turn around.
After another 45 m pass the toilet (110 m on your left).
Then find the "Athol Hall" (130 m on your left).
Athol Hall
Athol Hall

Athol Hall, built in 1908, was once a hotel. Sections of the original building date back to the 1800's. The hall has an excellent vantage point over the harbour with the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city all well within its scope. Athol Hall today is a cafe and function centre with the cafe open Tues-Fri and Sun, 11am -3pm.
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Athol Hall, built in 1908, was once a hotel. Sections of the original building date back to the 1800's. The hall has an excellent vantage point over the harbour with the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city all well within its scope. Athol Hall today is a cafe and function centre with the cafe open Tues-Fri and Sun, 11am -3pm.

After another 35 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 165 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Chowder Head.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 20 m come to the end.
About 70 m past the end is "Chowder Head".
Chowder Head
Chowder Head

Chowder Head provides a small unfenced rocky outcrop to enjoy the wide harbour views. From this vantage point, there are views across the water to South Head, Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Shark Island and Bradleys Head. A great spot to watch the sailing boats on a clear day.
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Chowder Head provides a small unfenced rocky outcrop to enjoy the wide harbour views. From this vantage point, there are views across the water to South Head, Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Shark Island and Bradleys Head. A great spot to watch the sailing boats on a clear day.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 20 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 200 m from the start.

Toilet: There are 4 on route, on average they are 630 m apart with the largest gap of 2.7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
0 m[toilet]
Toilet
20 m[toilet]
Shelter
200 m[shelter]
Toilet
2.8 km[toilet]
Toilet
3 km[toilet]
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