Taronga Zoo Wharf to The Spit
This walk takes you around Sydney Harbour National Park, starting at Taronga Zoo Wharf and ending at The Spit. It's approximately a 10 kilometre walk.
If you are leaving from the city, come by ferry from Circular Quay , arriving at Taronga Zoo Wharf. If you are coming by bus, the 238 from Spit Junction will take you down to the wharf, via the zoo. From the wharf, begin your walk up the right side of the road to the lower zoo entrance. A pathway then leads to the Bradleys Head Walking Track. This is a beautiful bushland environment with spectacular views across to the city and eastern suburbs.
Displayed at Bradleys Head is the foremast of the cruiser HMS Sydney, the first Australian ship to engage in battle with an enemy ship in World War 1. Bradleys Head Amphitheatre has a glorious view back to the city. Plaques commemorate Australian warships and submarines lost in conflict. From there, continue along the path through the bushland, past Taylors and Chowder Bays.
To walk directly to Balmoral , turn left on the track overlooking Chowder Bay and walk up the stairs to Morella Road and go to your left. Turn right at Kardinia Road and right into Burrawong Avenue, then left at Thompson Street. At the roundabout at Bradleys Head Road, walk to your right. Turn right into King Max Street, left into Middle Head Road and immediately right at Muston Street. Take a right at the roundabout with Raglan Street and walk all the way down to Balmoral Beach. It is an idyllic setting with an old-world atmosphere. Yachts are moored in the sheltered waters at the southern end, white sand stretches the length of the beach, and magnificent Moreton Bay fig trees line the beachfront. There are many cafes and restaurants.
At the northern end of The Balmoral Esplanade, walk up the steps to Wyargine Street which becomes Burran Avenue. This is a walk through one of Sydney's most impressive suburbs. The road becomes Hopetoun Avenue. Take a hard right into Rosherville Road and at the end follow the pathway to Rosherville Reserve. On the water side, a trail leads to secluded Chinamans Beach.
Walk to the northern end of Rosherville Reserve and go right into McLean Crescent. This becomes Cyprian Crescent which is a steep climb to Parriwi Road. The good news is this becomes an easy walk down to The Spit. On the way are wonderful views across to Sydney Heads, Middle Head and Clontarf. Also on the way is Rosherville Lighthouse, which was built in 1911.
The walk ends at The Spit, with its many marinas, sailing clubs and restaurants. The walk is approximately 10 kilometres, but can be done in two stages if needed.
For details about walking from Chowder Bay to Georges Heights and Middle Head visit the Harbour Trust website for a PDF map of Headland Park.