Balmoral Beach to Taronga Zoo via Chowder Bay

Balmoral to Taronga

This scenic walk takes you from the iconic Balmoral Beach to Taronga Zoo along Sydney Harbour, with spectacular views and historic sites to see along the way. This description is from Balmoral Beach (Mosman) to Taronga Zoo, but the hike could easily be done in the opposite direction.


Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2hrs
Distance: Approx. 6km
Start: Balmoral Beach
Finish: Taronga Zoo

Balmoral to Taronga Hike

Start at Balmoral Beach. The track starts from the southern end of the beach near the Scout Hall and the Childcare. The track ascends up stairways quite steeply, cutting through some bushland in between the Navy area and houses.

At the fork in the track, turn to the left and follow the track and Middle Head Road down to Georges Head, where you can spend time exploring the old gun placements and enjoying the views. The path to Chowder Bay starts near the carpark.

The track winds through the bush between the houses and the foreshore. Follow this track down to Chowder Bay.

Walk around the bay, stopping for a swim or refreshments if you choose. You can also finish the walk here and find a bus by walking up the hill on the opposite side of the bay to which you arrived.

The track starts on the side of the bay, and winds around Chowder Head, and then heads through the bush. You will see many water monitors along the way basking in the sunshine beside the track.

Follow the track around Bradleys Head, past Athol Bay and on to Taronga Zoo. Ferries operate from the wharf. If you need to take a bus, you will need to head up Athol Wharf Rd to Bradleys Head Rd. Buses depart near the top of the zoo.

About David Rutter

Dave grew up on a small acreage on the outskirts of Sydney, within a stone's throw of the bush. Having spent a large part of his childhood exploring the bush behind the family home, much of his adult life has been spent exploring the world - he has lived in Sweden, traveled much of Europe, travelled in the Pacific and South America, and more recently in Asia. The Australian bush is however, the place where he feels he truly belongs.
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