I am so sorry, but yet again I have wandered the trails of Sydney. This time I did the 6.5-kilometer medium difficulty Taronga zoo to Balmoral beach trail. During this walk, I encountered stunning harbor views, nature at its best, while exploring quiet beaches and beautiful luscious bushland.
After finally doing the Spit Bridge to Manly Walk a few weeks ago and the amazing Bondi to Coogee walk before that, I forced myself to do one final walk before I headed out to Europe for my yearly holiday. I have heard about this walk from a friend of mine who recommended it and told me the city views are absolutely stunning and not to be missed. So when the weather was nice and the sun was out, I hoped on the bus towards Taronga zoo to do another walking trail.
This amazing coastal and bush walk is 6.5 kilometers long and offers some stunning city views along the way. The walk is medium difficult. Towards the start of the walk it is quite easy and flat but towards Balmoral there are some climbs and stairs making you huff and puff a little. I do think this walk is doable for most people, just take it easy.
The signposts at the walk are not the best, considering that I got lost once and I couldn’t find the posts on two separate occasions. (I might have missed the sign once when I was looking for some bluebirds I saw right before…. I might… I would never admit that I got lost cause I was looking for a bird hahaha)
There are not a lot of places to buy food or drinks, so make sure you are stocked up. There are public toilets at Bradley’s Head Amphitheatre, Clifton Gardens, Chowder Bay, Balmoral Oval, and Balmoral Beach.
You can also encounter some Australian wildlife. From a variety of birds, snakes and heaps of (very large) spiders. So keep your eyes open. Lastly, because some of the walk goes through a national park, some of the track is closed at night-time. Not that you’d really want to be doing this walk in the dark with snakes and spiders hidden by the darkness.
Underneath I will show you some of the sights that you will encounter when walking this pretty amazing route.
FINDING THE START OF THE TRIAL
If you are starting at Taronga zoo then get off the ferry at Taronga Wharf and set out east hugging the harbor, playing eye spy with the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as you go. Just keep following the signs to Bradley’s Head.
If you are starting at Balmoral, then the walk starts at the Boathouse. Just walk the walkway to Lawry Plunkett Reserve until you see stairs going up into Balmoral park.
I started at Taronga zoo because it is very easy for me to hop on a bus from there to my home.
THE WALKS BEST BITS
Underneath are just some of the best stops and sights that you will encounter during the walk.
I think the pictures say quite a lot. But in case you didn’t see it yet….Bradleys’ head offers STUNNING city and harbor views. Three of the cities most icon building can be seen from here: Sydney harbor bridge, Sydney Opera House, and the bucket.
You can spend hours here oozing at the views, but I at some point I do encourage you to walk on tehe.
Follow the track up north towards Taylors bay.
The perfect little beach to take a quick dip during the walk… If its warm enough. With stunning blue water, and quiet cobbling water it is a great place to relax and cool down.
If you go exploring here, you may be able to find some Aboriginal engravings of kangaroos near a small stream.
This beautiful bay has a fascinating history; it is the site where 3 Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour during WW2 and fired a torpedo at HMAS Kuttabul killing 21 sailors. One of three subs was blown up by its crew when it became caught in the netting that was installed to protect the harbor from submarine attack. The other two submarines escaped.
After this bay, you will bump into Chowder Bay. Here are some toilets, a playground, and some restaurants.
GEORGES HEIGHTS LOOKOUT
You need to walk up the stairs behind the buildings at Chowder Bay and continue along the road to until it comes to Drift Cafe. Here you can either take a shortcut around to Balmoral or continue straight to Middle Head.
The shortcut, known as Bungaree Walkway and leads up to Georges Head Lookout. I highly suggest you don’t take this shortcut. Instead, take the staircase to the right of the cafe and follow it until you see the sign for Gunners Barracks or Georges Heights Lookout. The lookout offers 180-degree views over the harbor and across to Manly, Vaucluse and to the city. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.
I was a tad confused when I was done taking pictures of where to continue the walk. There is a small sign pointing you in the right direction.
Keep walking on this track until you come to a long metal staircase heading down to Balmoral Beach. Along the way, you can bump into some cute wildlife.
LASTLY – BALMORAL BEACH
Finally, after about three hours of strutting your stuff, you’ll stumble upon Balmoral Beach. A massive beach which is bussing during summer time. You can grab a bit to eat (Some delicious seafood at Bottom of the Harbour Seafoods for example), chill at the beach or hang out at the Balmoral Bathers Pavilion. You have deserved it afer a pretty decent walk.
PLANNING TO GO TO SYDNEY? THEN CHECK OUT SOME MORE TRAVEL TIPS HERE:
- Bondi to Coogee coastal walk
- Spit to Manly coastal walk
- Taronga Zoo
- Palm Beach and Barrenjoey lighthouse
- The royal botanic gardens
- Sydney city guide
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