Sydney Train Walks

From Taronga Zoo via Sydney Harbour 2h / 7km to Balmoral Beach

About this walk

Part of this walk follows the Bradleys Head to Chwoder Bay.

It takes about 2 hours to complete the full 7 kilometre walk, but plan extra for plenty of breaks and photography stops. Consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Get the ferry to Taronga Zoo using Plan your return trip from Balmoral Beach at

Along the way

From the ferry dock for the Zoo, start up the road to the Zoo entrance.

Opposite the bottom entrance of the Zoo, follow the path down.

Follow the signs along the path to end up on the trail to Bradleys Head.

The path ends at a toilet block near the monuments at Bradleys Head.

Follow the footpath along the road up to the hairpin turn.

At the hairpin turn a bush trail continues on along the shore.

The trail finally ends at a grassy reserve near Chowder Bay. From there follow the stairs down to the beach.

At the far end of the beach follow the path past the cafe on the dock.

Before the open area of the dock, a stone staircase leads up to the headland.

The path ends at a roundabout. On the other side next to a cafe, a staircase and bushtrail lead up further.

The climb ends at a road. Cross the road and follow the bushtrail on the inside of the bend.

This trail leads to the Middle Head Gun Placements. From there a footpath continues along the headland.

The footpath ends at a pedestrian crossing. Cross the road and follow the metal staircase down to Balmoral Beach.

The metal staircase ends at a sportsfield next to the beach.

Cross the parking lot next to the sportfield to get to the promenade along the beach.

Follow the promenate to the rocky point in the middle of the beach. The bus stop is across the street from there.

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.