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Bradleys Head Track

Greater Sydney

Sydney Harbour National Park


Distance (kms):

2.6 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

28 m

Max. elevation (m):

14 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A beautiful walk through bushland with incredible views across Sydney Harbour to the CBD. 

This moderately trafficked walk is located at the end of Bradleys Head Road, in Mosman.

The walk starts near the HMAS Sydney I Memorial, which includes the mast of the ship, erected on the shoreline at this spot in 1934.

Before setting off on the walk itself, it is worth checking out Bradleys Head Amphitheatre and the lighthouse, both of which are in close proximity to the memorial.

Bradleys Head (Booraghee) Amphitheatre is an outdoor space, popular for weddings, featuring tiered concrete seating on the hill and a concrete jetty – all of which have spectacular views across the harbour to the city.

Bradleys Head Lighthouse sits on the shoreline below the mast, on a rocky outcrop at the end of a wooden jetty. You can view the lighthouse from its base via a steep set of rocky steps, which can be slippery, so caution is advised.

From the memorial, take the path heading west/northwest towards Taronga Zoo. The walk is a mix graded trails and wooden boardwalks, with most edges fenced, making it a family-friendly walk. 

As the track winds through lovely bushland, you can enjoy impossibly beautiful views across the harbour to the Sydney CBD, including all the most iconic sights, such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Centrepoint Tower. 

There are also a few small beaches along the tracks that can be explored, as well as heritage-listed Athol Hall.

The walk concludes at Taronga Zoo, where you could do a two-car shuffle, or take in the views again as you retrace your steps.

Be sure not to miss the short side-trail up to the Bradleys Head Forts, where you can see military relics, including fortifications dating back to 1839, established as part of the inner harbour defence strategy, as well as a rifle wall and replica cannon. 

There is also an option to extend the walk along the Taylors Bay Track, heading east/northeast from the memorial to the beaches of Taylor Bay and Chowder Bay, and Clifton Gardens.

There are public toilets located at the trailhead near the memorial, with the amphitheatre a perfect place to picnic.

If you enjoyed this walk, be sure to check out similar tracks in the Sydney Harbour National Park, such as the Fairfax Walk at North Head, South Head Heritage Trail and Gap Bluff walking track in Watsons Bay, or the Hermitage Foreshore Track in Rose Bay.

Track: The trail involves graded, well-maintained paths, as well as wooden boardwalks. The track is relatively flat, is well-signed and easy to follow. 

Difficulty: The track is well-maintained and relatively flat, making it easy and suitable for all fitness levels. The area near the memorial is wheelchair accessible, with assistance. 

Note that the small beaches along the walk are unpatrolled. Swim with caution and supervise children at all times.

Direction: The walk is an out-and-back track that returns the way you came. 

getting there

The walk is located at the end of Bradleys Head Road, in Mosman, 30 mins drive northeast of Sydney. 

The car park is relatively small and the site can become busy during peak periods. 

Entry to the headland is gated, with vehicle access from 6am to 8pm daily.

There is additional parking near the Forts, Athol Hall (with a path leading to the main track), and along Athol Wharf Road near Taronga Zoo (parking fees and time limits may apply).

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. 

Note that there are park fees associated with entering many national parks in New South Wales. Check the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service website for more information.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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