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Hermitage Foreshore Track

Greater Sydney

Sydney Harbour National Park


Distance (kms):

3.7 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 2 hrs

Elevation gain (m):

44 m

Max. elevation (m):

18 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 3)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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An easy but feature-packed walk including multiple beaches and spectacular Sydney Harbour and city skyline views. 

This heavily trafficked walk can be started from numerous locations, but is best begun from either the north (at Neilson Park on Steele Point Road in Vaucluse) or the south (at the end of Bayview Hill Road in Rose Bay).

Located less than six kilometres as the crow flies from the centre of Sydney, the walk offers unbelievable views across Shark Island to the city skyline, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Centrepoint Tower.

Starting from the south, wind your way along a mixture of graded tracks, concrete paths and wooden boardwalks as you take in the sights, including a tranquil cemetery set among the tress and affluent harbour side homes. 

There are many beaches that can be enjoyed along the walk, including the small and rocky Queens Beach, the more open Hermit Beach, the boat-laden Tingara Beach and the ever popular Milk Beach.

There are also numerous scenic lookouts and idyllic seats to stop at and enjoy the views, while the ground of the lavish Strickland House are also worth a quick visit. 

At the northern end of the walk, near Steel Point Cottage, there is an old military gun emplacement, as well as a short side-track through the bush atop the headland to an interesting rock formation.

To return, simply retrace your steps.

Those wanting to stretch their legs further can visit the nearby South Head Heritage Walk or Gap Bluff Track in Watsons Bay. 

Other great walks within the Sydney Harbour National Park include the Fairfax Walk at North Head and Bradleys Head Track at Mosman.

There are public toilets at the northern end of the track, down the steps towards Shark Beach. There are numerous places along the trail that are perfect for a picnic.

Track: The trail involves mostly concrete paths, wooden boardwalks and graded trails. While there are numerous sets of steps along the walk, it is relatively flat. The track is well-signed and easy to follow. 

Difficulty: The track is relatively easy and suitable for all fitness levels.

Note that all beaches are unpatrolled. Swim with caution and supervise children at all times.

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

getting there

The walk can be started from numerous locations, but is best begun from either the north (at Neilson Park on Steele Point Road in Vaucluse) or the south (at the end of Bayview Hill Road in Rose Bay), 20 mins drive east of Sydney. 

Parking is sparse and becomes extremely busy during peak periods, including weekends. All parking is street parking (parking fees and time limits may apply). 

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. 

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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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