An easy walk from Taronga Zoo to Balmoral beach that follows the harbour shoreline past tiny harbour beaches, historic sites and bushland. Pack your water bottles, sunblock, snacks or a picnic, your swimmers and a towel and hop on the ferry towards Taronga zoo. Oh and don’t forget your camera or camera phone!
6,6km one way
2-3 hours depending on how many swim and picnic stops you make
Where to start the walk:
Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo. From the ferry wharf, follow the footpath up the hill and keep an eye out for the sign post on the right that marks the start of the walk.
Sites along the way:
Your first stop along the way will be Athol Bay where you will find Athol beach, a secluded stretch of beach on the harbour. Stop here for some photos and a swim.
Bradley Head has some great views of the city across the harbour water. There is a grassed area perfect for a picnic or a lie in the sun with a good book.
You wont miss the huge mast at the edge of the cliff overlooking the harbour. This was the foremast of the HMAS Sydney and now serves as a monument for all the Australian ships lost and sailors killed at war.
Another harbour beach with a big grass picnic area and coffee shops, and yet another great place to stop along the way for a swim, snack and drink.
A historical site with military fortifications from World War II, such as interlinking passageways and tunnels, panoramic views of the harbour.
From here follow the signage to Balmoral Beach, there are a couple of longer or shorter route options to choose from, depending on what you feel like.
A long busy beach area with a couple of restaurants and ice cream shops. This is where the walk ends, from here we caught the bus back to Taronga zoo and then the ferry back to Circular Quay.
Click here to see what we pack for a day hike.