Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk – Complete Visitors Guide

The Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk is one of the best walks in Sydney you can do. The walk rewards you with some of the best views of Sydney, including Sydney Harbour, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city.

In this guide, I have included everything you need to know about the Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk, including how to get there, best times to visit, things to consider before you visit and what to expect along the walking trail.

Bradleys Head to Chowders Bay walk
Taylors Bay

Where is the walk located

The Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk is located within Sydney Harbour National Park in the lower North Shore region of Sydney.

It is one of three coastal walks along the Northern Foreshores between Taronga Zoo and Balmoral Beach.

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How to get to the walk

The most popular and common way to get to the start of the walk at Bradleys Head is by private vehicle. Alternatively, there are plenty of places in Sydney and North Shore to rent a vehicle if required. You then drive down Bradleys Head Rd located in Mosman, to the very bottom where there is a carpark.

Bradleys Head Carpark
Bradleys Head Carpark

Another popular way is to catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo. Generally ferries will depart every 30 minutes. From there, it is about a 15-20 minute walk directly from Taronga Zoo wharf to Bradleys Head via Bradleys Head Walking Track.

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Best time to visit

The Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk can be visited year-round, whereby the best time in my opinion to embark on the walk is early morning – midday. This allows you plenty of time to complete the walk there and back, at your own pace and to experience everything this location has to offer.

If you love sunrises, then you can particularly experience amazing views of the sunrise from Bradleys Head and other view points along the walk.

If you are not an early bird, that is no problem! Just ensure you allow yourself up to a few hours to complete the walk there and back, including time to admire all the sites and views in the area.

Things to consider before you visit

If you wish to complete this track in reverse order – Chowder Bay to Bradleys Head, that is no problem at all! You would just need to drive to and park at Clifton Gardens.

Parking fees apply at both Bradleys Head and Clifton Gardens carpark. It is $8 all day at Bradleys Head. At Clifton Gardens it is $7 per hour ($25 all day) Monday-Friday or $8 per hour ($28 all day) Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

A large part of the walking track is enclosed within dense vegetation and therefore doesn’t receive much sunlight. Therefore, you can expect various parts along the way to be quite muddy, particularly after wet weather. Ensure you wear appropriate walking clothes and shoes and ones which you don’t mind getting dirty.

Various Muddy sections along the track

The Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay Walking Trail

The trail that takes you from Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay is called the Taylors Bay Track. It is a 2.5km trail that takes approximately 40 minutes to just over an hour each way to complete

The track starts a few hundred metres up from the Bradleys Head carpark, towards Chowder Bay, and ends at Clifton Gardens.

Start of Bradley Head to Chowder Bay walk
Start of Bradley Head to Chowder Bay walk
View of Sydney Harbour

Taylors Bay Track is one of the best walks in Sydney in terms of the variety it offers. It is mainly a bush track, with some parts boardwalk. The track does consist of some short, steep sections and multiple sections with stairs. However, the vast majority of it is a flat track, whereby overall it is suitable for most fitness levels and ages.

Flat, leafy track
Track consists of sections with stairs

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What to expect

When you arrive at Bradleys Head, you can expect quite a number of sites to admire and enjoy. This includes Bradleys Head Amphitheatre, HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast and the Bradleys Head Lighthouse. Bradleys Head further offers some of the best views of Sydney, including Harbour Bridge, the city and the wider parts of Sydney Harbour.

Bradleys Head Lighthouse
HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast
View of City from Bradleys Head
View of Sydney Harbour Bridge from Bradleys Head

During the Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk, you can expect to feel completely immersed in nature, as it becomes enclosed within some dense, lush green foliage. There are various parts along the walk that does offer some stunning views of Sydney Harbour and Taylors Bay, contributing to why it is one of the best Sydney coastal walks.

Start of Taylors Bay Track
Dense vegetation

When the walk reaches Taylors Bay, there are couple tracks that take you down to the bottom if you wish to check out the beach or even go for a swim. As the track approaches the end at Clifton Gardens in Chowder bay, it will start to descend to ground level through various hill sections and stairs.

Taylors Bay
Towards the end at Clifton Gardens

When you arrive down at Clifton Gardens, you can expect plenty to see and do. This includes Clifton Gardens Beach and Baths, a jetty, a playground for the kids and plenty of areas to sit down, relax and even have something to eat.

Clifton Gardens
Clifton Gardens Baths
Clifton Gardens Wharf
Clifton Gardens Beach

What else does Sydney have to offer?

As well as waterfalls, see what else Sydney has to offer by checking out a wealth of outdoor activities you can book.

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Where to stay in Sydney

Whether you are a luxury traveller or budget backpacker, Sydney has hundreds of accommodations to choose from that suit you. See list of recommended accommodations in Sydney below:

Luxury: Hyatt Regency 

Mid Range: Travelodge Hotel

Budget: Maze Backpackers 


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Final Thoughts

The Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk is definitely one of the best Sydney coastal walks you can do. From stunning, picturesque views of the city and Sydney Harbour, to exploring the incredible nature of Sydney Harbour National Park, you honestly cannot go wrong.

This walk is definitely one I highly recommend as a Sydney day trip, since you can easily spend a few hours here, from the walk itself to checking out all the amazing sites in the area.

If you have any questions about The Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

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