2 hrs 30 mins
(0km) Spit Bridge South → Int. Middle Harbour Yacht Club car park and Spit Rd
(0.28km) Int. Middle Harbour Yacht Club car park and Spit Rd → Int. Grecia Lane Trk and Chinamans Beach Reserve North
(0.28km) Int. Middle Harbour Yacht Club car park and Spit Rd → Int. Grecia Lane Trk and Chinamans Beach Reserve North
Veer right: From the Middle Harbour Yacht Club entrance, this walk heads along the road which goes behind the club building. The walk passes a boat ramp on the left and ‘The Shores’ restaurant before turning right, around the front of the Sydney Water ‘Spit Syphon’ building platform. From the platform, the walk drops down onto the rocky shore and continues to wind around and through the rocks for some time. As the walk meanders along the rocky shore, it passes over some sandy sections to then come out onto Chinamans Beach Reserve, heading to the bottom of the stairs (to the right).
(1.22km) Int. Grecia Lane Trk and Chinamans Beach Reserve North → Middle of Chinamans Beach
Chinamans Beach and Reserve
(1.28km) Middle of Chinamans Beach → Chinamans Beach Reserve South
(1.44km) Chinamans Beach Reserve South → Int. Wyargine Reserve Trk and Balmoral Beach
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads up Hopetoun Ave, away from the split levels in the road. The walk passes Kirk Oswald Ave (off to the right) and then veers right, where the road changes its name to Burran Ave, and soon splits into two levels again. As the road bends right again, this walk instead continues straight ahead into Stanton Rd. The track heads to the signposted intersection at the end of the road.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the steps towards the beach and through a rocky outcrop. The track turns left, winding to the intersection just behind the beach. Now Veer right to rejoin the main walk .
(1.44km) Chinamans Beach Reserve South → Rocky Point Bridge
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the beach keeping the water to the left. The walk continues for approximately 200m to the bridge that connects the promenade footpath to the rocky island. The walk climbs the stairs onto the bridge.
(2.76km) Rocky Point Bridge → Balmoral Park car park
(3.62km) Balmoral Park car park → Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Trk
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the oval, across a bridge. The walk then climbs a few flights of stairs to enter a fenced area with many signs. This walk continues for some time up stairs to turn right, through the fence and continues up stairs to the intersection with Middle Head Rd.
(4.18km) Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Trk → Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Rd
(4.72km) Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Rd → Int. Old Fort and Govenors Rds
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads through the gate, keeping the view of the water to the right of the track. Note that if the gate is closed, visitors can walk around the right-hand side of the fence. The walk then follows the fenceline, (on the left of the track), to then continue up a small hill along the fenceline and to a short stone wall. The walk continues over the stone wall to the fork in the road.
(5.31km) Int. Old Fort and Govenors Rds → Int. Lower Barracks Trk and Old Fort Rd
(5.5km) Int. Lower Barracks Trk and Old Fort Rd → Disappearing Gun Pit North
Continue straight: From the southern fort (surrounded by bush), this walk winds right, away from the fort keeping the sea on the right of the track. The track quickly leads to an intersection near the fort at the sea cliff.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the concrete gun pit and the sea, approximately 20m away. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn left.
(5.5km) Int. Lower Barracks Trk and Old Fort Rd → Tallest Fort
Middle Head Forts
(5.61km) Tallest Fort → Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Rd
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the road, away from the forts and into the bush. The walk passes a gate and a radio tower on the left. This walk continues to the fork of Old Fort and Govenors Rds.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads down Middle Head Rd, away from the houses, to an entrance to the NPWS depot (a driveway with a wire fence).
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads down Middle Head Road, away from the old cottage-style houses and fork in the road. The walk continues past houses, left and right, and then an oval on the right, after which it comes to an intersection in the roads.
Maps for the Spit Bridge to Middle Head Forts walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Parramatta River||1:25 000 Map Series||91303N PARRAMATTA RIVER||NSW-91303N|
|Sydney Heads||1:25 000 Map Series||91302N SYDNEY HEADS||NSW-91302N|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||2 hrs 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
2.1km of this walk is very steep and another 2km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 1.8km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 380m has short steep hills.
Quality of track
1.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.8km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 1.7km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 860m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
2.4km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 2.1km is clearly signposted. The remaining (1.7km) has minimal directional signs.
Around 4.6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.7km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
Around 4.6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.7km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 4.3km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.9km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
2 km Circuit
3.6 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
This walk to the Middle Head fortifications is a great way to break up your day at the beach. There are plenty of places to explore, and the forts are quite interesting and historically significant. The track is well marked and has some information signs. The views of Sydney Harbour are great and it is well worth carrying a picnic lunch to allow more time to enjoy North Head.
Total climbing: 199m
4.1 km Circuit
This walks follows the coast from Balmoral to the Spit and across Spit Bridge. There are some alternate tracks to consider at high-tides, which take the streets over the headlands. Balmoral and Chinamans Beaches are very nice places for lunch and a swim. Allows time to wander and explore. There are plenty of options for swimming.
Total climbing: 85m
4.3 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
The walk from Chowder Bay to Middle Head is an interesting one, passing Georges Head Lookout and its views over South Head, and then going up to the WW1 hospital. The track continues with an exploration of the whole of Middle Head, including forts, a nudist beach (a sidetrip option) and stunning views over the harbour. The walk returns via Chowder Bay Rd which offers a few fortifications hidden in the bush.
Total climbing: 215m
5.1 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk explores a great section of Sydney Harbour. The walk starts at the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf with views of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The spectacular views continue as you explore bushland and the bays along the way. The walk also explores a historic section of the harbour, including the fortifications at Bradley’s Head and Chowder Bay. Some sections of this walk are closed at night. There are a few places to get food along the way, and many great places to eat your own packed lunch.
Total climbing: 328m
6.8 km One way
This is a scenic and culturally rich walk with views over Sydney Harbour and many interesting heritage buildings along the way. The start at the zoo allows for a possible visit. The walk then passes the Bacino Bar on the way through the military heritage buildings. This is an excellent walk to do on a hot summer’s day, with access to beautiful beaches along the whole walk.
Total climbing: 410m
10.4 km One way
This very long day walk has some stunning views, excellent heritage sites, a Zoo and beautiful beaches. What more could you ask for? The many sidetrips and places to stop and enjoy the views, having a coffee at the Bacino Bar or fish and chips on Balmoral Beach, will all make this walk an excellent way to ease into longer distance walking. The walk spends most of its time on the coast, and follows the Spit to Manly walk for the last half.
Total climbing: 746m
18.9 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This full day walk starts at the southern end of the Spit Bridge and explores a lot of Garigal National Park and Middle Harbour Creek. The walk follows the ‘Harbour to Hawkesbury’ track into Garigal National Park, skirting around Bantry Bay and along Middle Harbour Creek before crossing Roseville Bridge. The walk continues to explore the other side of Garigal, before leaving the National Park and arriving at Lindfield train station.
Total climbing: 1181m
22.6 km One way
9 hrs 45 mins
This loop walk from the Spit Bridge is an interesting walk with many different things to see and do along the way. The walk passes Ellery’s Punt Reserve, Sandy Bay and goes along the shoreline to Castle Rock Beach. The walk crosses Dobroyd Head and comes around to Reef Beach, which is a great place for lunch. The walk then heads back to the start via the roads.
Total climbing: 381m
8.7 km Circuit
The Spit to Manly walk is a classic bushwalk on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The walk follows a well-maintained track and provides beautiful views over Middle Harbour. This walk is great for those looking for exercise or just a stroll along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour. If you have time, the sidetrips down to Grotto Point and up to Arabanoo Lookout are definitely worth the effort. There are also a few places to get a bite to eat along the way.
Total climbing: 349m
9.1 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
This is a short walk down to Castle Rock Beach, tucked into the rocky shores of Middle Harbour. The walk is mostly along boardwalk or footpath through rainforest vegetation. The foliage surrounding the track is topped by a closed canopy which provides shade, before opening out onto the sunny beach.
Total climbing: 20m
200 m Return
2 km Return
Walking around Dobroyd Head is a fantastic experience. The heath vegetation high up on the walk provides many opportunities to view flowers and insects close up, whilst still enjoying plenty of views out to the sea. Reef Beach is a great place to stop for a snack or lunch and to get the feet wet before heading back to the road.
Total climbing: 109m
2.5 km Circuit
3.6 km Return
This is a great, short walk to a lookout with a fantastic views. The lookout has great views out through the heads, and also much of the upper reaches of Sydney Harbour. From the lookout, you can even see down into Crater Cove, to the old houses built during the great depression. The walk is very short and starts on Dobroyd Scenic Drive. Whilst in the area, it is worth looking at Arabanoo Lookout at the north-eastern corner of Tania Park.
Total climbing: 9m
60 m Return
This is an excellent walk with some very scenic views. The walk travels along a well used track through the thick coastal bush. The views are capped off by the vista over Sydney Harbour from the Grotto Point Lighthouse. Easy parking, a few good side trips, and in particular, the Aboriginal Engravings, make this walk all the more appealing.
Total climbing: 83m
1.7 km Return
Following the edge of Middle Harbour, this walk has excellent views and Special spots, including the views from the end of North Arm Rd and the trail near the Mannerim Rd Turnoff. The change in the track from bush track to mangroves and mudflats south of the Pump Station gives a good feel of the diversity of environments that can be found in the area.
Total climbing: 145m
3.1 km One way
This walk follows the Manly to Spit Scenic Walkway, then continues past The Spit Bridge to Seaforth Oval. The walk provides magnificent bushland and Harbour scenes with many small beaches, reserves and coves to stop at. A very scenic and fun walk along the Harbour. Stop for a coffee or ice-cream at one of the cafes along the way.
Total climbing: 624m
13.7 km One way
5 hrs 45 mins
This is the main walk around Manly Dam, and is popular for both walkers and bike riders. Prepare for spectacular views from both sides of the dam, along well managed trails. Good spots to break include the picnic areas on King St. Features of this walk include walking the bridge across the top of the dam and the beach on the north side. Watch out for bike riders as this is a shared track. (This walk has changed since these notes were written, the track notes are now somewhat out of date sorry)
Total climbing: 251m
7.3 km Circuit
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/sbtmhf
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.