Balmoral to Middle Head Forts

Download & Print Map and Notes

2 hrs

3.9 km Circuit

187 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Balmoral to Middle Head Forts walk

You 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.
Sydney Heads 1:25 000 Map Series 91302N SYDNEY HEADS NSW-91302N
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Balmoral to Middle Head Forts bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Balmoral to Middle Head Forts

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.

Length 3.9 km
Time 2 hrs

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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


2.5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 750m is very steep. Whilst another 550m is flat with no steps and the remaining 100m has short steep hills.

Quality of track

2.2km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 1.2km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (490m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 2.3km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.6km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 3.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 3.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 3.4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 520m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Balmoral to Middle Head Forts walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Balmoral to Middle Head Forts walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Balmoral to Middle Head Forts walk starts and ends at the Balmoral Park car park (gps: -33.829055, 151.25568)
Your transport options to Balmoral Park car park are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each 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 Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* 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.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂