Taronga Zoo to Manly

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8 hrs

18.9 km One way

746 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Taronga Zoo to Manly 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.
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

Cross sectional view of the Taronga Zoo to Manly bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Taronga Zoo to Manly

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 18.9 km
Time 8 hrs

Grade 4/6

Hard track
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


7km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 4.7km has short steep hills and the remaining 2.1km is very steep.

Quality of track

8km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 3.7km follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 1.7km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


14km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 3.6km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.7km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required

17km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.7km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (450m) requires some bushwalking experience.


Around 17km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.9km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


Around 15km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 4.4km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Taronga Zoo to Manly walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Taronga Zoo to Manly walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Taronga Zoo to Manly walk starts at the Taronga Zoo Wharf (gps: -33.845752, 151.23978)
Your transport options to Taronga Zoo Wharf are by;
Ferry. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

The Taronga Zoo to Manly ends at the Manly Wharf (gps: -33.799562, 151.28427)
Your transport options to Manly Wharf are by;
Ferry. Ferrys run in both directions between Circular Quay and Manly approximately every 45 minutes. (get details)
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



Short URL = http://wild.tl/tztm

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 🙂