Bradleys Head Walk
Borogegal & Cammeraigal Country

40 min to 1 h

1.8 km
circuit

↑ 71 m
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Moderate track
The walk around Bradleys Head is packed with great views and cultural heritage. The views over Sydney Harbour can be enjoyed from many vantage points. There are a number of places of historic significance, including HMAS Sydney's Mast and Athol Hall. Athol Hall has a wonderful, grassed lawn with excellent views over the city, a great place for a coffee or picnic. Let us begin by acknowledging the Borogegal & Cammeraigal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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HMAS Sydney mast. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sunset from Bradleys Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The amphitheater at Bradleys Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Borogegal Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Angophora Forest on western side of Bradleys Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Borogegal Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Atholl Hall Lawns. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Atholl Hall. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track down from Atholl Hall car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track intersection near Taylors Bay lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track on western side of Bradleys head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lighthouse at Bradleys Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.853017,151.2462703)
Mode Bus Car (Parking fees apply in the area.)
DirectionsFrom Military Road, A8
  • Turn on to Military Road then drive for 950 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Bradleys Head Road and drive for another 920 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Bradleys Head Road and drive for another 940 m
  • Turn left onto Bradleys Head Road and drive for another 1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk heads to the end of the car park, with Sydney Harbour to the left. The walk continues to the intersection with Bradleys Head amphitheatre.
From the intersection, this walk heads along the hillside, with the amphitheatre and harbour on the left, for approximately 10m to the intersection signposted as the way to 'Cannons Picnic Area'.
From the intersection, this walk heads around the hillside, keeping the water below on the left. After a few hundred meters, there is a seat overlooking Sydney Harbour. This walk continues around for another 400m, undulating with the boardwalk, to meet the signposted stairs to 'Athol Hall'.
From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Athol Hall' up the stairs, crossing a large grassy area. The walk then continues up to Athol Hall entrance.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 6 m continue straight.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 10 m pass the toilet (on your right).
After another 65 m pass the car park (60 m on your right).
After another 580 m turn right.
Then head down the steps (about 30 m long)
After another 45 m head down the steps (about 10 m long)
After another 20 m find the "Athol Hall" (35 m on your right).
Athol Hall
Athol Hall

Athol Hall, built in 1908, was once a hotel. Sections of the original building date back to the 1800's. The hall has an excellent vantage point over the harbour with the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city all well within its scope. Athol Hall today is a cafe and function centre with the cafe open Tues-Fri and Sun, 11am -3pm.
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Athol Hall, built in 1908, was once a hotel. Sections of the original building date back to the 1800's. The hall has an excellent vantage point over the harbour with the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city all well within its scope. Athol Hall today is a cafe and function centre with the cafe open Tues-Fri and Sun, 11am -3pm.

After another 35 m pass the toilet (9 m on your right).
After another 35 m turn right, to head along Bradleys Head Road.
After another 15 m head through/around the gate.
After another 9 m turn left.
After another 110 m turn right.
After another 620 m veer left, to head along Bradleys Head Road.
After another 30 m pass the shelter (15 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Bradleys Head Road.
After another 115 m veer right, to head along Bradleys Head Road.
After another 15 m to find the car park.
About 80 m past the end is "Bradleys Head Lighthouse".
The end.
"HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast".
HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast
HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast

The HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast was erected in 1934, following the HMAS Sydney's decommissioning in 1928. The mast stands as a sign of respect for 'Australian officers, sailors and ships lost at sea and in combat'. HMAS Sydney itself was a Chatham Class light cruiser which saw action in WW1.
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The HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast was erected in 1934, following the HMAS Sydney's decommissioning in 1928. The mast stands as a sign of respect for 'Australian officers, sailors and ships lost at sea and in combat'. HMAS Sydney itself was a Chatham Class light cruiser which saw action in WW1.

A water tap.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Bradleys Head Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.8 km
Time 40 min to 1 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 1.6 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 590 m apart with the largest gap of 950 m.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
45 m[toilet]
Toilet
830 m[toilet]
Shelter
1.6 km[shelter]
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