Cahill Walkway Above Circular Quay Train Station

Last updated: September 22, 2020

The Cahill Walk is a little-known pedestrian path along the Cahill Expressway right above Circular Quay train station, with beautiful views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

This short walk links with the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk, which brings visitors to Milsons Point at the other side of the bridge in Sydney’s north shore.

Cahill Walk
Distance: 1 km (one way)
Duration: 20 minutes
Grade: Easy

How to Get to the Cahill Walkway

While the Cahill Walkway is one of the best lookouts in Sydney with absolutely stunning views, interestingly enough this walk is still very much unknown.

This is a pity, because the Cahill Walk in combination with the Harbour Bridge Walk makes for a perfect afternoon out and about, soaking in the best that Sydney has to offer.

There are currently three entry points to the Cahill Walk.

1. Royal Botanic Garden:
The first entry point is located in the northern section of the Royal Botanic Garden along Macquarie Street.

2. Lift at Circular Quay:
The second entry point is a fancy lift in the eastern section of Circular Quay. This is the best entry point for wheelchair access to the Cahill Expressway Lookout.

3. Bridge Stairs in The Rocks:
The third entry point is at the Bridge Stairs in The Rocks, which is also the starting point of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk heading the opposite direction.

Map of the Cahill Walk

Cahill Walk

The following track notes describe the Cahill Walk starting from the Domain.

Sandstone Sculpture in the Royal Botanic Garden

The official starting point of the Cahill Walkway is located next to an interesting sculpture at Macquarie Street in the northern section of the Royal Botanic Garden.

It’s an eye catching sculpture named Memory is Creation Without End, which consists of several sandstone blocks embedded into the earth of the Tarpeian Way, adjacent to Macquarie Street.

Sculpture in the Royal Botanic Garden
Sculpture in the Royal Botanic Garden

They are relics from demolished buildings and structures, such as the Pyrmont Bridge. Each sandstone block, carved by stone-masons long ago and now darkened with age, testifies to their lost function and to the loss of those old buildings in the collective memory.

The path to the Cahill Walk is right next to the sculpture. Follow this path that crosses Macquarie Street and connects with the Cahill Expressway.

Lift at Circular Quay to Cahill Walk
Lift at Circular Quay

The Circular Quay lift is immediately visible once on the Cahill Expresway.

Cahill Expressway Lookout

The views of Circular Quay and Sydney’s famous landmarks the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are truly spectacular from above the train station.

Cahill Expressway Lookout
Cahill Expressway Lookout

Halfway the walk is a purpose-built viewing platform with several information boards and a few benches to relax and to take in the views.

Views from the Cahill Expressway Lookout
Views from the Cahill Expressway Lookout

Did you know that the Cahill Expressway is also a vantage point to see the famous Sydney NYE fireworks? But you need a bit of luck to get a ticket to this premium spot.

Each year, in September, the NSW Government organises a public ballot for residents of New South Wales to secure up to 5 free tickets!

Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk

From the lookout, the walkway continuous around the corner, past The Rocks and heading towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Intersection at the Bridge Stairs
Intersection at the Bridge Stairs

The Bridge Stairs, a somewhat mysterious looking, art-deco building, is where the Cahill Walk and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk link up.

If you do have the time, continuing on the bridge to Milsons Point is something you certainly won’t regret doing!

Final Thoughts

Are you keen to do the Cahill Walk?

It really is a great way to spend a few hours in Sydney, especially when combined with the walk across the Harbour Bridge and perhaps a visit to the Pylon Lookout.

This walk is also great in combination with a visit to nearby Barangaroo Reserve, and a leisurely stroll through the historic streets of The Rocks.

Here is a Google map with the Cahill Walk lift in focus:


Cahill Walk facing Circular Quay


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