Chowder Bay to Balmoral Beach Walking Track

The walk from Chowder Bay to Balmoral Beach is a scenic walking trail in the suburb of Mosman on Sydney’s lower north shore, offering stunning ocean and Harbour views.

This trail is the second part of the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach walk, which also includes the section between Chowder Bay and Bradleys Head.

You can begin the walk at either end, but if you start in Chowder Bay, you can finish your walk with lunch and a relaxing swim in Balmoral Beach.

Chowder Bay to Balmoral Walk
Distance: 2.7 km (one way)
Duration: 1 hour
Grade: Easy
Wheel-friendly: No
Dog-friendly: No

How to Get There

You can start the walk from Chowder Bay or Balmoral Beach, but we recommend starting in Chowder Bay. Both of these locations have ample paid parking available.

To get to Chowder Bay, turn into Chowder Bay Road from Middle Head Road via the roundabout and continue to the end. Park your car at one of the ticketed parking spots (see map location).

Public transport is also a viable option. You can catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo and hike to Chowder Bay from there.

Alternatively, there are various bus stops along Middle Head Road and Chowder Bay Road, not too far away from the trailhead.

Track Notes

We are going to describe this fantastic walk along the following highlights and landmarks:

  1. Bungaree’s Walkway
  2. Georges Head Lookout
  3. Georges Heights
  4. Balmoral Beach

Here is a map of the walk with those highlights marked from 1 to 4:

Map of the Chowder Bay to Balmoral walk

1. Bungaree’s Walkway

The first section of the walk starts at a sign that says Headland Park and Bungaree’s Walkway, close to the parking area and next to the cafe. This is towards the end of Chowder Bay Road, just before the little roundabout.

Bungaree’s Walkway is the steep hike up to Georges Heights and into Headland Park. It is named after an Aboriginal Australian called Bungaree, who was in charge of a local farm established by Governor Macquarie in 1815.

Bungaree's Walkway
Bungaree’s Walkway in Chowder Bay

This walkway connects with Suakin Drive, which provides access to the Gunner Barracks and the Georges Head lookout point.

Gunners Barracks is now a popular spot for weddings and high tea but was once a crucial military post to protect Sydney Harbour against invaders.

2. Georges Head Lookout

The highlight along the Chowder Bay to Balmoral walking trail is Georges Head Lookout, one of the most beautiful lookouts in Sydney.

Lawn to Georges Head Lookout
Lawn to Georges Head Lookout

You can find this lookout just behind the Gunners Barracks. Follow the paved walking path to the lookout, and the Harbour will open up before you.

The views of North Head, South Head, and the city skyline are magnificent. Take your time to explore this area and discover the various tunnels, battlements, and cannons.

Georges Head Lookout
Georges Head Lookout

You can continue on the dirt track up and around the headland, taking in more of the view towards Middle Head. You may even encounter local wildlife, like a Kookaburra digging for worms or a flock of Australian bush turkeys hanging out in the trees.

Retrace your steps to the main walking track, and continue the path into the bush heading north towards Middle Head.

3. Georges Heights

The section in Georges Heights between Georges Head Lookout and Balmoral Beach offers incredible views of Middle Head and the ocean further ahead.

There are a few cleared spots along the path where you can enjoy uninterrupted views, with the occasional bench where you can sit and take it all in.

Views from Georges Heights
Views from Georges Heights

The last section, before the trail reaches Balmoral Beach, goes through a protected area that was created for native trees to flourish.

It’s a section with boardwalks and stairs above the ground to protect the local vegetation against the spread of water mould in the soil.

Protected area in Headland Park
Protected area in Headland Park

This part of the walk is quite serene and feels a bit like walking through a tropical rainforest.

At the end of this section, the trail finishes at Balmoral Park, a large open field with an oval, a fitness station, and toilet and shower facilities.

4. Balmoral Beach

Cross Balmoral Park and the car park on the other side, and you will end up at beautiful Balmoral Beach, one of Mosman’s best beaches.

Rotunda at Balmoral and Edwards Beach
Rotunda at Balmoral and Edwards Beach

It’s not difficult to see how one could spend a whole day at Balmoral Beach, one of Sydney’s most popular family-friendly beaches.

The beach typically has very calm water, perfect for a relaxing swim. And with many kiosks, cafes, and restaurants along the road behind the beach, there are plenty of options for a good lunch.

The Boathouse in Balmoral Beach
The Boathouse in Balmoral Beach

If you’d like to get active in Balmoral Beach, you can go snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding, or scuba diving in the bay’s sheltered waters.

More Hiking

As mentioned above, the Chowder Bay to Balmoral Walk forms part of the coastal trail between Taronga Zoo and Balmoral Beach, so there is the option to extend this hike and start from Taronga Zoo or Bradleys Head.

You can also continue the walk beyond Balmoral Beach to Chinamans Beach, and from there continue to the Spit Bridge and on to Manly Beach.

That’s the beauty of Sydney Harbour and Sydney’s coastline. All of these shorter walking tracks are connected and are all part of the 80 km hike between Bondi Beach and Manly Beach.

 

Chowder Bay to Balmoral Beach in Sydney Harbour

 

Published: September 19, 2020
Updated: April 9, 2024

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AJ Mens

AJ Mens is a digital publisher based in Sydney, Australia, and the editor-in-chief of Sydney Uncovered and Blue Mountains Uncovered.

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