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Chowder Head
Time: 20 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.4 km SE of Mosman
Length: 0.5 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.5 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 36 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 36 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This loop walk is the shortest way to access the views from Chowder Head. The optional side trip leads to an informal lookout on an unfenced rock platform. A great spot to enjoy the sailing boats on Sydney Harbour. In spring, this walk is particularly spectacular with a wide range of wildflowers on display. (open in app)


There are closures in Sydney Harbour National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Chowder Head

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Chowder Head
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Int of Iluka and Morella Rds
Bottom of the Iluka and Morella access track
Chowder Head track intersection
Chowder Head track intersection
Bottom of Morella Rd track
Int of Kardinia and Morella Rds
Starting point for this hiking track: Bottom of the Iluka and Morella access track

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Sydney Heads 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91302N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Int of Iluka and Morella Rds
 
Int of Iluka and Morella Rds +
 
Int of Iluka and Morella Rds
 
Int of Iluka and Morella Rds +
 
Track just below Int of Iluka and Morella Rds
 
Track just below Int of Iluka and Morella Rds +

 
Track leading beside house
 
Track leading beside house +
 
Bottom of the Iluka and Morella access track
 
Bottom of the Iluka and Morella access track +
 
Water glimpse from Bottom of the Iluka and Morella access track
 
Water glimpse from Bottom of the Iluka and Morella access track +

 
Walking along Chowder Head
 
Walking along Chowder Head +
 
Sign on Chowder Head
 
Sign on Chowder Head +
 
Wildflower are great in spring and in summer
 
Wildflower are great in spring and in summer +

 
From Chowder Head lookout
 
From Chowder Head lookout +
 
From Chowder Head lookout
 
From Chowder Head lookout +
 
Intersection at Chowder Head
 
Intersection at Chowder Head +

 
Near bottom of Morella Rd Track
 
Near bottom of Morella Rd Track +
 
Bottom of Morella Rd Track
 
Bottom of Morella Rd Track +
 
Morella Rd Track
 
Morella Rd Track +

 
Top of Morella Rd track
 
Top of Morella Rd track +
 
Int of Kardinia and Morella Rds
 
Int of Kardinia and Morella Rds +
 
looking down Morella Rd
 
looking down Morella Rd +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Chowder Head bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Chowder Head bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Chowder Head bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Chowder Head bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 550m
Time 20 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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 Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 470m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 85m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
280m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 190m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (85m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 470m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 80m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 550m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 550m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 550m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Int of Iluka and Morella Rds
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Int of Iluka and Morella Rds
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Int of Iluka and Morella Rds to Bottom of the Iluka and Morella access track
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 79 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -22 m
From the intersection of Iluka and Morella Roads, this walk finds the track next to number 2 Iluka Rd marked with a NPWS post[1] behind the telegraph pole[2], and heads down the steps and path[3]. The path soon heads to the back of the house and finds a 'T' intersection with another track[4].

(0.08 km) Bottom of the Iluka and Morella access track to Chowder Head track intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 154 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the house and clearing along the fairly flat track keeping the water glimpses to your right. The path soon leads to a clear three-way intersection with a 'Ashton Park' sign pointing back along the track.

(0.23 km) Chowder Head track intersection to Chowder Head
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 87 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -10 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Chowder Head' sign[5] south-west along the clear track. The track heads gently downhill and bends left past some dead gums[6] to find an unfenced rock platform with great harbour views[7]. (Note the informal track continues down becoming steeper, leading to a small bay.)
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Chowder Head Alt = 23 m
Chowder Head provides a small unfenced rocky outcrop to enjoy the wide harbour views. From this vantage point, there are views across the water to South Head, Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Shark Island and Bradleys Head. A great spot to watch the sailing boats on a clear day.

(0.23 km) Chowder Head track intersection to Bottom of Morella Rd track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 110 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Clifton Gardens'[8] sign gently up the hill. The track leads through the bush for a short time to soon come to another three-way intersection, this one marked with a 'Morella Rd' sign[9] (on your left).

(0.34 km) Bottom of Morella Rd track to Int of Kardinia and Morella Rds
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 122 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Morella Rd' sign[10] west along the clear track. The track leads gently up the wide ridge and after about 45m, this walk veers right at a 'Y' intersection to continue up the hill, soon heading past a 'Sydney Harbour National Park - Chowder Head' sign[11] and coming to the intersection of Kardinia and Morella Roads[12].

(0.47 km) Int of Kardinia and Morella Rds to Int of Iluka and Morella Rds
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 83 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'To Iluka Rd' sign[13] downhill along Morella Rd, keeping the bush to your left[14]. The road soon leads to an intersection with Iluka Rd[15].

Catch the bus from Int of Iluka and Morella Rds
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Int of Iluka and Morella Rds
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 5.5 km
Inski 46 York St , Sydney (02) 9233 3200 5.1 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 5.1 km
Venus Repair Workshop Suite 36a 104 Bathurst St , Sydney (02) 9267 0706 5.3 km
Wildsports Upper Floor 447 Kent St , Sydney (02) 9264 2095 5.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Chowder Head.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Chowder Head
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
18 km (to the NW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 20 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 27 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 32 km (to the WNW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 45 km (to the N)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Sydney Harbour National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
One of Sydney's most diverse parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is formed from 11 pockets of harbour islands and shoreline. Highlights include coastal walks and swimming, breath-taking viewpoints, tours of colonial buildings and Aboriginal cave art.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Sydney Harbour National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management
Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites within Sydney Harbour National Park. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:​
  • Middle Head
  • North Head
  • Quarantine Station
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Shark Island upcoming closures
Shark Island in Sydney Harbour will be closed to public access due to essential wharf repairs on the following dates:
16 to 17 September 2015
24 to 27 September 2015.

Other incidents: Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages are no longer available for accomodation bookings. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings.

Closed areas: Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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