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Clifton Gardens to Georges Heights
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.2 km SE of Mosman
Length: 1.7 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.7 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Mosman(LGA)
Climb: 107 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 107 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: Return
Track: Moderate

The walk up to Georges Heights is a very scenic one, with the climax being the view from Georges Heights lookout. The walk is also surrounded by old military buildings. Within these buildings is the Bacino Bar and Cafe, worth a drop-in for a coffee or lunch. (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 Clifton Gardens to Georges Heights

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Clifton Gardens to Georges Heights
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Clifton Gardens Baths
Chowder Bay Lower Gate
Chowder Bay Wharf
Roundabout at end of Chowder Bay Road
Int. Bacino Bar back deck and Chowder Bay Trk
Int. Bacino Bar back deck and Chowder Bay Trk
Int. Gunners' Barracks drive way and Chowder Bay Trk
Int. Chowder Bay Trk and Georges Heights Rd
Starting point for this hiking track: Chowder Bay Lower Gate

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

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Photo Gallery

 
Clifton Gardens
 
Clifton Gardens +
 
Waterfront at Chowder Bay
 
Waterfront at Chowder Bay +
 
Heritage buildings at Chowder bay
 
Heritage buildings at Chowder bay +

 
View from Chowder Bay
 
View from Chowder Bay +
 
Track on hill behind buildings at Chowder bay
 
Track on hill behind buildings at Chowder bay +
 
Track down to Chowder Bay
 
Track down to Chowder Bay +

 
Georges Heights
 
Georges Heights +
 
View from Georges Heights
 
View from Georges Heights +
 
View from Georges Heights
 
View from Georges Heights +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Clifton Gardens to Georges Heights bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Clifton Gardens to Georges Heights bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Clifton Gardens to Georges Heights bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Clifton Gardens to Georges Heights bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 1.7km
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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
510m of this walk has short steep hills and another 210m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (140m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
560m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 160m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (140m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 540m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 320m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 860m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 860m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 860m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Clifton Gardens Baths
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 Clifton Gardens Baths
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|

Clifton Gardens Reserve Alt = 2 m
Clifton Gardens was developed as a picnic spot in the late 1800s, with a local hotelier building a wharf and dance pavilion. In 1909, Sydney Ferries Ltd purchased the estate, and further developed the area, including a large swimming enclosure. The structure burned down in 1956.[1]
Today, Clifton Gardens is touted as 'remnant bushland'[2], offering birdwatching, a netted swimming enclosure, change rooms, a fenced playground[3], and of course, spectacular views over Chowder Bay. A short bush track leads through to Rawson Oval.

(0 km) Clifton Gardens Baths to Chowder Bay Lower Gate
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 207 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -10 m
From the wharf, this walk heads towards the playground-end of the beach. The walk leads along the beach, passing the playground and rocky outcrop on the left to tend right onto a boardwalk. The boardwalk takes the walk to the lower gate of Chowder Bay.

Bacino Kiosk Alt = 5 m
The Bacino Kiosk, just next to Clifton Gardens, is a smaller version of the Bacino Bar above at Chowder Bay. This kiosk supplies passers-by with a home-blend coffee and sandwiches, and all at a reasonable price ($5-12). The Kiosk is open from 7am-4pm every day, except Christmas and bad weather. More info

(0.21 km) Chowder Bay Lower Gate to Roundabout at end of Chowder Bay Road
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 230 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the gate, this walk heads towards the wharf approximately 80m away. The walk soon passes Bacino Kiosk on the left, and continues along the foreshore footpath to the start of the wharf.
Turn left: From the wharf, this walk heads directly away from that wharf, heading up the stairs. At the top of the stairs, this walk follows the footpath right, around a flag pole and house on the left. The walk continues past a round-about, to the start of a car park, opposite Bacino Bar.

Chowder Bay Alt = 19 m
Chowder Bay looks over Sydney Harbour, to Vaucluse and Rose Bay. The bay is named after the food of the American whalers stationed at Clifton Gardens, 'clam chowder'. Chowder Bay then became a Submarine Mining Depot in 1889. Today, Chowder Bay still has great views from the remaining military buildings on the hillside. One of the newer buildings houses a cafe, and other buildings stand as monuments to their former use. Chowder Bay offers great views with easy access to Clifton Gardens for a swim.

(0.44 km) Roundabout at end of Chowder Bay Road to Int. Bacino Bar back deck and Chowder Bay Trk
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 18 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the road, this walk heads north away from the harbour to the base of the stone steps on the left hand side of Bacino Bar.

(0.46 km) Int. Bacino Bar back deck and Chowder Bay Trk to Bacino Bar
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 26 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads onto the decking of Bacino Bar.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Bacino Cafe Alt = 23 m
The Bacino Bar is in Building No.2 at Chowder Bay, with great views across Sydney Harbour. The bar sells pastas, panini, arancini, tramezzini, stuffed eggplant and biscotti, along with homemade sandwiches and treats. The Bacino Bar prices are reasonable, ranging between $5-12 for the delicacies, and their coffee is made of their own blend. The bar is open every day from 7am- 4pm except for Christmas. A public toilet is available at the Eastern end of the building. More info

(0.46 km) Int. Bacino Bar back deck and Chowder Bay Trk to Georges Head Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,footpath,footpath
Length = 403 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 49 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the intersection behind Bacino Bar, the walk heads up the steep stone steps, away from the cafe. The track then tends right, across the hill for a short time climbing the uneven stairs to meet the road and signposted intersection.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads across the road to head up the bush track on the hill for approximately 50m, to the signposted intersection behind 'Georges Head Lookout'.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to Georges Head Lookout, down the hill to the circular paved lookout above the fortifications.

Georges Heights Alt = 69 m
Georges Heights is a gun emplacement with a commanding 180degree view over the entrance to the harbour. The old gun emplacements are still in position, with their arcs of fire explained in the signs nearby. The view from this lookout is magnificent.

Catch the bus from Clifton Gardens Baths
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 Clifton Gardens Baths
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

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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
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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 5.9 km
Inski 46 York St , Sydney (02) 9233 3200 5.5 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 5.5 km
Venus Repair Workshop Suite 36a 104 Bathurst St , Sydney (02) 9267 0706 5.7 km
Trek & Travel 447 Kent St , Sydney (02) 9261 3435 5.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Clifton Gardens to Georges Heights.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Clifton Gardens to Georges Heights
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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 W)
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 3 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
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