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Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.1 km SSE of Mosman
Length: 3 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 3 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 138 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 138 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 There is a ferry stop near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

The walk around Bradleys Head is a great way to see Sydney Harbour and some interesting cultural heritage. The walk passes stunning views at Bradleys Head, to the mast of HMAS Sydney, before coming back to the old Athol Hall for afternoon tea. The entrance to Taronga Zoo is passed twice so be prepared for the kids wanting to visit! (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 Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall
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Taronga Zoo Wharf
Taronga Zoo Entrance
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Corner Trk
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Cannons picnic area Trk
Int. Bradleys Head Amphitheatre Trk and Borogegal Walking Trail
HMAS Sydney Mast, Bradleys Head
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Taylors Bay Lookout track
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Taylors Bay Lookout track
Athol Hall car park
Athol Hall
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Corner Trk
Taronga Zoo Entrance
Starting point for this hiking track: Taronga Zoo Entrance

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)

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 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
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Photo Gallery

 
Looking Down road from Lower end of Taronga Zoo
 
Looking Down road from Lower end of Taronga Zoo +
 
Lower end of Taronga Zoo
 
Lower end of Taronga Zoo +
 
Track east of Taronga Zoo
 
Track east of Taronga Zoo +

 
Track around Bradleys Head
 
Track around Bradleys Head +
 
Angophora Forest on western side of Bradleys Head
 
Angophora Forest on western side of Bradleys Head +
 
Seat with a view on Bradleys Head
 
Seat with a view on Bradleys Head +

 
The amphitheater at Bradleys Head
 
The amphitheater at Bradleys Head +
 
Mast at Bradleys Head
 
Mast at Bradleys Head +
 
View over the harbour from the Borogegal Trk
 
View over the harbour from the Borogegal Trk +

 
View over Sydney Harbour
 
View over Sydney Harbour +
 
Track down from Atholl Hall car park
 
Track down from Atholl Hall car park +
 
Atholl Hall
 
Atholl Hall +

 
View from Atholl Hall lawns
 
View from Atholl Hall lawns +
 
Athol Hall
 
Athol Hall +
 
Track around Bradleys Head
 
Track around Bradleys Head +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall 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 3km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
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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 Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
1.4km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 1.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (250m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
2.1km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 860m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (70m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 2km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.9km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 110m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the ferry to Taronga Zoo
Public transport (ferry) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for upto date running time info
Use these links to plan your Ferry (and train) trip to the end of this walk.

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Catch the bus to Taronga Zoo Wharf
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 Taronga Zoo Wharf
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) Taronga Zoo Wharf to Taronga Zoo Entrance
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 218 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -5 m
From the wharf, the walk heads uphill along the footpath beside the road to the Taronga Zoo entrance at the pedestrian crossing.

Taronga Zoo Alt = 14 m
Taronga Zoo was founded in 1916, with the vision of imitating the Hamburg Zoo's bar-less exhibits. Since its opening, Taronga Zoo has directed more attention to research, education and conservation efforts to support the animals. Taronga Zoo is open everyday 9am- 5pm. Phone: +61 2 9969 2777 or email: groups@zoo.nsw.gov.au. More info

(0.22 km) Taronga Zoo Entrance to Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 412 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -15 m
Turn right: From the opposite the zoo entrance, the walk heads down the ramp leaving the road up to the left. The track soon leads to a a lookout with a set of bench seats and good harbour views. The walk continues along the footpath to a wire fence then follows the 'Walking Track' sign along the hillside to climb a few steps and cross a wooden bridge. The track comes to the corner of Athol Hall's grass clearing.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads down the stairs then continues along the hill for a short time. The walk descends more stairs to a signposted intersection.

(0.63 km) Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk to HMAS Sydney Mast, Bradleys Head
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 671 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -40 m
Continue straight: From the stairs, this walk heads around the hillside with the harbour below on the right. The walk travels across large sections of boardwalk which undulate slightly as the walk comes up to a trail (which leads to a bench overlooking Sydney Harbour). From the trail, this walk keeps contouring along the hillside, south and tending left, to the intersection, signposted as the way to 'Cannons picnic area'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the car park, keeping the harbour to the right. The walk leads approximately 10m to the intersection with a track (leading down to Bradleys Head Amphitheatre).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads along the footpath next to the car park for a short distance, until it comes to be above the flag pole, HMAS Sydney Mast.

HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast Alt = 13 m
The HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast was erected in 1934, following the HMAS Sydney's decommissioning in 1928[1]. The mast stands as a sign of respect for 'Australian officers, sailors and ships lost at sea and in combat'[2]. HMAS Sydney itself was a Chatham Class light cruiser which saw action in WW1.
More info

(1.3 km) HMAS Sydney Mast, Bradleys Head to Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Taylors Bay Lookout track
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 787 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 42 m Descent = -29 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the footpath, keeping the road to the left, for about 150m to where the road bends sharply left. From this point, this walk heads along boardwalk, on your right, keeping the water glimpses to your right. The board walk soon end and this walk follows the track along the side of the hill for about 600m to come to an intersection with a sign pointing back to 'Bradleys Head'.

(2.09 km) Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Taylors Bay Lookout track to Taylors Bay Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 49 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads away from the main tracks winding into the bush. The track winds past two white benches, to a small rock shelf overlooking the water.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

(2.09 km) Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Taylors Bay Lookout track to Athol Hall car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 110 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign 'Park Entrance' up the hill. The track meanders up the hill for a short time to come out onto Bradleys Head Rd.

(2.2 km) Athol Hall car park to Athol Hall
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 103 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk crosses the road and heads down the footpath towards the building. The walk continues down the hill to the front steps and entrance of Athol Hall.

Athol Hall Alt = 33 m
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. More info

(2.3 km) Athol Hall to Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 70 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -9 m
Turn right: From the entrance to Athol Hall, this walk follows the footpath through the grass, down the hill towards the harbour. The walk heads down stairs to a signposted intersection.

(2.37 km) Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk to Taronga Zoo Wharf
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,footpath
Length = 630 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -35 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads up the stairs, which are unsignposted, next to the Athol Hall sign. The track then continues to contour before meeting a second set of stairs which lead to the corner of Athol Hall's grass clearing.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads along the hill and soon crosses a wooden bridge before heading down some stone steps. The track leads around the hillside to an intersection next to a wire fence, where the walk continues along the fairly flat path to find a set of bench seats and a harbour lookout. From here, the walk continues past the view and up the ramp to come to an intersection with a road opposite the Taronga Zoo Entrance.
Turn left: From the pedestrian crossing, the walk heads down the hill towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge, along the footpath to the wharf entrance on the left.

Catch the ferry from Taronga Zoo
Public transport (ferry) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for upto date running time info
Use these links to plan your Ferry (and train) 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|
Catch the bus from Taronga Zoo Wharf
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 Taronga Zoo Wharf
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

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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 5.2 km
Inski 46 York St , Sydney (02) 9233 3200 4.1 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 4.1 km
Venus Repair Workshop Suite 36a 104 Bathurst St , Sydney (02) 9267 0706 4.3 km
Wildsports Upper Floor 447 Kent St , Sydney (02) 9264 2095 4.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head to Athol Hall
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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 19 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 31 km (to the WNW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 46 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
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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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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