Bradleys Head Trail
Bradleys Head Trail
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The area
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Neighborhood: Darling Harbour
The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to DJ's. Families can visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Australian National Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.
How to get there
  • Town Hall • 6 min walk
  • Wynyard • 9 min walk
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Pam G
United Kingdom4 contributions
Dec 2022
We travelled from the UK to Sydney and decided to buy paid viewing area tickets for the New Year fireworks. I wish we hadn't bothered! Really disappointed with the view from Bradleys Head. Trees and bushes totally obscured the view of the bridge and opera house. You would think that if they are going to charge a fee for viewing then they would trim the trees a little bit. Even though we arrived early we couldn't find a good spot and later on the area got really crowded.
Written January 2, 2023
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia810 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
I did this walk as part of the Bondi to Manly walk but the easiest way to access this trail is from the Taronga Zoo ferry. This bushland walking track follows the shoreline and is mostly flat with a few stairs and is well graded, well maintained and signposted. There is a lighthouse at the point and I saw a kookaburra. There are some views across the harbour towards the city and the Harbour Bridge which were excellent. It is one of the longest harbour bushland walks, particularly if you continue onto the Taylors Bay track to Chowder Bay and the Headland Park and Balmoral and I found it the most pleasant.
Written June 1, 2023
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Kayla
Melbourne, Australia605 contributions
Aug 2022
We decided to try this trail while on holiday in Sydney since we had already done the popular Bondi one before and saw reviews about having great views.

We got the ferry to Taronga Zoo wharf which was easy, and probably the best part. Once we got off the ferry there was no signage to the walk, we were searching on google maps and eventually found what we thought was the entrance. It really wasn't clear as it is just a muddy track but seemed to be something. Luckily we did end up coming across some other people.

You start the track in some dense not particularly scenic or aesthetically appealing bushlands on a dirt trail (which was mud when we went due to rain the previous night.)

The track also had a lot of rocks stuck in the ground and was unstable, so in addition to trying not to slip, we had to try not to trip. This carried on for the whole trail except for 1 - 2 very small sections with an actual footpath where we could finally relax and actually talk. The rest of the way we were too busy concentrating to even enjoy the walk.

The scenic views promised are limited. They were nice but there are only a few parts where you actually get a decent view of the harbour, and quite honestly it's far and just a little dot in the distance. The rest of the time there is dense bush and you can't see anything unless you get the occasional gap where a tree has fallen down or something.

Overall, I would not recommend this walk. Definitely go somewhere else.
Written September 6, 2022
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simmyb26
Hobart, Australia46 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This is an absolute Gem! Can’t believe I have been to Sydney so many times and not done this coastal walk. It’s really pretty, well signed and good paths. Lots of spots to view the opera house and the bridge. Do it
Written January 20, 2020
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Lyn D
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia280 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
Note: This review is solely for New Year's Eve celebrations.

My friends and I were looking for the perfect spot to view the fireworks on New Year's Eve/Day. After going through hundreds of possible locations, we settled for Bradleys Head. The area had two precincts to view the fireworks show: Athol Lawn and The Mast. We chose the latter and was located closer to HMAS Sydney's Mast. It was a ticketed area ($60 for adults, $25 for kids I think) and was open to visitors from 1pm - 12:10am. Visitors had to leave immediately once the fireworks were over.

We took a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo. It was then another 15 minutes up hill walk to the entrance. From the entrance, it was another 10 minute walk.

The location is nice. There were a few spots which gave you a clear view of Harbour Bridge. Come early to book those nice spots. People arrived early. By 2:30pm, all the good spots were taken.

We stayed on until after the fireworks. There are toilets nearby and the organisers provided mobile toilets as well. Food trucks were available for the duration of the event. During the 10 hour event, we took a walk along the trails available within the National Park. It also gave us an idea on the good locations along the trail to view the fireworks.

If you are looking for a spot to view the fireworks next year minus the crowd, come here. Although the Opera House seem a tad small and was mostly covered in smoke, I would still recommend this site if you come with your family+young children or as a group of friends.

For pictures and a short fireworks video, do visit Lyn, Life Explorer: Welcoming 2015 at http://arazlin.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/welcoming-2015.html
Written January 6, 2015
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PicnMix_UK
Billericay, UK238 contributions
Dec 2011
Having done a Capt Cook Cruise on a previous trip, we were looking for an alternative adventure around the harbour. We took the ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo Wharf and instead of joining the throngs heading into the zoo, we turned right along the path through the native bushland. Along the path, there are views over the harbour back towards the city.

We downloaded the free walk commentary which consists of 18 short audio podcasts - listen at various points along the route. (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/parks/audiotours/SydneyHarbourNP/BradleysHeadtoChowderBay.htm)

Paying attention to the wildlife, we were lucky enough to see an Eastern Water Dragon basking on a rock, several Cookaburas and a few lizards scurried away as we walked along. The 5km path is easy to follow and provides a great way of seeing native bush and rainforest habitats, and there are also some great views of the harbour, Opera House and Bridge.

Take sun hats and water to enjoy the walk. There are refreshments available at Athol Hall (near the start) and at Chowder Bay.
Written January 3, 2012
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Stephen B
11 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
Paid $300 for a new eve view of the bridge fireworks for 2016/2017.The NYE at the mast precinct Bradley's head advertising showed a clear view of the Sydney bridge. However the facts are. 1600 tickets available, however approximately only 50 to 60 people out of the many could see the bridge. We were one of the first 60 to arrive and this was the view we could see. See the photo. This is a case of miss advertisement to make money. Me and my family spent 20 mins to try to see if we could get a better view however we couldn't.If the advertising stated. You may not see the bridge due to the trees. Then we would accepted this issue. However the advert mentioned nothing about this . One of the organisers (Claudia) could not justify the advertisement and as such, I will be expecting a full refund.
Written December 31, 2016
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BeachSwaggie
Sydney, Australia248 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
I do this walk around three times a week and it never ceases to amaze with the beauty of the Harbour, the great trees and bush land and the wildlife. Then there are the coffee shops! I normally walk from Taronga Zoo out to Bradley's Head then around to Chowder Bay for my first cafe stop with a choice of three cafes there. I then like to climb the hill up on to the top of Middle Head then follow the road right out to the ruins and cliffs of Middle Head. Sitting on the cliff top looking straight out through Sydney Heads is just about my favourite spot in Sydney. There is also the chance of seeing whales, seals and penguins, I have seen them all while sitting here. You can then retrace your steps the whole way or just head up the hill and down the steps to Balmoral and catch a bus or taxi back.

When you think that you are in the middle of Australia's largest city, wow!
Written June 5, 2012
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Vodnon
Dublin84 contributions
Mar 2013 • Solo
I love this 2h walk from Taronga zoo to Balmoral Beach, it's more of a walk than hike, fairly easy, great views on Sydney CBD, Opera House, but you feel somewhere else!
Written March 15, 2013
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scottcabal
Folkestone, UK325 contributions
I don't know why this place hasn't been reviewed on here before despite being listed, but it's a really nice place to just explore and enjoy. It's not on the main touristy list so you won't be surrounded by tourists, despite it only being a few minutes walk from Taronga Zoo. It was mentioned in my guide book as one of the best parks and trails in the city so thought I'd give it a go.

The best way to get to this area is using one of the boats from Circular Quay. I think you can get like water taxi style boats that go all around the harbour but I used the Matilda hop-on hop-off rocket explorer which allowed me to see everything I wanted with commentary for one price.

When you get to the pier by the zoo go to the end and instead of turning left to the zoo turn right and go up the hill, ignoring the steps that take you down on various trails to the right. When you get to the top near the bend in the road you will see a sign advertising the park which has a map on it.

From here you are able to take some lovely walking trails down through some nice forest. I didn't see much wildlife except a few birds but I heard plenty of noises coming from the forest so am sure if I had more time I would have seen more. The forest is only small but is in good condition and gives you some great views.

There are various detours you can do from the main path to take you to various monuments, beaches etc and also to see some aboriginal cave drawings. I was unable to find these but they were apparently half way down one of these detours. Maybe I was just looking in the wrong place but I've seen a photo so they're there somewhere.

You can follow the trail around in a big loop, showing you some good views at varying points of all the different bays and Sydney in the distance. The trail takes you through lots of natural habitats, with signs explaining things to you and then brings you out at the steps I said to ignore on the way up the hill from the pier.

About half way along there is a lookout point and picnic area which was a nice place to relax and enjoy the view.

I would recommend spending some time here. It was a nice escape from the hussle of Sydney and was around nice surroundings. It wasn't too busy when I went but this was in June. If I went in the summer it would most likely have been busier.
Written May 21, 2008
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