Athol Bay Beach
Athol Bay Beach
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Neighborhood: Mosman
With a variety of outdoor attractions, the sophisticated harbor suburb of Mosman has something for everyone. Shoppers can stroll Military Road for its unique offering of antiques, designer labels, and hip restaurants and cafes. Nature lovers can take in spectacular bushwalks like the Taronga to Balmoral walk, while families can enjoy snorkeling in the sheltered beaches of Balmoral Beach or scuba diving at Chowder Bay. History lovers enjoy exploring the fortifications at the end of Old Fort Road in Middle Head, which date back to the 1800s. Even the exhibitionist set can find entertainment in Mosman, with several nude beaches located in the area.

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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,939 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Athol Bay beach is a hidden, secluded harbour beach which you can only access by boat or by walking in through a bush track.
It is one of the very scenic spots along the Taronga Zoo - Balmoral hiking trail. The best thing about it is that you can swim in the calm water, while looking directly across the harbour to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The walking trail starts from the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf but if, like me, you have visited the zoo first, then you can just walk or drove down Bradley’s Head Road. Starting from the zoo’s main entrance (at the top), it was a quick a 15 minute downhill walk.
Look out for a large sign saying ‘Sydney Harbour National Park’ and ’Athol Hall’ (see photo below) and at this point, you follow the old, stone path down past Athol Hall to join the bush track.
It is a 5 - 10 minute stepped trail down to the beach (see photo). You'll pass a sign post along the way but you really can't wrong - just keep heading down to the water. It is very easy to get to (although it’s a steep hike back up the stairs).
This is a small, largely undiscovered beach, with a good stretch of sand, calm water and gently lapping waves.
On one side is large outcrop of rocks which fun for kids to scramble over. I sat for a while in a shady spot on one of the larger rocks, looking out across the harbour and reading a book.
On weekends, expect the bay to feel a bit busier as large boats will anchor just off the beach.
Anything you need, you will have to carry in with you as there are no facilities. Bring your own water, snacks, drinks and sunscreen.
NOTE: If you want a longer walk, the same trail will take you around the headland to Bradleys Head and from there you can continue on to Chowder Bay and Balmoral if you wish.
Written April 15, 2023
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Travelbug49
Mosman, Australia151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
Athol Bay beach can be accessed via Athol Hall which is a beautiful old hall that you can hire out for functions. The beach can also be accessed by walking along from Taronga wharf during low tide or Bradleys Head walking track. The fastest way is via Athol Hall. Grab a little picnic and backpack and enjoy the Bradleys Head walking track where you can see Bradleys Head lighthouse and Bradleys head amphitheatre - and enjoy a dip at Athol Beach on you way.
Written December 12, 2018
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mrdom
7,936 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
On the west side of Bradleys Head and several beaches away from the zoo means it's cleaner and quieter than the closer beaches. It has a marked path down from the Bradleys Head Trail. I think the beach and rocks on the east side of the head were nicer though.
Written June 7, 2019
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