Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach

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Georges Heights
Georges Heights

This walk explores one of my favourite sections of Sydney Harbour. Start at the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf with views of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The spectacular views continue as you explore native bushland and historical sections of the harbour. The fortifications at Bradleys Head and Georges Heights are well worth the time to explore, for both kids and adults alike. I particularly love the angophora forest near the start of this walk, the twisted and bent branches, juxtaposed against the harbour and city backdrop. There’s a cafe and playground at Chowder Bay, the halfway point; this is also a great place for a swim on hot days. There’s a big hill-climb soon after Chowder Bay – just take your time and try to spot the lizards and birds in the area.If you have extra time and want to make a day of it, explore the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Headland Park at Georges Heights where there are small art galleries, displays, picnic facilities and fascinating history from the WW1 hospital. Finish with a swim and fish and chips at Balmoral Beach. Start with a ferry trip then catch a bus home from Balmoral.

Full tracknotes and maps at http://wild.tl/tztbb
Happy walking,
Matt

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