Walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge from The Rocks to Balmoral

The walk from Circular Quay over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Balmoral on the Lower North Shore is one of Sydney’s most scenic harbour walks.

View of Sydney from Cremorne Point

My wife and I walked the 21km journey at a slow pace with a couple of breaks — it took us 6 hours, but could be done in less than 4 hours.

The Argyle Stairs — Argyle Street The Rocks

We started our walk to Balmoral at the Argyle Stairs located on the northern side of Argyle Street in The Rocks. The stairs lead you up to the Bridge Stairs on Cumberland Street — For those who want to access the Sydney Harbour Bridge, there is now an elevator located near the Bridge Stairs at The Rocks.

Bridge Stairs on Cumberland Street at The Rocks

Once you access the Bridge Stairs walk north across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The walk across the bridge is about one kilometre from the southern approach to the northern approach — walkers can only use the path on the eastern side of the bridge.

You’ll enjoy the amazing views of Sydney’s harbour, eastern suburbs and Lower North Shore. If you have time, visit the small museum located inside the south-east pylon — the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout.

View of Sydney Harbour from the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Walkers can exit the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the northern end via a set of stairs or the new elevator near Burton Street Kirribilli.

Stair and elevator access to the Sydney Harbour Bridge at Kirribilli

Once you leave the bridge, walk towards Milson Park in Kirribilli. The park was originally a rubbish dump and called Careening Cove. Some trees in this park were planted in 1912.

Milson Park, Kirribill

Head east past the Kirribilli Marina onto High Street and down to the North Sydney Ferry Wharf. Enjoy the view of Neutral Harbour and walk through the Sub Base Platypus. Climb the stairs from Oberon Park, and walk north to Anderson Park in Neutral Bay.

Sub Base Platypus — North Sydney

The first trans-pacific flight from Australia to America began with a promotional (test) flight over Sydney from Anderson Park on the 17th July 1934.

Anderson Park, North Sydney

Continue east from the park up the stairs to Kurraba Road — Head east down Billong Street at Kurraba Point to view ‘The Roses of Billong Street.’

You’ll find a plaque installed by the North Sydney Council in 2002 that explains the history of the roses: “This rose garden was established by local resident Mark McGuire. The remarkable floral display from October to April attracts visitors from all over Sydney. For his outstanding contribution to a public area, Mark was awarded the North Sydney Achievement of Excellence as part of the 2002 North Sydney Garden Competition.”

Cremorne Reservation — The entry point to the Cremorne Point walk at Bogota Avenue

We headed north along Shellcove Road and down to Mosman Bay where we joined the outstanding Cremorne Point walk.

The point is located not far from the Cremorne Point Ferry Wharf — walk to the end and visit the Robertsons Point Lighthouse where you’ll experience a good view of Sydney Harbour.

Robertsons Point Lighthouse at Cremorne Point

Head back and join the eastern side of the Cremorne Point walking track.

The eastern side of the Cremorne Point walking track

You will pass Reid Park and the Mosman Bay Ferry.

Mosman Bay
Hunts Lookout — Cremorne Point

At this point, my wife and I headed up the stairs near the bus stop and made our way to Illawarra Street to enter Sirius Cove. We later learnt the cove can be access via a foreshore track at the end of McLeod Street Mosman.

After you exit the the Sirius Cove Reserve follow the foreshore track towards Taronga Zoo.

Sirus Cove Reserve, Mosman

At one point you will need to chose whether you want to continue to walk around to the Taronga Zoo Ferry Wharf or along the northern fence line of the Taronga Zoo. We chose the northern fence line and caught a glimpse of the zoo’s bird aviary and the Taronga Zoo Wildlife Hospital on Whiting Beach Road.

Not far from the entry to Taronga Zoo is a track called Parkinsons Walk that leads you down to the popular Taylors Bay Track — you’ll see the entry point near the Sydney Harbour National Park sign at the corner of Bradleys Head Road and Whiting Beach Road.

The stairs at the end of Burrawong Avenue in Mosman took us down to the Taylors Bay Track.

During World War II a Japanese Midget Submarine sunk at Taylors Bay during an ill-fated attack on Sydney.

Taylors Bay, Mosman

The Taylors Bay Track will lead you to a magnificent park and wharf at Clifton Gardens.

Walk around to Chowder Bay where you can join the bush track that leads up to Georges Head Lookout — this track is located at the western end of the cafe, behind the building — the entry is not well sign posted.

The track that leads from Chowder Bay to Georges Head Lookout

You’ll see the Georges Head Battery at this location, and some amazing views of Sydney Harbour.

Work began on the Georges Head Military Fortifications in 1871.

“The construction of fortifications on the site followed the departure of British Imperial forces in 1870 and is evidence of the British Government’s resolve that colonies with responsible government should bear the cost of their own defence” — NSW Government Office of the Environment & Heritage.

Walking track — Georges Head

As you exit Georges Head, you’ll come across some signage — follow the signs to Balmoral. The track will lead you across Middle Head Road and into Balmoral Park.

Stairs from the track near Middle Head Road down to Balmoral Park.

There’s plenty of parkland at Balmoral. Several cafes and restaurants. And a frequent bus service that can take you back to Sydney’s CBD. We hope you enjoy Balmoral as much as my wife and I do.

#TheRocks #SydneyHarbour #Balmoral

Social Media - 7NEWS Australia

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store