Enjoy unrivalled Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city views from the grassy expanse of Bradleys Head. Catch the ferry to Taronga Zoo and enjoy a leisurely two hour stroll along the tree-lined harbour foreshore. Discover how the harbour was formed and marvel at the aptitude of the Cammeraigal people who thrived here for thousands of years before European arrival. Uncover remarkable stories of the early Europeans who left their mark on this special place.


    • Enjoy Opera House, harbour and city views
    • Walk through Angophora forest, commonly known as Sydney Red Gum, along the harbour foreshore
    • Uncover Dreaming stories of the land’s creation
    • Learn how Lieutenant Bradley, who gave his name to this headland, nearly returned to the colony in chains
    • Relax on a ferry ride across the harbour

Quick Start Guide

    • Distance: 5.5km (3.5 miles)
    • Time: 2 hours comfortably
    • Difficulty: A walk in the park… a park with a footpath and raised timber walkway
    • Water: Refill at Bradleys Head
    • Public transport: Regular ferries and busses to Taronga Zoo
    • Coffee: No
    • Toilets: At Bradleys Head
    • Mobile phone reception: Yes
    • Swimming: No

Route Map

Sydney Coast Walks map and information for self guided walks coming soon!

Bradleys Head Walk Route Map

Getting There

Car: There are less than 20 car parking spaces at Bradleys Head and you’ll pay $8 NPWS park entry fee. There is much more parking at Taronga Zoo, where you’ll pay $18 and have to walk down the hill. You will have a far better experience catching the Taronga Zoo ferry from Circular Quay. It’s a loop walk to/from the ferry and it’s Sydney Harbour!

Public Transport: Regular ferries from Circular Quay service Taronga Zoo. It’s a 12 minute ride across the harbour. The M30 bus from the city will take you directly there in 30 – 45 minutes. Check Transport NSW for public transport information.

Who was Lieutenant William Bradley?

This headland was called Booraghee by the native Cammeraigal people for thousands of years before European arrival. When the First Fleet of convicts arrived with the Royal Navy in 1788, Lieutenant William Bradley was second-in-command of the fleet and First Lieutenant of the HMS Sirius. He landed here with Captain Hunter in January 1788, the first non-Aboriginal people to do so. He was a skilled cartographer and he and Captain Hunter charted Port Jackson (later to become known as Sydney Harbour) together. He was also a watercolour painter and diarist. In 1814, after forced retirement from the navy suffering mental illness, he was caught posing as a ‘Captain Johnson’ of a non-existent ship, the Mary and Jane. He had presented hundreds of bogus letters to shore post offices to be sent to the Admiralty, and was paid 2 shillings per letter, as per regulations. He was eventually caught and sentenced to death. This sentence was commuted to transportation for life to Australia. However after pleas from his family (he was related to James Bradley – Astronomer Royal) he was exiled to France where he later died. Thereby escaping the ultimate irony of being 2nd in command of the First Fleet and later being transported as a convict to the colony he helped found.


Hear all the stories that make this walk so fascinating – at your leisure! Coming Soon.

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From $357

Enjoy an exclusive guided experience with one of our passionate guides.

  • Professional, local guide with detailed interpretation of the historical sites, stories and environment
  • Healthy snacks
  • Round-trip ferry between Circular Quay and Taronga Zoo
  • National Park entry fees
  • Optional hotel/home pickup in luxury car or minivan


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