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Mosman Walks

Mosman Walks

There are many beautiful foreshore and bushland walks in Mosman. Walks can be done individually or linked to complete a loop of the entire suburb. Along the way look out for Mosman’s wildlife, heritage, Aboriginal sites, bushland, coastal features and more.

Download our resident app, MyMosman, for interactive maps and information on popular walks, reserves, beaches and sporting facilities, with access to directions via Google Maps. Extra information is provided for dog owners.

Balmoral Self Guided Heritage Walk

balmoral heritage walk

In November 2005, Mosman Council revised and reprinted the Balmoral Self Guided Heritage Walk brochure that lists items of heritage significance along with a map.

With the beach and Harbour on one side, and a vibrant community presence, this walk has become one of the most popular, gaining significance at local, state and national level.

Further information on Balmoral’s significant items and Mosman’s heritage, including historical records and photographs, can be found in Barry O’Keefe Library’s Local Studies collection.

Curlew Camp Artists’ Walk

The Curlew Camp Artists’ Walk was developed by Mosman Council and Taronga Zoo with financial assistance from the Sharing Sydney Harbour Access Program and the NSW Heritage Office. The walk is over 1.6 km long and extends from the South Mosman ferry wharf at Musgrave Street and continues along to the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf, following the route used by visitors to the Camp during the 1890s.

The site of the Camp is located on the foreshore below Taronga Zoo and contains a viewing platform with interpretative signage which tells the fascinating story of the artists who lived and painted in this idyllic setting, developing a unique style of painting now known as the Australian School of Impressionism. The natural beauty of the area which inspired many well known Australian works of art by prominent artists, including Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts, is still evident today as you follow the route around Mosman’s foreshores.

Nonetheless, it should be noted that the route is partly on road and does include steep sections and stairs. Please refer to the downloadable map below for details of the route:

For any enquiries regarding the Curlew Camp Artists’ Walk please contact Mosman Council.

Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach

You can now walk from Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach, taking in breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, passing through native bushland and historic military sites that have been closed to the public for more than 100 years.

All walking routes mentioned in this brochure are open during daylight hours. Please take note of individual opening and closing times on gates in the area.

Dogs are not permitted in Sydney Harbour National Park and on some Council reserves. On Harbour Trust lands, dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Walkers are asked to clean their shoes before and after walking on bushland tracks in the area to avoid the spread of the root fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi.

Harbour Bridge to Spit Bridge Walks

The routes between these two bridges embrace inner and outer harbour views, a cross section of some of Sydney’s most interesting residential streets, as well as a span of history from Aboriginal times, the First Fleet, whaling, Federation and Harbour fortifications. The routes wind over headlands and ridges, skirt many view points and pass through many parks, gardens, rainforest remnants and bushland.

This brochure outlines three main walks from the Harbour Bridge to the Spit Bridge.

At the Spit Bridge, longer distance walkers can join the Harbour to Hawkesbury (Manly to Cowan) Track which then connects with The Great North Walk to Newcastle. For a circle, you would then take The Great North Walk back through the Lane Cove National Park to the Harbour Bridge. You can also continue from the Spit Bridge to Manly as described in the brochure as an example of a one day walk.

Bushland Walking Tracks

An important part of managing our bushland remnants is being able to actually enjoy them. A great way for everyone to be able to utilise and enjoy our natural environment is through bushwalking. Council is fortunate that the majority of its bushland areas have long established and well worn walking tracks that allow a walker spectacular views of the harbour and bushland. They also provide useful access to facilities such as wharfs, dinghy racks and beaches.

In 2006 a university student undertook a project throughout Mosman which involved the GPS mapping of all bushland tracks that exist on Council land. This field data has since been transferred to Council’s GIS (Geographical Information System – digital mapping system) which will help us to produce maps showing the location and type of all bushland walking tracks and observe any gaps in these throughout the Mosman area. Tracks have been categorised as primary or secondary and track surfaces and features have also been recorded. Features include location of stairs, boardwalks and drainage lines.

To ensure these tracks are useable and safe Mosman Council undertakes upgrades through a maintenance program on all of its primary tracks. Part of this program involves closing off any minor secondary tracks and stopping unauthorised tracks being built on Council Land. With a limited budget, a priority listing has been developed and with help from grant funding under the ‘Sharing Sydney Harbour Access Program’ additional works have been possible. These funds have allowed Council to work through this program to ensure continued public access to all our foreshore areas are improved and maintained.

When undertaking improvements on existing tracks, or when creating new ones, every attempt is made to only use natural products that compliment the existing natural environment and reduce potential impacts. Construction is specified to minimise any disturbance to surrounding areas and products such as sandstone blocks for stairs, crushed sandstone for path surfaces and hard woods for board walks and bridges are used.

Left: boardwalk minimises disturbance to surrounding areas. Right: before and after installation of steps.

Some other issues that need to be taken in consideration when improving and maintaining bushland walking tracks include, water drainage, phytophthora, erosion and aboriginal heritage.

In addition to maintaining existing tracks Mosman Council has, over the past 7 years, established 5 new walking tracks in bushland areas. These include the track through Lawry Plunkett Reserve from Mulbring Street through to The Esplanade; a walking track at Quakers Hat South, from Bay Street playground to the foreshore and dinghy racks; a new foreshore access track through the recently purchased Joel’s Reserve; a walking loop at Balmoral Reserve; and more recently a walking track from Parriwi Road to the foreshore through Parriwi Lighthouse.

It should also be noted that in addition to the numerous tracks scattered throughout Council land there are also a number of very popular walking tracks within NPWS, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and Taronga Zoo land around and throughout Middle Head and most are well connected to Council’s bushland walking tracks.

More information

For any enquiries, please contact Community Information at Mosman Library Service on 9978 4167.

Mosman Library Service has some good books to help you on your way. Books describing the walks and providing historical information are generally found in the non-fiction collection at 919.44.

Some to look out for are:

  • Rob Sturrock – Nature Walks in Mosman 919.44/STUR
  • Katrina O’Brien – Sydney’s Best Harbour and Coastal Walks 919.441/OBRI
  • Stephen Lord – Bushwalks in the Sydney Region 919.44/BUSH

Walking links

Walking Coastal Sydney – Sydney Coastal Councils Group
Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tracks
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust - Parks and Walking Tracks
Walking Sydney Harbour - NSW Department of Planning