Balmoral to Middle Head Forts
  • Length: 4.1km

  • Duration: 2 hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: 2C The Esplanade, Mosman

  • End: 2C The Esplanade, Mosman

  • Location: Sydney Harbour National Park

  • Closest Town: Mosman

  • Distance from CBD: 9.5 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.82905529

  • Longitude: 151.2556783

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Public Transport

Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Steep Road

Winding Road

Speed Bumps

Vehicle Ford

Entry Fee

Large Car Park

Small Car Park

Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet

Public Toilets

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

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BBQ Facilities

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Camping Area

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Timber Boardwalk

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Bicycle Trail

Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Well Marked

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

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Balmoral to Middle Head Forts is a 4.1km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in Sydney Harbour National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 2 hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This walk to the Middle Head fortifications is a great way to break up your day at the beach. There are plenty of places to explore and the forts are quite interesting and historically significant. The track is well marked and has some information signs. The views of Sydney Harbour are great and it is well worth carrying a picnic lunch to allow more time to enjoy North Head.


Download maps and tracknotes for Balmoral to Middle Head Forts hiking track from wildwalks.com.

About the region

Sydney Harbour National Park protects islands and foreshore around Sydney Harbour. Explore Sydney's history on a school excursion or guided tour to enjoy coastal walks, picnics and swimming. Sydney Harbour National Park protects a number of islands and foreshore areas around one of the world's most famous harbours. The park is home to superb swimming spots, bushwalking tracks and picnic areas, which offer a huge range of activities that will have you coming back again and again.

See native wildlife living in rare pockets of bushland once common around Sydney, or take a fascinating walk to explore the park's cultural history. You'll see everything from convict-built buildings and military fortifications to Aboriginal sites and a heritage lighthouse. And with the harbour's staggering coastline creating an endless natural lookout, the park's jaw-dropping views simply have to be seen to be believed. If you're at one of the park's lookouts during winter, be sure to keep a lookout for whales on their annual migration north.

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