Walks in Mosman

There are many beautiful foreshore and bushland walks in Mosman. Download maps and brochures here.

Mosman Rider Walks

The perfect way to explore Mosman!

Whether you are a visitor to our suburb wanting to sample some of its delights, or a new resident wanting to get to know the place, walking is definitely your best option.

Clean Energy for Eternity, a local community group, has prepared a set of eleven short walks which start and/or end on the route of the Mosman Rider, Mosman’s free community bus.

Each walk takes about an hour (much longer if you linger at the varous attractions you find en route). The walks have been carefully designed so that in the main you walk downhill, leaving it to the Mosman Rider to take you back up to your starting point.

So next time you have an hour or so free and want to get some fresh air and exercise, download the single A4 sheet pdf of one of these walks, hail the whale and get on your way. Even if you have lived in Mosman all your life we guarantee you will find something new.

Walk Mosman – free iPhone app

Mosman has a unique environment with a range of bushland, beaches, wildlife and coastal areas. Whether you are a visitor to the suburb wanting to sample some of its delights, or a resident wanting to enjoy or familiarise yourself with your local environment, walking is definitely your best option.

Walk Mosman showcases seven amazing walks around Mosman. You can complete a single walk or join the walks together to complete a loop of the entire suburb – it’s up to you. Along the way you will find points of interest where you can learn interesting facts about Mosman’s wildlife, heritage, Aboriginal sites, bushland, coastal features and more.

All the walks are accessible by public transport or Mosman’s free community bus, the Mosman Rider. So download Walk Mosman today and be on your way!

Balmoral Self Guided 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 Mosman 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.

This map was produced by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust as a joint project with Mosman Council, Sydney Harbour National Park and the Walking Volunteers, February 2006.

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.

This map is an initiative of Walking Sydney Harbour, a partnership project between community walking volunteers, the State Government, Local Government and other relevant authorities.

Sydney Ferries – Harbour Walks

Sydney Ferries have mapped out walks around Sydney Harbour that are easily accessible by ferry.

Further information

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

Mosman Library 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