Walking Sydney - Chowder Bay to Middle Head

Not just a walk with panoramic views of the harbour, this is also a fabulous step back into Sydney history. 
View toward North Head

The fortifications began in the 19th Century and were modified over the years and include a series of tunnels that connect the entire area. Fascinating but scary to think that we needed such protection.

One of the many tunnels that connect this entire fortress
The guns have been removed but you get the idea. There was no way anyone would get through Sydney Harbour. As the Japanese were to find out in 1942 during WWII.

Getting There 
We parked the car in a free 2 hour spot at Georges Head, which is just above Chowder Bay On Middle Head Road, Mosman. Then followed the signs to Middle Head. Some parts aren't as well signed so you'll have to follow the map, one wrong turn and you could end up at the Nudist Beach!

You will walk through the abandoned military quarters and come to this little group of cottages on Old Fort Road. Keep walking straight ahead veering left of the main house. This takes you to the Outer Forts.

Then we hiked up the trail toward the inner forts where there are more fascinating batteries, tunnels and stunning views.

View to North Head

From here we walked back along the long road toward Chowder Bay, passing Obelisk Bay, another spot where nudity is permitted.

Nice spot to end up. This is Clifton Gardens. After our long walk in the hot Aussie sun, what better way to finish off than with a dip in the fresh water. Sadly, I didn't wear my Speedo shorts and swimsuit but next time, that's the plan.

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