Bradelys 68 Pounder

In 1855 Governor Denison approved plans to construct multiple fortifications in Port Jackson as a result of the Crimea War in 1854.

As part of the ‘Denison Plan’ to protect Sydney Harbour the Bradleys Head Battery was constructed, enhanced and was finally completed in the year of 1871.

In 1871, Bradleys Head Battery had the smooth bored Muzzle 68 pounder guns situated in pits with adjoining trenches, tunnels and powder magazines. These large guns had the capacity to accurately fire a ball up to 1000m.

To learn more about Sydney’s military history in Sydney Harbour National Park then join one of our tours.

9 Reasons to take a Sydney guided walk

When it comes to soaking up the iconic sights, sounds and scents of Sydney Harbour National Park, nothing beats exploring Sydney on foot. A walk through the natural bushland under the shady boughs of sprawling Sydney red gum trees provides you with the chance to escape bustling city life and enjoy the peaceful great outdoors, whilst getting some gentle exercise. Plus, this diverse ecosystem, home to a plethora of flora and fauna is only a 12-minute scenic ferry ride from the city, making it extremely accessible for all who live, work or travel here.

Whether you’re a local Sydneysider, overseas tourist or simply love walking, joining a Sydney guided walk like one run by EcoWalks Tours, is a fantastic way to explore the area, and visit the natural, cultural and historical sites of Sydney Harbour National Park.

Ready to start walking? Here’s nine great reasons why you should consider a Sydney walking tour rather than walking on your own.

Expert knowledge

One of the main attractions of joining a Sydney walking tour is to benefit from the expert knowledge of your local guide. Your guide will provide informative commentary about the native flora, fauna and history during your walk, whilst also point out interesting sites or historic relics along the way such as the Bradleys Head Gun Emplacements. Wondering where best to eat out or the best place to go snorkelling? No problem. Your guide can also give you the lowdown of local recommendations and other parts of Sydney worth visiting, rather than you having to rely on Google.

Seek out hidden gems

It’s not just the stunning Sydney Harbour or Sydney Opera House views you get to enjoy on a guided walking tour (although they are pretty spectacular). You can also discover the hidden gems and secrets spots that only locals know about. Whether that’s walking along a lesser known track to be rewarded with a spectacular view of Sydney Harbour Bridge, or discovering a secluded beach dotted with shallow rock pools, your local Sydney guide is a wealth of knowledge that you can tap into.

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Meet new people

A Sydney walking tour also provides you with the opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals and travellers with the potential to form new friendships. You might be walking with people from other countries or find yourself walking with another Sydneysider who only lives up the road from you. With small group sizes, it’s far easier to get chatting to other walkers and share your walking experience together in this intimate group setting.

Support a small business

By walking with EcoWalks Tours, you are not only supporting a small business who loves what they do, you are also supporting the local community, whether that’s buying a coffee or enjoying lunch at a local café at the end of the walk. Above all, you will find that your guide is authentic, original and caring and nothing rewards them more than showing you their favourite sights or sharing special moments together.

Deeper understanding of the region

You can also gain a deeper understanding of the region and hear about the local history first-hand, rather than reading from a plaque or from a guidebook. Your guide is sure to have many entertaining stories to share with you and bring historic tales to life, making your tour even more memorable.

Puts your safety first

Walking guides will also put your safety first. They know the routes inside out so can point out any slippery steps to take your time on or identify specific things to look out for such as snakes or spitfire caterpillars to help you avoid injury.

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Opportunity to explore somewhere new

Even if you’re a local, a walking tour can allow you to visit an area you’ve never been to before or see the walk with a fresh pair of eyes. Walking at different times of the year allows you to experience nature at its best, whether that’s a gorgeous display of flowers in full bloom in spring or a bubbling brook bursting to life after a heavy rainfall.

No worries about the route or getting lost

Worried about getting lost or stressed about getting back? Forget having to constantly check your map for the direction you need to walk next. Your Sydney walking tour guide has the route covered so all you need to worry about is turning up for your tour on time and following the leader to view the top sights. Your experienced guide can also let you know where you can fill up your water bottle, where the nearest toilets are and of course the best way to get back to your hotel or home if walking a one-way route.

It’s affordable and a fun day out

EcoWalks Tours are a fun and affordable day out for the whole family. If you’re looking for something new to do or an activity to occupy the kids then you should consider a walking tour. These tours in Sydney are especially good if you have friends or family in town and are looking for something a little different to entertain them besides the usual Royal Botanical Gardens, Hyde Park or exploring the Rocks district. Of course, you can capture your day out with countless photo opportunities along the way.

Ready to join a Sydney walking tour? Choose from either the 3-hour Georges Head Walk or the 4-hour Middle Head Battery Walk. You can also enquire about our private tours.

Written by Fiona Bennett at Bitesize Traveller.

About the author Fiona Bennett.

Founder of Bitesize Traveller – a Sydney food, travel and walking blog.

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School Holiday Biodiversity Activity

Give the kids a school holiday activity they’ll never forget!

EcoWalker Bush Explorer Tours provide children aged 8 to 12 with a bush adventure finding invertebrates like bugs, beetles and spiders within Sydney Harbour National Park.

The kids will take on the role of a Bush Explorer and participate in a number of activities that investigates the special relationships between plants and animals.

Activities are focused on the NSW Stage 2 and Stage 3 curriculum and are conducted in a safe learning environment.

The location is Bradleys Head in Sydney Harbour National Park and these tours are from 10am to 1pm at a cost of $25 per child.

Limited places available on Wednesday 8th & 15th July during this upcoming school holiday!

Click on BOOK NOW and complete your booking.

EcoWalks Tours is proud to announce a partnership with Zoe Wittber

Zoe Wittber is an accomplished, motivated and passionate Visual Arts educator and has completed a Masters by Research in Visual Arts, with a thesis publication on the importance of Visual Arts in the education of all children.

So, to provide meaningful learning activities for children during our EcoWalkers Bush Explorers School Holiday Biodiversity Tours, we have collaborated to produce educational resources with Zoe’s artworks.

Zoe works with acrylic paint/pen on canvas and board and her current focus is on Australian animal life. The patterning she creates is decorative and repetitive, adorning the animals and the surrounds, to frame and celebrate them.

As well as creating artwork, she is SAHM to her two boys during the day and working as an educator in Visual Arts in both secondary and tertiary education in the evenings. She has a passion for education, particularly in the arts and a love of nature based education and learning. She encourages this love of nature for her boys through playful experiences and learning activities.

Visit Zoe’s Artworks

Check out her artworks through her Etsy store link: www.etsy.com.au/shop/walkinginthewild

Personal Connections 

EcoWalks Tours welcomes visitors to Sydney Harbour National Park from all around the world.

EcoWalks Tours is a locally based accredited NSW Parks Eco Pass guided tour operation in Sydney Harbour National Park and established out of enjoyment for the conservation of this place.

As the founder of EcoWalks Tours, I strive for excellence by providing visitors with in-depth knowledge of the ecological features and historical aspects of the park during my guided tours.

Connecting and learning about the natural, social, historical and traditional heritage of Sydney Harbour National Park and the surrounding suburb of Mosman is a wonderful past time in which I enjoy sharing with visitors.

There are so many hidden secrets awaiting for you to discover on a tour with me. One of my favourite places to show visitors is the sandstone gully and headland of Taylors Bay to Chowder Bay. In this area you can find the blue lizards bathing in the sun on lichen covered rocks to the small vibrant mauve crowea flowering shrubs among the sunshine wattles blooming under the shade of the Sydney red gums. Sharing this place as well as other sites within the park with visitors brings me great joy and I would like to invite you to come and see for yourself.

So, join me and be guided by my personal connections, experiences and knowledge of the Sydney Harbour National Park.

Sydney Harbour Views

Are you wanting to get outside and explore Sydney Harbour?

EcoWalks Tours is a locally based accredited NSW Parks Eco Pass guided tour operation in the Sydney Harbour National Park.

We pride ourselves in providing scenic and educational tours that respects the natural, historical and social heritage of Sydney Harbour National Park.

Although, we are temporarily closed due to current social distancing regulations, you can still purchase no expiry gift cards for future tours.

Simply click on ‘BOOK NOW’ and select gift cards and make your purchase.

Thank you for supporting our local business.

Photo credit: Destination NSW

 

 

Vote EcoWalks Tours 

Sydney Harbour EcoWalks Tours has had a rough start to 2020

As a recent start up business at the end of 2019, EcoWalks Tours not only had to face the challenges of a new business but was hampered by the periodic closure of Sydney Harbour National Park due to the high risk of fire danger.

Although the Sydney Harbour National Park was closed and a downturn in tourism due to fire danger and poor air pollution in Sydney, EcoWalks Tours collaborated with the Northern Beaches Council Manly Information Centre and Sydney hotels and hostels to boost its profile in the local area. As a result, EcoWalks Tours began conducting tours for a range of local and interstate visitors.

However, just when business was taking a positive turn, the Sydney Harbour National Park was closed once again in late March due to the COVID19 pandemic social distancing regulations. In order to keep business expenses low and taking precautionary steps, EcoWalks Tours temporarily closed on 31 March 2020.

Winning this year’s Local Business Award will boost EcoWalks Tours’ profile in the local and regional tourism industry and therefore, encourage more visitors to come and learn about the natural, social and historical heritage within Sydney Harbour National Park.

So, would you please take the time to click on the link below and vote for EcoWalks Tours for the ‘New Business’ category in the Local Business Awards 2020.

https://thebusinessawards.com.au/business/53184/EcoWalks-Tours

Thank you,

Alan Toner

Founder of EcoWalks Tours

Mother’s Day Gift Card Special

Celebrate Mother’s Day with an EcoWalks Tours’ gift voucher.

Use the promo code ‘LOVEMYMUM’ when purchasing any gift card and receive 20% off.

Gift cards are available in $30, $60 or $120.

Click on ‘BOOK NOW’ and select gift cards for your Mother’s Day.

Beehive Battery, Georges Head

In 1871, James Barnet of the Colonial Architects Office in Sydney designed this harbour fortification.

This battery was constructed out of the sandstone sea cliffs of Georges Head to house three 10 inch smooth bored 68 pounder guns.

These emplacements domes were cut out of the solid rock with a small opening through the cliff for each gun.

Also, the field of fire for each gun was very limited. The battery was designed to protect a only small section of the western channel in the harbour.

So, join EcoWalks Tours for a scenic and educational walking tour of Sydney Harbour National Park to visit and learn about such historic relics like the Beehive Battery of Georges Head.

Sunshine Wattle

Acacia Terminalis Terminalis

What a pleasant walk it was guiding today’s tour group through the Sydney Harbour National Park from Athol Bay to Georges Head.

The Sunshine Wattle is a native plant that is considered to be endangered. Sightings of this wattle are rare and you are unlikely to find it in the Sydney Harbour National Park.

However, on our Georges Head Walk tour today we saw this Sunshine Wattle not far off the track. Although, it is believed to be endangered due to hybrid species populating the area, there are still opportunities to spot a true Sunshine Wattle.

Join our EcoWalks Tours for a scenic and educational experience whilst visiting the Sydney Harbour National Park.

 

School Holiday Bush Explorers

Here is a way to keep the kids busy this school holidays!

During this upcoming school holidays EcoWalks Tours is hosting a Bush Explorers Day.

This day offers children aged 8 to 12 years old meaningful learning experiences about the local ecosystems and biodiversity in Sydney Harbour National Park.

Only 12 places available this school holidays on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

Book now to avoid disappointment!