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.

EcoWalker Bush Explorer Tours

When kids join our EcoWalker Bush Explorer Tour they participate in a number of learning activities that investigates the special relationships between plants, animals and the Aboriginal People of the Sydney Harbour National Park. 

Guide shows kids how wood decays

Aboriginal Heritage

Kids participate in an Acknowledgement of Country to recognise the Borogegal Clan of the Cammeraygal People as the traditional custodians of the Middle Headland of Sydney Harbour National Park. These curious kids learn about traditional ways that the Aboriginal People used plants for food, medicinal purposes as well as tools and resources to assist them with shelter, fishing, hunting and gathering. Kids love hearing about the unique fishing culture of the Borogegal People as well as the many uses of the Green Grasstrees harvested in this area of Sydney Harbour for everyday life.

Connecting with Nature

When curious kids are out on the trail they are happily chatting about all the unique animals as they complete their scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt encourages kids to spot, tally and ask questions about a range of animals that include mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates. This is so the kids develop an understanding of biodiversity as well as energy flows through the food web specific to Sydney Harbour National Park.

Two lorikeets

Also, the kids go wild when spotting the gorgeous flowering herbs, shrubs and trees along the trail. Kids will learn about the native acacias, grevilleas and eucalyptus trees as a producer of food for animals but they just get so excited when they see the huge variety of native flowering pea plant species along the trail. This includes flowering peas such as the Love Creeper, Happy Wanderer, Golden Spray, Heathy Parrot Pea, Dusky Coral and Large-Leaf Bush Pea as well as the Common Aotus. So many other wonderful wildflowers of Middle Head can be found all year round.

An entertaining educational experience in the Sydney bush. Everyone loved the details you showed us particularly the delicate wildflowers.” Camilla

Sense of Adventure

When kids take on the role of an EcoWalker Bush Explorer they actually get dirty, laugh, learn and really have a fun time outside in the bushland. They get an up close and personal look at the life cycle of a Bush Tick by making observations of ticks at different stages in life. No need to worry though, kids use a plastomount, photos and infographics to learn fun facts about ticks and how to avoid them but more importantly, what they need to do when they spot one. Also, as part of having an adventurous spirit outside in Sydney’s bushland, the kids become citizen scientists and listen to the squeaking calls of the endangered Red Crowned Toadlet. This little creature is so difficult to find, the kids get into a frenzy trying to spot one amongst the ferns as they hear the unique calling of this frog.

Searching for the Red Crowned Toadlet

Book Your Kids on Our Next EcoWalker Bush Explorer

So, whether you know kids that go crazy for the great outdoors or you want to encourage kids to learn more about the Sydney bushland or simply just need to get outside more, then the EcoWalker Bush Explorer is for them. Our staff have a passion for sharing their knowledge and understanding of the Sydney Harbour National Park and are sure to provide kids with a memorable experience that will inspire them.

Three great nature loving, informative hours for children to learn and enjoy on school holidays.” Dallas

Ever Wondered What Native Flower is That?

As a lover of all things in nature and big and small in Sydney Harbour National Park, I have developed a passion for sharing my love for all the native plants that are found on Middle Head.

Here are some of my favourite floral displays I love to show visitors on my tours. So I wonder if you too feel the same. Let’s find out.

Lilac Lily

The Lilac Lily (Schelhammera undulata) is a solitary flowering herb with pink to violet petals grow out from a stalk. This little beauty is found growing in moist sandy soil in shady places within the Sydney Harbour National Park. The Lilac Lily is in bloom July to September but you have to know where to look to find it.

Hops Bush

The Hops Bush (Dodonaea triquetra) has unusual green, 3 cornered membranous with rounded edges that resemble the fruit of the beer brewing hops species. It has slender but large leaves that are dark green with pointed tips and visible veins.

Coastal Rosemary

The Coastal Rosemary (Westringia fruticosa) is a dense along exposed coastal heat, it can withstand shrub with dark green narrow pointed leaves with margins the curve downwards to channel water droplets towards the base of the plant to be soaked up by the roots. Found in shallow soilsd strong winds. Noticeable by the irregular shaped white, pink or blue flowers at the top of a well-leafed stem.

Heathy Parrot Pea

The Heathy Parrot Pea our Eggs and Bacon (Dillynia retorta) is a endemic plant to Sydney Harbour National Park. It is a dense and spreading twiggy shrub that grows to a height of upto 2m it thrives in heath shrub land on sandy soil. Vibrant yellow ear-like flowers bloom in clusters during the months of July to November that have a scarlet centre.

Prickly Moses

The Prickly Moses (Acacia ulicifolia) is a wattle that grows in open forest, woodlands and heath on sandy soils with low fertility. Flowers are pale cream sphere-like heads on long stems beyond the reach of the prickly needle-like leaves that defies the touch.

Sunshine Wattle

Sunshine Wattle (Acacia terminalis) is endangered due to habit loss and competing invasive plant species. However, there are still individual plants still situated throughout the park and with ongoing conservation efforts from local community groups and such as Mosman High School Enviro Group in partnership with NSW Parks and Taronga Zoo, the number of individual plants are increasing. A unique wattle that is a the forefront of conservationist’s minds.

Sydney Golden Wattle

The Sydney Golden Wattle (Acacia longifolia) has yellow flowers resembling balls are grouped together along the stalk that gives a cylindrical appearance. The  long leathery leaves are not leaves, rather, phyllodes with longitudinal veins that run through them. Phyllodes do not have stomata or pores as true leaves do. This is so moisture is not lost through transpiration during dry conditions. 

Wallum Heath

The Wallum Heath (Epacris pulchella) is a native plant found throughout sandstone heath that has a sticky appearance with gorgeous white to deep pink flowers along its stem. A pleasant display of flowers among the heath landscape of Sydney Harbour National Park bushland.

Common Aotus

The Common Aotus (Aotus ericoides) is found all along the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS) landscapes within Sydney Harbour National Park. This flowering shrub loves shallow sandy soil usually along sandstone gullies with an abundance of sunlight.

Love Creeper

The Love Creeper (Glycine clandestina) is a climber with a very slim stalk that has 3 leaflets growing out from a short stalk. The flowers are petite with shades of purple to mauve that vary in shape and size. Similar to other pea flowers.

Happy Wanderer

The Happy Wanderer (Hardenbergia violacea) is a climbing vine with small bright purple flowers that are pea shaped with alternating leathery leaves that are dark green and oval shaped.

Flannel Flower

The Flannel Flower (Actinotus helanthi) is endemic to Sydney Harbour National Park and blooms between September to April. It gets its name from the woolly-like hairs and fluffy tuffs that appear all over the plant and the creamy white flower blooms on top.

Although I have selected these plant species to showcase to visitors, there are so many other unique and gorgeous flowering plants located in Sydney Harbour National Park.

For further information, I recommend Australian Plant Society NSW.

Three Sydney boutique hotels you need to know about!

Where do you stay in the Lower North Shore?

Glenferrie Lodge

Large heritage hotel in Kirribilli

Glenferrie Lodge

This place provides essential and easy access to Sydney Harbour’s foreshore, North Sydney, Circular Quay and Sydney’s CBD. Located in Kirribilli, this boutique budget hotel provides quintessential amenities for travelling families and discerning travellers seeking a quiet place to unwind. 

Easily recognisable by its unique design and boosting large decorative verandahs along the front of the hotel with timber posts and timber railings, offers guests with a perfect place to sit and relax. Unique to The Glenferrie Lodge is the family and pet friendly garden and outdoor entertaining area. It has a large grassed area, challenging, robust and safe play equipment for children to busy themselves with. Also, there is comfortable outdoor furniture for travellers to relax on whilst under cover enjoying breakfast. Furthermore, The Glenferrie Lodge is a place of heritage and is ideal for all guests wanting to stay in an affordable hotel in near proximity to all of Sydney’s attractions.

Visit Glenferrie Lodge for bookings and further information.

Cremorne Point Manor

Sydney’s Cremorne Point Manor

The Cremorne Point Manor

The Cremorne Point Manor welcomes all travellers and offers a variety of essential services that exceeds expectations. As a AAA tourism rated 4 Star Harbourside Guesthouse, it has 29 spacious rooms that offers visitors privacy and comfort. Perfect for weekend getaways. Nestled among the quiet harbourside streets of Sydney’s Lower North Shore, it provides excellent access to Sydney Harbour’s foreshore pathways, parklands and reserves as well as essential public transport. The Cremorne Point Manor is a beautifully restored heritage hotel that harnesses a relaxed atmosphere with an air of sophistication to accommodate all visitor needs. Additionally, The Cremorne Point Manor has had a long history of providing exceptional services to its guests and will continue to impress its visitors.

Visit Cremorne Point Manor for bookings and further information.

Albert Hotel

From the red-tiled roofs of comfort,

And the gardens and lawns of taste;

Safe from the city’s clamour,

And safe from the city’s Haste;

From a vision of range and ocean,

And a hint of the sea-cliffs grey,

Look down from the heights of Mosman,

To the depths of Mosman’s Bay. 

Henry Lawson

Situated at the top of Cowles Road in Mosman, safe from the city’s clamour and haste, is the newly refurbished boutique heritage hotel, The Albert. With 26 stylishly appointed rooms available for guests to unwind and enjoy the contemporary furnishings, The Albert is the ideal place to stay whilst visiting Sydney. 

Mosman is an exquisite place to visit, with a rich tapestry of old world history and charm. Its streets are aligned with red-tiled roofs and gardens of taste that will sure show you old charm. Staying at The Albert provides guests with the opportunity to walk these streets and visit destinations such as Balmoral Beach, Middle Head, Bradleys Head and Mosman Bay.

Visit The Albert for bookings and further information.

Heritage hotel refurbished

 

Top Things to Spot Along Georges Head Walk with EcoWalks Tours

A walk in nature is meant to do wonders for the soul, so on this beautiful bushwalk from Taronga Wharf to Georges Head you can immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes of Sydney Harbour National Park. From rocky foreshores to secluded beaches and native bushland, there’s more than just the native flora and fauna to admire.

Take the time to really slow down and pay attention to the finer details of the environment as you pass over wooden boardwalk, stroll under towering Sydney Red Gums and enter temperate rainforests. You’ll be quickly surprised at how much you will discover in just a short amount of time. So, the next time you walk between Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay, here’s just some of the iconic natural, cultural and historical wonders you could be lucky enough to spot, especially on a Sydney walking tour.

Native Plant Life

Tread slowly and carefully along the walking track and it won’t be long until you start admiring all types of flowers and plants that call Sydney Harbour National Park their home. Look around to admire the tall Grass Tree, the beautiful and hardy Blueberry Ash, or the velvety white flowers and silvery grey foliage of the Flannel Flower. You’re also likely to see Rosemary Heath, Banksia, Sunshine Wattle, Flax-seed Wattle, Crowea, Fuschia Heath and much more.

If you’re not very good at identifying flowers then your Sydney walking guide will be able to give you their common name, scientific name and its uses. Remember that different times of the year will show different flowers at their best, so you can come back time and time again. Alternatively, the Royal Botanic Gardens has a fabulous display of native plants, if you have time to explore Sydney further.

Birds and Other Animals

The Sydney Harbour National Park is home to 150 bird species so you’re sure to spot at least one type of bird during your walk. You’re likely to see cockatoos and the noisy Common Mynas, but if you stop, look and listen, it won’t take long to spot and hear other iconic Australian birdlife. Look out for the rainbow lorikeets, the scarlet red of the king parrots, the laughing Kookaburra, the cute New Holland Honey Eaters or white-bellied Sea Eagle.

You could also spot the brush turkeys (also known as bush turkeys) digging in the ground, water dragons sitting statue-like on a rock or brushtail or ringtail possums hiding in the trees. Stop and listen carefully to hear the croaking of frogs from the marshes. During whale watching season, you might also be lucky enough to witness the migrating humpback whales between the Sydney Heads. If you’re a wildlife lover, then it’s best to walk earlier in the day or just before dusk to see the birdlife and wildlife at their most active.

Athol Hall – Athol Gardens Hotel

For architecture and history lovers, be sure to check out the beautiful Athol Hall (Athol Gardens Hotel). In 1872, the Athol Gardens Hotel was granted one of the two publicans’ licences in this area, with the other located at the Clifton Hotel in nearby Chowder Bay. By 1880, the Athol Hotel was advertised as having the best wines, ales, beer and spirits with strict civility. As Athol Hotel grew in popularity, hundreds of excursionists would make their way here at the weekend to picnic in the gardens with spectacular views overlooking the Sydney harbour. This was because Athol Hotel was the only place in Sydney where drinking was permitted on Sundays. Today, Athol Hall is a popular venue for wedding receptions and wedding ceremonies, alongside corporate events and private parties due to its breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.

Heritage Athol Gardens Hotel

Steaming Trees

You might think you’ve entered a dreamlike fantasy when you see trees steaming in the morning. However, this beautiful sight generally happens when there’s been a heavy rainfall and the tree’s bark soaks up the water. In the morning, as the sun’s warm rays hit the trees, the trees start to heat up and this water evaporates causing this magical effect.

Bradleys Head Gun Emplacements 

Bradleys Head is home to a large collection of military history including a Rifle Wall, defensive ditches, gun emplacements and fort. In a bid to protect Sydney Harbour, the Bradleys Head Battery was completed in 1871 and housed the 68 pounder guns mounted on traversing platforms which could fire up to 1,000 metres. There is a series of connecting underground rooms used to house magazines and shell-stores.

Bradleys Head Amphitheater

Did you know that the Bradleys Head Amphitheatre was actually built on the site where a stunt scene was filmed in the blockbuster film, Mission Impossible 2. Today, the amphitheatre is a popular setting to host weddings and musical performances as well as being the perfect place to watch impressive sunsets whilst admiring the jaw dropping views of the Sydney city skyline.

Doric Stone Column

Arrive at Bradleys Head Amphitheatre and you will see a Doric stone column just off the headland on a rock platform in the water. This column marks one of six that were taken from the first Sydney General Post Office after it was demolished in 1863 and placed in different positions throughout Sydney. This particular column was erected near the jetty in 1871 to mark one nautical mile from Fort Denison. It was used to provide accurate sea trial measurements and to test the speed of newly constructed ships.

Sydney Red Gum

Walk beneath the ancient Angophora forest of enormous, sprawling Sydney Red Gums as you follow the spectacular Sydney Harbour foreshore. Be mesmerised by these twisting rusty-coloured giants and embrace the peaceful silence, broken by the sound of chattering birds above. This is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your walk so I recommend to slow it down to really appreciate this beautiful setting.

Sydney Harbour Views

Along with the Sydney Red Gum Trail, your walk between Taronga Wharf to Georges Heights provides you with a plethora of opportunities to admire the breathtaking Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the iconic harbour views. In fact, come New Year’s Eve, Bradleys Head is one of the best locations to view the renowned New Year’s Eve firework display which light up the whole night sky.

The Manor House

As you pass Taylors Bay you will get your first glimpse of The Manor House, a 52-room mansion situated within Clifton Gardens in Mosman. Originally built for William Bakewell in 1904, using a Federation Queen Anne style design, it was later purchased by the Theosophical Society in 1917 who have occupied it ever since. Today, this eye-catching, red-bricked building with terracotta tiled roofing and tall, corbelled chimneys is listed on the heritage register of New South Wales.

Taylors Bay

Looking out across the peaceful, turquoise waters of Taylors Bay, you will be greeted by a small secluded beach and anchored boats in the bay. However, back on the night of 31 May 1942, Taylors Bay was the site where one of the three Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour, but was fortunately blocked off by the harbour patrol boats Sea Mist, Steady Hour and Yarroma. Sea Mist dropped a depth charger which then brought the midget submarine to the surface upside down and wrecked, where it was later recovered by crane. Hear the full tale of the stealthy midget submarines from your local Sydney walking guide.

Paradise in Sydney

Chowder Bay

Chowder Bay played a vital role in protecting Sydney between the 1890s until 1922. The area was once occupied by the military, but by the 1870s, the British Government withdrew its troops, meaning that Australia had to create its own defence strategy. In 1889, the submarine mining depot was built in Chowder Bay to facilitate the laying of mines in Sydney Harbour to protect Port Jackson from foreign forces. These mines were designed to detonate if an enemy ship entered the harbour. Once the Submarine Mining Corps closed in 1922, Chowder Bay became a depot and barracks for Army engineers before becoming the Army Maritime School from the 1980s until 1997.

Beehive Casemate

Built between 1871 to 1874, this fort was constructed under the supervision of colonial architect James Barnet with the intention to fire on enemy ships navigating into Sydney Harbour. The underground casemate was made of brick and mortar and built into the excavated cavities in the sandstone bedrock. It was one of the first to be locally designed and built after the withdrawal of British troops in 1870 and the Cardwell Reforms. Containing three domed chambers each used as gun emplacements, the chambers had a small hole for the gun to fire towards the Sydney South Head and North Head.

Australian Coat of Arms

Close to the Beehive Casemate, you might spot the Australian coat of arms caved into a rock with the years 1914-41, left behind by those who worked here. On the nearby rockface you can also see a kangaroo and the outline of a soldier wearing his hat. Without the help of a Sydney walking guide to point these historic engravings out to you, it is likely that you will walk right past them.

Australian Coat of Arms Carved into Sandstone

Increase your chances of seeing all of the above during a guided walking tour with EcoWalks Tours.

Take your pick from the 3-hour Georges Head Walk or extend with the 4-hour Middle Head Battery Walk, ending at Balmoral Beach. You can also enquire about our private tours in Sydney.

Written by Fiona Bennett at Bitesize Traveller.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Walk through Sydney Harbour National Park with EcoWalks Tours

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.

Walk through Sydney Harbour National Park with EcoWalks Tours

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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Walk through Sydney Harbour National Park with EcoWalks Tours

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