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Around South Head

Around South Head

Distance: 11.93 km ( 7.41 miles )  Duration: 3 hours and 40 mins.   Last Updated: 01 Oct 2021
A fantastic walk added by Scheurer Cameron it's in Point Piper, New South Wales, Australia.
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An interesting wander around the burbs of South Head.
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On the beach at Nielson Park

On the beach at Nielson Park

This is good meeting place with coffee and toilets nearby.




The Beach in Vaucluse Bay

The Beach in Vaucluse Bay

Here is a nice shady spot for a picnic.


Distance from previous hotspot: 1.23 km ( 0.76 miles )

Parsley Bay Bridge

Parsley Bay Bridge

The bridge was constructed by the local council in 1910 it was described as the Bridge over Parsley Glen.


Distance from previous hotspot: 1.06 km ( 0.66 miles )

Gibsons Beach Reserve

Gibsons Beach Reserve

Named after a family of note in the area. Henry Gibson was a pilot for 50 years and lived here from the late 1830’s.


Distance from previous hotspot: 0.97 km ( 0.60 miles )

Camp Cove

Camp Cove

This area provided abundant fish and shellfish for the local Aboriginal community in a sheltered environment. Rock engravings in the area depict a range of marine creatures including whales and fish. …
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Distance from previous hotspot: 0.96 km ( 0.60 miles )

Nine Inch Cannon

Nine Inch Cannon

This 9-inch cannon, which was previously located near the Hornby Lighthouse, was one of six brought to New South Wales from the Royal Gun Factory in England in 1872. It seems to be aimed at the city, …
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Distance from previous hotspot: 0.31 km ( 0.20 miles )

The Lightkeeper’s Cottage

The Lightkeeper’s Cottage

These Georgian style sandstone cottages were designed by Alexander Dawson. The sandstone was taken from the local cliff face. Extensions and repairs were carried out in 1860 including a second cottage…
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Distance from previous hotspot: 0.59 km ( 0.37 miles )

Hornby Lighthouse

Hornby Lighthouse

Erected on the extreme point of Inner South Head in 1858 amidst gun pits dug out by hard labour. It was named after the family of Governor Dennison’s wife, whose father became Admiral Sir Phipps Hornb…
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Distance from previous hotspot: 0.13 km ( 0.08 miles )

Gun Emplacements

Gun Emplacements

These have undergone many changes since they were first built in 1788. At that time the guns were used to signal the arrival of ships.


Distance from previous hotspot: 0.09 km ( 0.06 miles )

Another Fab Picnic spot

Another Fab Picnic spot

With an amazing view of the city. Lots of grass and some shade under the palm trees. Must be popular on NYE. Watch out for the brides!


Distance from previous hotspot: 1.41 km ( 0.88 miles )

Breath-taking cliff top views.

Breath-taking cliff top views.

The walk follows the cliff line when ever possible, producing some fabulous vistas.


Distance from previous hotspot: 0.37 km ( 0.23 miles )

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Traditional suicide spot for many Sydney-siders. These days there is plenty of help available and the fences look insurmountable.


Distance from previous hotspot: 0.21 km ( 0.13 miles )

Signal Hill Lighthouse

Signal Hill Lighthouse

Not sure when this was built, but it looks quite old.


Distance from previous hotspot: 1.13 km ( 0.70 miles )

Cliffs as far as the eye can C

Cliffs as far as the eye can C

Another example of the fabulous views along this walk.


Distance from previous hotspot: 0.04 km ( 0.02 miles )

Macquarie Lighthouse

Macquarie Lighthouse

aka South Head Upper Light. It was designed by Francis Greenway, a famous convict architect, under the instructions of Macquarie, and built in soft sandstone in the classic cock and balls design. The lighthouse was first lit in 30 November 1818.


Distance from previous hotspot: 0.31 km ( 0.19 miles )

Looking South

Looking South

A beautiful view marred by the concrete slab building erected in the sixties.


Distance from previous hotspot: 1.00 km ( 0.62 miles )

View North

View North

Looking up the coast towards the mouth of Sydney harbour.


Distance from previous hotspot: 1.17 km ( 0.73 miles )











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