Hermitage Walk, Sydney Harbour

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Essentials

 

  • Bottom of Bayview Hill Road, Rose Bay to Nielsen Park, Vaucluse.
  • 1.5 kms.
  • Bus START 324 and 325 at Kambala School; END 325 at Wentworth Ave, Nielsen Park.
  • Description – mix of sealed and unsealed path, clambering over rocks and under trees.
  • Level of difficulty (on scale of 1 easy to 5 challenging):  3.

 

The walk

We set off from Rose Bay on a mid-winter Sunday afternoon.  This is a stunning way to take in Sydney Harbour and the view across to the City.  It was a very peaceful ramble. We passed only half a dozen other walkers. The path and the water were pristine.

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At Strickland House, a group was enjoying a picnic on the front lawn and a professional photo shoot was underway at Milk Beach.  Strickland House itself is only open to the public during Heritage Week, however the grounds are open to the public during the day (no charge) all year round.

There are no amenities until you reach Nielsen Park, where there is a toilet and kiosk.  Other places of interest along the way include Steele Point Cottage (which is available for holiday letting) and Greycliffe House, the Sydney office of the NPWS.

 

 

Highlights and hidden treasures

  • There are paths along the track that lead down to rocky ledges and beaches along the water’s edge.
  • It is fun admiring all the luxury homes that front onto the track.
  • The service buildings around Strickland House are locked up and neglected, but it is possible to peer inside.
  • The hour-long walk home via Vaucluse Road was all down hill and lots of fun.

 

External link (map)
//www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkVenues.aspx?venue=20080707300010018