Federation Cliff Walk

2 h to 3 h

5.5 km
oneway

↑ 305 m
↓ -305 m

AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
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Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Photo by admin, 2010.
Bus stop at base of Gap Steps. | Photo by admin, 2010.
The Gap viewing area. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Welcome to Sydney Harbour National Park. | Photo by admin, 2010.
The Gap. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Sea Cliff at The Gap. | Photo by admin, 2010.
The anchor from The Dunbar. | Photo by admin, 2007.
The Harbour Bridge from the Gun Emplacements. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Photo by admin, 2007.
Photo by admin, 2007.
Photo by admin, 2007.
Photo by admin, 2007.
Photo by admin, 2007.
Photo by admin, 2007.
The footpath through Clarke Reserve. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Photo by admin, 2007.
Looking along the coast at the footbridge between Dudley Page and Diamond Reserves. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Photo by admin, 2007.
The coast down off the footbridge. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Photo by admin, 2007.
Photo by admin, 2007.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.8435407,151.2841268)
Mode Bus Car Ferry
DirectionsFrom Cahill Expressway, M1, Sydney.
  • Turn on to William Street Exit then drive for 195 m
  • Continue onto Palmer Street and drive for another 215 m
  • Turn left onto William Street and drive for another 6.5 km
  • Turn right onto Towns Road and drive for another 570 m
  • Turn left onto Old South Head Road and drive for another 1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Old South Head Road and drive for another 1.7 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Robertson Place and drive for another 130 m
  • Turn slight left onto Military Road and drive for another 130 m
Finish (-33.8782347,151.2822973)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Military Road (20 metres north of the intersection with Gap Road), head towards the concrete steps along the paved way. Head up the said stairs and turn right, then follow the concrete track as you keep the ocean to your left to continue along the Federation Cliff Walk.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 65 m back from the start).
Robertson Park (about 15 m back from the start).
Find the Nautica at the start.
After another 10 m turn right.
Then head down the steps (about 10 m long)
Then pass the water tap (8 m on your left).
After another 15 m find the "The Gap" (about 15 m ahead).
The Gap
The Gap

The Gap is one of Sydney's most famous ocean cliff lookouts. The view from the track beside the stretch of cliff is simply stunning. The tall cliffs are enhanced by the rock platform and the pounding ocean far below. Sadly, this site is not only known for the natural wonder, but also for the many deaths that occur here each year. Security cameras and an emergency phone have been installed, to help assist people considering suicide. On the unlikely event that you see someone in distress, please call the police on 000 and lifeline on 131 114, or use the nearby emergency phone.
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The Gap is one of Sydney's most famous ocean cliff lookouts. The view from the track beside the stretch of cliff is simply stunning. The tall cliffs are enhanced by the rock platform and the pounding ocean far below. Sadly, this site is not only known for the natural wonder, but also for the many deaths that occur here each year. Security cameras and an emergency phone have been installed, to help assist people considering suicide. On the unlikely event that you see someone in distress, please call the police on 000 and lifeline on 131 114, or use the nearby emergency phone.

Turn right.
After another 20 m veer right, to head along Coastal Clifftop Walkway.
After another 50 m come to the viewpoint (5 m on your left).
After another 60 m pass a seat (7 m on your left).
After another 360 m continue straight, to head along Coastal Clifftop Walkway.
Then come to the viewpoint (4 m on your left).
After another 370 m continue straight, to head along Coastal Cliff Walk.
After another 15 m pass a seat (7 m on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 105 m continue straight, to head along Coastal Cliff Walk.
After another 40 m pass a seat (8 m on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 95 m pass the "Viewfinder" (20 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Coastal Cliff Walk.
After another 10 m pass the water tap (15 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass a seat (7 m on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 250 m pass the "Macquarie Lighthouse" (80 m on your right).
After another 65 m continue straight, to head along Coastal Cliff Walk.
After another 10 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 410 m veer left.
After another 105 m pass the water tap.
After another 2 m turn left.
After another 30 m pass the playground (15 m on your left).
After another 250 m turn right, to head along Macdonald Street.
After another 9 m (at the intersection of Chris Bang Crescent & Marne Street) turn left, to head along Chris Bang Crescent.
After another 90 m pass a seat (5 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 150 m continue straight.
After another 50 m turn left.
After another 200 m pass the car park (8 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the water tap (on your left).
This water tap is wheelchair accessible.
Turn left, to head along cliff walk.
After another 310 m turn right, to head along cliff walk.
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Kimberley Street & cliff walk) turn left, to head along Kimberley Street (a residential road).
After another 45 m turn left.
After another 125 m turn left.
After another 25 m turn left, to head along Cliff Top Walk.
After another 260 m (at the intersection of Cliff Top Walk & cliff top walk) continue straight, to head along Cliff Top Walk.
After another 270 m (at the intersection of Lancaster Road & cliff top board walk) continue straight, to head along Lancaster Road (a residential road).
After another 145 m turn left.
After another 8 m continue straight.
After another 110 m continue straight.
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 40 m pass the water tap (20 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the "Dudley Page Reserve" (20 m on your right).
After another 30 m turn left.
After another 210 m continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the playground (7 m on your left).
After another 760 m pass the playground (7 m on your right).
After another 160 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Federation Cliff Walk


Grading
Class 0/6
AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
Length 5.5 km
Time 2 h to 3 h

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -66 m back from the start.

Seat: There are 6 on route, on average they are 780 m apart with the largest gap of 3.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-66 m[toilet]
Seat
170 m[seat]
Seat
920 m[seat]
Seat
1.1 km[seat]
Seat
1.2 km[seat]
Seat
1.5 km[seat]
Seat
2.4 km[seat]
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