Bradley’s Head – a hidden gem in Sydney Harbour

This morning I spent a delightful couple of hours at Bradley’s Head hearing about the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service’s (NPWS) plans for the improvement of the precinct and the restoration of the mast from HMAS Sydney (I) which is a feature of the area.

A relic from the first HMAS SYDNEY, this mast commemorates the service of all four SYDNEYs in the Royal Australian Navy.

Prepared in conjunction with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the HMAS Sydney Association this landscape plan presented by NPWS is going to make the precinct even more beautiful and functional than it already is – hopefully in time for the International Fleet Review in October 2013.

Where is Bradley’s Head? Right near Taronga Zoo. Catch the Manly ferry and you’ll pass by it – look for the naval grey mast with a white ensign flying. And who was Bradley? William Bradley was First Lieutenant on board HMS Sirius in 1788 when it arrived in the harbour as part of the First Fleet. Captain John Hunter named the point after him. The Indigenous name is believed to be Dalyungay which means place of surveillance, lookout or alarm – and when you are there you can easily see why it might be so named. And its strategic importance wasn’t lost on the European colonists either as can be seen by the remains of the fortifications in the area.





If you haven’t been to Bradley’s Head, make the effort as it’s a wonderful spot to view the harbour – down to the Sydney Harbour Bridge or up to the Heads. And with the weather starting to warm up there are some wonderful walks to do too!

Sydney Harbour on a sunny winter’s day

Lindsey Shaw, senior curator