Taronga Zoo to Chowder Bay Hike is a 5.5 mile out and back trail that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking.
This trail packs a lot of Australia into one day: a harbor ferry trip past the Opera House, getting up close with native wildlife and a walk through habitats ranging from eucalyptus to rainforest. And that's before you reach the beach. It starts with a ferry ride to Taronga Zoo, where you can easily spend half a day before walking around the harbor to Chowder Bay. You can skip the zoo if you are just looking for a half-day outing, just as you can opt to drive to the zoo instead of ferrying across the harbor; however, by doing so you will miss out on a lot of fun. You will get more out of this tour doing the whole thing, even if you have to pace yourself over two half days. Pack a towel and swimsuit if you fancy finishing the walk with a cooling dip at Chowder Bay or trying one of the more secluded beaches along the way.