Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily

Download & Print Map and Notes

3 hrs

8.8 km Return

152 m

Moderate track
This walk explores the heath and the great views between the Visitor Center and Cape Baily Lighthouse. The walk follows a mixture of service trails, bush tracks, rock platforms and sand dunes, as it makes it’s way through the park. You will discover expansive views of the park and out to sea. There are even the occasional glimpses of the city.

Maps for the Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Port Hacking 1:25 000 Map Series 91294N PORT HACKING NSW-91294N
Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 PORT HACKING 9129

Cross sectional view of the Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 8.8 km
Time 3 hrs

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


2.5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (510m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

Around 3.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 1.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 3.3km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.1km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 2.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.7km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 4.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 3.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 660m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily walk starts and ends at the Kamay Botany Bay Visitor Centre (gps: -34.00506, 151.22162)
Your transport options to Kamay Botany Bay Visitor Centre are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂