Cape Baily Coastal Walk Return

Download & Print Map and Notes

2 hrs 30 mins

5.4 km One way

126 m

Hard track
This walk follows the coast, south, from the end of Cape Solander Drive, along the Cape Baily Track. The walk explores a number of gaps, sand dunes and hanging swamps. It also visits a light house, as it rounds the headland and winds down to the beach at Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve.

Maps for the Cape Baily Coastal Walk Return 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 Cape Baily Coastal Walk Return bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cape Baily Coastal Walk Return

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 5.4 km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
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


Around 4.4km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 950m has short steep hills.

Quality of track

3.6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (700m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


Around 4.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 950m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

4.2km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 700m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (550m) requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 4.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 460m 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 Cape Baily Coastal Walk Return walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Cape Baily Coastal Walk Return walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Cape Baily Coastal Walk Return walk starts at the End of Cape Solander Drive (gps: -34.017944, 151.22963)
Your main transport option to End of Cape Solander Drive is by;
Car. Parking fees apply in the area.
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The Cape Baily Coastal Walk Return ends at the Pimelwi Rocks (gps: -34.040251, 151.19879)
Your main transport option to Pimelwi Rocks is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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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 🙂