1 hr 45 mins
(0km) End of Polo Street → Int of Cape Bailey track and water tank service trail
(0.4km) Int of Cape Bailey track and water tank service trail → Tabbigai Gap Track Int
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk initially heads east, then turns right along the wide bush track, keeping the water tank and the radar on the right as it winds through the heath forest, coming to a four-way intersection with a wide management trail.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads south (with the water tank directly behind) along the sandy bush track, and then along the rock-shelf until coming to an intersection marked by several arrows.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads south (keeping the ocean to the left, about 150m away) along the rock and the sandy track, through the low dense scrub. Along this part of the track, there are several sections where wind and water erosion has developed small holes along the rock shelf that give it a very interesting look. After some time, this walk passes a small bush track on the left (which heads out to the coast), and shortly after this, comes to an intersection with a service trail at Tabbigai Gap.
(2.1km) Tabbigai Gap Track Int → Sand dune int
(2.65km) Sand dune int → Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track
(3.6km) Int of Cape Bailey Lighthouse track → Cape Bailey Lighthouse
Cape Baily Lighthouse
(3.6km) Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track → Rock platform
(4.29km) Rock platform → Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark
Maps for the The Cape Bailey Walk walkYou 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|
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.
|Time||1 hr 45 mins|
|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 3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 2km has short steep hills.
Quality of track
3.2km 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.
This whole walk, 5km has directional signs at most intersection.
3.1km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.2km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (700m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 4.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 420m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
This walk starts at the end of Cape Solander Dr and heads south along the coast to the end of Sir Joseph Banks Dr, in the Boat Harbour Coastal Reserve. The walk explores a vast array of environments including sand dunes, hanging swamps, rock platforms and dense heath. The Bailey lighthouse is a highlight and a nice place to rest. There are also city views from the top of a few of the sand dunes.
Total climbing: 107m
3.8 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
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.
Total climbing: 126m
5.4 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
Following the cliff line of Kurnell, looking out onto the South Pacific Ocean, this is one of the most secluded walks in Botany Bay National Park. The coast line is a popular whale watching spot during the spring and this area provides great views along the coast and out to sea. Baily Lighthouse is a great spot to sit and enjoy the views.
Total climbing: 191m
5.5 km Return
This walk starts from Kurnell’s Botany Bay Visitors Centre and heads south through the national park. The track winds through dry gum forest until it breaks out into heath, joining onto the Cape Bailey walking track. As it continues south, through small sand dunes and in between hanging swamps, the track winds in and out of the cliff top coastline to the end of the Sir Joseph Banks drive. The side trip up to the Cape Bailey lighthouse is well worth the small climb.
Total climbing: 123m
5.7 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This great return walk follows the Cape Bailey walking track as it winds along the coast, through thick heath and small sand dunes, to the Cape Bailey lighthouse, with great ocean views all the way. Also of interest is the wide variety of flora and fauna that can be found on this walk, from a number of different types of reptiles and amphibians to the hanging swamps and wild flowers (in spring). There is even some good whale watching opportunities in June, July, Sept and Oct.
Total climbing: 135m
7.4 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
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.
Total climbing: 149m
8.7 km Return
This great return walk starts from the Discovery centre in Kurnell, and follows a series of bush tracks and service trails, that wind south through wooded forest, to the Cape Bailey walking track. At about half way, the track breaks into heath, winding in between hanging swamps and along the cliff tops to the Cape Bailey lighthouse. The lighthouse is a great spot for lunch before the return journey.
Total climbing: 175m
8.9 km Return
This great coastal walk follows the coastline from the cliff tops near Kurnell, south to the Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve, and around the coast to Cronulla station. Other great features of this walk are the many rock formations around the coast, the small sand dunes along the track, the hanging swamps and the Cape Bailey lighthouse. For a more relaxing finish you could stop off at the ocean pools in Cronulla before heading to the train station.
Total climbing: 192m
12.7 km One way
4 hrs 15 mins
This coastal walk starts from Cronulla station and follows the beaches around to the Boat Harbour Aquatic reserve, then continues along the Cape Bailey walk, winding through thick heath and between hanging swamps. The walk finishes at the Botany Bay Discovery Centre. There is an alternate exit to the end of Polo street for those wishing to exit outside the park. There is a good, optional side trip up to the Cape Bailey lighthouse.
Total climbing: 185m
13.1 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
Other Nearby walks
A short and fairly easy walk in the area surrounding the Botany Bay Discovery Centre. The trail passes through a nice eucalyptus forest, passing large ferns, along a well maintained track. If you’re thinking about going to the Discovery Centre at Botany Bay, then this walk is well worth doing.
Total climbing: 11m
903 m Circuit
Following the service trails, this track covers many of the major walking tracks on Botany Bay’s south side. Thick eucalypts and ferns surround the trail and there are great views from the Yena Picnic Area – a good place to break, (although it lacks shade). This walk is a nice way to explore a fair bit of the park.
Total climbing: 51m
2.8 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
A worthwhile walk, traversing beach and headland to explore the WWII battlements of Henry Head. Both the Little Congwong Beach and Brown’s Rock sidetrips are recommended on this walk, as they are short detours and break the journey. Henry Head is good spot to stop for something to eat, grab a torch and explore the concrete structures or just watch the boats passing in and out of Botany Bay. A recommended and pleasant walk.
Total climbing: 113m
4.2 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
CLOSED This walk is closed at the northern end as there is no safe access to Malabar Head, updates to come in time. Exploring the cliff line of northern Botany Bay, this walk has great views, both down at the water (Bare Island and Browns Rock) and up on the cliffs (the golf course). Make sure you allow time to walk around Bare Island and see the sites. Although in disrepair, the Coast Cemetery is also worth a little extra time.
Total climbing: 397m
13 km One way
This Cape Banks Circuit has a lot to offer and is thoroughly recommended. The walking travels over beaches, through coastal forest and across exposed headlands. Historically, this walk shows glimpses into the fortifications required during both World Wars. The optional side trip to the coast hospital cemetery, with over 2000 graves, is worthwhile. The Cape Banks Circuit makes for a fascinating walk, both scenically and historically, and is recommended.
Total climbing: 190m
7.3 km Circuit
This walk has a lovely mix of natural and war history combined within the scenic Botany Bay National Park. The track follows beaches and cliff tops as it visits World War One and Two gun and lookout stations. The side trip to the coastal cemetery is worthwhile, giving a glimpse into lives from the past. The Jennifer Street section of this circuit allows access through a section of endangered native Banksia scrub that once occupied a much larger part of the Sydney region. A varied and interesting day out in the Botany Bay National Park.
Total climbing: 182m
7.4 km Circuit
A relaxing beach walk, ending at a sheltered sandy beach that has been described as one of the most beautiful beaches in Sydney. In the past, this walk has been used as a nudist beach, but this practice is being discouraged. The beach is very popular in the summer, but beware of the limited shade on a hot afternoon.
Total climbing: 34m
1.1 km Return
This walk to Bare Island is thoroughly recommended. Bare Island is a small island, which is accessed via a timber bridge. The island was originally fortified to prevent foreign invasion, however it has also been a retirement home and is now a museum and tourist attraction (managed by NSW Parks and Wildlife Service). A visit to the nearby La Perouse Museum is a great addition to this walk and a good place organise a tour of Bare Island (available on Sunday afternoons).
Total climbing: 18m
854 m Return
This walk, primarily across open lawns, offers views across Botany Bay while visiting historically significant landmarks. The side trip to the Bare Island Fortifications is well worth it, with tours available on Sunday afternoons. However, a walk across to the locked gate on Bare Island is still well worth the time – also, there are steps at the far side of the bridge down onto attractive unfenced rock platforms. Both the historic tombstone and monument by the museum are worth a visit, to contemplate our early explorers. Food, beach and a children’s playground are available close to the end of this walk. A magnificent location with so much history.
Total climbing: 9m
792 m Circuit
The Coastal Hospital Cemetery Walk is an easy walk, near a beautiful coastline, visiting an early Australian cemetery. The cemetery is located on raised ground, with views out to the coast and sea. Used primarily as a quarantine cemetery from the 1880’s, it is home to over 2000 graves. The gravesites are interesting, however poorly kept with many broken or missing stone crosses. Worth a visit if you are in the area.
Total climbing: 5m
296 m Return
This walk combines fine coastal views with two points of historical interest. From the start of this walk, the sidetrip to the coastal cemetery is short and gives a glimpse into lives of past generations. The World War II bunker is worth having a look around as you pass directly by it. Spend some time exploring the exposed headland that is Cape Banks. Look for old historical structures and the shipwreck of the SS Minmi on the western side of Cape Banks. If you’re lucky, you could even see migrating whales on this classic Sydney coastal walk.
Total climbing: 45m
2.6 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This short walk on raised boardwalk, through rare Banksia scrub, offers a look at this protected native vegetation in an environmentally sensitive way. The sheltered information sign at the start of the walk offers information about the Banksia scrub and a location map. The wide raised boardwalk is well maintained and could be accessed in a wheelchair, although the boardwalk is steep at one stage. This walk is recommended if you would like to look at a type of vegetation that once covered a much larger area of Sydney.
Total climbing: 6m
738 m Return
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/tcbw
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.