The Cape Bailey Walk

1 hr 45 mins

5 km One way

101 m

Hard track
This is an interesting walk, starting from Kurnell and following a series of bush tracks and service trails along the coast, with great ocean views. The walk offers some great views of the coast, city, and some great local landscapes, including sand dunes and hanging swamps. The small side trip up to the Cape Bailey lighthouse is well worth it and provides a nice spot for lunch.

Maps for the The Cape Bailey Walk 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 The Cape Bailey Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Cape Bailey Walk

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 km
Time 1 hr 45 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 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.

Experience Required

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).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the The Cape Bailey Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the The Cape Bailey Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The The Cape Bailey Walk walk starts at the End of Polo Street (gps: -34.010521, 151.22277)
Your transport options to End of Polo Street are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

The The Cape Bailey Walk ends at the Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark (gps: -34.039788, 151.21164)
Your main transport option to Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark is by;
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 :)