2 hrs 30 mins

7.4 km Return

135 m

Moderate track
This great return walk follows the Cape Baily walking track as it winds along the coast, through thick heath and small sand dunes, to the Cape Baily 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.

Maps for the Cape Baily track 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 track bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cape Baily track

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 7.4 km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins

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


Around 2km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 1.6km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

Around 2.6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


This whole walk, 3.7km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 2.5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.2km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 3.7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 3.3km 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 Cape Baily track walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Cape Baily track walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Cape Baily track walk starts and ends 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)

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



Short URL = http://wild.tl/cbt

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 🙂