Cronulla to Botany Bay Discovery Centre

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4 hrs 30 mins

13.1 km One way

185 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Cronulla to Botany Bay Discovery Centre 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 Cronulla to Botany Bay Discovery Centre bushwalking track

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

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 13.1 km
Time 4 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


9km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.4km has short steep hills. The remaining (1.5km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.5km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 1.3km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 700m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


Around 11km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.5km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

11km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.7km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (700m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 13km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 6km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

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

Other Nearby walks

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

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Cronulla to Botany Bay Discovery Centre walk starts at the Cronulla Station (gps: -34.055884, 151.15141)
Your transport options to Cronulla Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

The Cronulla to Botany Bay Discovery Centre ends at the Carpark (gps: -34.005317, 151.22166)
Your transport options to Carpark are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(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 🙂