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Bare Island to Maroubra via Henry Head
Time: 5 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km S of La Perouse
Length: 13 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 13 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Botany Bay National Park
Climb: 397 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 397 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


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Southern End of Cann Park
Eastern end of Congwong Beach
Eastern end of Congwong Beach
Int of Henry Head Track and Congwong Beach Servicetrail
Int of Henry Head Track and Henry Head Lane Track
Int of Henry Head Track AND Depot Trail
Int of Henry Head and Browns Rock Tracks
Int of Henry Head and Browns Rock Tracks
Int of Henry Head Track and Golf Course Management Trail
Int of Henry Head Track and Henry Head Trail
Henry Head
Cruwee Cove
Cape Banks bridge int.
Cape Banks bridge int.
Int of Cape Banks Management & Pistol Club Trail
World War Two Bunker
Old toilet bock int.
Southern End of Pistol Club Rd
Int of Cape Banks Rd & Cemetery Trail
Coast Hospital Cemetery
Cromwell Park
Starting point for this hiking track: Southern End of Cann Park

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Southern end of Cann Park, near La Perouse
 
Southern end of Cann Park, near La Perouse +
 
Sign down to Congwong Beach
 
Sign down to Congwong Beach +
 
Steps down to Congwong Beach
 
Steps down to Congwong Beach +

 
Track down to Congwong Beach, near La Perouse
 
Track down to Congwong Beach, near La Perouse +
 
Congwong Beach, near La Perouse
 
Congwong Beach, near La Perouse +
 
Eastern end of Congwong Beach, near La Perouse
 
Eastern end of Congwong Beach, near La Perouse +

 
Little Congwong Beach, near La Perouse
 
Little Congwong Beach, near La Perouse +
 
Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
Henry Head Track, near La Perouse +
 
Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
Henry Head Track, near La Perouse +

 
Track in Botany Bay National Park
 
Track in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Track towards Henry Head
 
Track towards Henry Head +
 
Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park +

 
Track near La Perouse
 
Track near La Perouse +
 
Track near La Perouse
 
Track near La Perouse +
 
Parks Depot, near La Perouse
 
Parks Depot, near La Perouse +

 
Track towards Henry Head
 
Track towards Henry Head +
 
On Henry Head Track
 
On Henry Head Track +
 
Browns Rock in Botany Bay National Park
 
Browns Rock in Botany Bay National Park +

 
View of Bare Island
 
View of Bare Island +
 
Flannel Flowers in Botany Bay National Park
 
Flannel Flowers in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Flower near La Perouse
 
Flower near La Perouse +

 
World War One fort on Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
World War One fort on Henry Head Track, near La Perouse +
 
Track near World War One fort on Henry Head track
 
Track near World War One fort on Henry Head track +
 
Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
Henry Head Track, near La Perouse +

 
Henry Head Trail
 
Henry Head Trail +
 
White tower on Henry Head
 
White tower on Henry Head +
 
White tower at Henry Head, near La Perouse
 
White tower at Henry Head, near La Perouse +

 
Battlements on Henry Head in Botany Bay National Park
 
Battlements on Henry Head in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Henry Head Fortifications, near La Perouse
 
Henry Head Fortifications, near La Perouse +
 
View along coast from Henry Head
 
View along coast from Henry Head +

 
Track towards Cruwee Cove
 
Track towards Cruwee Cove +
 
Henry Head
 
Henry Head +
 
View and cliffs near Cruwee Cove
 
View and cliffs near Cruwee Cove +

 
Slender Rice Flowers (Pimelea linifolia) near Cruwee Cove
 
Slender Rice Flowers (Pimelea linifolia) near Cruwee Cove +
 
Sandy track, near La Perouse
 
Sandy track, near La Perouse +
 
Track down to Cruwee Cove, near Cape Banks
 
Track down to Cruwee Cove, near Cape Banks +

 
Cruwee Cove, looking towards bridge and Cape Banks
 
Cruwee Cove, looking towards bridge and Cape Banks +
 
Sandy track out of Cruwee Cove, near Cape Banks
 
Sandy track out of Cruwee Cove, near Cape Banks +
 
Golf Course track, near Cape Banks
 
Golf Course track, near Cape Banks +

 
Sign and bridge at Cape Banks
 
Sign and bridge at Cape Banks +
 
Metal bridge over to Cape Banks
 
Metal bridge over to Cape Banks +
 
View from Cape Banks, Botany Bay National Park
 
View from Cape Banks, Botany Bay National Park +

 
Near Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
 
Near Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park +
 
End of Cape Banks management trail in Botany Bay National Park
 
End of Cape Banks management trail in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Cape Banks trail, near Cape Banks
 
Cape Banks trail, near Cape Banks +

 
Cape Banks management trail, near La Perouse
 
Cape Banks management trail, near La Perouse +
 
Westpac Helicopter shed, near Cape Banks
 
Westpac Helicopter shed, near Cape Banks +
 
World War Two fortification
 
World War Two fortification +

 
Buildings and locked toilet near helicopter shed
 
Buildings and locked toilet near helicopter shed +
 
Pistol club and helicopter shed in Botany Bay National Park
 
Pistol club and helicopter shed in Botany Bay National Park +
 
View of cemetery from Pistol Club Rd, in Botany Bay National Park
 
View of cemetery from Pistol Club Rd, in Botany Bay National Park +

 
Golf Club close to the Coastal Cemetary Trail, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Golf Club close to the Coastal Cemetary Trail, near Botany Bay National Park +
 
Coastal Cemetery, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Coastal Cemetery, near Botany Bay National Park +
 
Caution sign about golf near Little Bay
 
Caution sign about golf near Little Bay +

 
Steps near Little Bay
 
Steps near Little Bay +
 
Footpath near Little Bay
 
Footpath near Little Bay +
 
Footpath near Little Bay
 
Footpath near Little Bay +

 
Views from the St Michaels Golfcourse
 
Views from the St Michaels Golfcourse +
 
Footpath near Long Bay
 
Footpath near Long Bay +
 
Looking south-west to Cromwell Park
 
Looking south-west to Cromwell Park +

 
Road near Long Bay
 
Road near Long Bay +
 
Cromwell Park
 
Cromwell Park +
 
Exposed rocky track near Maroubra
 
Exposed rocky track near Maroubra +

 
View of coastline near Maroubra
 
View of coastline near Maroubra +
 
Track near Anzac Rifle Range, Maroubra
 
Track near Anzac Rifle Range, Maroubra +
 
Sandy track near Maroubra Bay and Beach
 
Sandy track near Maroubra Bay and Beach +

 
Grassy track near Maroubra Bay
 
Grassy track near Maroubra Bay +
 
Sandy track near Maroubra Bay
 
Sandy track near Maroubra Bay +
 
View of Maroubra Bay
 
View of Maroubra Bay +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Bare Island to Maroubra via Henry Head bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bare Island to Maroubra via Henry Head bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bare Island to Maroubra via Henry Head bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bare Island to Maroubra via Henry Head bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 13km
Time 5 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 850m is very steep and the remaining 95m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
10km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.9km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (1.3km) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
6km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 6km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.3km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 5km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (1.3km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 12km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.3km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 6km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (1.3km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


No permits are required



Catch the bus to Southern End of Cann Park
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Drive to Southern End of Cann Park
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(0 km) Southern End of Cann Park to Eastern end of Congwong Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 232 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -8 m
From the southern end of Cann Park[1], this walk follows the concrete track down a series of stairs[2], passing the 'Congwong Beach Walk' sign[3] on your right. This walk continues gently downhill on a sandy track for about 40m, to find the western end of Congwong Beach[4]. Then this walk follows the beach, with the water to your right, for about 140m until coming to a three-way intersection, with the 'Henry Head/Little Congwong Beach' sign[5].

(0.23 km) Eastern end of Congwong Beach to Little Congwong Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 308 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -11 m
Turn right: From the eastern end of Congwong Beach[6], this walk follows a mostly level concrete track, passing a 'Little Congwong Beach Track' sign[7] (on the left) and keeping the water on the right for about 230m (with coastal views on the right[8]). Then this walk follows a sandy track moderately steeply downhill[9], with occasional timber steps[10] for about 90m, until coming to the western end of Little Congwong Beach[11].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Little Congwong Beach Alt = 7 m
Little Congwong Beach, located at La Perouse, is a sheltered sandy beach[12] that has been described as one of the most beautiful beach oases in Sydney. Little Congwong beach has also been used for over 40 years as an unofficial and secluded nude beach[13]. If you see any offensive behaviour please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000 or the Maroubra Police on 02 9349 9299. This beach is very popular on summer weekends and has limited shade in the afternoon[14]. More info

(0.23 km) Eastern end of Congwong Beach to Int of Henry Head Track and Congwong Beach Servicetrail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 205 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[15], this walk follows the 'Henry Head Scenic Walk' sign[16] and wide track gently uphill and away from the beach through coastal bush. The walk continues to follow the timber and concrete track [17] moderately steeply uphill[18] for about 160m, until coming to a three-way intersection[19] with a track on the right.

(0.44 km) Int of Henry Head Track and Congwong Beach Servicetrail to Int of Henry Head and Browns Rock Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 890 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 41 m Descent = -12 m
Turn right: From the intersection[20], this walk follows the track slightly uphill, over a dry culverted creek and onto rock slabs[21]. The track continues up a gentle hill through coastal forest[22] for about 130m until coming to a three-way intersection[23] (with a track on the left).
Veer right: From the intersection[24], this walk follows the 'Henry Head' sign east along a wide track, gently uphill through wooded forest[25]. This walk continues to follow the track for about 170m, until coming to a three-way intersection[26], with a narrow management trail and large green shed[27] (on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection[28], this walk follows the track gently downhill[29] for about 20m to come to a shallow, dry water course[30]. Then this walk continues to follow the track gently uphill through moist forest[31] for about 120m, coming to a metal ring fence[32] (on the right). The walk follows the track moderately steeply uphill[33] with occasional timber steps for about 260m, until coming to a four-way intersection[34]. This intersection has a track to the left[35], a 'Henry Head' signed[36] track tending right and a 'Browns Rock' signed[37] track to the right.

(1.33 km) Int of Henry Head and Browns Rock Tracks to Browns Rock
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 307 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -38 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection[38], this walk follows the track gently downhill, following the 'Browns Rock 280m' sign[39]. About 110m down the track, the walk continues down a moderately steep hill with timber steps[40] for a further 180m, until coming to a square concrete platform[41] on the water and Browns Rock.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn sharp right to continue along this walk.)

Browns Rock Alt = 7 m
Browns Rock is a popular fishing spot at La Perouse, with an unfenced shelf of rock and concrete from which to cast fishing rods[42][43]. Unfortunately, this area suffers from littering[44] - Please help by carrying out your own rubbish and a few extra bits where safe (the rangers do a great job, but it is hard to keep up). More info

(1.33 km) Int of Henry Head and Browns Rock Tracks to Int of Henry Head Track and Henry Head Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 531 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -10 m
Turn right: From the intersection[45], this walk follows the wide sandy track gently uphill, past the 'Henry Head 700m' sign[46] (on the left). After about 70m, the walk passes views of Bare Island[47] on the right, then continues to follow the track moderately steeply uphill through low coastal forest for about 140m, until coming to a T-intersection[48] with a management trail.
Turn right: From the intersection[49], this walk follows the wide level track south, passing the bench seat (on the right). Then this walk continues to follow the track through dense coastal bush for about 70m, until finding a World War One fort[50] (on the right). This walk continues to follow a sandy, moderately steep downhill track for about 130m, where there are views of Bare Island[51] on the right. This walk then continues to follow the track through dense forest[52] for about 100m, until passing between timber posts[53] and coming to a T-intersection, with a management trail.

(1.86 km) Int of Henry Head Track and Henry Head Trail to Henry Head
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 227 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -23 m
Turn right: From the intersection[54], this walk follows the wide management trail gently downhill[55] for about 220m (ignoring side tracks[56]), until coming to two timber seats[57], a white round tower[58] and Henry Head.

Henry Head Alt = 18 m
The Henry Head Battery is located on the northern side of the entrance to Botany Bay at Henry Head. The battery was constructed on an unfenced headland between 1892 and 1895 and operated until 1910 when it was closed down. The battery and observation posts was re-utilised during World War Two to defend against approaches to Botany Bay. The battery consisted of two disappearing guns, ammunition storage and observation posts. The underground bunker and tunnel complex consisted of vaulted ammunition storage rooms with double walls and ceilings. The doubling-up of walls and ceilings was a preventative measure meant to stop the walls from collapsing in the event of a direct hit[59]. The battery is currently not in use. The white tower on the battery is the Endeavour Tower, not a lighthouse as such, but a red marker light nonetheless[60]. More info

(2.09 km) Henry Head to North end of Cape Banks Bridge
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.31 km Time = 30 mins
Climb = 65 m Descent = -73 m
Turn sharp left: From the white round tower[61] at Henry Head, this walk follows the track east over rock slabs[62], with the water to the right. After about 130m, the walk then follows a narrow rocky track[63] through coastal heath for about 130m, then descends rock steps[64] to exposed rock platforms[65] (with views back to Henry Head and the south coast[66]). Then this walk continues along the narrow track, gently undulating through coastal forest[67] for about 600m, until coming to Cruwee Cove[68] and Shelly Beach[69].
Turn left: From Cruwee Cove[70], this walk follows the beach east, with the water on your right. At the end of the beach, the walk follows initially level rock shelves, then moderately steep uphill rock shelves onto a grassy track[71], and comes to a golf course[72] after about 90m. Then this walk follows a sealed footpath across the golf course for about 250m, until coming to the 'Cape Banks Aquatic Reserve' sign[73] and Cape Banks bridge[74].

(3.39 km) Cape Banks bridge int. to Cape Banks
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 51 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the 'Cape Banks Aquatic Reserve' sign[75], this walk follows the concrete footpath[76] gently downhill, away from the seat[fac=8257], for about 20m to then cross over[77] to the island on the 20m long (1.1m wide) metal foot bridge[78]. Then this walk continues over the rocky track[79] to come beside the golf tee-off green[80] (on the right).
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Cape Banks Alt = 11 m
Cape Banks on the northern side of the entrance to Botany Bay, offers possibly the best view in Botany Bay National Park. From the unfenced cliff top, you can watch the power of the ocean as waves crash into the sandstone rock face below, or watch boats of all shapes and sizes, sail peacefully across the sheltered waters of the bay[81][82][83][84][85]. If you are lucky, you can enjoy the spectacle of migrating Humpback and Southern Right whales reasonably close to shore, spouting and sometimes breaching as they make their way northward and southward in pods of three or four[86]. The shipwreck of the SS Minmi can be seen at low tide[87], lying on rocks on the western side of Cape Banks. There are concrete foundations of buildings remaining on Cape Banks, from when World War Two servicemen were stationed there.

(3.39 km) Cape Banks bridge int. to World War Two Bunker
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 497 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -8 m
Turn left: From the 'Cape Banks Aquatic Reserve' sign[88], this walk follows the gravel then grassy trail [89] away from the ocean for about 10m to find a 'Cape Bank' map signpost[90]. From the sign, this walk follows the 'Coastal Walk' arrow[91] gently uphill along the grassy trail (passing a large rock platform[92] on the right) for about 160m to near the apex of a large cleft in the sea cliff[93] (on the right). From here the walk climbs very steeply up a rough[94] trail for about 30m[fac=8256], then leads more gently uphill for 100m before leading up another steep and rough section of trail[95]. The walk then continues more gently uphill along the grassy management trail for another 30m to come to a 3-way intersection marked with a 'life jacket' signpost[96].
Veer left: From the intersection[97], this walk follows the wide management trail steeply uphill[98], away from the water. This walk continues to follow the level trail for about 35m to a T-intersection[99], where the walk turns right and follows a trail (with a metal ring fence[100] on the left) for about 20m to a World War Two Bunker[101] (on the right).

World War Two Bunker Alt = 23 m
This World War Two bunker[102] is near the Westpac Helicopter Shed[103]. This bunker consists of sheltered concrete ammunition storage rooms[104] below, and a circular gun base[105] above, with surrounding coastal views. There are rusted and damaged parts, so take care when exploring.

(3.89 km) World War Two Bunker to Southern End of Cape Banks Rd
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 97 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection (just below the WW2 gun emplacement and bunker[106]), this walk follows the asphalt trail along the fenceline towards the 'Westpac Helicopter' shed[107] for just shy of 40m to find a 3-way intersection[108] before a concrete building[109], marked with an NPWS arrow[110].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the main asphalt trail keeping the metal ring fence on the left for about 30m to head around the locked gate[111][fac=8255] and find the car park at the southern end of Cape Banks Rd, La Perouse[112].

(3.99 km) Southern End of Pistol Club Rd to Int of Pistol Club Rd AND Coastal Cemetery Management Trail
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 324 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the southern end of Pistol Club Rd[113], this walk follows the road gently uphill away from the 'Westpac Helicopter' sign and shed, passing a sealed car park (on the left). This walk continues to follow the road, with views (on the right) of the coastal cemetery[114] after about 200m. This walk then continues to follow the road gently downhill for about 140m, until coming to a three-way intersection, with an unsealed car park[115] and 'Coastal Cemetery' sign[116] (on the right).

(4.31 km) Int of Cape Banks Rd & Cemetery Trail to Coast Hospital Cemetery int.
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 148 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -5 m
Turn right: From the 'Cemetry Trail' trackhead and dirt car park[117] on Cape Banks Rd
La Perouse (about 1km past NSW Golf Course main gate), this walk follows the 'Cemetry Trail' sign[118] around the locked gate[119][120][121][fac=8253], and along the management trail. The grassy trail leads for about 20m to pass over a cobbeled stone section[122][fac=8254] then continues to follow the level trail[123] for another 110m, to come to a large 3-way intersection[124] near the Coastal Cemetery[125] (on the right).

Coast Hospital Cemetery Alt = 25 m
The Coast Hospital Cemetery on the northern side of Botany Bay was first established in the early 1880’s and is now home to as many as 2000 graves. It serviced the Coast (Prince Henry) Hospital, originally a smallpox hospital. People who died of smallpox were required to be buried at the hospital grounds. The hospital was built far enough from the city to provide quarantine and for this reason, the hospital in time became an infectious diseases hospital, also treating patients with influenza, bubonic plague, typhoid fever and leprosy. Unfortunately, the cemetery has at times fallen into disrepair and some of the headstones are difficult to read[126]. Many of the graves are unmarked.
On the eastern edge of the cemetery is an information sign[127] explaining that in the area are also buried the ancestral remains of the La Perouse Aboriginal people returned from museums.
A place steeped in history and worthy of respect.

(4.46 km) Coast Hospital Cemetery to Cromwell Park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 4.32 km Time = 1 hr 21 mins
Climb = 105 m Descent = -119 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads north along the management trail, directly away from the cemetery. The trail passes alongside St Michaels Golf Course, with the ocean to the right, and without fanfare, crosses into The Coast Golf Course, even crossing the fairway of the 5th hole. (Note: The golf clubs has given permission for non-members to be on the course, however this is on the condition that it is at one's own risk.) This walk goes down to Little Bay Beach, crossing to the northern end and heading up the stairs.
The walk continues to the right (north), following the paths to navigate towards the coast through The Coast Golf Course, crossing some fairways with care. The walk then continues along the coast, skirting around the side of Randwick Golf Course, to come to the club house at the northern end of the course. This walk continues north on the footpath along Bay Pde, passing the boat launching area, and turning right into Cromwell Reserve. The walk continues, past the children's playground and the beach, along the footpath, until coming to the car park on Fishermans Rd..

(8.78 km) Cromwell Park to South Maroubra SLSC
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 4.27 km Time = 1 hr 25 mins
Climb = 139 m Descent = -143 m
Turn right: From Cromwell Park car park, near the start of Fishermans Rd, this walk follows the footpath east along the road, keeping the water to the right. After approximately 200m, the walk comes to a small car park on the right, crossing to the far corner, near the water, where there is a small track leading onto the grass. (Alternately, the walk can head along the rockshelf at sea level, and after approximately 200m, take the track back up to the clifftop.)
The narrow bush track leads up along the cliffline, around the edge of Malabar headland (Note: there are many side tracks exploring Malabar Headland, with numerous World War II defence structures, and more than 280 endemic plant species as well as over 200 bird species). Following the headland inland, this track comes to an intersection with a wide sandy management trail. This walk heads to the right (keeping the ocean to the right) and soon comes to another intersection, taking the lower management trail.
This walk continues along the coast in this manner until the management trail fades away at the Anzac Rifle Range, which is shared with Sydney Model Aero Club. Passing some intersections, the service trail starts again at the northern end of the fields, and after approximately 80m, bends around to the left (not an intersection). The walk then follows the trail for approximately 200m before turning right sharply, heading downhill between the houses and the bushland. From the houses, this walk continues through a gap in the fencing, into Arthur Byrne Reserve. The walk crosses to the footpath, and heads down the hill to South Maroubra SLSC car park.

Catch the bus from South Maroubra SLSC
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Kingsford Camping & Disposals 309 Anzac Pde, Kingsford (02) 9663 3535 7.4 km
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 10.8 km
Caravan Accessories Pty Ltd 33 Rocky Point Rd , Kogarah (02) 9588 3400 9.2 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 10.2 km
Brandt Bros Est 1878 141 Devonshire St , Surry Hills (02) 9318 2666 11.5 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bare Island to Maroubra via Henry Head.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bare Island to Maroubra via Henry Head
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 12 km (to the W)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
31 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 38 km (to the NW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 43 km (to the NNW)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 46 km (to the SW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
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% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Botany Bay National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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Comments
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Molly IP:129.78.32.xxx | 2012-02-14 22:11:53
Is it possible to have an update on the northern end? How long will it be closed? Are there ways around/through whatever is closed? Thanks!
admin - re: Alternate route Super Administrator | 2012-02-16 15:59:54
Molly wrote:
Is it possible to have an update on the northern end? How long will it be closed? Are there ways around/through whatever is closed? Thanks!

Hi Molly
Probably the best bet is to follow this walk to Cromwell at 8.79km. Then follow the roads around Malabar headland, then you can avoid the trouble spot.
Hope that helps.
Matt :)
Molly IP:129.78.32.xxx | 2012-02-17 02:26:31
Ok, but a bit of a disappointing urban end to a nice walk (dramatically nice if it weren't for the golf courses - although golfers were nice and friendly this time). In fact, next chance I have to do this walk I think I'll turn around and go back at Little Bay (now with shower and loos for future notes updates). Nice clear instructions up to Cromwell Park anyway - thanks!
James IP:121.216.241.xxx | 2013-01-31 12:30:31
Just ran this last night from little bay to NSW golf club. it was late and not many Golfers about. got to prince henry managent trail but could go no further as gate was locked any reason for this? is an awsome walk/run i ran passed the back of the pistol club and jumped the gate i noticed the warning sighns is it safe during the day. was about 7pm when i got there so no one about. would be a madgic walk/run is a shame if can't be opened up to sydney folk.
simon risstrom - bare island to maroubra via he IP:101.176.203.xxx | 2014-01-22 09:20:22
About to do this walk in a few weeks just checking is the northern end of the walk open around malabar head or which is the way best way to go around

cheers

simon
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