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Botany Bay Coastal Walk
Time: 4 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.2 km ENE of Kurnell
Length: 12.7 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 12.7 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Botany Bay National Park
Climb: 192 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 192 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 There is a train station near the end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Botany Bay Coastal Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Botany Bay Coastal Walk
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Map Scale 5 km
End of Polo Street
Int of Cape Bailey track and water tank service trail
Int of Cape Bailey and link track
Int of Cape Bailey track and the radar service trail
Int of Cape Bailey and car park tracks
Tabbigai Gap Track Int
Clifftop Track Int
Sand dune int
Int of Cape Bailey Lighthouse track
Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track
Rock platform
Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark
Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve
Boat Harbour Beach (east)
Pimelwi Rocks
Louera Beach footpath (east)
Prince street carpark
Cronulla Park
Int of Gerrale street and Cronulla station path
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Polo Street

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Port Hacking 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294N 
 Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 

Photo Gallery

 
end of Polo street
 
end of Polo street +
 
radar service trail
 
radar service trail +
 
Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower)
 
Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower) +

 
The coastal view
 
The coastal view +
 
small sand dunes along the track
 
small sand dunes along the track +
 
hanging swamps
 
hanging swamps +

 
path up to the cape bailey lighthouse
 
path up to the cape bailey lighthouse +
 
looking back up the coast
 
looking back up the coast +
 
some small sand dunes
 
some small sand dunes +

 
boat harbour aquatic reserve
 
boat harbour aquatic reserve +
 
small shelly beach
 
small shelly beach +
 
following disused pipeline
 
following disused pipeline +

 
coming around to the bay
 
coming around to the bay +
 
small village behind beach
 
small village behind beach +
 
following the beaches
 
following the beaches +

 
coming out of cronulla park
 
coming out of cronulla park +
 
passing a row of shops
 
passing a row of shops +
 
cronulla station
 
cronulla station +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Botany Bay Coastal Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Botany Bay Coastal Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Botany Bay Coastal Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Botany Bay Coastal Walk 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 4 hrs 15 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
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)
*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
9km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.8km has short steep hills. The remaining (1.3km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.3km 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.

Signs
Around 11km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.3km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
11km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 700m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (670m) requires some bushwalking experience.

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

Infrastructure
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).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to End of Polo Street
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive to End of Polo Street
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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(0 km) End of Polo Street to Int of Cape Bailey track and water tank service trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 399 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -2 m
From the end of the Polo St, this walk heads around the metal National Parks gate and south-east along the service trail, with some power lines on the right-hand side. As the track heads further south-east, the track steadily climbs up to the top of a gentle hill and continues along until it comes to the intersection of the Cape Bailey walk and the radar service trail.

(0.4 km) Int of Cape Bailey track and water tank service trail to Int of Cape Bailey and car park tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 690 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail heading east (with the water tank on the right) for a very short distance until it comes to the intersection with a link bush track on the left.
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.

(1.09 km) Int of Cape Bailey and car park tracks to Tabbigai Gap Track Int
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.01 km Time = 17 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -19 m
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.

(2.1 km) Tabbigai Gap Track Int to Sand dune int
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 836 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 41 m Descent = -40 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk initially heads east along the track nearest to the coastline, keeping Tabbigai Gap to the left. The thin track follows the coastline, tending right, occasionally heading into heavy heath and scrub. There are some great views over the surrounding coastline and the ocean. The track continues inland a little and joins up with another defined track, coming in sharply from the right.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads south-west along track beside the cliffline, gradually turning to the west (along the northern side of Blue Hole Gap) until coming to a small climb inside a sand dunes. On the far side of the dune (about 30m), there is an intersection with a wide sandy track to the right, and a narrower one on the left.

Hanging Swamps Alt = 29 m
There are a number of hanging swamps that can be found along the Cape Bailey walk. They are home to a number of different plants and animals like reeds and frogs. Hanging swamps are formed on high ground when rainfall seeps out of surrounding hills and accumulates in a slight depression, over time forming a swamp. Interestingly, they are sometimes difficult to see from far away as the thick build up of reeds and other plant life often cover the water.

(2.94 km) Sand dune int to Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 953 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 28 m Descent = -22 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the narrow bush track that heads west to the top of the dunes. (From the top of the dune there are some great views of the hanging swamp straight ahead). The track then turns left and drops off the top of the sand dune, keeping the swamp on the right. The track then climbs a sandy hill to some more views before turning left and heading along a sandy track, through several more large sand dunes. After these dunes, the track starts to flatten out and widen, to head along to an intersection with a bush track (which heads to the lighthouse).

(3.89 km) Int of Cape Bailey Lighthouse track to Cape Bailey Lighthouse
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 83 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sandy bush track, heading up and away from the ocean. The track is relatively defined for most of the way, however in the last 20m the track becomes quite overgrown and a little less defined (the lighthouse is always visible). Once at the lighthouse, there are good views inland, however the views to the east are largely blocked by the high scrub.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Cape Baily Lighthouse Alt = 40 m
Established in 1950, the lighthouse was required so north-bound shipping could hug the coast and avoid the strong southerly currents further out to sea. This lighthouse can be found a stone's-throw from the Cape Baily coastal walk, about 1.5 kilometres north from the Joseph Banks Drive car park. More info

(3.89 km) Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track to Rock platform
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 694 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -42 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail south, along the coastline (keeping the ocean on the left). The trail winds down through tall heath for approximately 300m to the open rock platform. The walk bends right and continues south, down the hill and along the edge of the scrub for approximately 380m more. Here, the walk comes to the start of a track that leads back into the scrub.

(4.58 km) Rock platform to Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 695 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail as it heads south-west off the rock platform (keeping the ocean on the left) and down the grassy hill, passing a few small tracks, coming to the end of the clear management trail. From here, the walk follows the coast (ocean on the left), cutting across the mouth of the sand dunes and bending around to the right and up the gentle hill to the Sir Joseph Banks Drive car park.

(5.28 km) Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark to Boat Harbour Beach (east)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.11 km Time = 19 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -18 m
Turn around: From the car park, this walk heads south-west along the bush track, initially heading towards the ocean, and tending right onto a long rock platform, keeping the ocean to the left, until coming to the 'Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve' signpost.
Continue straight: From the 'Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve' sign, this walk heads west along the coast, keeping the ocean on the left as it winds around to a small shelly beach. From the beach, the walk heads north up the grassy hill, following the bush track as it winds along the coast. The track cuts across the mouth of some sand dunes and follows an old disused pipeline around the coast, as it bends around to the north and winds in towards the bay. The walk follows the track down a thin concrete path that drops down to the beach.

(6.39 km) Boat Harbour Beach (east) to Pimelwi Rocks
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 459 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -5 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the beach west around the bay, keeping the ocean on the left as it winds around to the point at the other side of the bay (where the beach bends to the right), noticeable by the rocks that extend out into the ocean.

(6.84 km) Pimelwi Rocks to Louera Beach footpath (east)
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 4.53 km Time = 1 hr 11 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -18 m
Turn right: From the point, the walk heads north west along the very long stretch of beach with the South Pacific Ocean on the left. The walk continues along the beach for approximately 4.5 kilometres, until it passes the Elouera Beach Surf Life Saving Club, and heads up the short ramp to the intersection with the Elouera Beach footpath.

(11.37 km) Louera Beach footpath (east) to Cronulla Park
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 956 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -13 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath south. The footpath runs along the back of the beach, providing great views to the east across the ocean. The footpath passes a set of concrete stairs and continues further before turning back up to the intersection of Prince street. From here, the walk follows the footpath south to the corner of the car park and the intersection of the ocean pools footpath (near the North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club).
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath past the North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club. The footpath passes the end of the beach, and continues south, passing the rocks and ocean pools, to the northern corner of Cronulla Park.

(12.33 km) Cronulla Park to Cronulla Station
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 349 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath into the park, towards the carpark on the other side. The walk continues past the first two intersecting footpaths and turns right onto the third. The walk follows this footpath to Gerrale street and crosses at the pedestrian crossing.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the wide laneway running between the buildings. The walk crosses Surf lane at the pedestrian crossing and continues between the park and the row of shops before it comes to, and crosses, Cronulla street at the traffic lights to reach Cronulla train station.

Catch the train from Cronulla Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Cronulla Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus from Cronulla Station
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Cronulla Station
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
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From the end of the walk

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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 9.8 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 9.6 km
Caravan Accessories Pty Ltd 33 Rocky Point Rd , Kogarah (02) 9588 3400 9.1 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 9.9 km
Brandt Bros Est 1878 141 Devonshire St , Surry Hills (02) 9318 2666 13.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Botany Bay Coastal Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Botany Bay Coastal Walk
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 12 km (to the WNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
33 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 38 km (to the NW)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 44 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 45 km (to the N)

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 °)
km/h from the
% 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.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Robert Wood IP:124.170.73.xxx | 2010-04-06 06:54:36
Thanks for your excellent website.
I did the Botany Bay Coast walk today (Sydney South)
The websites says there are no transport options to the start of the walk at Kurnell.
There is a bus service (route 987) operated by Veolia transport from Cronulla to Kurnell.[/b] Not too regular during the day but it works for a start before 10:00am.
admin - re: buses Super Administrator | 2010-04-06 07:05:48
Robert Wood wrote:
There is a bus service (route 987) operated by Veolia transport from Cronulla to Kurnell.

Hi Robert
Thanks for your kind words about wildwalks and pointing out this transport option. I have now added a link to this bus service on 131500 for this walk. I will update the other walks in the area soon.
THanks
Matt :)
Rob McMurdo - Cape Baily IP:110.33.131.xxx | 2014-07-02 05:28:07
Without this app this walk would have been nearly impossible as the track goes over large slabs of sandstone and picking a reentry point to the bush track difficult to find . With the GPS on my iPhone , a breeze and never got lost ! Have tried several now and all have been well worth the couple of bucks ! Please keep this going !
Laura - Did this walk yesterday IP:203.5.104.xxx | 2014-07-06 22:54:53
I did this hike yesterday. I caught the 987 to the start, getting off at Silver (?) Beach and starting the walk from there. The 987 runs very irregularly, so I strongly recommend people do the hike from Captain Cook's Landing through to Cronulla rather than the other way around.
Re the 'Cape Baily' comment someone made above, I found that there were a lot of arrows painted in blue on the sandstone which prevented me from getting lost.
Love the website!
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