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Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.4 km ENE of Kurnell
Length: 8.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 8.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Botany Bay National Park
Climb: 152 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 152 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: Return
Track: Moderate

This walk explores the heath and the great views between the Visitor Center and Cape Baily Lighthouse. The walk follows a mixture of service trails, bush tracks, rock platforms and sand dunes, as it makes it's way through the park. You will discover expansive views of the park and out to sea. There are even the occasional glimpses of the city. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily
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Kamay Botany Bay Visitor Centre
Cape Solander Dr int.
North end of Banks Solander Track
South end of Banks Solander Track
Int of Yena Servicetrail and Kurnell Lookout Trail
Int of Yena Servicetrail and link track
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
Sand dune int
Int of Cape Bailey Lighthouse track
Starting point for this hiking track: Kamay Botany Bay Visitor Centre

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)

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Photo Gallery

 
botany discovery centre
 
botany discovery centre +
 
Signpost at start of walk
 
Signpost at start of walk +
 
Near Solander Rd
 
Near Solander Rd +

 
Yena Track
 
Yena Track +
 
The view at the Int of Cape Bailey and Radar Track
 
The view at the Int of Cape Bailey and Radar Track +
 
View towards City
 
View towards City +

 
Crossing Rock platforms
 
Crossing Rock platforms +
 
Oil Refinery
 
Oil Refinery +
 
Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower)
 
Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower) +

 
Side of Tabbigai Gap
 
Side of Tabbigai Gap +
 
Tabbigai Gap
 
Tabbigai Gap +
 
off shore platform
 
off shore platform +

 
small sand dunes that litter the cape bailey walk
 
small sand dunes that litter the cape bailey walk +
 
The Sandune Int
 
The Sandune Int +
 
small sand dunes along the track
 
small sand dunes along the track +

 
hanging swamps
 
hanging swamps +
 
City Views
 
City Views +
 
Approaching the light house
 
Approaching the light house +

 
path up to the cape bailey lighthouse
 
path up to the cape bailey lighthouse +
 
cape bailey lighthouse
 
cape bailey lighthouse +
 
Cape Baily Lighthouse
 
Cape Baily Lighthouse +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily 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 9km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
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)
*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
2.5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (510m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 3.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 1.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 3.3km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.1km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 2.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.7km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 3.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 660m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Kamay Botany Bay Visitor Centre
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)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Kamay Botany Bay Visitor Centre
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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Visitor Centre Alt = 13 m
This visitors' centre can be found on Cape Solander Drive, inside Kamay Botany Bay National Park. It provides great information about the area's history and environment, plus there is a souvenir shop, where some simple food and drink is also available. A Trailrider is also available for free hire for people with limited mobility[1]. There is a male & female toilet block[fac=8276] on the eastern side of the Visitor Centre. And a large parking area[fac=8277] in front.

(0 km) Kamay Botany Bay Visitor Centre to Cape Solander Dr int.
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 153 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -1 m
From the front of the 'Visitor Centre'[2][fac=8275][fac=8276], this walk follows the footpath[3] that then leads through the middle of the car park[fac=8277][4], to find the pebblecrete footpath and 'Banks-Solander Track' sign[5] on the far side. This walk follows this sign along the narrow (1.4m) path [6], timber boardwalk[7] then dirt track[8] as it winds through the dense forest for nearly 100m to find a seat[9][fac=8278] just before the road. The walk then leads up the rise to then crossing (taking care) Cape Solander Drive[10] to the intersection marked with a large 'Yena Trail' map sign[11].

(0.15 km) Cape Solander Dr int. to Int of Yena Servicetrail and Kurnell Lookout Trail
Walk: Easy - bushtrack,servicetrail,servicetrail
Length = 441 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Banks-Solander Track' arrow[12] gently uphill along the gravelly trail for about 50m to find a 3-way intersection[13] marked with a small 'The Banks-Solander Track' plaque[14] (with a narrower track on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide, mostly flat gravelly trail[15] south (further away from the road) for a little over 200m, until coming to an intersection with the other end of 'Banks Solander Track' (with a timber boardwalk on the left)[16].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south along the gravelly management trail until coming to an intersection with a bush track on the left.

(0.59 km) Int of Yena Servicetrail and Kurnell Lookout Trail to Int of Yena Servicetrail and link track
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 68 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the main management trail to the south-east through the open ferny forest. Soon, the Yena trail meets the radar track (on the right).

(0.66 km) Int of Yena Servicetrail and link track to Int of Cape Bailey and link track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 476 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -7 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads south along a sandy bush track towards the water tank and radar tower. This is a very sandy trail, with several small ups and downs along the way to a 'T' intersection with a wide bush track - just to the west of here (approximately 5m), there is another intersection with a service trail.

(1.14 km) Int of Cape Bailey and link track to Int of Cape Bailey track and the radar service trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 377 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -3 m
Turn left: 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.

(1.52 km) Int of Cape Bailey track and the radar service trail to Int of Cape Bailey and car park tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 288 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
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.

(1.8 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.

(2.81 km) Tabbigai Gap Track Int to Sand dune int
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 546 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -6 m
Veer left: From the Tabbigai Gap, this walk follows the clear, sandy track east (with the Tabbigai Gap on the left) up a short hill until it turns right at the small clearing. The track stays away from the ocean and soon comes to a large sand dune clearing. From the other end of the clearing, the walk follows the track south (ocean on the left) through the thick scrub, winding along until it rises up a hill to a long sand dune clearing. From the far end of this clearing, the walk follows the overgrown track through the thick scrub, until it widens out a little and continues south for a short distance, to the intersection in the pit of a sand dune, with a large hanging swamp on the right.

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.

(3.36 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
Turn right: 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).

(4.31 km) Int of Cape Bailey Lighthouse track to Cape Bailey Lighthouse
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.

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

Catch the bus from Kamay Botany Bay Visitor Centre
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 Kamay Botany Bay Visitor Centre
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.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
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
To the start of the walk

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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 9.2 km
Caravan Accessories Pty Ltd 33 Rocky Point Rd , Kogarah (02) 9588 3400 8.7 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 9.6 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 9.6 km
Brandt Bros Est 1878 141 Devonshire St , Surry Hills (02) 9318 2666 13.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Botany Bay Discovery Centre to Cape Baily
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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
32 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 44 km (to the N)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 44 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 °)
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.

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