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Cape Bailey Track from Cape Solander lookout
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.7 km E of Kurnell
Length: 3.8 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 3.8 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Botany Bay National Park
Climb: 107 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 107 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
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This walk starts at the end of Cape Solander Dr and heads south along the coast to the end of Sir Joseph Banks Dr, in the Boat Harbour Coastal Reserve. The walk explores a vast array of environments including sand dunes, hanging swamps, rock platforms and dense heath. The Bailey lighthouse is a highlight and a nice place to rest. There are also city views from the top of a few of the sand dunes. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Cape Bailey Track from Cape Solander lookout

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Cape Bailey Track from Cape Solander lookout
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End of Cape Solander Drive
Tabbigai Gap Track Int
Sand dune int
Int of Cape Bailey Lighthouse track
Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track
Rock platform
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Cape Solander Drive

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 Cape Solander Drive
 
End of Cape Solander Drive +
 
Track at the end of Cape Solander Drive
 
Track at the end of Cape Solander Drive +
 
Track Heading along the coast
 
Track Heading along the coast +

 
Old Footing near end of Cape Solader Drive
 
Old Footing near end of Cape Solader Drive +
 
View of Water tank and radar instalation
 
View of Water tank and radar instalation +
 
Along the Cliff line at Tabbigai Gap
 
Along the Cliff line at Tabbigai Gap +

 
Track just south of Tabbigai Gap
 
Track just south of Tabbigai Gap +
 
Cape Bailey track Sth of Tabbigai Gap
 
Cape Bailey track Sth of Tabbigai Gap +
 
view of an off shore platform
 
view of an off shore platform +

 
small sand dunes along the track
 
small sand dunes along the track +
 
hanging swamps that line that track
 
hanging swamps that line that track +
 
hanging swamps
 
hanging swamps +

 
Water Glimpses from top of Dune over the Hanging swamp
 
Water Glimpses from top of Dune over the Hanging swamp +
 
Cape Bailey Track
 
Cape Bailey Track +
 
small sand dunes throughout the walk
 
small sand dunes throughout the walk +

 
path up to the cape bailey lighthouse
 
path up to the cape bailey lighthouse +
 
Cape Baily Lighthouse
 
Cape Baily Lighthouse +
 
looking back up the coast
 
looking back up the coast +

 
following the cape bailey walking track
 
following the cape bailey walking track +
 
some small sand dunes
 
some small sand dunes +
 
Sir Joseph Banks drive Carpark
 
Sir Joseph Banks drive Carpark +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Cape Bailey Track from Cape Solander lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Cape Bailey Track from Cape Solander lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cape Bailey Track from Cape Solander lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Cape Bailey Track from Cape Solander lookout 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 3.8km
Time 1 hr 30 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
Around 2.9km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 950m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 3.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 700m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
Around 2.9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 950m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
2.6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 700m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (550m) requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 3.8km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to End of Cape Solander Drive
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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 Cape Solander Drive to Tabbigai Gap Track Int
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 947 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 41 m Descent = -47 m
From the end of Cape Solander Drive, this walk starts at the big signpost just to the left of the toilet building. The track heads south along the cliff line (ocean on the left) following the green poles until they stop, then the track continues along the top of the cliff line (staying safely back from the very fragile cliff edge). This section is mostly on sandstone and occasionally through low heath. As the track approaches Tabbigai Gap, it joins onto Cape Baily Track where the track turns left and continues south for 50m until the apex of Tabbigai Gap and the management trail.

(0.95 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.

(1.49 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).

(2.45 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

(2.45 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.

(3.14 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.

Drive from Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark
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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
Map Car Shuffle
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
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 10.7 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 10.1 km
Caravan Accessories Pty Ltd 33 Rocky Point Rd , Kogarah (02) 9588 3400 10 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 11.9 km
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 14.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Cape Bailey Track from Cape Solander lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Cape Bailey Track from Cape Solander lookout
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 13 km (to the WNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
34 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 39 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 46 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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Johnny IP:58.106.229.xxx | 2012-09-09 10:06:51
It's a great walk with great views!
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