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Cape Banks Circuit
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km S of La Perouse
Length: 6.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 6.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Botany Bay National Park
Climb: 182 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 182 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: Circuit
Track: Hard

This Cape Banks Circuit has a lot to offer and is thoroughly recommended. The walking travels over beaches, through coastal forest and across exposed headlands. Historically, this walk shows glimpses into the fortifications required during both World Wars. The optional side trip to the coast hospital cemetery, with over 2000 graves, is worthwhile. The Cape Banks Circuit makes for a fascinating walk, both scenically and historically, and is recommended. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Cape Banks Circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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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
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
Int of Pistol Club Rd and Coast Hospital Cemetery Management Trail
Int of Cape Banks Rd & Jennifer Street Boardwalk
Int of Pistol Club Rd AND Jennifer Street Boardwalk
Int of Henry Head Lane AND Depot Management Trail
Int of Henry Head Lane AND Henry Head Track
Henry Head Viewpoint
Int of Anzac Parade AND Henry Head Track
Starting point for this hiking track: Southern End of Cann Park

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Sign down to Congwong Beach
 
Sign down to Congwong Beach +
 
Steps down to Congwong Beach
 
Steps down to Congwong Beach +
 
Congwong Beach, near La Perouse
 
Congwong Beach, near La Perouse +

 
Sign on Congwong Beach, near La Perouse
 
Sign on 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
 
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Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
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Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
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Sign on Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
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Intersection on Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
Intersection on Henry Head Track, near La Perouse +
 
Brown's Rock, near La Perouse
 
Brown's Rock, near La Perouse +

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

 
Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
Henry Head Track, near La Perouse +
 
Timber post on Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
Timber post on Henry Head Track, near La Perouse +
 
Henry Head Trail
 
Henry Head Trail +

 
Seats at Henry Head, near La Perouse
 
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White tower at Henry Head, near La Perouse
 
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Henry Head Fortifications, near La Perouse
 
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Henry Head Fortifications, near La Perouse
 
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Henry Head Fortifications, near La Perouse
 
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Henry Head Fortifications, near La Perouse
 
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Track at Henry Head, near La Perouse
 
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Track near La Perouse
 
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Stone steps, near Henry Head
 
Stone steps, near Henry Head +

 
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, near Cape Banks
 
Cruwee Cove, near 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 +
 
Metal bridge over to Cape Banks
 
Metal bridge over to Cape Banks +

 
View from Cape Banks, Botany Bay National Park
 
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Cape Banks trail, near Cape Banks
 
Cape Banks trail, near Cape Banks +
 
World War Two fortification
 
World War Two fortification +

 
Westpac Helicopter shed, near Cape Banks
 
Westpac Helicopter shed, near Cape Banks +
 
End of Pistol Club Rd, near Cape Banks
 
End of Pistol Club Rd, near Cape Banks +
 
Locked gate to coastal cemetary, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Locked gate to coastal cemetary, near Botany Bay National Park +

 
Coastal Cemetery, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Coastal Cemetery, near Botany Bay National Park +
 
Pistol Club Rd, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Pistol Club Rd, near Botany Bay National Park +
 
Sign to Jennifer Street boardwalk, near Botany Bay National Park
 
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Jennifer Street Boardwalk and shelter
 
Jennifer Street Boardwalk and shelter +
 
Intersection of Pistol Club Rd and Gold Club Rd, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Intersection of Pistol Club Rd and Gold Club Rd, near Botany Bay National Park +
 
Golf club Rd, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Golf club Rd, near Botany Bay National Park +

 
Parks Depot sign, near Botany Bay National Park
 
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Henry Head Lane, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Henry Head Lane, near Botany Bay National Park +
 
Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park
 
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Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park
 
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View from Henry Head Viewpoint
 
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Timber steps on Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park
 
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Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park
 
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Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park
 
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Henry Head Track as it crosses Henry Head Lane, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Henry Head Track as it crosses Henry Head Lane, near Botany Bay National Park +

 
timber bridge on Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park
 
timber bridge on Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park +
 
Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park +
 
Car park on Anzac Avenue, near La Perouse
 
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Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Henry Head Track, near Botany Bay National Park +
 
Cann Park sign, near La Perouse
 
Cann Park sign, near La Perouse +
 
Southern end of Cann Park, near La Perouse
 
Southern end of Cann Park, near La Perouse +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Cape Banks Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Cape Banks Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cape Banks Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Cape Banks Circuit 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 7km
Time 3 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
3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.7km has short steep hills. Whilst another 850m is very steep and the remaining 95m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
3.5km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 1.3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 260m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
3.7km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 1.7km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.3km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
4.1km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.3km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (1.2km) requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 5km 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
3.3km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (1.3km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


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.
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 Southern End of Cann Park
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) 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 Track AND Depot Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 491 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -5 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).

(0.93 km) Int of Henry Head Track AND Depot Trail to Int of Henry Head and Browns Rock Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 399 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -7 m
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 & Golf Course Management Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 223 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -2 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.

(1.55 km) Int of Henry Head Track and Golf Course Management Trail to Int of Henry Head Track and Henry Head Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 308 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
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
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).

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.

(3.44 km) Cape Banks to Cape Banks bridge int.
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 51 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Turn around: From the golf tee-off green[88] on the northern edge of Cape Banks headland, this walk follows a rocky track[89] to the bridge. The walk now crosses over[90] to the mainland on the 20m long (1.1m wide) metal foot bridge[91], where the walk leads gently uphill along the concrete footpath to the intersection marked with a 'Cape Banks Aquatic Reserve' sign[92], just before a seat[fac=8257].

(3.5 km) Cape Banks bridge int. to Lifejacket intersection
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 388 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -4 m
Turn right: From the 'Cape Banks Aquatic Reserve' sign[93], this walk follows the gravel then grassy trail [94] away from the ocean for about 10m to find a 'Cape Bank' map signpost[95]. From the sign, this walk follows the 'Coastal Walk' arrow[96] gently uphill along the grassy trail (passing a large rock platform[97] on the right) for about 160m to near the apex of a large cleft in the sea cliff[98] (on the right). From here the walk climbs very steeply up a rough[99] trail for about 30m[fac=8256], then leads more gently uphill for 100m before leading up another steep and rough section of trail[100]. 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[101].

(3.88 km) Int of Cape Banks Management & Pistol Club Trail to World War Two Bunker
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 109 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -4 m
Veer left: From the intersection[102], this walk follows the wide management trail steeply uphill[103], away from the water. This walk continues to follow the level trail for about 35m to a T-intersection[104], where the walk turns right and follows a trail (with a metal ring fence[105] on the left) for about 20m to a World War Two Bunker[106] (on the right).

World War Two Bunker Alt = 23 m
This World War Two bunker[107] is near the Westpac Helicopter Shed[108]. This bunker consists of sheltered concrete ammunition storage rooms[109] below, and a circular gun base[110] above, with surrounding coastal views. There are rusted and damaged parts, so take care when exploring.

(3.99 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[111]), this walk follows the asphalt trail along the fenceline towards the 'Westpac Helicopter' shed[112] for just shy of 40m to find a 3-way intersection[113] before a concrete building[114], marked with an NPWS arrow[115].
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[116][fac=8255] and find the car park at the southern end of Cape Banks Rd, La Perouse[117].

(4.09 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[118], 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[119] 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[120] and 'Coastal Cemetery' sign[121] (on the right).

(4.41 km) Int of Cape Banks Rd & Cemetery Trail to Coast Hospital Cemetery int.
Optional sidetrip: 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[122] on Cape Banks Rd
La Perouse (about 1km past NSW Golf Course main gate), this walk follows the 'Cemetry Trail' sign[123] around the locked gate[124][125][126][fac=8253], and along the management trail. The grassy trail leads for about 20m to pass over a cobbeled stone section[127][fac=8254] then continues to follow the level trail[128] for another 110m, to come to a large 3-way intersection[129] near the Coastal Cemetery[130] (on the right).
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

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[131]. Many of the graves are unmarked.
On the eastern edge of the cemetery is an information sign[132] 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.

(4.41 km) Int of Pistol Club Rd and Coast Hospital Cemetery Management Trail to Int of Pistol Club Rd AND Jennifer Street Boardwalk Track
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 756 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[133], this walk follows the level road west[134], with golf courses on the left and right (ignoring side roads[135]) for about 800m, until coming to a gentle uphill and three-way intersection[136], with a 'Jennifer Street Boardwalk' sign[137] and track (on the right).

(5.17 km) Int of Cape Banks Rd & Jennifer Street Boardwalk to Int of Jennifer Street Boardwalk & Jennifer Street
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - duckboard
Length = 375 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = 0 m
Turn sharp right: From the Jennifer street boardwalk track head on Cape Banks Rd, La Perouse (next to the golf course), this walk follows the 'Jennifer Street Boardwalk' sign[138], through the narrow timber bollards[fac=8252] and along the concrete footpath for about 35m to find a timber seat[fac=8251].
From the seat, this walk follows the timber boardwalk uphill through the lovely forest, after another 30m where the path becomes moderately steep[139][fac=8250] for about 15m. The boardwalk continues less steeply uphill through the forest with the occasional water glimpses for 80m where it passes the fenced 'revegetation area'[140]. The boardwalks gently undulates, mostly gently uphill for another 160m to find the large sheltered 'Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub' sign[141] shelter to find a timber seat[fac=8249].
Soon after this sign, this walk joins a concrete footpath that leads you past the 'Botany Bay National Park - Jennifer Street Lands' sign[142] than between the timber bollards[143] (1.7m gap) to find the end of Jennifer St (near Marconi Pl), Little Bay[144].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Jennifer Street Boardwalk Alt = 43 m
Jennifer Boardwalk provides you with an elevated view through a rare and endangered ecological community known as the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub. This community of native plants is protected under the Threatened Species Conservation Act[145]. These Banksia once occupied around 5,300 hectares of land between North Head and Botany Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Currently, surviving stands totalling approximately 146 hectares have been recorded by the local government areas of Botany, Randwick, Waverley, and Manly [146].

(5.17 km) Int of Pistol Club Rd AND Jennifer Street Boardwalk to Int of Henry Head Lane AND Henry Head Track
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 450 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[147], this walk follows the road gently uphill[148] for about 150m. Then this walk continues to follow the road gently downhill[149] for about 60m, then turns right at a T-intersection[150]. The walk follows the sealed road for about 50m, until coming to a three-way intersection with a trail and 'LaPerouse Works Depot' sign[151] (on the left).
Veer right: From the intersection[152], this walk follows the road gently uphill[153] and directly away from the face of the 'LaPerouse Works Depot' sign[154] for about 200m, until coming to a speed bump and four-way intersection[155], where a track crosses the road.

(5.62 km) Int of Henry Head Lane AND Henry Head Track to Henry Head Viewpoint
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 262 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -6 m
Turn right: From the intersection[156], this walk follows the track gently uphill[157] (passing between timber posts[158]) through coastal forest. After about 180m, the walk comes to an exposed rock platform[159] and the Henry Head view point[160].

Henry Head Viewpoint Alt = 34 m
The Henry Head view point[161] is located above Henry Head Lane and offers good views on the surrounding coastline. From the unfenced sandstone platform[162], good views are available to the west, south and east, including Bare Island, the Barracks Tower[163] and Henry Head.

(5.88 km) Henry Head Viewpoint to Int of Anzac Parade AND Henry Head Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 403 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -26 m
Turn right: From the Henry Head view point[164], this walk follows the level rocky track north[165] and directly away from the viewpoint (ignoring sidetracks). After about 15m, the track starts to head gently downhill[166], and then after about 100m, the sandy track becomes steeper with timber steps[167]. After a further 170m, the walk finds a four-way intersection[168], with timber posts and a sealed road (Henry Head Lane). This walk crosses the road and continues along the unmarked track[169] gently downhill and across a timber bridge[170] over a creek. Then the walk continues moderately steeply uphill[171], until coming to 'The Happy Valley' sign[172] and Anzac Parade.

(6.28 km) Int of Anzac Parade AND Henry Head Track to Southern end of Cann Park
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 365 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the car park and grassed park[173], this walk follows the footpath south, with Anzac Parade on your right. Approximately 300m along footpath[174] (the footpath briefly separates[175] from the road and then returns), the walk finds the northern end of Cann Park[176] and 'Cann Park' sign[177]. This walk then follows the footpath towards the coast (and past the snake pit) for about 100m, until coming to the southern end of Cann Park and 'Congwong Beach Walk' sign[178] .

Catch the bus from Southern end of Cann Park
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.
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Drive from Southern end of Cann Park
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

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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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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 Cape Banks Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Cape Banks Circuit
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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
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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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alanm - Nice Walk IP:27.33.171.xxx | 2015-08-12 16:58:20
Walked this on a beautiful late winter's day. Beaches were great, views spectacular and really interesting.
Also, not difficult

Video of my walk is here
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