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Cape Banks Island walk
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.9 km SE of La Perouse
Length: 1.5 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.5 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Botany Bay National Park
Climb: 47 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 47 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: Return
Track: Hard

On this walk, you will explore Cape Banks island surrounded by the aquaitic reserve and a beautiful coast line of Kamay Botany Bay NP. Starting from the end of Cape Banks Rd, you pass a historic gun emplacement, then explore the grassy coastline down to the water and edge of NSW Golf Course. There is a foot bridge to give access to the island and a novel T for the golf course. The island has a series of faint rough tracks that allow you to explore the bald island and views. (open in app)

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

Map of Walk


Cape Banks Island walk bushwalking track notes
Map of Cape Banks Island walk
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Southern End of Cape Banks Rd
Old toilet bock int.
Old toilet bock int.
Lifejacket intersection
Cape Banks bridge int.
Starting point for this hiking track: Old toilet bock int.

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

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

Print a map and track notes here
 Botany Bay 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303S 
 Bondi 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91302S 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

End of Pistol Club Rd, near Cape Banks
End of Pistol Club Rd, near Cape Banks +

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World War Two fortification
World War Two fortification +

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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 Cape Banks Island walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Cape Banks Island walk bushwalking track

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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Cape Banks Island walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 1.5km
Time 45 mins

Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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.
390m of this walk is very steep and another 330m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (40m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 760m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Around 670m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 90m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 480m of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 280m requires some bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 760m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Around 670m of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 90m 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.
Drive to Southern End of Cape Banks Rd
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|

(0 km) Southern End of Cape Banks Rd to Old toilet bock int.
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 39 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
From the car park at the southern end of Cape Banks Rd, La Perouse[1], this walk follows a management trail, passing around a locked gate[2][fac=8255] to then pass the 'Botany Bay National Park' sign[3] after about 10m. Then this walk continues to follow the asphalt trail beside the 'Westpac Helicopter' shed (on the right) for about 30m, to come to a 3-way intersection marked with an NPWS arrow post[4], just past a concrete building[5].

(0.04 km) Old toilet bock int. to World War Two Bunker
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 58 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the asphalt trail, keeping the large fence to the right[6] for about 40m to come to an intersection[7] just below the WW2 gun emplacement and bunker[8] (on the left).
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

World War Two Bunker Alt = 23 m
This World War Two bunker[9] is near the Westpac Helicopter Shed[10]. This bunker consists of sheltered concrete ammunition storage rooms[11] below, and a circular gun base[12] above, with surrounding coastal views. There are rusted and damaged parts, so take care when exploring.

(0.04 km) Old toilet bock int. to Lifejacket intersection
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 281 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -12 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the NPWS arrow[13] gently downhill along the gravel trail, directly away from the fence and helicopter shed[14]. The trail leads past the disused toilet buildings[15] then over a rise for 120m to find wide ocean views[16]. Here the trail bends right then undulates along the cliff line for 130m to come to a 3-way intersection marked with a life jacket signpost[17].

(0.32 km) Lifejacket intersection to Cape Banks bridge int.
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 388 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -18 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads gently downhill along the grassy management trail keeping the ocean to the left[18]. After about 30m the trail descends steeply down a rough[19] 30m section[fac=8256], then leads more gently downhill for 100m before leading down another very steep and rough section of trail[20] mostly flattening out near the apex of a large cleft in the sea cliff[21]. Here the trail continues more gently downhill for another 160m towards the golf course and ocean, passing a large rock platform[22] (on the left) coming to concrete footpath marked with two 'Cape Banks Aquatic Reserve' signs[23] just after the 'Cape Bank' map signpost[24]. Be mindful of golfers and golf balls.

(0.71 km) Cape Banks bridge int. to Cape Banks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 51 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the 'Cape Banks Aquatic Reserve' sign[25], this walk follows the concrete footpath[26] gently downhill, away from the seat[fac=8257], for about 20m to then cross over[27] to the island on the 20m long (1.1m wide) metal foot bridge[28]. Then this walk continues over the rocky track[29] to come beside the golf tee-off green[30] (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[31][32][33][34][35]. 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[36]. The shipwreck of the SS Minmi can be seen at low tide[37], 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.

Drive from Southern End of Cape Banks Rd
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

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:

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 8.2 km
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 11.3 km
Caravan Accessories Pty Ltd 33 Rocky Point Rd , Kogarah (02) 9588 3400 10.8 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 11.8 km
Brandt Bros Est 1878 141 Devonshire St , Surry Hills (02) 9318 2666 12.4 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Cape Banks Island walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Cape Banks Island walk
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 14 km (to the W)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
32 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 39 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 47 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 7 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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km/h from the
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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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