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Cape Banks Walk
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.6 km ESE of La Perouse
Length: 1.9 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.9 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Botany Bay National Park
Climb: 37 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 37 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: Hard

This walk combines fine coastal views with two points of historical interest. From the start of this walk, the sidetrip to the coastal cemetery is short and gives a glimpse into lives of past generations. The World War II bunker is worth having a look around as you pass directly by it. Spend some time exploring the exposed headland that is Cape Banks. Look for old historical structures and the shipwreck of the SS Minmi on the western side of Cape Banks. If you're lucky, you could even see migrating whales on this classic Sydney coastal walk. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Cape Banks Walk
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Int of Cape Banks Rd & Cemetery Trail
Int of Pistol Club Rd AND Coastal Cemetery Management Trail
Southern End of Cape Banks Rd
Old toilet bock int.
World War Two Bunker
Lifejacket intersection
Cape Banks bridge int.
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Cape Banks Rd & Cemetery Trail

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
 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

 
Coastal Cemetery, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Coastal Cemetery, near Botany Bay National Park +
 
Pistol Club Rd, near coastal cemetery in Botany Bay National Park
 
Pistol Club Rd, near coastal cemetery in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Locked gate to coastal cemetary, near Botany Bay National Park
 
Locked gate to coastal cemetary, near Botany Bay National Park +

 
Road near coastal cemetary
 
Road near coastal cemetary +
 
Pistol Club Rd, near coastal cemetery in Botany Bay National Park
 
Pistol Club Rd, near coastal cemetery in Botany Bay National Park +
 
View of cemetery from Pistol Club Rd, in Botany Bay National Park
 
View of cemetery from Pistol Club Rd, in Botany Bay National Park +

 
Pistol Club Rd, near coastal cemetery in Botany Bay National Park
 
Pistol Club Rd, near coastal cemetery in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Pistol club and helicopter shed in Botany Bay National Park
 
Pistol club and helicopter shed in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Pistol club and helicopter shed
 
Pistol club and helicopter shed +

 
Sign at the boundary of Botany Bay National Park
 
Sign at the boundary of Botany Bay National Park +
 
End of Pistol Club Rd, near Cape Banks
 
End of Pistol Club Rd, near Cape Banks +
 
Buildings and locked toilet near helicopter shed
 
Buildings and locked toilet near helicopter shed +

 
World War Two fortification
 
World War Two fortification +
 
Westpac Helicopter shed, near Cape Banks
 
Westpac Helicopter shed, near Cape Banks +
 
Road near helicopter shed in Botany Bay National Park
 
Road near helicopter shed in Botany Bay National Park +

 
Helicopter shed in Botany Bay National Park
 
Helicopter shed in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Cape Banks management trail towards Cape Banks
 
Cape Banks management trail towards Cape Banks +
 
Cape Banks management trail, towards Cape Banks
 
Cape Banks management trail, towards Cape Banks +

 
Cape Banks management trail towards Cape Banks
 
Cape Banks management trail towards Cape Banks +
 
Cape Banks management trail towards Cape Banks
 
Cape Banks management trail towards Cape Banks +
 
Cape Banks management trail with cape Banks in the distance
 
Cape Banks management trail with cape Banks in the distance +

 
Cape Banks management trail
 
Cape Banks management trail +
 
End of Cape Banks management trail in Botany Bay National Park
 
End of Cape Banks management trail in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Near Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
 
Near Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park +

 
Sign and bridge at Cape Banks
 
Sign and bridge at Cape Banks +
 
Sign and bridge over to Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
 
Sign and bridge over to Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Bridge and sign near Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
 
Bridge and sign near Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park +

 
Metal bridge to Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
 
Metal bridge to Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Pigface flower on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
 
Pigface flower on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Wildflowers (Pigface) on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
 
Wildflowers (Pigface) on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park +

 
Track on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
 
Track on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park +
 
View and track on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
 
View and track on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Concrete foundations on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
 
Concrete foundations on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park +

 
Cape Banks rocky track
 
Cape Banks rocky track +
 
View from Cape Banks, Botany Bay National Park
 
View from Cape Banks, Botany Bay National Park +
 
Concrete steps on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
 
Concrete steps on Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park +

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 Cape Banks Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Cape Banks Walk bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Cape Banks 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 1.9km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
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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 No experience required (1/6)
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
390m of this walk is very steep and another 380m has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 110m has short steep hills and the remaining 95m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 970m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 500m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 470m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 970m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 970m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 580m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 390m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

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 Int of Pistol Club Rd AND Coastal Cemetery Management Trail
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 Int of Pistol Club Rd AND Coastal Cemetery Management Trail
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) 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 sharp left: From the 'Cemetry Trail' trackhead and dirt car park[1] on Cape Banks Rd
La Perouse (about 1km past NSW Golf Course main gate), this walk follows the 'Cemetry Trail' sign[2] around the locked gate[3][4][5][fac=8253], and along the management trail. The grassy trail leads for about 20m to pass over a cobbeled stone section[6][fac=8254] then continues to follow the level trail[7] for another 110m, to come to a large 3-way intersection[8] near the Coastal Cemetery[9] (on the right).
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left 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[10]. Many of the graves are unmarked.
On the eastern edge of the cemetery is an information sign[11] 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.

(0 km) Int of Pistol Club Rd AND Coastal Cemetery Management Trail to Southern End of Pistol Club Rd
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 324 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -2 m
From the intersection[12] (which is found about 1km past the 'helicopter sign' off Henry Head Rd), this walk follows the road[13] gently uphill for about 140m, to come to views of the coastal cemetery[14] (on the left). Then this walk continues to follow the road gently downhill for about 200m, until coming to a locked gate[15] and 'Botany Bay National Park' sign[16].

(0.32 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
Continue straight: From the car park at the southern end of Cape Banks Rd, La Perouse[17], this walk follows a management trail, passing around a locked gate[18][fac=8255] to then pass the 'Botany Bay National Park' sign[19] 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[20], just past a concrete building[21].

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(0.42 km) World War Two Bunker to Int of Cape Banks Management & Pistol Club Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 109 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the World War Two Bunker[22], this walk follows a management trail away from the 'Westpac Helicopter' sign and shed[23], keeping the metal ring fence to the right[24]. The walk follows the trail for about 20m, then turns left at a three-way intersection to head up a gentle hill. After about 35m, the trail starts to descend steeply to a three-way intersection[25] (and views of the water).

(0.53 km) Lifejacket intersection to Cape Banks bridge int.
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 388 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -18 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads gently downhill along the grassy management trail keeping the ocean to the left[26]. After about 30m the trail descends steeply down a rough[27] 30m section[fac=8256], then leads more gently downhill for 100m before leading down another very steep and rough section of trail[28] mostly flattening out near the apex of a large cleft in the sea cliff[29]. Here the trail continues more gently downhill for another 160m towards the golf course and ocean, passing a large rock platform[30] (on the left) coming to concrete footpath marked with two 'Cape Banks Aquatic Reserve' signs[31] just after the 'Cape Bank' map signpost[32]. Be mindful of golfers and golf balls.

(0.92 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[33], this walk follows the concrete footpath[34] gently downhill, away from the seat[fac=8257], for about 20m to then cross over[35] to the island on the 20m long (1.1m wide) metal foot bridge[36]. Then this walk continues over the rocky track[37] to come beside the golf tee-off green[38] (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[39][40][41][42][43]. 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[44]. The shipwreck of the SS Minmi can be seen at low tide[45], 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 Int of Pistol Club Rd AND Coastal Cemetery Management Trail
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|

Catch the bus from Int of Pistol Club Rd AND Coastal Cemetery Management Trail
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|

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

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 7.9 km
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 11 km
Caravan Accessories Pty Ltd 33 Rocky Point Rd , Kogarah (02) 9588 3400 10.6 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 11.6 km
Brandt Bros Est 1878 141 Devonshire St , Surry Hills (02) 9318 2666 12.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Cape Banks Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Cape Banks 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 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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