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Cronulla to Botany Bay Discovery Centre
Time: 4 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.7 km S of Cronulla
Length: 13.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 13.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Botany Bay National Park
Climb: 185 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 185 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 There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This coastal walk starts from Cronulla station and follows the beaches around to the Boat Harbour Aquatic reserve, then continues along the Cape Bailey walk, winding through thick heath and between hanging swamps. The walk finishes at the Botany Bay Discovery Centre. There is an alternate exit to the end of Polo street for those wishing to exit outside the park. There is a good, optional side trip up to the Cape Bailey lighthouse. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Cronulla to Botany Bay Discovery Centre
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Cronulla Station
Int of Gerrale street and Cronulla station path
Cronulla Park
Prince street carpark
Louera Beach footpath (east)
Pimelwi Rocks
Boat Harbour Beach (east)
Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve
Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark
Rock platform
Int of Cape Bailey Lighthouse track
Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track
Sand dune int
Tabbigai Gap Track Int
Int of Cape Bailey and car park tracks
Int of Cape Bailey track and the radar service trail
Int of Cape Bailey and link track
Int of Cape Bailey track and water tank service trail
Int of Cape Bailey and link track
Int of Yena Servicetrail and link track
Int of Yena Servicetrail and Kurnell Lookout Trail
Kurnell Lookout
Int of Kurnell Lookout and Muru Tracks
Int of Cape Solander Dr and Muru Track
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Gerrale street and Cronulla station path

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
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Photo Gallery

 
cronulla station
 
cronulla station +
 
coming out of cronulla park
 
coming out of cronulla park +
 
following the beaches
 
following the beaches +

 
small village behind beach
 
small village behind beach +
 
following disused pipeline
 
following disused pipeline +
 
boat harbour aquatic reserve
 
boat harbour aquatic reserve +

 
the sir joseph banks drive carpark
 
the sir joseph banks drive carpark +
 
some small sand dunes
 
some small sand dunes +
 
looking back up the coast
 
looking back up the coast +

 
path up to the cape bailey lighthouse
 
path up to the cape bailey lighthouse +
 
cape bailey lighthouse
 
cape bailey lighthouse +
 
great example of a hanging swamp lining the cape bailey walk
 
great example of a hanging swamp lining the cape bailey walk +

 
Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower)
 
Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower) +
 
Tabbigai Gap
 
Tabbigai Gap +
 
The view at the Int of Cape Bailey and Radar Track
 
The view at the Int of Cape Bailey and Radar Track +

 
gum trees
 
gum trees +
 
winding through the eucalypt littered forest
 
winding through the eucalypt littered forest +
 
botany discovery centre
 
botany discovery centre +

Terrain

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

Cross Section of the Cronulla to Botany Bay Discovery Centre bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Cronulla to Botany Bay Discovery Centre 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 13km
Time 4 hrs 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
9km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.4km has short steep hills. The remaining (1.5km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.5km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 1.3km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 700m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
Around 11km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.5km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
11km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.7km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (700m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 13km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 6km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Cronulla Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Cronulla Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus to Cronulla Station
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 Cronulla Station
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) Cronulla Station to Cronulla Park
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 349 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -5 m
From the train station, the walk crosses Cronulla street at the traffic lights and continues along the laneway running between the park and the row of shops. The walk then crosses Surf lane at the pedestrian crossing and continues along the wide laneway to the intersection with Gerrale street, at the pedestrian crossing.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk crosses the road at the pedestrian crossing and follows the footpath into the park for a short distance before turning left onto another footpath. The walk follows this footpath (passing two intersecting footpaths) to the intersection with another footpath at the edge of the beach.

(0.35 km) Cronulla Park to Louera Beach footpath (east)
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 956 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -11 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath north keeping the ocean on the right. The footpath passes the rocks and two ocean pools, continuing around the back of a beach and past the North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club, to the intersection of the footpath at the corner of the Prince street car park.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath north, keeping the beach to the right). At the end of the first cat park area the walk goes down the ramp and along the fenced path running along the back of the beach. The path passes a set of concrete stairs after about 200m and continues to the intersection with a short ramp heading down to Elouera Beach.

(1.31 km) Louera Beach footpath (east) to Pimelwi Rocks
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 4.53 km Time = 1 hr 11 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -23 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads down the short ramp to the beach and north-east along the beach, keeping the ocean to the right. The walk passes the Elouera Surf Life Saving Club and continues all the way along the beach, approximately 4.5 kilometres, until it reaches the eastern end of the Bate Bay at the Pimelwi Rocks point.

(5.83 km) Pimelwi Rocks to Boat Harbour Beach (east)
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 459 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -4 m
Turn left: From the point, this walk follows the beach east around the bay, keeping the ocean on the right. The walk passes a number of shacks before coming to the signposted intersection of the coastal walk footpath.

(6.29 km) Boat Harbour Beach (east) to Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.11 km Time = 19 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -15 m
Veer right: From the eastern side of the beach, this walk heads up the small concrete path that climbs up out of the bay to the top of the ridge. The walk then follows the track south-east across the grassy hill, keeping the ocean on the right as it runs alongside an old disused pipeline along the coast. The track cuts across the mouth of some sand dunes and continues along through a small clearing, winding down the hill to the back of a small shelly beach. From the beach, the walk follows the coast west, keeping the ocean on the right, until it comes to the blue 'Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve' sign.
Continue straight: From the 'Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve' sign, this walk heads north-east up and away from the ocean (keeping the ocean to the right, winding along the track to the Sir Joseph Banks Drive car park.

(7.4 km) Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark to Rock platform
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 695 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -5 m
Turn around: From the car park, this walk follows the sandy management trail south-east (toward the ocean) down the gentle hill and bends to the left, keeping the coast on the right. The walk passes the mouth of some sand dunes, coming to the clearly visible management trail. This trail winds through the grass, then up a small hill and onto a rock platform that opens out onto the coast. (The track passes a number of small tracks leading back to the coast and heading further inland.)

(8.09 km) Rock platform to Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 694 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 42 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads east along the edge of the scrub and over the rocks, keeping the ocean on the right. The walk follows the edge of the heath, until winding inland of a small patch of scrub and up onto a rock platform. The walk continues along the management trail that winds towards the lighthouse through tall heath, and up and alongside the cliffs until coming to an intersection with the bush track, just near the lighthouse.

(8.79 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
Turn left : 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 veer left 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

(8.79 km) Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track to Sand dune int
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 953 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -28 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, keeping the ocean and the cliff tops to the right. After a few hundred meters, the track heads a little more inland and over several small sand dunes, then climbs a short hill and turns right to head down the hill toward the swamp. About halfway along the edge of the swamp, the track turns right and climbs up a sand dune to the track intersection, in the middle of the depression in the dune.

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.

(9.74 km) Sand dune int to Tabbigai Gap Track Int
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 546 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -8 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads north, keeping the ocean on the right (about 150m away) and the hanging swamp on the left. The walk follows the overgrown track through thick scrub until it comes to a sand dune clearing. From the clearing, the track continues north, up and out of the other end of the clearing. From here, it goes down the other side, along another overgrown track winding north through thick scrub, into another long sand dune clearing. From the second clearing, the walk continues north through to another overgrown track, which it follows for a short distance to a wider sandy track, then a little further north to the apex of Tabbigai Gap.

(10.29 km) Tabbigai Gap Track Int to Int of Cape Bailey and car park tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.01 km Time = 17 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -10 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads north (keeping ocean on the right) along the sandy trail, passing a small bush track on the right. The walk soon heads over rock and sandy sections, and there are several areas where wind and water erosion has developed small holes along the rock shelf that give it a very interesting look. After a little while, the walk reaches an intersection with several other bush tracks on a large rock-shelf.

(11.3 km) Int of Cape Bailey and car park tracks to Int of Cape Bailey and link track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 665 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -6 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads north-west along the rock-shelf. This soon changes to a sandy bush track. After a short distance along the sandy track, the walk arrives at an intersection with a wide management trail.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads north along the wide sandy bush track, keeping the water tank and radar installation on your left as the track winds through the heath forest. The walk winds around to a small bush track which appears on the right (this is just before more-obvious intersection a little further up).

(11.96 km) Int of Cape Bailey and link track to End of Polo Street
Alternate Exit: Track: Moderate - servicetrail ( Show detail)
Length = 424 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -19 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail west (keeping the water tank on the left) for a very short distance until it comes to the 'T' intersection of the Cape Bailey walking track service trail.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail north-west, away from the water tank (with the power lines on the left-hand side), through the bush and down a gentle hill, continuing along until it heads around a National Parks gate at the end of Polo Street. (End of the alternative exit track)

(11.96 km) Int of Cape Bailey and link track to Int of Yena Servicetrail and link track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 476 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -8 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads north along a sandy bush track, away from the water tank and radar installation. This is a very sandy trail with several small ups and downs. The track continues until reaching an intersection with a service trail.

(12.44 km) Int of Yena Servicetrail and link track to Carpark
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack,servicetrail,servicetrail
Length = 695 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -33 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads north-west through the ferny forest until it meets up with a wide, sandy, bush track (which heads up and to the right).
Turn right: From the intersection with the bush track, this walk heads north-east along a narrow sandy bush track that has several small ups and downs. Soon, the walk comes to an intersection with a small bush track at the top of the knoll - this is Kurnell Lookout, views obstructed by trees.
Continue straight: From the intersection at Kurnell Lookout, this walk heads north-east along the track for a short while until coming to an intersection with a management trail.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads north-west, down along the wide gravelly management trail, with dense ferns on either side, until coming to Cape Solander Drive.
Continue straight: From the road, this walk heads north-west along the old road, now a service trail. This continues for a short period before passing over a small bridge. Just beyond this, the track opens out onto the Botany Bay Discovery Centre car park. The discovery centre is to the right.

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.

Catch the bus from Carpark
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)
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Drive from Carpark
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride 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

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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)
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 4.1 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 5.2 km
Caravan Accessories Pty Ltd 33 Rocky Point Rd , Kogarah (02) 9588 3400 9.4 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 9.1 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 10.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Cronulla to Botany Bay Discovery Centre.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Cronulla to Botany Bay Discovery Centre
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 11 km (to the NNW)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 36 km (to the SW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
36 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 37 km (to the NW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 49 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 2 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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Lech IP:121.44.192.xxx | 2010-07-18 12:52:06
It was my first coastal walk in south Sydney and I did it on a sunny, warm afternoon in May. The first half of the walk leads along the long Cronulla beach. It is not very wide, but it is also not as crowded and surrounded by buildings as some other beaches further north. It is perfect for a relaxed stroll along the ocean. I especially enjoyed the little bay on the northern end of the beach. It is a bit too shallow and rocky to allow proper swimming but it is still a nice place protected from the ocean and surrounded by dunes. There were three curious pelicans swimming in the bay when I was there. However, the airport is not far away and unfortunately you can hear the plains quite clearly.
Behind the beach the way leads along high cliffs with big dunes to the left. It offers really spectacular views on the weather beaten coastline.
Later the path leads through thick coastal vegetation and passes a swampy area. I found that it was not that easy to follow the right way because there were several trodden side-paths. But it was already getting dark when I was there and I might just have missed some signs. Eventually I just cut across the bushes directly to Cape Solander and finished my walk via the Solander Dr.
Altogether it was a very enjoyable and relaxed walk leading through a big variety of vegetation and landscapes (beach, dunes, cliffs, hanging swamps, bush, etc.). It might be not as enjoyable during bad weather, but it applies to all coastal walks.
Very conveniently for those who are hungry after the walk, there is a bar opened till late just behind the exit of the park near the bus station.
Larry - Sand IP:124.149.160.xxx | 2014-10-12 06:04:48
We did this in reverse today as there are only 3 buses a day to Kurnell on a Sunday. Caught train to Cronulla and then a Taxi.

First part was really good coastal bush and heath waling.

Then you hit the beaches which would be OK bar for the 4WDs and jet ski racket. Probably better to tackle this section on a weekday.

Ended at Northies pub which was OK.

Could not work out why this was marked "hard" but now know it's the sand walking.

Next time on a weekend I'll just turn around and head back to Kurnell when I reach the first 4WD beach.
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