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Henry Head Walk
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km S of La Perouse
Length: 4.2 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 4.2 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Botany Bay National Park
Climb: 113 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 113 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: Moderate

A worthwhile walk, traversing beach and headland to explore the WWII battlements of Henry Head. Both the Little Congwong Beach and Brown’s Rock sidetrips are recommended on this walk, as they are short detours and break the journey. Henry Head is good spot to stop for something to eat, grab a torch and explore the concrete structures or just watch the boats passing in and out of Botany Bay. A recommended and pleasant walk. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Henry Head Walk
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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
Starting point for this hiking track: Southern End of Cann Park

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 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Southern end of Cann Park, near La Perouse
 
Southern end of Cann Park, near La Perouse +
 
Sign down to Congwong Beach
 
Sign down to Congwong Beach +
 
Sign to Congwong Beach, near La Perouse
 
Sign to Congwong Beach, near La Perouse +

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

 
Congwong Beach, La Perouse
 
Congwong Beach, La Perouse +
 
Congwong Beach, La Perouse
 
Congwong Beach, La Perouse +
 
Track at eastern end of Congwong Beach, near La Perouse
 
Track at eastern end of Congwong Beach, near La Perouse +

 
Little Congwong Beach, near La Perouse
 
Little Congwong Beach, near La Perouse +
 
Track near Congwong Beach
 
Track near Congwong Beach +
 
Track near Congwong Beach, in Botany Bay National Park
 
Track near Congwong Beach, in Botany Bay National Park +

 
Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
Henry Head Track, near La Perouse +
 
Track in Botany Bay National Park
 
Track in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Track in Botany Bay National Park
 
Track in Botany Bay National Park +

 
Track intersection in Botany Bay National Park
 
Track intersection in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Track in Botany Bay National Park
 
Track in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Parks Depot, near La Perouse
 
Parks Depot, near La Perouse +

 
Shallow, dry creek on track near La Perouse
 
Shallow, dry creek on track near La Perouse +
 
On Henry Head Track
 
On Henry Head Track +
 
Track intersection, near La Perouse
 
Track intersection, near La Perouse +

 
Browns Rock in Botany Bay National Park
 
Browns Rock in Botany Bay National Park +
 
Flannel Flowers in Botany Bay National Park
 
Flannel Flowers in Botany Bay National Park +
 
View of Bare Island
 
View of Bare Island +

 
Seat on the way to Henry Head
 
Seat on the way to Henry Head +
 
Flower near La Perouse
 
Flower near La Perouse +
 
World War One fort on Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
World War One fort on Henry Head Track, near La Perouse +

 
Sandy track on Botany Bay National Park
 
Sandy track on Botany Bay National Park +
 
Track near Henry Head
 
Track near Henry Head +
 
Timber post on Henry Head Track, near La Perouse
 
Timber post on Henry Head Track, near La Perouse +

 
Trail near Henry Head
 
Trail near Henry Head +
 
Henry Head
 
Henry Head +
 
Seats at Henry Head, near La Perouse
 
Seats at Henry Head, near La Perouse +

 
White tower on Henry Head
 
White tower on Henry Head +
 
Battlements on Henry Head
 
Battlements on Henry Head +
 
Battlements on Henry Head in Botany Bay National Park
 
Battlements on Henry Head 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 Henry Head Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Henry Head Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Henry Head Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Henry Head 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 4.2km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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.
Gradient
Around 1.4km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 720m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 860m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 1.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 780m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 1.3km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 800m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 850m 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.
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)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
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.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(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 & Henry Head Lane Track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 256 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -3 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).

(0.69 km) Int of Henry Head Track and Henry Head Lane Track to Int of Henry Head Track AND Depot Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 235 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -2 m
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

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.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
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.
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

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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 Henry Head Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Henry Head Walk
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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
°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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