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The Cape Bailey Walk
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.2 km ENE of Kurnell
Length: 5 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Botany Bay National Park
Climb: 101 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 101 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 of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This is an interesting walk, starting from Kurnell and following a series of bush tracks and service trails along the coast, with great ocean views. The walk offers some great views of the coast, city, and some great local landscapes, including sand dunes and hanging swamps. The small side trip up to the Cape Bailey lighthouse is well worth it and provides a nice spot for lunch. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of The Cape Bailey Walk
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End of Polo Street
Int of Cape Bailey track and water tank service trail
Int of Cape Bailey and link track
Int of Cape Bailey track and the radar service trail
Int of Cape Bailey and car park tracks
Tabbigai Gap Track Int
Sand dune int
Int of Cape Bailey Lighthouse track
Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track
Rock platform
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Polo Street

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
 Port Hacking 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294N 
 Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 

Photo Gallery

 
end of Polo street
 
end of Polo street +
 
radar tower and water tank
 
radar tower and water tank +
 
Tabbigai Gap
 
Tabbigai Gap +

 
off shore platform
 
off shore platform +
 
hanging swamps
 
hanging swamps +
 
small sand dunes throughout the walk
 
small sand dunes throughout the walk +

 
a closer look at the platform
 
a closer look at the platform +
 
winding through thick heath
 
winding through thick heath +
 
path up to the cape bailey lighthouse
 
path up to the cape bailey lighthouse +

 
cape bailey lighthouse
 
cape bailey lighthouse +
 
looking back up the coast
 
looking back up the coast +
 
following the cape bailey walking track
 
following the cape bailey walking track +

 
many great formations like this litter the coast line
 
many great formations like this litter the coast line +
 
some small sand dunes
 
some small sand dunes +
 
the sir joseph banks drive carpark
 
the sir joseph banks drive carpark +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the The Cape Bailey Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the The Cape Bailey Walk bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the The Cape Bailey 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 5km
Time 1 hr 45 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
Around 3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 2km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
3.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (700m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
This whole walk, 5km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
3.1km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.2km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (700m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 4.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 420m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to End of Polo Street
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 End of Polo Street
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) End of Polo Street to Int of Cape Bailey track and water tank service trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 399 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -2 m
From the end of the Polo St, this walk heads around the metal National Parks gate and south-east along the service trail, with some power lines on the right-hand side. As the track heads further south-east, the track steadily climbs up to the top of a gentle hill and continues along until it comes to the intersection of the Cape Bailey walk and the radar service trail.

(0.4 km) Int of Cape Bailey track and water tank service trail to Tabbigai Gap Track Int
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 1.7 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -26 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail heading east (with the water tank on the right) for a very short distance until it comes to the intersection with a link bush track on the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk initially heads east, then turns right along the wide bush track, keeping the water tank and the radar on the right as it winds through the heath forest, coming to a four-way intersection with a wide management trail.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads south (with the water tank directly behind) along the sandy bush track, and then along the rock-shelf until coming to an intersection marked by several arrows.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads south (keeping the ocean to the left, about 150m away) along the rock and the sandy track, through the low dense scrub. Along this part of the track, there are several sections where wind and water erosion has developed small holes along the rock shelf that give it a very interesting look. After some time, this walk passes a small bush track on the left (which heads out to the coast), and shortly after this, comes to an intersection with a service trail at Tabbigai Gap.

(2.1 km) Tabbigai Gap Track Int to Sand dune int
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 546 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -6 m
Veer left: From the Tabbigai Gap, this walk follows the clear, sandy track east (with the Tabbigai Gap on the left) up a short hill until it turns right at the small clearing. The track stays away from the ocean and soon comes to a large sand dune clearing. From the other end of the clearing, the walk follows the track south (ocean on the left) through the thick scrub, winding along until it rises up a hill to a long sand dune clearing. From the far end of this clearing, the walk follows the overgrown track through the thick scrub, until it widens out a little and continues south for a short distance, to the intersection in the pit of a sand dune, with a large hanging swamp on the right.

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.

(2.65 km) Sand dune int to Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 953 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 28 m Descent = -22 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the narrow bush track that heads west to the top of the dunes. (From the top of the dune there are some great views of the hanging swamp straight ahead). The track then turns left and drops off the top of the sand dune, keeping the swamp on the right. The track then climbs a sandy hill to some more views before turning left and heading along a sandy track, through several more large sand dunes. After these dunes, the track starts to flatten out and widen, to head along to an intersection with a bush track (which heads to the lighthouse).

(3.6 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
Veer right: 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 turn right 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

(3.6 km) Int of Cape Bailey lighthouse track to Rock platform
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 694 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -42 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail south, along the coastline (keeping the ocean on the left). The trail winds down through tall heath for approximately 300m to the open rock platform. The walk bends right and continues south, down the hill and along the edge of the scrub for approximately 380m more. Here, the walk comes to the start of a track that leads back into the scrub.

(4.29 km) Rock platform to Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 695 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail as it heads south-west off the rock platform (keeping the ocean on the left) and down the grassy hill, passing a few small tracks, coming to the end of the clear management trail. From here, the walk follows the coast (ocean on the left), cutting across the mouth of the sand dunes and bending around to the right and up the gentle hill to the Sir Joseph Banks Drive car park.

Drive from Sir Joseph Banks Drive Carpark
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

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Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

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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 9.8 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 9.6 km
Caravan Accessories Pty Ltd 33 Rocky Point Rd , Kogarah (02) 9588 3400 9.1 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 9.9 km
Brandt Bros Est 1878 141 Devonshire St , Surry Hills (02) 9318 2666 13.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to The Cape Bailey Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from The Cape Bailey Walk
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 12 km (to the WNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
33 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 38 km (to the NW)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 44 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 45 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 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.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Mandy Logan IP:203.122.189.xxx | 2010-05-11 00:45:57
Really enjoyed this walk last Sunday morning, however, saw quite a few black snakes, so make sure you watch were you are walking!
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