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Lady Bay Beach
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.2 km NNW of Watsons Bay
Length: 1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 38 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 38 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

This walk leads to a popular nudist (clothing optional) beach on Sydney Harbour's South Head. The walk follows the clear footpath / old roads past several significant historic and beautiful sites before climbing down a set of steps to find the beach. The beach is protected from the main surf on the inside of the headland and provides a great view across the harbour to Middle Head. (open in app)


There are closures in Sydney Harbour National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Lady Bay Beach

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Lady Bay Beach
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Camp Cove car park
Camp Cove Beach
Cannon
Lady Bay Beach Int
Starting point for this hiking track: Camp Cove car 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
 Sydney Heads 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91302N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Camp Cove Car Park
 
Camp Cove Car Park +
 
Clff St
 
Clff St +
 
End of Cliff St
 
End of Cliff St +

 
Northern end of Camp Cove Beach
 
Northern end of Camp Cove Beach +
 
Kiosk at Camp Cove
 
Kiosk at Camp Cove +
 
Steps at the Northern end of Camp Cove
 
Steps at the Northern end of Camp Cove +

 
Northern end of Camp Cove
 
Northern end of Camp Cove +
 
The old Cobblestone Road
 
The old Cobblestone Road +
 
Looking down the old Cobblestone Road
 
Looking down the old Cobblestone Road +

 
Gun aimed at the City
 
Gun aimed at the City +
 
Steps up to the old road
 
Steps up to the old road +
 
Following the old road around the top of the hill
 
Following the old road around the top of the hill +

 
Toilet block at the end of the old road
 
Toilet block at the end of the old road +
 
Path at the end of the old road
 
Path at the end of the old road +
 
Looking down to Lady Bay
 
Looking down to Lady Bay +

 
Looking down the steps to Lady Bay Beach
 
Looking down the steps to Lady Bay Beach +
 
Lady Bay Beach
 
Lady Bay Beach +
 
View from Lady Bay Beach
 
View from Lady Bay Beach +

 
Lady Bay Beach access steps
 
Lady Bay Beach access steps +
 
View over Lady Bay Beach
 
View over Lady Bay Beach +
 
Looking to Middle Head from Lady Bay Beach
 
Looking to Middle Head from Lady Bay Beach +

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 Lady Bay Beach bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Lady Bay Beach bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Lady Bay Beach bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Lady Bay Beach 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 990m
Time 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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
420m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 55m is flat with no steps. The remaining (25m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 440m of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 55m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 500m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 500m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 500m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 500m 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 Camp Cove car 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 Camp Cove car 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) Camp Cove car park to Camp Cove Beach
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 54 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
From the signposted 'Camp Cove Car Park[1], this walk follows the 'No Through Road' sign[2] to the end of 'Cliff St'. The footpath leads past a 'Camp Cove timeline' information sign[3] then, at the end of the road, turns left, coming to the front of the kiosk[4] at the northern end of Camp Cove Beach[5].

Camp Cove Alt = 5 m
Camp Cove is home to a lovely, yellow sand, north-east facing beach. The cove is on the protected side of South Head and is a popular spot for swimming and relaxing on the beach. At the northern end of the beach is a kiosk[6], toilet block[7] and an entrance to Sydney Harbour National Park[8].
The cove was an important location to the Cadigal (Gadigal) people who gathered fresh water, shellfish, launched their canoes and buried some of their people nearby[9].
This cove is also believed to be the first landing place for Europeans in 1788. The name Camp Cove was given during that landing and appears on the earliest maps of Sydney Harbour[10][11].

(0.05 km) Camp Cove Beach to Cannon
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 125 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -3 m
Veer right: From the front of Camp Cove Beach kiosk[12], this walk crosses the beach (keeping the water to your left)[13] and climbs up the timber staircase[14]. From the intersection at the top of the stairs, this walk continues straight, along the timber boardwalk[15] that soon turns into a concrete path. The path soon comes to a wide, cobbled sandstone path[16] that leads up a disused cannon[17], gun emplacement and great harbour views[18].

Cannon Alt = 10 m
This cannon was placed here prior to 1890, along with the rest of this gun emplacement and rifle walls. The emplacement was designed to protect a military jetty and boat shed from the threat of an invasion[19]. The 'Cobblestone Road' beside the cannon was built during the late 1870s or early 1880s and extends from the jetty in Camp Cove up to Hornby Road above. The road was build to carry supplies and ordnance from Camp Cove to the various military installations on south head[20]. More info

(0.18 km) Cannon to Lady Bay Beach
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 317 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -15 m
Continue straight: From the cannon, this walk heads up the path and steps and soon turns left to follow the old road[21]. The walk follows the old road, enjoying sweeping harbour views[22] (to your left). About 170m along this road (as it bends right), it passes a toilet block[23] then finds some garbage bins[24] at the end of the road. Here, the walk heads along the narrower footpath for ≈60m until coming to the signposted intersection above 'Lady Bay Beach'[25].
Turn left : From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Lady Bay Beach' sign[26] down the steps as they wind to the sandy beach below[27].

Lady Bay Beach Alt = 3 m
Lady Bay Beach is an official nudist beach found on the inside of South Head. Facing west, this beach is surrounded by a long cliff and a rocky shoreline[28][29]. There are great views across the water to Middle Head[30]. Officially declared a nude bathing beach by Neville Wran in 1976, nudity is only permitted on the beach and water[31]. The beach is also known as 'Lady Jane Beach'[32]. You are welcome to use the beach clothed or unclad. More info

Catch the bus from Camp Cove car 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 Camp Cove car 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

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

Drive to:


Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 6.6 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 9.3 km
Inski 46 York St , Sydney (02) 9233 3200 7.6 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 7.6 km
Venus Repair Workshop Suite 36a 104 Bathurst St , Sydney (02) 9267 0706 7.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Lady Bay Beach.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Lady Bay Beach
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
20 km (to the NW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 22 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 28 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 35 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 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 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

Sydney Harbour National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
One of Sydney's most diverse parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is formed from 11 pockets of harbour islands and shoreline. Highlights include coastal walks and swimming, breath-taking viewpoints, tours of colonial buildings and Aboriginal cave art.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Sydney Harbour National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management
Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites within Sydney Harbour National Park. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:​
  • Middle Head
  • North Head
  • Quarantine Station
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Shark Island upcoming closures
Shark Island in Sydney Harbour will be closed to public access due to essential wharf repairs on the following dates:
16 to 17 September 2015
24 to 27 September 2015.

Other incidents: Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages are no longer available for accomodation bookings. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings.

Closed areas: Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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