|Port Hacking||1:25 000 Map Series||91294N PORT HACKING||NSW-91294N|
|Port Hacking||1:100 000 Map Series||9129 PORT HACKING||9129|
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||4 hrs 30 mins|
|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)|
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
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.
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.
Around 11km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.5km is clearly signposted.
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.
This whole walk, 13km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
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).
Following the service trails, this track covers many of the major walking tracks on Botany Bay’s south side. Thick eucalypts and ferns surround the trail and there are great views from the Yena Picnic Area – a good place to break, (although it lacks shade). This walk is a nice way to explore a fair bit of the park.
Total climbing: 51m
2.8 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
This walk starts at the end of Cape Solander Dr and heads south along the coast to the end of Sir Joseph Banks Dr, in the Boat Harbour Coastal Reserve. The walk explores a vast array of environments including sand dunes, hanging swamps, rock platforms and dense heath. The Bailey lighthouse is a highlight and a nice place to rest. There are also city views from the top of a few of the sand dunes.
Total climbing: 107m
3.8 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
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.
Total climbing: 101m
5 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
This walk follows the coast, south, from the end of Cape Solander Drive, along the Cape Baily Track. The walk explores a number of gaps, sand dunes and hanging swamps. It also visits a light house, as it rounds the headland and winds down to the beach at Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve.
Total climbing: 126m
5.4 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
Following the cliff line of Kurnell, looking out onto the South Pacific Ocean, this is one of the most secluded walks in Botany Bay National Park. The coast line is a popular whale watching spot during the spring and this area provides great views along the coast and out to sea. Baily Lighthouse is a great spot to sit and enjoy the views.
Total climbing: 191m
5.5 km Return
This walk starts from Kurnell’s Botany Bay Visitors Centre and heads south through the national park. The track winds through dry gum forest until it breaks out into heath, joining onto the Cape Bailey walking track. As it continues south, through small sand dunes and in between hanging swamps, the track winds in and out of the cliff top coastline to the end of the Sir Joseph Banks drive. The side trip up to the Cape Bailey lighthouse is well worth the small climb.
Total climbing: 123m
5.7 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This great return walk follows the Cape Bailey walking track as it winds along the coast, through thick heath and small sand dunes, to the Cape Bailey lighthouse, with great ocean views all the way. Also of interest is the wide variety of flora and fauna that can be found on this walk, from a number of different types of reptiles and amphibians to the hanging swamps and wild flowers (in spring). There is even some good whale watching opportunities in June, July, Sept and Oct.
Total climbing: 135m
7.4 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk explores the heath and the great views between the Visitor Center and Cape Baily Lighthouse. The walk follows a mixture of service trails, bush tracks, rock platforms and sand dunes, as it makes it’s way through the park. You will discover expansive views of the park and out to sea. There are even the occasional glimpses of the city.
Total climbing: 149m
8.7 km Return
This great return walk starts from the Discovery centre in Kurnell, and follows a series of bush tracks and service trails, that wind south through wooded forest, to the Cape Bailey walking track. At about half way, the track breaks into heath, winding in between hanging swamps and along the cliff tops to the Cape Bailey lighthouse. The lighthouse is a great spot for lunch before the return journey.
Total climbing: 175m
8.9 km Return
This great coastal walk follows the coastline from the cliff tops near Kurnell, south to the Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve, and around the coast to Cronulla station. Other great features of this walk are the many rock formations around the coast, the small sand dunes along the track, the hanging swamps and the Cape Bailey lighthouse. For a more relaxing finish you could stop off at the ocean pools in Cronulla before heading to the train station.
Total climbing: 192m
12.7 km One way
4 hrs 15 mins
Exploring the coastline of the Royal National Park, this walk has fantastic views and a great place to wet the toes at Little Marley Beach. Bundeena is a great place to start the walk, with places to grab a bite to eat. You can also catch the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena, an excellent way to start a day of walking. With this walk, prepare to be astounded by great views of the ocean and cliffs.
Total climbing: 441m
14 km Return
Going from the small town of Bundeena, to one of the largest beaches in the Royal National Park, this walk has great views of the Coast as it heads south through the heath and along the rockshelf. The walk then descends to Marley Beach, which offers the opportunity to swim and explore the lagoon, before heading back to Bundeena. On a sunny day this track is a pure delight.
Total climbing: 417m
12.7 km Return
4 hrs 30 mins
From Bundeena, this walk heads south to the coast and then loops around Marley Head. The environment changes from heath to open, rocky platforms along the cliffs. There are great views from Marley Head, and the section between Marley and Bundeena Lookout is just astounding. Look out for lizards in the heath sections, as it abounds with wildlife.
Total climbing: 274m
10.8 km Circuit
3 hrs 20 mins
Heading south, this walk covers the coastline of the Royal National Park and can truly only be described as amazing. With breathtaking coastal views from Bundeena to Otford this walk follows the cliffs along a well managed and signposted track. You will enjoy the truly fantastic views out to sea and along the cliffs. Make an early start for day two, it is bigger that it appears.
Total climbing: 1351m
27.4 km One way
On this loop walk you will enjoy some grand ocean views, a few secluded beaches, rock shelves and some Aboriginal engravings. The walk starts in the community of Bundeena and follows the roads to Jibbon Beach then along the track to Jibbon Head and Shelley beach, then a long stretch of sandy management trail through the heath. The walk also describes a side trip to Bundeena Lookout.
Total climbing: 139m
6.8 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk is an enjoyable way of exploring Jibbon Head and its beaches. From the township on Bundeena, walk through the streets and then along the beautiful Jibbon Beach. At the northern end of Jibbon Beach, a track leads through the bush to an Aboriginal engraving site, then to the point of Jibbon Head. You will enjoy many grand water vistas across Port Hacking along this stretch. From the point, the walk heads along the eastern coastline to Shelley Beach before leading you back through the bush to Jibbon Beach, and then retracing your steps back to Bundeena.
Total climbing: 94m
5.1 km Circuit
1 hr 45 mins
On this walk, you will enjoy a stroll along Jibbon Beach and then head through the bush to the Jibbon Head Aboriginal engraving site. The site is a special and historic place, with some clear engravings and others more faded. The site is best viewed in the late afternoon sun, or after rain. Take care not to walk on any of the engravings.
Total climbing: 35m
2.6 km Return
This is a smooth and mostly flat walk with a fantastic lookout in the Royal National Park. The concrete path starts at the Area Office car park, passes a pleasant and usually quiet picnic area, then winds gently down through the bush. The path leads to the fenced Bungoona Lookout, where you can enjoy views over the Hacking River and a large part of the Royal National Park. Take your time to read the signs and enjoy the plants and rock formations along the way. There are plenty of bench seats along the way to rest.
Total climbing: 30m
918 m Return
Following well-maintained bush tracks and service trails, this walk descends into the Royal National Park, to a spectacular set of pools and cascading falls on South Western Creek. The Royal National Park Information Centre, on Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, is approximately in the middle of this walk and is a great spot to grab a bite to eat before continuing to the falls. Unfortunately, it is necessary to have a car to get from Winifred Falls out of the park.
Total climbing: 400m
11 km One way
This walk is the most direct route down to Big and Little Marley. The beaches are fantastic, secluded areas with Big Marley hosting a large sand dune and lagoon. The beaches are not patrolled and can have dangerous surf conditions, so take care. Deer Pool, and it’s waterfall, is also a highlight on the walk in.
Total climbing: 245m
9.7 km Return
3 hrs 30 mins
3.8 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This walk takes you down from the ridge to the quiet Deer Pool on Marley Creek. You pass the Big and Little Marley beaches, with an optional side trip to Wattamola Dam. This side trip is well worth it on a hot day to take a dip. The walk then leads away from the coast to loop back to the starting point on Bundeena Drive.
Total climbing: 353m
11 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins