|Botany Bay||1:25 000 Map Series||91303S BOTANY BAY||NSW-91303S|
|Bondi||1:25 000 Map Series||91302S BONDI||NSW-91302S|
|Port Hacking||1:25 000 Map Series||91294N PORT HACKING||NSW-91294N|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
|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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (470m) is very steep.
10km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 1.3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 260m follows a smooth and hardened path.
7km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 5km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.3km) has minimal directional signs.
7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 5km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (1.3km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
Around 12km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.3km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (1.3km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
The Coastal Hospital Cemetery Walk is an easy walk, near a beautiful coastline, visiting an early Australian cemetery. The cemetery is located on raised ground, with views out to the coast and sea. Used primarily as a quarantine cemetery from the 1880’s, it is home to over 2000 graves. The gravesites are interesting, however poorly kept with many broken or missing stone crosses. Worth a visit if you are in the area.
Total climbing: 5m
296 m Return
This walk combines fine coastal views with two points of historical interest. From the start of this walk, the sidetrip to the coastal cemetery is short and gives a glimpse into lives of past generations. The World War II bunker is worth having a look around as you pass directly by it. Spend some time exploring the exposed headland that is Cape Banks. Look for old historical structures and the shipwreck of the SS Minmi on the western side of Cape Banks. If you’re lucky, you could even see migrating whales on this classic Sydney coastal walk.
Total climbing: 45m
2.6 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
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.
Total climbing: 113m
4.2 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This Cape Banks Circuit has a lot to offer and is thoroughly recommended. The walking travels over beaches, through coastal forest and across exposed headlands. Historically, this walk shows glimpses into the fortifications required during both World Wars. The optional side trip to the coast hospital cemetery, with over 2000 graves, is worthwhile. The Cape Banks Circuit makes for a fascinating walk, both scenically and historically, and is recommended.
Total climbing: 190m
7.3 km Circuit
This walk has a lovely mix of natural and war history combined within the scenic Botany Bay National Park. The track follows beaches and cliff tops as it visits World War One and Two gun and lookout stations. The side trip to the coastal cemetery is worthwhile, giving a glimpse into lives from the past. The Jennifer Street section of this circuit allows access through a section of endangered native Banksia scrub that once occupied a much larger part of the Sydney region. A varied and interesting day out in the Botany Bay National Park.
Total climbing: 182m
7.4 km Circuit
CLOSED This walk is closed at the northern end as there is no safe access to Malabar Head, updates to come in time. Exploring the cliff line of northern Botany Bay, this walk has great views, both down at the water (Bare Island and Browns Rock) and up on the cliffs (the golf course). Make sure you allow time to walk around Bare Island and see the sites. Although in disrepair, the Coast Cemetery is also worth a little extra time.
Total climbing: 397m
13 km One way
This short walk on raised boardwalk, through rare Banksia scrub, offers a look at this protected native vegetation in an environmentally sensitive way. The sheltered information sign at the start of the walk offers information about the Banksia scrub and a location map. The wide raised boardwalk is well maintained and could be accessed in a wheelchair, although the boardwalk is steep at one stage. This walk is recommended if you would like to look at a type of vegetation that once covered a much larger area of Sydney.
Total climbing: 6m
738 m Return
This walk to Bare Island is thoroughly recommended. Bare Island is a small island, which is accessed via a timber bridge. The island was originally fortified to prevent foreign invasion, however it has also been a retirement home and is now a museum and tourist attraction (managed by NSW Parks and Wildlife Service). A visit to the nearby La Perouse Museum is a great addition to this walk and a good place organise a tour of Bare Island (available on Sunday afternoons).
Total climbing: 18m
854 m Return
This walk, primarily across open lawns, offers views across Botany Bay while visiting historically significant landmarks. The side trip to the Bare Island Fortifications is well worth it, with tours available on Sunday afternoons. However, a walk across to the locked gate on Bare Island is still well worth the time – also, there are steps at the far side of the bridge down onto attractive unfenced rock platforms. Both the historic tombstone and monument by the museum are worth a visit, to contemplate our early explorers. Food, beach and a children’s playground are available close to the end of this walk. A magnificent location with so much history.
Total climbing: 9m
792 m Circuit
A relaxing beach walk, ending at a sheltered sandy beach that has been described as one of the most beautiful beaches in Sydney. In the past, this walk has been used as a nudist beach, but this practice is being discouraged. The beach is very popular in the summer, but beware of the limited shade on a hot afternoon.
Total climbing: 34m
1.1 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 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 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
A short and fairly easy walk in the area surrounding the Botany Bay Discovery Centre. The trail passes through a nice eucalyptus forest, passing large ferns, along a well maintained track. If you’re thinking about going to the Discovery Centre at Botany Bay, then this walk is well worth doing.
Total climbing: 11m
903 m Circuit
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 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 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
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