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Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.1 km NE of Bundeena
Length: 6.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 6.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Royal National Park
Climb: 139 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 139 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 ferry stop near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)


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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit
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Bundeena Ferry Wharf
Corner of Loftus and Neil Streets
Northern end of Jibbon Beach
Little Jibbon Beach intersection
Little Jibbon Beach intersection
Jibbon Head
Shelley Beach
Shelley Beach Int
Int of Jibbon Head and Beachcomber Rd Service Trails
Int of Beachcomber Rd Servicetrail and Coast Walk
Int of Jibbon Head and Beachcomber Rd Service Trails
End of Beachcomber Av
Starting point for this hiking track: Bundeena Ferry Wharf

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)

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

Photo Gallery

 
Bundeena Ferry wharf
 
Bundeena Ferry wharf +
 
Just up from the ferry wharf
 
Just up from the ferry wharf +
 
Loftus St
 
Loftus St +

 
Path to Jibbon Beach
 
Path to Jibbon Beach +
 
Path leading to Jibbon Beach
 
Path leading to Jibbon Beach +
 
Jibbon Beach
 
Jibbon Beach +

 
Welcome to the Jibbon Area
 
Welcome to the Jibbon Area +
 
Walking along Jibbon Beach
 
Walking along Jibbon Beach +
 
Sign at intersection at the northern end of Jibbon Beach
 
Sign at intersection at the northern end of Jibbon Beach +

 
Jibbon Beach
 
Jibbon Beach +
 
Track at the north end of Jibbon Beach
 
Track at the north end of Jibbon Beach +
 
Clearing at northern end of Jibbon Beach
 
Clearing at northern end of Jibbon Beach +

 
Track leading through the bush
 
Track leading through the bush +
 
A group walking through the thick scrub
 
A group walking through the thick scrub +
 
Great view
 
Great view +

 
Intersection near engravings site
 
Intersection near engravings site +
 
An engraving in the rock
 
An engraving in the rock +
 
Looking over little Jibbon Beach
 
Looking over little Jibbon Beach +

 
walking though the scrub
 
walking though the scrub +
 
Coming out onto a rock platform
 
Coming out onto a rock platform +
 
View along Jibbon Head
 
View along Jibbon Head +

 
Jibbon Head
 
Jibbon Head +
 
Welcome to Jibbon Head sign
 
Welcome to Jibbon Head sign +
 
Walking along Jibbon Head
 
Walking along Jibbon Head +

 
Track into the heath on Jibbon Head
 
Track into the heath on Jibbon Head +
 
Views to the ocean
 
Views to the ocean +
 
Walking north of Shelley Beach
 
Walking north of Shelley Beach +

 
Looking back along the rockshelves at Shelley Beach
 
Looking back along the rockshelves at Shelley Beach +
 
Shelley Beach
 
Shelley Beach +
 
Sign above Shelley Beach
 
Sign above Shelley Beach +

 
Grassy trail
 
Grassy trail +
 
Wide sandy trail
 
Wide sandy trail +
 
Clear sky, walking along the trail
 
Clear sky, walking along the trail +

 
View down the trail to the ocean
 
View down the trail to the ocean +
 
Beachcomber Rd Service Trails
 
Beachcomber Rd Service Trails +
 
The views from Bundeena Lookout
 
The views from Bundeena Lookout +

 
Beachcomber Rd Service Trails
 
Beachcomber Rd Service Trails +
 
Sign and gate at the end of Beachcomber Rd
 
Sign and gate at the end of Beachcomber Rd +
 
Sign and gate at the end of Beachcomber Rd
 
Sign and gate at the end of Beachcomber Rd +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit 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 7km
Time 2 hrs 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
2.7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (1.7km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
3.8km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 2.5km follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (570m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 4.7km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.1km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.9km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 3.8km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 3km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the ferry to Bundeena
Public transport (ferry) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for upto date running time info
Use these links to plan your Ferry (and train) trip to the end of this walk.

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Drive to Bundeena Ferry Wharf
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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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Bundeena Alt = 3 m
Bundeena is a small township at the northern end of Royal National Park and the southern side of the entrance to Port Hacking. The town can be accessed by car or ferry. There are a few B&B's and other accommodation options and a number of cafes to choose from. Bundeena has a mixed atmosphere, partly a beach holiday community but also home to some permanent residents. There are two main beaches - Hordens Beach to the west and Jibbon Beach to the east. Both are nice beaches inside Port Hacking. More info

(0 km) Bundeena Ferry Wharf to Corner of Loftus and Neil Streets
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 935 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -18 m
From the Bundeena Wharf at the end of Brighton St, this walk follows the road up the hill to the intersection at the car park. The walk turns left onto Loftus Street and heads up the hill, past Tom Jones Way and Beach St. Following Loftus St, the road bends right and then turns left (passing the 'no entry' traffic signs), walking against the flow of traffic on this one-way section of Loftus St. The walk comes to a footpath at the intersection with Neil Street.

(0.94 km) Corner of Loftus and Neil Streets to Northern end of Jibbon Beach
Walk: Easy - beach
Length = 754 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From the corner of Neil and Loftus Streets, this walk heads down the footpath between the houses and onto the end of Jibbon Beach. From here, the walk follows the beach past the large 'Royal National Park' sign and, after several hundred metres, comes to an intersection and a large green sign saying 'Jibbon Loop Track'[1], approximately 90m from the end of the beach.

Jibbon Beach Alt = 3 m
Jibbon Beach is in the Royal National Park, just east of Bundeena. The yellow sand, crescent-shaped beach is about 800m long and looks north across the entrance to Port Hacking. The beach is in a bay that forms part of a popular harbour for sailing boats. There is a rock shelf at either end of the beach. From the north-eastern end of the beach, there is a track leading to the Jibbon Head Aboriginal engravings site and Little Jibbon Beach. There are no patrols or other facilities at this beach.

(1.69 km) Northern end of Jibbon Beach to Little Jibbon Beach intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 491 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Jibbon Head' sign[2] about 100m to the end of the beach (keeping the water to the left). The track then steps up a few rocks and turns right (away from the water), heading through a grassy clearing and then through a tunnel formed by the thick vegetation. The track soon emerges on an unfenced rock platform with great views across the water to Cronulla. Here, the walk heads back into the bush to cross a gully (with an informal track leading left to Little Jibbon Beach). The track then climbs out of the gully to a smaller rock platform and intersection marked with a green metal pole.

Little Jibbon Beach Alt = 3 m
Little Jibbon Beach is found just north of Jibbon Beach in the Royal National Park. The small beach can be accessed via the Jibbon Head track. This north-facing beach has great views across Port Hacking towards Cronulla. This is not a nudest beach (as some believe) - If you see nudest bathers, they can be reported by calling Crime Stoppers on 131 444.

(2.18 km) Little Jibbon Beach intersection to Jibbon Head Aboriginal Engravings
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 43 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads directly away from the water and cliff edge, following the track into the thick bush. The track soon leads to a large clearing and rock platform with several Aboriginal engravings - please take care not to step on or near the engravings.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Jibbon Head Aboriginal Engravings Alt = 8 m
These Aboriginal engravings are found on the western side of Jibbon Head, just above little Jibbon Beach. The large rock shelf has a number of large engraving of both marine and land animals. Most are in good condition - the whale is particularly large, so you will need to stand right back to see it. Take care not to walk on the engravings - lets preserve this site for many generations to come.

(2.18 km) Little Jibbon Beach intersection to Jibbon Head
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 239 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -8 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the track along the top of the cliff, keeping the water to the left (and ahead). The track soon heads away from the cliff (and water view), passing through the dense bush for about 150m, and then emerges on a long rock platform with views across the water to Cronulla and north to Botany Bay National Park. Here, the walk turns right to follows a track back into the bush, marked with a green post. The track leads up some steps to a large rocky area and a 'Jibbon Head' signpost[3].

Jibbon Head Alt = 2 m
Jibbon Head is in Royal National Park, and is the southern headland forming the entrance to Port Hacking. The headland is home to the Jibbon Aboriginal engravings site. The view from Jibbon Head looks across the port to Cronulla Beach and Botany Bay National Park.

(2.42 km) Jibbon Head to Shelley Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 566 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From Jibbon Head, this walk follows the 'Shelley Beach' sign[4] , keeping the water to the left. The track weaves in and out of the scrub as it follows the coastline until heading down to the grassy area at the top of Shelley Beach (marked with a green pole).

Shelley Beach Alt = 7 m
Shelley Beach is a sandy and rocky beach, south on the east side of Jibbon Headland, near Bundeena. The beach is in a small bay looking east. There is sand at the upper section of the beach and a rock platform leading onto the water. The dense heath is in clumps at the top of the beach, providing some shade. There is no life saving service or any other facilities at this beach.

(2.99 km) Shelley Beach to Int of Jibbon Loop and Coastal Walk tracks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 23 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From Shelley Beach, this walk heads up the hill away from the water to the green signpost, visible up the hill. The signpost is found in a grassy clearing and has a number of signs including one pointing back to 'Shelley Beach'[5].

(3.01 km) Shelley Beach Int to Int of Jibbon Head and Beachcomber Rd Service Trails
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.14 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 55 m Descent = -21 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bundeena via Coast Track' arrow[6] along the wide trail. The sandy trail winds uphill through the dense heath. The walk continues along this trail for quite some time, as it turns further inland. At the end of the trail, the walk comes to a 'T' intersection with the Beachcomber Avenue management trail.

(5.14 km) Int of Jibbon Head and Beachcomber Rd Service Trails to Bundeena Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 761 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -27 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the asphalt management trail heading towards the green signposts nearby, where it comes to the signposted intersection of the 'Coast Track'[7].
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Coast Track' signpost along the wide, sandy bush track as it winds through the short, thick scrub for a while before arriving at the coast, where there are great views across the South Pacific Ocean.

(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Bundeena Lookout Alt = 28 m
This unfenced, informal lookout is perched high on the cliffs, looking east over the South Pacific Ocean. The lookout is not signposted nor officially named, but provides great view south along the escarpment. Cliff edge may be unstable and fragile - keep a safe distance.

(5.14 km) Int of Jibbon Head and Beachcomber Rd Service Trails to End of Beachcomber Av
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 134 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads north around a sweeping left-hand bend along the sealed management trail. Soon, the trail leads past a track (on the right) then passes around a locked gate at the end of of Beachcomber Ave and a 'Coast Walk' information sign[8].

(5.28 km) End of Beachcomber Av to Bundeena Ferry Wharf
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 1.55 km Time = 30 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -61 m
Continue straight: From the end of Beachcomber Ave, this walk heads along Beachcomber Ave north-west and gradually around to the north, until turning left into Scarbourough St. The first right is taken into Bournemouth St, then left into Loftus St. The walk continues along this road until turning right into Brighton Rd. Bundeena Ferry is located at the end of Brighton St.

Catch the ferry from Bundeena
Public transport (ferry) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for upto date running time info
Use these links to plan your Ferry (and train) trip from the end of this walk.

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Drive from Bundeena Ferry Wharf
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
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Near by


Campsites in the park
Bonnie Vale camping ground
North Era camping ground
Uloola Falls camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 6.6 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 7.1 km
Caravan Accessories Pty Ltd 33 Rocky Point Rd , Kogarah (02) 9588 3400 12.4 km
Carlton Canvas Co 337 Princes Hwy, Carlton (02) 9587 0208 12 km
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 12.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 13 km (to the NNW)
3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 34 km (to the WSW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
39 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 40 km (to the NW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 52 km (to the N)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
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
Sunny.
Sunny.
~14.0°C (feels like ~11.4°)
17 km/h from the NNE (gusting 19)
~48% humidity     (as at 30/04:35am)
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Royal National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Royal National Park
Closure information last downloaded Wednesday 30th of July 2014 04:00 AM
CLOSED AREAS
Jibbon Engraving Site closed for protection works (Ends Thursday 31 July)

Jibbon Aboriginal Rock Engraving site is temporarily closed for site protection works. The engravings site will reopen 31 July 2014. The surrounding walking tracks remain open.
Pool Flat is closed due to construction activities - Pool Flat picnic area
The Pool Flat area at Audley will be partially closed to visitors from Wednesday 26th March until Friday 30th May due to the construction and installation of a pontoon and jetty. Land and water access will be restricted around the works site, pedestrian access will still be available in some areas including to the provided picnic tables and toilets. For more information please contact the local NPWS office on (02) 9542 0632.

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me - Little Jibbon Beach IP:202.7.215.xxx | 2013-07-28 22:49:05
If you see nudest bathers, they can be reported by calling

Nudism is not a crime.
admin - re: Little Jibbon Beach Super Administrator | 2013-08-30 05:06:27
me wrote:
If you see nudest bathers, they can be reported by calling

Nudism is not a crime.

It is here.
Thanks

Matt :)
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