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Botany Bay to Boat Harbour Coastal Walk

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by BunnyGalore (subscribe)
I am a natural movement & outdoor enthusiast who is always on the lookout for ways to incorporate physical activity into my life. My perfect day would combine outdoor movement, great food & convivial company.
Published January 4th 2016
Go wild, get fit for free with a new coastal walk to explore
This Botany Bay Walk starts from the car park at the end of Sr Joseph Banks Drive, Kurnell and follows the coastline, featuring cliff tops, rock formations, sand dunes and the Cape Baily lighthouse. Unlike the Coast Track in the Royal National Park, we hardly encountered anyone on the track on the weekend but the views are just as spectacular; most of the people we saw were confined to hanging around the car park area.

botany bay coastal walk
Botany Bay Coastal Walk - views

Getting there
From Captain Cook Drive, Kurnell, turn right into Sir Joseph Banks Drive (street name is signposted and marked 'Desalination Plant'). Continue down this road, which becomes a single lane, until you reach the parking lot at the very end.

From the parking lot, turn right (walking with the ocean to your left) and walk along the long rock platform, continuing along a track until you reach Boat Harbour Beach.

botany bay coastal walk
Botany Bay Coastal Walk

Boat Harbour Beach is a small sheltered unpatrolled beach. At low tide, the water remains very shallow for a long way out so swimming may not be possible, although we did see a group valiantly trying. Boat Harbour once had the reputation of being very polluted but apparently water quality improved following upgrading of the nearby water treatment plant. You will know you have reached Boat Harbour Beach by the presence of 4 wheel drives on the beach and a bunch of cabins.

boat harbour beach cronulla
Boat Harbour

Once you reach the beach, turn back and head north, retracing your steps. The track continues on the rock platforms until you pass the car park, then there is a sandy track which will eventually lead towards the Cape Bailey lighthouse. To go up to the lighthouse, take a small side track.

cape bailey lighthouse
Cape Bailey Lighthouse

When you reach the lighthouse, the track continues north if you fancy a longer walk, but it was enough for us so we returned to the car park.

We spotted some shearwaters, a murder of huge crows and a fairy wren. During whale migration season, there is a chance of spotting whales from the cliff tops.

botany bay coastal walk
Rock formations

Duration: At a slow/moderate pace with a short break for snacks, this walk took 2 hours.

Difficulty: Moderate. Varied terrain, generally level, ranging from sandy/dirt tracks and rock platforms. No disabled/wheelchair access. Not suitable for young toddlers on account of unfenced cliff tops.

botany bay coastal walk
Rock platforms

Facilities: There are no toilet facilities or water supplies.

This map is for a longer version of this walk. Use the notes for the section from Cape Bailey lighthouse to Boat Harbour Beach.

There is a very helpful free app which can be used with National Parks and Wildlife Service maps, which uses GPS to allow you to see your real-time location within the parks. Search for "Avenza" in the Apple App Store via your mobile, open the App and use the Map Store to search "NPWS" to install the available maps of NSW National Parks.

I found this App very useful when I strayed off the track and needed help finding it again. Like a compass, the maps orient themselves north according to the direction you are facing.

Being coastal and exposed, it can get windy so you might want to bring a jacket.

What to do afterwards
Head into Cronulla which is a short drive away and re-energise with a meal or snack, choose from numerous cafes and restaurants.
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Why? Fine coastal views and interesting rock formations, less busy than Royal National Park and a closer drive
When: Anytime
Where: Kurnell
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great article! So much information and helpful links and tips. Thank you. Definitely has me keen to explore it.
by kathy (score: 1|21) 1648 days ago
Hi Kathy,
Thanks for your comment! I used to go to Royal National Park a lot but having tried most of the tracks there, was delighted to discover new tracks to explore in Botany Bay national park which, bonus, is closer. I hope you enjoy it!
by BunnyGalore (score: 1|92) 1648 days ago
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