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Cape Baily Track and Lighthouse Kurnell

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by Lynne Vertannes (subscribe)
There is always somewhere you can be and something to do.
Published November 14th 2022
Watch out for Whales While you Walk to Cape Baily Lighthouse
If you love the outdoors, walking amongst beautiful flora, exploring new areas and soaking up an ocean view, then the Cape Baily Track in Kurnell is a spectacularly scenic walk. From the moment you park up in the Kamay Botany Bay National Park, the South Pacific Ocean from Cape Solander lookout provides a stunning backdrop at the beginning of the walk. There is an amazing whale watching platform located here. If you do this walk between May and July, you may spot one of these majestic beauties of the sea as they migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters of the Pacific.



The Cape Baily Track hugs the striking cliffs and provides the most beautiful views. At times you will be walking across the cliff tops but mostly along raised boardwalks, which makes the walk easy to navigate. Good walking shoes are always recommended and it's approximately a 3 km walk to Cape Baily Lighthouse. Something I found unusual were the swamps. I didn't imagine this type of vegetation high up on the cliffs but it was so lovely to see in its natural state. The flora on this walk is spectacular and the best time to view it is during the spring months. The beautiful flannel flower that is a native to the bushland around Sydney is in full bloom and looks like masses of white snow along the walk - so pretty.

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Walk Amongst the Flannel Flowers


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Flannel Flowers in Bloom


The lighthouse is interesting too. It's a short walk up a sandy path - good for the calf muscles! Standing on the hill since 1950 and not as pretty as some lighthouses you may have come across as it's a square, concrete tower but it does its job guiding north-bound ships to travel closer to the coast and avoid the strong currents further out to sea.

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Cape Baily Lighthouse


What I like about this walk is the variety of what you see - sand dunes, wildflowers, ocean and cliffs, it's a really peaceful and relaxing walk with the bonus of seeing some whales along the way.

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Water View


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A Variety of Flora Along the Walk
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Why? Stunning Views and Pretty Flora
When: Daily
Phone: 1300 072 757
Where: Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Cost: $8 per Vehicle National Park Entrance Fee
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It's always good to walk in nature. Your description ans photos have made this track enticing.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10118) 19 days ago
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