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Cape Banks walking track is a 7km, grade 3 Return hike located in the Kamay Botany Bay National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.
Located less than 20km from Sydney city, this return walk heads from La Perouse to Cape Banks, in Kamay Botany Bay National Park.
Start from the southern end of Cann Park and continue past pretty Congwong Beach to connect with Henry Head walking track. Moderate fitness is recommended, but your efforts are rewarded with breathtaking views around Botany Bay, from Bare Island in La Perouse to Cape Solander in Kurnell.
The track heads through coastal heath, dotted with native acacias, endangered eastern suburbs banksia scrub and spring wildlflowers. History buffs can explore the World War II battery at Henry Head, while birdwatchers may see sea eagles, whistling kites or peregrine falcons soaring above.
From Henry Head continue 1.2km, passing Cruwee Cove and the golf course, before crossing the footbridge to Cape Banks. The rocky escarpment of Cape Banks forms the northern headland of Botany Bay. Take time to enjoy the coastal views, eroded sandstone rock formations, and the rusting shipwreck of the SS Minmi, before returning.
In summer, swim or snorkel the aqua waters of Cruwee Cove Beach, part of Cape Banks Aquatic Reserve. In winter, Cape Banks is a prime whale watching spot, as migrating humpback and southern right whales breach and frolic in the Pacific Ocean.
About the Region
Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Cape Banks walking track is in the La Perouse area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. To get there from Sydney city, drive south along Anzac Parade to La Perouse. Road quality Sealed roads Vehicle access 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access) Weather restrictions All weather Parking Parking is available at Cann Park, near La Perouse Museum, near the walking track start point. You can also park near the park entry gates, on Anzac Parade, opposite Goorawahl Avenue. By public transport Take bus L94 or 394 to La Perouse from Circular Quay, Martin Place, or Hyde Park via Maroubra Junction.
There are unfenced cliffs and heritage structures along the walk. Please stay on the marked walking tracks and supervise children closely.
Beware of golf balls and stay on the path as you pass through golf course.
Take care on the slippery rock surfaces around Cruwee Cove. This beach area may be impassable at high tide and in big swells. Check tides and weather before you set out.
You can also start the walk from the carpark near the park entry gates on Anzac Parade, opposite Goorawahl Avenue.
Take extreme care if you plan to loop back to La Perouse from Cape Banks along the narrow public road.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.