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Henry Head walking track

Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Overview

Enjoy spectacular views from Henry Head walking track at La Perouse in Sydney. This easy coastal walk offers great bird watching and several historic sites along the way.

Where
Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Distance
4km return
Time suggested
1hr
Grade
Easy
Price
Free
Opening times

If you're driving into the La Perouse area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park please note that gates are open:

  • 7am-8.30pm (November to March) 
  • 7am-7.30pm (April to October)
Please note

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching or whale watching.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park.

Grab your backpack and follow Henry Head walking track as it curves along the clifftops and beaches of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. This easy, 4km walk will reward you with dramatic views across Botany Bay and the Pacific Ocean beyond as you make your way to Endeavour Lighthouse at Henry Head.

There two options for where this walk can be started:

  • La Perouse Museum at Cann Park on Anzac Parade, or
  • the carpark near the park entry gates on Anzac Parade, opposite Goorawahl Avenue.

Take a break to admire the views, and check out Henry Head’s historic World War II battlements – part of Sydney’s early coastal defence systems.

If all this isn’t enough to pique your interest, there’s always the bird watching. Kookaburras, lorikeets and yellow-tailed black cockatoos are just some of the species you might encounter as you stride along this walk. Reptiles such as skinks, blue-tongue lizards and water dragons are also common around here. 

Once you reach Henry Head you have the option of turning back to retrace your steps, or, continuing the walk a further 1.2km to explore Cruwee Cove and the headland at Cape Banks.

Take a virtual tour of Henry Head walking track, captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Operated by

  • Vaucluse
  • 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
  • (02) 9337 5511
  • (02) 9337 1303
  • Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse NSW

Park info

  • in Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Kurnell section: open 7am-7.30pm (August-May); 7am-5.30pm (June-July).

    La Perouse section: open 7am - 8.30pm (November - March); open 7am - 7.30pm (April - October).

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies in the Kurnell area only.  The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins. The park also has credit card accepting payment facilities.

    Other fees:

    You'll need to pay to visit La Perouse Museum or to tour Bare Island.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Kurnell
      (02) 9668 2000
      Contact hours: 10am-3.45pm Monday to Friday. 9.30am-4.15pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed Christmas holiday
    • Kamay Botany Bay National Park (South), Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9668 2050
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    • La Perouse Museum
      (02) 9311 3379
      Contact hours: Sundays only 10am-4pm. (closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday)
    • Kamay Botany Bay National Park (North), Cable Station, Anzac Parade, La Perouse NSW
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Henry Head walking track, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: John Spencer