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Cape Banks walking track

La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Overview

Cape Banks walking track is a beautiful coastal walk in La Perouse with views across Sydney’s Botany Bay. Start at Congwong Beach and take a swim along the way before passing Henry Head. Continue to Cape Banks, a fantastic spot for whale watching.

Where
La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Distance
7km return
Time suggested
3hrs
Grade
Grade 3
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:

  • November to March 7am to 8.30pm
  • April to October 7am to 7.30pm
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing
Please note
  • 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.

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Things to do:

Henry Head walking track

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

Views of Little Congwong Beach from Henry Head walking track. Photo: Natasha Webb/OEH

 

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Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

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Park info

  • in the La Perouse area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • 7am–8.30pm November to March. 7am–7.30pm April to October

    Areas may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • There are no park entry fees in La Perouse area but you'll need to pay to tour Bare Island. Park entry fees apply in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, only.

    Buy annual pass
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A family walk up Cape Banks headland, La Perouse area, Kamay Boatany Bay National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH