Henry Head walking track
La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
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.
- La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
- 4km return
- Time suggested
- 45min - 1hr 15min
- Grade 3
- 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)
- What to
- Hat, sunscreen
- Please note
- Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching or whale watching.
Grab your backpack and follow Henry Head walking track as it curves along the clifftops and beaches of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. This 4km walk rewards you with dramatic views across Congwong beach, 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.
Visit the site of Happy Valley camp, an historic Depression-era community located behind Congwong Beach, in La Perouse. It’s one of many fascinating historic sites in Kamay Botany Bay National Park.
Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.
Things to do:
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.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- 02 9585 6831
- Nielsen Park office
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- 02 9337 5511
- Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, 6 Steele Point Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030
- 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