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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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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

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Henry Head walking track, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: John Spencer