Muru and Yena tracks

Kurnell area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

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Overview

Mura and Yena tracks form a short loop walk from Kurnell Visitor Centre to clifftop Yena picnic area, in Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Enjoy dramatic coastal views, spot whales, birdlife and wildflowers.

Where
Kurnell area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Distance
2.5km loop
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

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

  • 7am-7.30pm (August to May)
  • 7am-5.30pm (June to July)
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, snacks, drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, binoculars
Please note
  • You can walk this loop in either direction. Muru track to Yena picnic area is 1.2km, Yena track to the picnic area is 1.3km.
  • Please take care when crossing Cape Solander Drive near the picnic area.

Nature lovers, families and day trippers will enjoy this loop walk between Kurnell Visitor Centre and Yena picnic area. Stop in at the visitor centre for a coffee, a map, or to get up to speed on this area’s rich Aboriginal culture and colonial history.

From the visitor centre, follow the signs for Muru track, which sets out from Cape Solander Drive. As you walk, see how the vegetation shifts from dry eucalypt forest to sandstone heath and heathland dunes. In spring this bushland bursts with wildflowers, while regent honeyeaters and scarlet robins flit through the heath.

Cross Cape Solander Drive and walk along the road around 100m to reach Yena picnic area. Dramatically located on a grassy clifftop you’ll enjoy views of the weathered sandstone coastline and rock platforms up and down the coast, including Cape Solander to the south. Keep an eye on the ocean for soaring albatross, passing dolphins or seals, and from May to November look for migrating humpback whales.

Cross the road again to return to the visitor centre via Yena track. Why not detour along Banks-Solander track, which branches off Yena track, to learn more about this area’s native plants recorded by botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander in 1770.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

On the way

  • View of flat grassy area with picnic table and rugged coastline in the distance. Photo: Natasha Webb/DPIE

    Yena picnic area

    Visit Yena picnic area for dramatic views of the ocean and rugged coastline of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, near Kurnell. It’s easily accessed via Muru and Yena tracks or Cape Solander Drive.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/muru-and-yena-tracks/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Muru and Yena tracks.

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    1hr - 1hr 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    2.5km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Muru and Yena tracks are in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. To get there:

From Sydney:

  • Take Princes Highway or the M1 south
  • Turn left onto Rocky Point Road then left onto Captain Cook Drive
  • Continue around 11km to the T intersection at the roundabout
  • Turn right to stay on Captain Cook Drive then right onto Cape Solander Drive
  • Kurnell Visitor Centre, where the tracks start, is around 650m on your left after entering the park.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Kurnell Visitor Centre. You can also park at designated carparks along Cape Solander Drive.

By public transport

Buses connect to Kurnell hourly from Cronulla, the nearest train station.

Facilities

Café, information, and toilet facilities are available at Kurnell Visitor Centre.

Picnic tables

Yena picnic area has 1 picnic table.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

  • Keep well back from cliff edges and waterfalls at all times, especially when taking photos.
  • This walking track includes 2 road crossings of Cape Solander Drive, to and from Yena picnic area. Please take care crossing the road.
  • Yena picnic area is an exposed place. Come prepared for sun, wind, or rain.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Prohibited

Camping

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Visitor centre

  • Kurnell Visitor Centre
    21 Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell NSW 2231
  • Monday to Friday, 10am to 3.30pm. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9.30am to 4pm. Closed Christmas holiday.
  • 02 9668 2010

Learn more

Muru and Yena tracks is in Kurnell area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Whale watching

People undercover using binoculars to spot whales, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Susan Aston Metham/OEH

June/July is the best time to see humpback whales in this area as they migrate to warmer waters, and Cape Solander is a terrific lookout to get a glimpse of these majestic ocean giants.

  • Cape Solander Cape Solander lookout is located in the Kurnell section of Sydney's Kamay Botany Bay National Park.
  • Kurnell Visitor Centre Kurnell Visitor Centre is a one-stop shop for tourist information in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, near Cronulla in southern Sydney. Visit for maps, history, advice and exhibitions.
  • Muru and Yena tracks Mura and Yena tracks form a short loop walk from Kurnell Visitor Centre to clifftop Yena picnic area, in Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Enjoy dramatic coastal views, spot whales, birdlife and wildflowers.

Aboriginal culture to discover

Cape Baily Coast walk, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Andy Richards

At the time of the first encounters with Europeans, Aboriginal people of 2 different nations – the Goorawal People and the Gweagal People – were living in the area which now includes Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Significant Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the park, including middens and engravings.

  • Burrawang walk Take an easy stroll along Burrawang walk in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Enjoy several historic sites and bronze sculptures of Aboriginal significance. A large section of this walk is wheelchair-accessible.

Historic heritage

Monument track, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Andy Richards

Kurnell is Captain Cook's Landing Place and the point of first contact between Aboriginal people and the Endeavour crew. The Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park is rich in both Aboriginal and European history and is certainly a cornerstone of the country's colonial history. One of Australia's earliest European explorers, James Cook, landed here in 1770. Cook's botanists, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, first explored Australia's natural world here. After the reports of Cook and Banks, Botany Bay was recommended as a suitable site for settlement but upon inspection by Captain Arthur Phillip it was found unsuitable as it had no secure fresh water or suitable anchorage – so Sydney Cove was set up as the penal colony instead

  • Captain Cook's Landing Place Visit Kamay Botany Bay National Park to see Captain Cook's landing place at Kurnell. The heritage-listed site is an important place in Australia's history.
  • First contacts at Kurnell In 1770, James Cook landed in Botany Bay on board the Endeavour. Directly ashore were the Aboriginal people of the Eora Nation. This Stage 2 (Years 3-4) history excursion will explore the first contact between Aboriginal clans and white settlers.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

    White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

    White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

Plants

  • Blueberry ash. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus)

    The blueberry ash is a rainforest shrub which produces blue olive-shaped berries and spectacular bell-shaped flowers, which often appear on the plant together. It is a tall slender shrub or small tree found in rainforest, tall eucalypt forest and coastal bushland in eastern NSW, south-east Queensland and Victoria.

  • Flannel flowers in Wollemi National Park. Photo: © Rosie Nicolai

    Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi)

    The delicate flannel flower is so named because of the soft woolly feel of the plant. Growing in the NSW south coast region, extending to Narrabri in the Central West and up to south-east Queensland, its white or pink flowers bloom all year long, with an extra burst of colour in the spring.

  • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

    Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

  • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

    Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

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