Cape Baily Track to the Cape Baily Lighthouse

Last updated: June 8, 2024

The Cape Baily Track in Kamay Botany Bay National Park is a scenic coastal walk between Cape Solander and the Cape Baily Lighthouse.

The ocean and cliff views are stunning from start to finish, so much so that we have included this walk in our summary of prettiest coastal walks in Sydney.

What’s great about this hike is that it doesn’t attract big crowds like other popular coastal walks in Sydney, but the scenery is just as beautiful.

Cape Baily Track
Distance: 6 km (return)
Duration: 2-3 hours
Grade: Easy
Dogs: Not allowed
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How to Get There

The starting point of the Cape Baily Track is at the Cape Solander Lookout in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, north of Cronulla.

Follow Captain Cook Drive around Greenhills Beach and the Cronulla Sand Dunes. Once in Kurnell, drive into the National Park via Cape Solander Drive, which leads directly to the lookout.

Note that entrance to the park is $8 per vehicle per day, to be paid at one of the ticket machines at the lookout.

An alternative is to start from Polo Street in Kurnell. Parking there means you won’t have to pay the entrance fee because it’s outside the national park.

In the map below, these two starting points are marked as P1 and P2. If you decide to park on Polo Street, you will add an extra 2 km (return) to the walk.

Map of the Cape Baily Track

Cape Baily Track Notes

The track to the Cape Baily Lighthouse follows the rugged shoreline of the National Park, with large sections on well-maintained boardwalks.

It’s quite an easy track suitable for all ages and fitness levels, but we recommend bringing comfortable hiking shoes because the path can be uneven and slippery at times.

Start of the Walk

The start of the Cape Baily Track is signposted at the small roundabout at the end of Cape Solander Drive.

Start of the Cape Baily Track
Start of the Cape Baily Track

Make your way onto the boardwalk, where you can start this fantastic walking trail that goes all the way to the lighthouse.

Coastal views from the Cape Baily Track
Coastal views

The coastal and cliff views are breathtaking, similar to the scenery along the coast in the Royal National Park.

Tabbigai Gap

An interesting highlight before arriving at the lighthouse is Tabbigai Gap.

It’s hard to imagine when looking at the cliffs of Tabbigai Gap, but this is where a small community of people lived between the 1920s and 1960s.

Also called the Tabbigai Cliff Dwellers, they built their own houses on the cliffs following the economic depression years in the 1920s.

Tabbigai Gap
Tabbigai Gap

Some of these homes were quite sophisticated, with bedrooms, kitchens, water tanks, and even showers and toilets. The houses were connected and accessible via footpaths and steps cut into rocks.

Eventually, the Department of Lands ordered all residents occupying Crown Land on the Kurnell Peninsula to vacate their homes on the cliffs.

Cape Baily Lighthouse

As you continue the trail, you will see the first glimpses of the Cape Baily Lighthouse standing atop the hill.

The last section of the walking trail is the steep bit that goes straight up the hill to the lighthouse. You can see glimpses of the Sydney city skyline along this path.

Path up to the Cape Baily Lighthouse
Path up to the Cape Baily Lighthouse

The Cape Baily Lighthouse is not an overly impressive building by any means, but it’s still interesting to see this structure from close by.

Cape Baily Light, as this lighthouse is officially called, is an active lighthouse that helps north-bound ships navigate the coast to avoid the strong currents further out in the ocean.

Cape Baily Lighthouse
Cape Baily Lighthouse

It was built in 1950 and has a rather unusual, or even uninspiring, design. It’s an unmanned square-shaped concrete tower with a solar-powered lantern on top.

And that marks the end of the Cape Baily Track! However, you can continue hiking if you wish because the coastal trail continues around the peninsula all the way to Cronulla.

 

Cape Baily Track in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

 

AJ Mens

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