Last updated: June 27, 2021
The Jibbon Beach Loop Track is an easy walking trail starting from the Bundeena ferry wharf to Jibbon Head, Port Hacking Point and Shelley Beach.
Enjoy panoramic ocean views and discover well-preserved Aboriginal engravings as you explore this beautiful area in the Royal National Park.
|Jibbon Beach Loop Track|
How to Get There
In the Royal National Park, follow Bundeena Drive to Bundeena where limited street parking is available.
Parking in the Royal National Park is $12 for the whole day, although parking in Bundeena means you don’t need to pay that entrance fee as it falls outside the national park boundaries.
Alternatively, you can catch a train to Cronulla and then hop on a ferry to Bundeena. Check the ferry timetable for more details and prices.
Note that this is a private ferry service, which means you can’t use your Opal card. Traveling by ferry is fun though, and really adds to the experience.
About Jibbon Beach
Jibbon Beach is a beautiful 700 metres long, north-facing strip of sand located east of Bundeena village, and facing the waters of Port Hacking.
Swimming is great at Jibbon Beach but be mindful that there are no surf life saving services offered there and that it can get quite windy at times.
The water is also quite deep a few meters out, which is why you will see a lot of boats anchored there on warm and sunny days. Surfing is virtually impossible at Jibbon Beach.
The name jibbon is derived from the Aboriginal (Tharawal or Dharawal) word “djeebahn” which roughly translated to “sandbar at low tide”.
The Tharawal people were the original inhabitants of the southern and south western Sydney area, from Botany Bay and Port Hacking to the Shoalhaven River in the Nowra area, extending west to Campbelltown and Camden.
Jibbon Loop Track Notes
The Jibbon Loop Track officially starts at the western end of Jibbon Beach.
The easiest way to get there is via Loftus Street from the Bundeena ferry wharf. This is a short walk through suburban Bundeena.
Keep following the shoreline of the beach until you get to Jibbon Head where you can do a side-track to visit an Aboriginal engravings site.
A large boardwalk with a viewing platform has been installed above the engravings which offers visitors a great overview of the whole site with all the drawings.
Dating back 2,000 years, the Jibbon engravings are an impressive display of respect the Tharawal people had for the land as well as for the animals they shared the land with.
Little Jibbon Beach
It’s very easy to miss the starting point of this little side-track. But don’t worry, it reconnects with the main track and you will definitely notice the end of that boardwalk.
From there, you can also catch some glimpses of Little Jibbon Beach.
Feel free to climb down and go for a swim, but be mindful that this is an unofficial nude beach.
After the boardwalk, continue on the main track to Port Hacking Point from where you can enjoy panoramic views of Cronulla and the city in the north, and the Pacific Ocean in front of you.
The Jibbon Loop Track then follows the shoreline towards the south until it arrives at Shelley Beach. This is a great spot to have a break, eat some lunch and enjoy the great views of the ocean.
From Shelley Beach, the track takes you back to Jibbon Beach via a short bushwalk. This part of the track is fenced to keep the deer out to protect the smaller wildlife.
There are two gates to enter this small area, one from Shelley Beach and the other from Jibbon Beach.
At Shelley Beach, the Jibbon Beach loop track intersects with the Jibbon Track, and these two walking tracks often get mixed up.
The Jibbon Track passes Jibbon Lagoon and leads to Beachcomber Avenue in the southern part of Bundeena.
Bundeena is a quiet village at the northern end of the Royal National Park and on the southern side of Port Hacking. It is part of the local government area of the Sutherland Shire, approximately 30 km south of the Sydney CBD.
With a population of around 2,000 people, Bundeena is a healthy mix between a beach holiday destination and a residential suburb. It isn’t officially part of the Royal National Park though, but it is completely surrounded by it.
It’s a pleasant little town to visit, with several picnic areas, cafe’s, a supermarket and two large beaches to take in. Jibbon Beach to the east and Horderns Beach to the west are the two most prominent beaches.
If you’d like to stay overnight, there are a number of B&B’s, campgrounds and other accommodation options to choose from.
Map and Route
Start the walk at the Bundeena ferry wharf and make your way to Jibbon Beach via Loftus Street. Hike all the way to Jibbon Head where you can do a side track to see Aboriginal engravings.
Continue around Port Hacking Point to Shelley Beach from where you can return to Jibbon Beach via a short bush track.
Once you’ve completed the Jibbon Beach loop track, have a look at our list of great walks in Royal National Park for more hiking ideas nearby.