Last updated: August 30, 2020
The Jibbon Beach Loop Track is an easy walking trail 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.
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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.
Alternatively, you can catch a ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena. Check the ferry timetable for more details.
This is a private ferry service though, which means you can’t use your Opal card. But traveling by ferry is fun, and really adds to the experience.
Jibbon Beach is a beautiful 700 metres long, north-facing strip of sand inside Port Hacking Point, right next to Bundeena village.
Swimming is great at Jibbon Beach but be mindful that there are no surf life saving services provided here and that it can get quite windy at times.
The water is also quite deep a few meters out, which is why you’ll see a lot of boats hanging out here 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 means “sandbar at low tide”.
The Tharawal people were the original inhabitants of the southern and south western Sydney area from Botany Bay, around Port Hacking, to the Shoalhaven River (Nowra), extending west to Campbelltown and Camden.
Jibbon Loop Track
The Jibbon Loop Track officially starts at the Bundeena ferry wharf from where you walk to the western tip of Jibbon Beach via Loftus Street. This is a short stroll through the suburban streets of 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 was recently built above the engravings which gives the visitor 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 not to worry, it reconnects with the main track and you will definitely notice the end of the boardwalk.
From here you can also catch some glimpses of Little Jibbon Beach. Feel free to climb down and go for a swim, but be mindful that it’s an unofficial nude beach.
Port Hacking Point
After the boardwalk, continue on the main track to Port Hacking Point from where you can enjoy panoramic views of Cronulla, the city in the far north and the Pacific Ocean.
The Jibbon Loop Track then follows the shoreline towards the south until it meets with Shelley Beach. This is a great spot to have a break, eat some lunch and enjoy the great views across 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.
These two tracks often get mixed up, with the Jibbon Track taking you further south around Jibbon Lagoon, back to the streets of Bundeena.
Part of the local government area of the Sutherland Shire, Bundeena is a quiet village at the northern end of the Royal National Park and on the southern side of Port Hacking, 29 km south of the Sydney CBD.
With a population of around 2,000 people, Bundeena is a healthy mix of a beach holiday community and permanent residents.
It’s a pleasant little town to hang out, with several picnic areas, cafe’s, a supermarket and two large beaches – Jibbon Beach to the east and Horderns Beach to the west.
If you’d like to stay overnight, there are a number of B&B’s, campgrounds and other accommodation options to choose from.
Jibbon Loop Track 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.