I’ve walked the coast from Palm Beach south to La Perouse, as part of the Coastrek event and fun walks, and also done the Bundeena to Otford coastal walk. So when my bushwalking club offered a walk from Kurnell to Cronulla, I was keen to walk the missing piece of coastline between Kurnell, facing La Perouse across Botany Bay, and the end of the Cronulla peninsula looking across Port Hacking towards Bundeena.
It’s a 20km coastal walk, with lots of rock hopping, a long stretch of sand around Bate Bay, and a good deal of bashing through tunnels of dense coastal scrub around Solander Point. We parked the cars near the Cronulla station, grabbed an early morning coffee and did a car shuffle to Kurnell. Busses also run from the wharf to Kurnell.
The rock platforms around Cape Bailey are fun, although the multitude of tracks can make finding a way an interesting challenge. The rocks and shallows of Boat Harbour Aquatic Reserve make a nice tea spot and are good for a quick swim. Other swimming and eating opportunities include Wanda and Cronulla beaches. The walk can easily take 6 hours if you enjoy yourself along the way.
Track Notes can be found at Walking Coastal Sydney or Wildwalks, however both stop short at Cronulla. We continued around the Cronulla peninsula and back up the sands of Gunnamatta Bay after leaving Darook park to the ferry wharf and Cronulla station. This can only be done at low tide, else you need to slosh and swim, so get your timing right!