Cape Baily Lighthouse from Polo Street

2 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min

7.7 km
return

↑ 143 m
↓ -143 m

Moderate track
This great return walk follows the Cape Baily walking track as it winds along the coast, through thick heath and small sand dunes, to the Cape Baily Lighthouse, with great ocean views all the way. Also of interest is the wide variety of flora and fauna that can be found on this walk, from a number of different types of reptiles and amphibians to the hanging swamps and wild flowers (in spring). There is even some good whale watching opportunities in June, July, Sept and Oct. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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end of Polo street. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
radar service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
following the cape bailey walking track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
view of an off shore platform. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
hanging swamps that line that track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
small sand dunes throughout the walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
a closer look at the platform. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
path up to the cape bailey lighthouse. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
half way up to the lighthouse. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
cape bailey lighthouse. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-34.0105106,151.2227396)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Captain Cook Drive
  • Turn on to Captain Cook Drive then drive for 460 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Captain Cook Drive and drive for another 3.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Captain Cook Drive and drive for another 2.9 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Captain Cook Drive and drive for another 820 m
  • Turn right onto Polo Street and drive for another 520 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the end of the Polo St, this walk heads around the metal National Parks gate and south-east along the service trail, with some power lines on the right-hand side. As the track heads further south-east, the track steadily climbs up to the top of a gentle hill and continues along until it comes to the intersection of the Cape Bailey walk and the radar service trail.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 30 m head through/around the gate.
After another 370 m turn left, to head along Polo Trail.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Polo Trail & Yena Track) continue straight, to head along Polo Trail.
After another 370 m (at the intersection of Yena Gap Trail & Polo Trail) turn left.
After another 280 m turn right.
After another 930 m turn right.
After another 45 m veer left.
After another 230 m veer right.
After another 390 m continue straight.
After another 235 m find the "Hanging Swamps" (40 m on your right).
Hanging Swamps
Hanging Swamps

There are a number of hanging swamps that can be found along the Cape Baily walk. They are home to a number of different plants and animals like reeds and frogs. Hanging swamps are formed on high ground when rainfall seeps out of surrounding hills and accumulates in a slight depression, over time forming a swamp. Interestingly, they are sometimes difficult to see from far away as the thick build up of reeds and other plant life often cover the water.
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There are a number of hanging swamps that can be found along the Cape Baily walk. They are home to a number of different plants and animals like reeds and frogs. Hanging swamps are formed on high ground when rainfall seeps out of surrounding hills and accumulates in a slight depression, over time forming a swamp. Interestingly, they are sometimes difficult to see from far away as the thick build up of reeds and other plant life often cover the water.

After another 850 m turn sharp right.
Continue another 95 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.8 km to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Cape Baily Lighthouse".
Cape Baily Lighthouse
Cape Baily Lighthouse

Established in 1950, the lighthouse was required so north-bound shipping could hug the coast and avoid the strong southerly currents further out to sea. This lighthouse can be found a stone's-throw from the Cape Baily coastal walk, about 1.5 kilometres north from the Joseph Banks Drive car park.
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Established in 1950, the lighthouse was required so north-bound shipping could hug the coast and avoid the strong southerly currents further out to sea. This lighthouse can be found a stone's-throw from the Cape Baily coastal walk, about 1.5 kilometres north from the Joseph Banks Drive car park.

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Terrain
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Cape Baily Lighthouse from Polo Street


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 7.7 km
Time 2 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
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3.9 kmCape Baily Lighthouse
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