Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit

2 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min

6.7 km
circuit

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Moderate track
On this loop walk you will enjoy some grand ocean views, a few secluded beaches, rock shelves and some Aboriginal engravings. The walk starts in the community of Bundeena and follows the roads to Jibbon Beach then along the track to Jibbon Head and Shelley beach, then a long stretch of sandy management trail through the heath. The walk also describes a side trip to Bundeena Lookout. 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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Bundeena Ferry wharf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Just up from the ferry wharf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Loftus St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Path to Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Path leading to Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Welcome to the Jibbon Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Walking along Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign at intersection at the northern end of Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track at the north end of Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Clearing at northern end of Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track leading through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
A group walking through the thick scrub. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Great view. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection near engravings site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
An engraving in the rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking over little Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
walking though the scrub. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coming out onto a rock platform. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View along Jibbon Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jibbon Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Welcome to Jibbon Head sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking along Jibbon Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track into the heath on Jibbon Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views to the ocean. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Walking north of Shelley Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking back along the rockshelves at Shelley Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Shelley Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign above Shelley Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grassy trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Wide sandy trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Clear sky walking along the trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View down the trail to the ocean. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beachcomber Rd Service Trails. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The views from Bundeena Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Beachcomber Rd Service Trails. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Sign and gate at the end of Beachcomber Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sign and gate at the end of Beachcomber Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
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 At the intersection of Brighton Street & Loftus Street (-34.0837674,151.1515939)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.) Ferry
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Farnell Avenue then drive for 13 km
  • Turn left onto Bundeena Drive and drive for another 10 km
  • Turn slight left onto Brighton Street and drive for another 150 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Bundeena Wharf at the end of Brighton St, this walk follows the road up the hill to the intersection at the car park. The walk turns left onto Loftus Street and heads up the hill, past Tom Jones Way and Beach St. Following Loftus St, the road bends right and then turns left (passing the 'no entry' traffic signs), walking against the flow of traffic on this one-way section of Loftus St. The walk comes to a footpath at the intersection with Neil Street.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Brighton Street & Loftus Street Start heading along Loftus Street (a residential road).
Bundeena (about 120 m back from the start).
Bundeena
Bundeena

Bundeena is a small township at the northern end of Royal National Park and the southern side of the entrance to Port Hacking. The town can be accessed by car or ferry. There are a few B&B's and other accommodation options and a number of cafes to choose from. Bundeena has a mixed atmosphere, partly a beach holiday community but also home to some permanent residents. There are two main beaches - Hordens Beach to the west and Jibbon Beach to the east. Both are nice beaches inside Port Hacking.
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Bundeena is a small township at the northern end of Royal National Park and the southern side of the entrance to Port Hacking. The town can be accessed by car or ferry. There are a few B&B's and other accommodation options and a number of cafes to choose from. Bundeena has a mixed atmosphere, partly a beach holiday community but also home to some permanent residents. There are two main beaches - Hordens Beach to the west and Jibbon Beach to the east. Both are nice beaches inside Port Hacking.

Find the car park at the start.
After another 15 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 125 m pass the car park (10 m on your left).
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Loftus Street & Tom Jones Way) continue straight, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Bournemouth Street & Loftus Street) continue straight, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Loftus Street & Beach Street) continue straight, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 255 m (at the intersection of Loftus Street & Bob Booth Lane) continue straight, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Eric Street & Loftus Street) turn left, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Loftus Street & Neil Street) continue straight (a walking track).
After another 15 m head through the bollard.
After another 85 m turn right.
After another 680 m veer left.
After another 85 m find the "Jibbon Beach" (25 m on your left).
Jibbon Beach
Jibbon Beach

Jibbon Beach is in the Royal National Park, just east of Bundeena. The yellow sand, crescent-shaped beach is about 800m long and looks north across the entrance to Port Hacking. The beach is in a bay that forms part of a popular harbour for sailing boats. There is a rock shelf at either end of the beach. From the north-eastern end of the beach, there is a track leading to the Jibbon Head Aboriginal engravings site and Little Jibbon Beach. There are no patrols or other facilities at this beach.
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Jibbon Beach is in the Royal National Park, just east of Bundeena. The yellow sand, crescent-shaped beach is about 800m long and looks north across the entrance to Port Hacking. The beach is in a bay that forms part of a popular harbour for sailing boats. There is a rock shelf at either end of the beach. From the north-eastern end of the beach, there is a track leading to the Jibbon Head Aboriginal engravings site and Little Jibbon Beach. There are no patrols or other facilities at this beach.

After another 125 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
The starting point of an alternate route. An alternate route visiting the Jibbon Head Aboriginal Engravings. To take the alternate route veer right here. Details below.
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Jibbon Loop Track.
The alternate route finishes here. Continue straight to rejoin the main route at the 2.1 km waypoint. Details below.
After another 145 m turn left, to head along Jibbon Loop Track.
After another 50 m find the "Little Jibbon Beach" (20 m on your left).
Little Jibbon Beach
Little Jibbon Beach

Little Jibbon Beach is found just north of Jibbon Beach in the Royal National Park. The small beach can be accessed via the Jibbon Head track. This north-facing beach has great views across Port Hacking towards Cronulla. This is not a nudest beach (as some believe) - If you see nudest bathers, they can be reported by calling Crime Stoppers on 131 444.
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Little Jibbon Beach is found just north of Jibbon Beach in the Royal National Park. The small beach can be accessed via the Jibbon Head track. This north-facing beach has great views across Port Hacking towards Cronulla. This is not a nudest beach (as some believe) - If you see nudest bathers, they can be reported by calling Crime Stoppers on 131 444.

After another 210 m find the "Jibbon Head" (25 m on your left).
Jibbon Head
Jibbon Head

Jibbon Head is in Royal National Park, and is the southern headland forming the entrance to Port Hacking. The headland is home to the Jibbon Aboriginal engravings site. The view from Jibbon Head looks across the port to Cronulla Beach and Botany Bay National Park.
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Jibbon Head is in Royal National Park, and is the southern headland forming the entrance to Port Hacking. The headland is home to the Jibbon Aboriginal engravings site. The view from Jibbon Head looks across the port to Cronulla Beach and Botany Bay National Park.

After another 580 m find the "Shelley Beach" (on your left).
Shelley Beach
Shelley Beach

Shelley Beach is a sandy and rocky beach, south on the east side of Jibbon Headland, near Bundeena. The beach is in a small bay looking east. There is sand at the upper section of the beach and a rock platform leading onto the water. The dense heath is in clumps at the top of the beach, providing some shade. There is no life saving service or any other facilities at this beach.
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Shelley Beach is a sandy and rocky beach, south on the east side of Jibbon Headland, near Bundeena. The beach is in a small bay looking east. There is sand at the upper section of the beach and a rock platform leading onto the water. The dense heath is in clumps at the top of the beach, providing some shade. There is no life saving service or any other facilities at this beach.

After another 120 m turn left, to head along Jibbon Track.
After another 460 m continue straight, to head along Jibbon Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Bundeena Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.6 km turn right.
After another 65 m pass the toilet (7 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 55 m head through/around the gate.
After another 20 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the water tap (on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Beachcomber Avenue.
Then to find the car park.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Beachcomber Avenue & Eric Street) continue straight, to head along Beachcomber Avenue.
After another 330 m (at the intersection of Beachcomber Avenue & Claire Hargreaves Walk) continue straight, to head along Beachcomber Avenue.
After another 215 m (at the intersection of Malibu Street & Beachcomber Avenue) continue straight, to head along Beachcomber Avenue.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Scarborough Street & Beachcomber Avenue) turn left, to head along Scarborough Street.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Bernie Street & Scarborough Street) continue straight, to head along Scarborough Street.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Bournemouth Street & Scarborough Street) continue straight, to head along Scarborough Street.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Scarborough Street & Graham Street) continue straight, to head along Scarborough Street.
After another 215 m (at the intersection of Brighton Street & Scarborough Street) turn right, to head along Brighton Street.
After another 145 m (at the intersection of Brighton Street & Bundeena Drive) turn right, to head along Brighton Street.
Then pass the playground (20 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the "passion fruit cafe" (20 m on your right).
After another 45 m pass the "driftwood" (15 m on your right).

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After another 25 m pass the "Mana Cafe" (35 m on your right).
After another 50 m come to "Berenice Forster Park".
After another 20 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Bundeena Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 70 m turn left.
After another 420 m continue straight.
After another 175 m continue straight.
After another 35 m veer left.
After another 50 m come to "Bundeena Lookout".
Bundeena Lookout
Bundeena Lookout

This unfenced, informal lookout is perched high on the cliffs, looking east over the South Pacific Ocean. The lookout is not signposted nor officially named, but provides great view south along the escarpment. Cliff edge may be unstable and fragile - keep a safe distance.
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This unfenced, informal lookout is perched high on the cliffs, looking east over the South Pacific Ocean. The lookout is not signposted nor officially named, but provides great view south along the escarpment. Cliff edge may be unstable and fragile - keep a safe distance.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 750 m to the main route.

An alternate route visiting the Jibbon Head Aboriginal Engravings.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 85 m cross the bridge (about 40 m long)
Then find the "Jibbon Head Aboriginal Engravings" (10 m on your right).
Jibbon Head Aboriginal Engravings
Jibbon Head Aboriginal Engravings

These Aboriginal engravings are found on the western side of Jibbon Head, just above little Jibbon Beach. The large rock shelf has a number of large engraving of both marine and land animals. Most are in good condition - the whale is particularly large, so you will need to stand right back to see it. Take care not to walk on the engravings - lets preserve this site for many generations to come.
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These Aboriginal engravings are found on the western side of Jibbon Head, just above little Jibbon Beach. The large rock shelf has a number of large engraving of both marine and land animals. Most are in good condition - the whale is particularly large, so you will need to stand right back to see it. Take care not to walk on the engravings - lets preserve this site for many generations to come.

Then cross the bridge (about 7 m long)
Then head down the steps (about 7 m long)
After another 10 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 6.7 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)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.2 km apart with the largest gap of 5.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
30 m[toilet]
Toilet
5.2 km[toilet]
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