Bundeena to Marley Head
Dharawal Country

3 h 30 min to 5 h

10.8 km
circuit

↑ 237 m
↓ -237 m

Moderate track
From Bundeena, this walk heads south to the coast and then loops around Marley Head. The environment changes from heath to open, rocky platforms along the cliffs. There are great views from Marley Head, and the section between Marley and Bundeena Lookout is just astounding. Look out for lizards in the heath sections, as it abounds with wildlife. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharawal people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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The gravel rd at the end of Beachcomber Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Campsite at the end of the Beachcomber Rd Servicetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Lambertia formosa (Mountain Devil) along the Marley Head Bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Marley Beach from the servicetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Marley Head Servicetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Marley Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Looking down on Marley Beach from Marley Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Just north of Marley Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Marley Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Expect to see at least one lizard along the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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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 (-34.0826271,151.1507731)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.) Ferry
DirectionsFrom Sir Bertram Stevens Drive
  • Turn on to Bundeena Drive then drive for 10 km
  • Turn slight left onto Brighton Street and drive for another 155 m
  • Turn left onto Brighton Street and drive for another 120 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Bundeena Ferry, on Brighton St, this walk turns left into Loftus St, goes past Mary St and turns right into Bournemouth St. The walk turns left into Scarbourough St and takes the first right into Beachcomber Av. Beachcomber Av is followed south and gradually to the east until reaching the entry into the Royal National Park. This is marked by several large information signs.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 60 m head down the steps (about 20 m long)
After another 15 m pass the car park (10 m on your left).
After another 15 m find the "Bundeena" (15 m on your right).
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.

Then pass the "Ferry Shelter" (6 m on your left).
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Bundeena - Mainbar Heritage Walk.
After another 50 m pass the toilet (35 m on your right).
After another 45 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Tom Jones Way & The Avenue) turn right, to head along Tom Jones Way.
There is a car park (about 20 m back from the start).
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Loftus Street & Tom Jones Way) turn left, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Bournemouth Street & Loftus Street) turn right, to head along Bournemouth Street.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Bournemouth Street & Baker Street) continue straight, to head along Bournemouth Street.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Bournemouth Street & Scarborough Street) turn left, to head along Scarborough Street.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Scarborough Street & Bernie Street) continue straight, to head along Scarborough Street.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Beachcomber Avenue & Scarborough Street) turn right, to head along Beachcomber Avenue.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Beachcomber Avenue & Malibu Street) continue straight, to head along Beachcomber Avenue.
After another 215 m (at the intersection of Reef Street & Beachcomber Avenue) continue straight, to head along Beachcomber Avenue.
After another 80 m pass the park (on your left).
After another 250 m (at the intersection of Beachcomber Avenue & Eric Street) continue straight, to head along Beachcomber Avenue.
After another 85 m to find the car park.
After another 15 m head through/around the gate.
After another 25 m pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 10 m pass the sign (5 m on your right).
After another 90 m pass the toilet (7 m on your right).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
Continue straight.
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 220 m continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 1.1 km turn left, to head along Big Marley Fire Trail.
After another 1.9 km continue straight, to head along Big Marley Fire Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to East Marley Beach. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn around when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 360 m turn sharp left.
After another 120 m come to the viewpoint (on your right).
After another 310 m veer right.
After another 860 m continue straight.
After another 105 m come to the viewpoint (55 m on your right).
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 380 m head down the steps (about 150 m long)
After another 45 m pass the waterfall (35 m on your right).
After another 520 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 400 m continue straight.
After another 80 m come to the viewpoint (50 m on your right).
After another 30 m turn left.
After another 30 m find the "Bundeena Lookout" (115 m on your right).
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.

After another 145 m continue straight.
After another 420 m turn right.
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 85 m continue straight.
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Beachcomber Avenue.
After another 10 m to find the car park.
After another 80 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) turn right, to head along Bournemouth Street.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Baker Street & Bournemouth Street) continue straight, to head along Bournemouth Street.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Loftus Street & Bournemouth Street) turn left, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Loftus Street & Tom Jones Way) turn right, to head along Tom Jones Way.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of The Avenue & Tom Jones Way) turn left, to head along The Avenue.
After another 150 m continue straight, to head along Bundeena - Mainbar Heritage Walk.
After another 50 m pass the car park (20 m on your left).
After another 30 m head up the steps (about 20 m long)
Continue straight, to head along Brighton Street.
After another 60 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to East Marley Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Big Marley Fire Trail.
After another 350 m head up the steps (about 30 m long)
After another 40 m come to a ford.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 420 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Bundeena to Marley Head


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 10.8 km
Time 3 h 30 min to 5 h
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
Shelter: There is one 100 m from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.6 km apart with the largest gap of 9.1 km.

Seat: There is one 255 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
100 mFerry Shelter
Toilet
215 m[toilet]
Toilet
1.7 km[toilet]
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