Starting from the car park near the Oatley Baths, Oatley, this walk takes you on a circuit in Oatley Reserve. The Headland Track is a perfect walk for families and children, as there are plenty of amenities along with the beautiful open views of the trees and the urban landscape scattered along the shoreline. Take your time in the reserve and have lunch with your friends and family after you enjoy this hidden track amidst the city. There are only small steep sections, but the path can be muddy after rainfall. 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.
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.
Turn right onto King Georges Road, A3 and drive for another 1.7 km
Turn left onto Hillcrest Avenue and drive for another 410 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Hillcrest Avenue and drive for another 520 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Hillcrest Avenue and drive for another 840 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Hurstville Road and drive for another 310 m
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Oatley Parade and drive for another 130 m
Turn right onto River Road and drive for another 80 m
Turn left onto Mulga Road and drive for another 710 m
Turn left onto Gungah Bay Road and drive for another 150 m
Turn right onto Douglas Haig Street and drive for another 1.3 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park (80 metres south of Oatley Castle), head towards the wooden bollard as you keep the water to your left. Pass through the bollard and head along the paved track to continue along The Headland Track (clockwise).....
Directions & comments
Find the car park at the start.
After 75 m pass the toilet (30 m on your left).
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along The Headland Track.
After another 185 m continue straight, to head along The Headland Track.
After another 780 m turn right.
After another 35 m turn left.
After another 95 m pass the shelter (25 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to the Oatley Baths, where visitors can swim. There are shark nets to prevent sharks from entering the baths. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Turn sharp right.
After another 30 m come to the end.
An optional side trip to the Oatley Baths, where visitors can swim. There are shark nets to prevent sharks from entering the baths.
Directions & comments
Find the shelter at the start.
At the intersection of Oatley Baths & Jew Fish Bay Track turn right, to head along Oatley Baths (a footpath).
After another 55 m pass the toilet (about 15 m ahead).
Turn sharp left.
After another 15 m pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 2 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 95 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
The Headland Track
30 min to 40 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)