Banks-Solander Track
Dharawal Country

20 min to 40 min
25 min to 40 min

970 m
circuit

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Easy track
Enjoy a pleasant meander through a varied forest from the Botany Bay Visitors Centre. This walk takes you through a lovely and diverse forest, there are plenty of small signs to help you learn about the different types of plants on the walk including a large scribbly gum and a spectacular Cabbage palm grove. It is no wonder why Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander in 1770 got so excited when walking in the area collecting, what was for them, new plant species. 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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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
The track passes by several large ferns. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Towering gums on the Banks-Solander Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2017.
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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 (-34.0050235,151.2216341)
Mode Bus Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Captain Cook Drive
  • Turn on to Cape Solander Drive then drive for 420 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 145 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the front of the 'Visitor Centre', this walk follows the footpath that then leads through the middle of the car park, to find the pebblecrete footpath and 'Banks-Solander Track' sign on the far side. This walk follows this sign along the narrow (1.4m) path , timber boardwalk then dirt track as it winds through the dense forest for nearly 100m to find a seat just before the road. The walk then leads up the rise to then crossing (taking care) Cape Solander Drive to the intersection marked with a large 'Yena Trail' map sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the park at the start.
After 15 m pass the "Visitor Centre" (on your left).
Then pass the "Visitor Centre" (on your left).
Then find the "Seat" (7 m on your left).
Seat
Seat

A series of four timber slat bench seat, 44cm high, 32cm deep and 1.8m wide with no arm or backrest. The seats are outside the visitors center.
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A series of four timber slat bench seat, 44cm high, 32cm deep and 1.8m wide with no arm or backrest. The seats are outside the visitors center.

Then pass the car park (on your right).
After another 40 m find the "Parking Accessible" (on your left).
Parking Accessible
Parking Accessible

There are about 60 car parking bays infrount of the visitors center. Two are marked mobiilty parking bays. The mobility parking area is ashphalt, 3.8m wide and 4.6m deep.
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There are about 60 car parking bays infrount of the visitors center. Two are marked mobiilty parking bays. The mobility parking area is ashphalt, 3.8m wide and 4.6m deep.

Then find the "Visitor Centre" (9 m on your right).
Visitor Centre
Visitor Centre

This visitors' centre can be found on Cape Solander Drive, inside Kamay Botany Bay National Park. It provides great information about the area's history and environment, plus there is a souvenir shop, where some simple food and drink is also available. A Trailrider is also available for free hire for people with limited mobility. There is a male & female toilet block on the eastern side of the Visitor Centre. And a large parking area in front.
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This visitors' centre can be found on Cape Solander Drive, inside Kamay Botany Bay National Park. It provides great information about the area's history and environment, plus there is a souvenir shop, where some simple food and drink is also available. A Trailrider is also available for free hire for people with limited mobility. There is a male & female toilet block on the eastern side of the Visitor Centre. And a large parking area in front.

Continue straight.
After another 120 m find the "Seat" (on your left).
Seat
Seat

A timber bench seat, 54cm high, 20cm deep and 1.4m wide with no arm or backrest.
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A timber bench seat, 54cm high, 20cm deep and 1.4m wide with no arm or backrest.

Continue straight.
After another 50 m head through the bollard.
After another 10 m veer right.
After another 215 m continue straight.
After another 120 m find the "Pinch Point" (on your right).
Pinch Point
Pinch Point

A gap between the vegetation and a large tree is 80cm wide.
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A gap between the vegetation and a large tree is 80cm wide.

Then find the "Seat" (on your right).
Seat
Seat

A timber bench seat, 41cm high, 20cm deep and 1.3m wide with no arm or backrest.
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A timber bench seat, 41cm high, 20cm deep and 1.3m wide with no arm or backrest.

After another 350 m pass the park (185 m on your right).
Turn right.
After another 130 m pass the car park (75 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 150 m pass the "Visitor Centre" (80 m on your left).
Then pass the "Visitor Centre" (80 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 35 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Banks-Solander Track


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 970 m
Time 20 min to 40 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Naturally Accessible
Slope summary:
This walk is mostly flat with gentle slopes, on 10m section before crossing the road that is 1.5:10.

Surface summary:
The surface varies on this walk. The walk follows most 1.4m wide dirt walking track with sections of pebble create path, timber boardwalk path as well as wider management trail. Narrowest point is 80cm.

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 20 m from the start.

Seat: There are 3 on route, on average they are 240 m apart with the largest gap of 410 m.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
20 mVisitor Centre
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