Jibbon Loop Track
Dharawal Country

1 h 30 min to 1 h 45 min

5.1 km
circuit

↑ 84 m
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Moderate track
This walk is an enjoyable way of exploring Jibbon Head and its beaches. From the township on Bundeena, walk through the streets and then along the beautiful Jibbon Beach. At the northern end of Jibbon Beach, a track leads through the bush to an Aboriginal engraving site, then to the point of Jibbon Head. You will enjoy many grand water vistas across Port Hacking along this stretch. From the point, the walk heads along the eastern coastline to Shelley Beach before leading you back through the bush to Jibbon Beach, and then retracing your steps back to Bundeena. 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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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.
Loftus St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of the Path to Jibbon Beach. | 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.
Welcome to the Jibbon Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Walking along Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking North 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.
Looking south across Port Hacking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Clearing on the northern end of Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track leading through the bush. | 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.
Little Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coming out onto a rock platform. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Looking out of Port Hacking. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking along Jibbon Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Welcome to Jibbon Head sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Jibbon Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking across Jibbon Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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.
Track above Shelley Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track between Shelley and Jibbon Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Jibbon Beach end of track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track intersection at Jibbon Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View on Jibbon Beach. | 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 (-34.0827445,151.1511264)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.) Ferry
DirectionsFrom Princes Highway, A1
  • Turn on to then drive for 200 m
  • Turn left onto Kooraban Street and drive for another 4.7 km
  • Turn left onto Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and drive for another 10 km
  • Turn right onto Bundeena Drive and drive for another 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 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
Start.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Brighton Street.
After another 40 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.

After another 20 m pass the "Ferry Shelter" (8 m on your left).
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Brighton Street & Loftus Street) turn left, to head along Loftus Street (a residential road).
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 8 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 280 m (at the intersection of Bournemouth Street & Loftus Street) continue straight, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 295 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 30 m head through the bollard.
After another 70 m turn right.
After another 9 m continue straight.
After another 670 m veer left.
After another 120 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.

Turn right.
After another 120 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Jibbon Loop Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Jibbon Head Aboriginal Engravings. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 145 m turn left, to head along Jibbon Loop Track.
After another 55 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 215 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 3 m turn right, to head along Jibbon Loop Track.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Jibbon Loop Track.
After another 960 m continue straight.
After another 9 m turn left.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Neil Street & Loftus Street) continue straight, to head along Loftus Street (a residential road).
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Loftus Street & Eric Street) turn right, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Bob Booth Lane & Loftus Street) continue straight, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 255 m (at the intersection of Loftus Street & Beach Street) continue straight, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 190 m continue straight, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 135 m continue straight, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Brighton Street & Loftus Street) turn right, to head along Brighton Street (a service road).
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Brighton Street.
After another 90 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Jibbon Head Aboriginal Engravings.
After another 35 m cross the bridge
Turn map Directions & comments
After another 20 m come to the end.
Then cross the bridge
About 10 m past the end is "Jibbon Head Aboriginal Engravings".
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.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 55 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Jibbon Loop Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.1 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 1 h 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
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 is one 160 m from the start.


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