Sunrise at Cape Bailey, Kurnell Peninsula, Botany Bay National Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Sunrise at Cape Bailey, Kurnell Peninsula, Botany Bay National Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Last few weeks were quite busy but finally I managed to spare some time for shooting a location I wanted to shoot for the last couple of years – Cape Bailey and a lighthouse there. Cape Bailey is a small sandstone cliff located on the South-Eastern side of Kurnell Peninsula in Botany Bay National Park. Kurnell is considered to be “the birthplace of modern Australia”, as it is the place where Captain James Cook landed on 29 April 1770, when navigating his way around Australia on his ship, the Endeavour.

The Cape Baily Lighthouse was built in 1950 and it is the youngest of the NPWS lighthouses – though its lantern enclosure was taken from an unknown late-19th-century lighthouse. The lighthouse itself is not quite picturesque but it is surrounded by significant Aboriginal sites, sandstone cliffs and gorges, and several important wetland areas.

Sunrise at Cape Bailey, Kurnell Peninsula, Botany Bay National Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia

How to get there:
From the Princess Highway turn to the Port Hacking Road, Sylvania or to The Boulevarde, Gymea depending on the way you are coming from. From the Port Hacking Road turn left to The Boulevarde and then drive straight to the Captain Cook Drive. Drive along the Captain Cook Drive for about 9.5km and turn right to the Sir Joseph Banks Drive right before Caltex Oil Refinery. Drive along the street till the end and park near the gate. The gate opens 6am till 7pm. Then you need to walk for about 2.7km along the road behind the gate till a carpark then to the Potter Point and then to the lighthouse. Allow about 30 or 45 minutes for this walk in the dark. If the gate is open you can drive straight to the carpark but when you are shooting sunrise you definitely have to walk this way.

The Potter Point is a very popular place for portrait sessions among Sydney photographers as it provides nice view to the ocean, Cronulla Beach and sandstone formations.

If you have plenty of time I suggest you to do a coastal loop walk. It’s quite long (about 10km) but the coastal scenery is quite dramatic, as the ocean pounds the sandstone cliffs creating some spectacular formations. Be very careful walking near cliff edge especially at night – there is no fence there.

More about Kurnell on Wikipedia

Kurnell-Cronulla Map in PDF
Botany Bay Coastal Walk in PDF
The Cape Bailey Walk in PDF

Custom map of the Cape Bailey coastal walk on Google Maps.

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  • Kirk Hille - August 20, 2009 - 2:12 am

    Nice set of shots Ilya ,
    looks like a great location I personally find lights houses make great focal points for shots . Love the colors and the water movment

  • Matt Lauder - August 24, 2009 - 12:31 pm

    Beautiful shot and it is great to see a shot in Sydney that is total new. Love that foreground water movement.

  • Beau - August 26, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    Gotta agree with Matt. The foreground water colour and movement is fantastic.

  • Armand - August 29, 2009 - 2:24 am

    Awesome colors! Beautifully composed and shot at just the right time. The light is perfect. Great work!

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