Kamay Botany Bay National Park, located in the southern part of Sydney, is a great spot for some scenic trail running. There are numerous trails atop coastal bluffs and along the water and some small beaches. The views are fantastic. The park is divided into two peninsula sections: La Perouse and Kurnell. The park website has excellent information on the different trail options, level of difficulty, and maps. We’ve mapped a couple of routes on each peninsula.
La Perouse. We’ve mapped an 8 km route around La Perouse peninsula, combining the Henry Head Walking Track & Cape Banks Walking Track, then using the Cape Banks Firetrail & Jennifer St. Boardwalk on the east end to make the loop. The paths are of moderate difficulty, with varying types of footing including boardwalk, dirt, rock, and narrow in sections. There are great views of Botany Bay from the headland. Be sure to take a jaunt across Bare Island Bridge. Can include a swim at Congwong Beach!
Kurnell Peninsula. The Kurnell Peninsula Headland features several trails and heritage sites, including Captain Cook’s Landing Place. There are numerous running options. The main walking tracks (trails) are the Banks-Solander Track, Burrawang walk, & the Muru and Yenna Track. They are more interior and wooded than those on La Perouse. These can be combined for 4-5 km.
For an easy, scenic run on Kurnell, take the Monument Track from the Visitor Centre to the Prince Charles Parade — a flat, paved path along that runs for 2 km along Silver Beach to Bona Point.
For a more challenging, rugged trail run, take the Cape Bailey Track south along the peninsula. It’s up to 3.8 km to Potter’s Point. The trail is quite narrow, and is a combination of some bushland with some views.