weekend walks: cape banks circuit

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Don’t let the blue skies and sunshine fool you. The temperatures had dropped and there were very high winds for our walk. There were certainly high swells when looking out at sea.

The Cape Banks Circuit was a really pleasant walk that covered about 7.3km. We started at Congwong Beach before stumbling accidentally onto a nudist beach. As you can imagine, we were a little overdressed (excuse the pun).



When we managed to get back on the right track, we worked out way to Henry Head, through dead forests and dense bushlands. Once we arrived at Henry Head what we saw was gorgeous coastline and a WWII battery and fort.



From Henry Head, we walked along the coast and cliff where it was all unfenced. With winds as strong as they were, we stayed well on the track towards Cape Banks Bridge.

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This last photo is us leaving Cape Banks behind. As always, our walk was not dull 🙂

Walking back to where our car was parked, there was a snake presentation on. It was extremely educational and we really wished we had heard this talk before we encountered snakes on our walk at Manly Dam

The start of this walk is in La Perouse which is approximately 14 km south-east of Sydney.

Hope you enjoy our photos and have a great week ahead. 



29 thoughts on “weekend walks: cape banks circuit

    Know-All said:
    May 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I am reminded of the joke about the professor who was supposed to give a lecture at a nudist camp…to show solidarity, he turned up nude, only to find that the audience had come fully dressed, to make him feel comfortable! 😀 Place looks awesome!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Hahaha! That’s brilliant 🙂 Hadn’t heard of that joke before but you got us smiling!

    the eternal traveller said:
    May 10, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I will remember this walk for the future. Our daughter lived for a couple of years at Maroubra and this walk would have been perfect. We did do the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk and it was gorgeous.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 10, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Coogee to Bondi is very stunning – we did that walk a couple of months back, should be in the archives 🙂

        the eternal traveller said:
        May 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

        I remembered after I clicked reply on this comment that we actually started our walk from Maroubra, which added about 1 1/2 km to the walk, but it was such a lovely July day that it didn’t matter. I wrote about it too. We finished with a magnificent sunset at Bondi.

    Jaspa said:
    May 6, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    What a wonderful place to have on your back doorstep (I presume), Monkeys.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 6, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      It’s certainly not far from us and it is a beauty 🙂

    kayrpea61 said:
    May 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    and the weather was so good to you again. Thank you for the great pictures 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      So glad you think our photos are great 🙂 Thank you for visiting!
      Weather was good by windy and cold!

    Melinda Lusmore said:
    May 6, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Sydney has so many gorgeous coastal walks! Enough for many weekend walks 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 6, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Absolutely! We have simply been blown away by the amount of walks we have been able to do that we hadn’t thought of before!

    Savvy Kenya (@savvykenya) said:
    May 6, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I’m still waiting for photos from the nudist beach :-/

    Shikha Kothari said:
    May 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

    This is beautiful 🙂 Is this stunning coastline in your neighborhood?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      This stunning coastline is about 20 minutes drive away!

      It was so spectacular experiencing it with high winds so we could see the waves crashing on the rocks!!

      Thanks so much for swinging by 🙂

    y. prior said:
    May 6, 2014 at 5:22 am

    your walks are truly NEVER dull – and whew, this has to be some of the prettiest water I have ever seen – that aqua marine blue is one of my favs – and whew – enjoyed this much. the variety 🙂 and the one photo I can almost feel the mist….

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 6, 2014 at 6:25 am

      Thanks Yvette 🙂 As mentioned to Celia, we felt a little guilty that this was all in our home city and it’s taken us this long to discover it 🙂 Thanks to our walks, we are exploring much kore than we have ever!
      We, ourselves, were blown away by the colour of the water 🙂

    Just Another Nature Enthusiast said:
    May 6, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Beautiful photos… love the vivid color! Judging from the spray blowing off the waves, it does look windy!
    However, you had two things in your favor:
    1. It wasn’t raining (that plus high winds can make for a miserable experience)
    2. You weren’t hanging things out to dry … so to speak.
    Fun post 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 6, 2014 at 6:23 am

      🙂 Thanks Jane for the comment that made us smile!!! Yes, we were very fortunate that it wasn’t raining 🙂

    janedrichta said:
    May 5, 2014 at 11:19 pm


    Celia said:
    May 5, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Beautiful photos! I have so much exploring to do in my own country!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Hi Celia 🙂
      We actually felt a little guilty that we have SO much in our backyard that we take for granted and have not yet explored! Since we started our weekend walks regular segment, we have switched on our traveler/tourist eyes and have discovered so many great things about our city! We now look at Sydney with a very different perspective.
      Thanks for swinging by! Hope you had a lovely weekend.

        Celia said:
        May 5, 2014 at 11:15 pm

        I think it’s quite common though – people want to go out and see the world, because you know your homeland will always be there! People in Japan are always surprised when I tell them I haven’t been to Ayres Rock. But at the same time, I’ve been to loads more places in Japan than most Japanese people have!
        Good on you for making a point of exploring Sydney 🙂

    nnhtcao said:
    May 5, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    so scenic!

    Sha said:
    May 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Gorgeous…Thanks for bringing me around Sydney with you….you have just reminded me of my story at a nudist beach when I was at Watson’s Bay…it was…..hmmm, something worth checking out, I suppose??? Hahaha…:)

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 5, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      LOL – Let’s just say we were NOT expecting that. We found that beach so secluded and so peaceful. We felt like it was our private beach until we saw who else we were really sharing it with 🙂

        Sha said:
        May 5, 2014 at 9:54 pm

        Hahahaha…I can imagine!! I would say that I’ve never encountered one but only found that one out when I visited watson’s bay…;)

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