Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park, Sydney

A short circuit walk in the Royal National Park near Bundeena, taking in beautiful coastline, and you can extend it by continuing along the classic Coast Track to Marley Head or beyond.

Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park

The Jibbon Head Circuit is the shorter section of a longer walk we’ve done from Bundeena to Marley Head in the Royal National Park. It’s a mostly flat walk at the northern most end of the park, and offers very attractive coastal scenery for relatively little effort, including secluded looking beaches and rocky sections. When combined with the section of the classic Coast Track between Bundeena and Marley Head it makes for an excellent coastal walk of moderate difficulty, and all within easy reach of Sydney.

Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park
Little Wattlebirds (only little by wattle bird standards), on a big ass Gymea Lily. Saw these guys as soon as I stepped out of the car.

Track Notes

We used notes in A Day in the Bush, (refer to the first section of the Bundeena to Marley Head walk), and there are also notes online at Wildwalks for a shorter version, and a longer version. We did the longer version to continue along the Coast Track.

Starting somewhere in Bundeena near the water (we park in Eric St), walk along Jibbon Beach and follow the track clockwise around the headland, either circling back around to Jibbon Beach, or else taking a left turn after Shelly Beach to head inland to the alternate start of the Coast Track near Beachcomber Avenue. This inland stretch is on a sandy fire trail. From the Coast Track you can set off east then south along the coast to Marley Head, and beyond if you like. Another option would be to walk back to the start through suburbia (eg, Beachcomber Ave then Eric St).

Jibbon Head Circuit: The Scenery

Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park
Jibbon Beach
Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park
Jibbon Beach from Jibbon Head.
Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park
Vegetation on the headland.
Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park
There were a lot of these flowers out: Twining Guinea Flower

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Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park
Some of the beaches felt quite secluded, only they’re highly accessible.
Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park
Looking back towards Bundeena.
Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park
On the ocean side now.

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Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park
I love flannel flowers. This was a particularly diminutive one.

Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park

Jibbon Head Circuit, Royal National Park
This section was h0t and slow going in the sand. Atmospheric nevertheless.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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