Royal National Park

Highlights

This heritage-listed national park spans 16,000 hectares from the coastline to the spectacular Hacking River. Boasting a great range walking tracks that wind from an hour to a week, this is an ideal spot for all ages to walk or hike while taking in some breathtaking scenery.

  • Governor Game Lookout, Royal National Park - Image; Hamilton Lund
  • Wattamolla Inlet
Couple bushwalking, Royal National Park

Established in 1879, the Royal National Park park is located just outside of Cronulla, about an hour’s drive from both Sydney’s CBD and Wollongong. Experience the expanse of bush, beaches and waterfalls at one of the world’s oldest national parks.

There are several scenic walking trails that weave through the diverse landscape, including the Bungoona lookout and path and Marley walk, both of which offer fantastic views across the Hacking River and eucalyptus bushland. The Coast Track is a 26km, multi-day walking experience running from Bundeena to Otford with several campgrounds along the way. From Governor Game lookout, visitors can view the humpback whales during migration season between May - November or even catch a glimpse of one of the many bird species, such as ospreys and sea eagles that frequent the area.

Take a dip at Garie Beach by following the Little Marley trail to Deer Pool before settling in at the Currawong Flat picnic area for a barbecue and a bite to eat. The popular picnic area at Wattamolla is an ideal place to stop for lunch or to base yourself as you explore the rest of the park. The calm waters of the lagoon are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and fishing, while bird watchers can spot some local sea eagles and oystercatchers.

Whether you’re mountain biking along the Loftus loop trail or taking part in the Jibbon Aboriginal guided walk, visiting for a day or a week, Royal National Park offers plenty of opportunities to take in the diverse bush-to-beach landscape at your own pace.