The Coast Track is an exhilarating multi-day walk that will take you along a beautiful stretch of NSW coastline, where you can look for whales or spot the sea eagles, silver gulls and terns that pass over the lookouts. Refresh with a swim at Garie Beach.
The Coast Track
The Coast Track is a 26 km scenic trail of medium difficulty that follows the south eastern edge of the Royal National Park from Bundeena to Otford. It's recommended you take two days to complete the track which winds its way past cliffs, beaches and escarpments offering spectacular ocean views. If you're completing the walk between May and November, keep an eye out for migrating whales.
Begin the trail from Beachcomber Avenue in Bundeena and make your way to the Wattamolla picnic area where you can rest and refuel under a cabbage tree palm or swim and fish at the beach. Continue south and take in stunning vistas out to sea from Eagle Rock Lookout and spot native sea birds flying overhead. When you reach Garie Beach, enjoy a pleasant trek across the soft sand.
Retire for the night at the North Era camping ground, located just behind the beach. Rest and prepare for the remaining 8 km walk to Otford with the ground's basic bush-camping facilities, including sites to pitch a tent and toilets. Awake refreshed for the remaining 8 km walk to Otford.
There are plenty of opportunities to cool off with a swim along the way. Set in broad inlets between craggy coastline gullys Wattamolla, Garie and Burning Palms Beaches are also all ideal spots for a picnic. If you are swimming, please be aware of tidal rips. These beaches are only patrolled during the summer months.
The Royal Coast Track can be started at either Bundeena or Otford, with parking available at both ends of the trail. To reach the trail by public transport, catch a ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena or catch a train to Otford. Be sure to take along plenty of water, sun protection and appropriate clothing and footwear.