Royal National Park

The Royal National Park is one of the oldest national parks in the world. Relax on beautiful beaches and explore wonderful bushwalking trails, discovering littoral rainforest, abundant wildlife and ancient Aboriginal cultural heritage. You can hire row boats, and enjoy fishing and camping too.

Established in 1879, the national park spans 160 square kilometres. There are multiple entry points - several sealed roads, a scenic ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena, and a tram from the Sydney Tramway Museum in Loftus. The spectacular Grand Pacific Drive winds through the park.

Bathers swimming in calm lagoon by Wattamolla beach, Royal National Park

The best walking and cycling trails in the Royal National Park include:

  • Bundeena Drive to Marley walk, an 8km return walk
  • The Coast Track, a two-day hike
  • Curra Moors loop track, a 10km return walk
  • Forest path, a 4.4km loop walk
  • Karloo walking track, a 10km return walk
  • Uloola walking track, 11km one-way walk
  • Loftus loop trail, a 10km return mountain bike trail
  • Lady Carrington Drive, a 10km one-way shared track

Near Bundeena is Jibbon Head, where Aboriginal rock engravings include depictions of a whale and a sky spirit. The 26km Coast Track begins in Bundeena and weaves south by the Wedding Cake Rock, secluded beaches, over sandstone escarpment and through forest to Otford, near Stanwell Park.

The Wedding Cake Rock formation on the Coast Track, Royal National Park

Before your adventure please read these bushwalking safety tips. There are guided walks and hikes tours in the park. For hiking and camping, Sydney Coast Walks and Life’s an Adventure lead two-day Coast Track tours. Or take the family on a shorter trail, like the Forest path loop through rainforest.

From Governor Game lookout, near the North Era campground, you can spot humpback whales between May and November. You might be lucky and see the whales leap out of the water in what is called breaching. Birdwatching is also popular, with the national park home to hundreds of species.

Some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches are in the park, including Wattamolla, Garie and Burning Palms. Another popular attraction is hiring a row boat or canoe from Audley Boatshed and paddling on Kangaroo Creek and the Hacking River. Bundeena Kayaks has kayaking tours into the park as well.

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