The Coast Track
- Distance and time: 26km one-way, 2 days
- Level: Steep and difficult trail for experienced bushwalkers only
- Camping: Book ahead for North Era campground (no treated water is available on the walk)
- Top attractions: Spectacular ocean and coastline views, beautiful beaches, Wedding Cake Rock, Wattomalla Falls, scenic lookouts, native wildlife, rainforest and whale watching
Explore the rugged beauty and enjoy spectacular views on the Coast track, one of Australia’s best walks in the Royal National Park. The challenging 26km trail hugs the beautiful coastline between Bundeena in southern Sydney and Otford, near the popular hang-gliding spot at Stanwell Park.
This exhilarating experience takes in cliff tops with stunning ocean views, coastal heath, seasonal wildflowers, gorgeous beaches and rainforest. Guided tours are available, such as Sydney Coast Walks and Life’s an Adventure. You should read these bushwalking safety tips before your journey.
The Coast track can be walked in either direction. If you begin from Bundeena you’ll finish in Otford, where you can take a train back to Sydney. To get to Bundeena, take a train from Central Station in the city centre to seaside Cronulla for a ferry across sparkling Port Hacking to the charming town.
From Beachcomber Avenue the first leg of the track is 18km to North Era campground. On the way marvel at dazzling white sandstone cliffs at Wedding Cake Rock, cool off at Little Marley Beach and break for lunch at pretty Wattomolla Beach and picnic area, where there are free barbecue facilities.
You’ll relish breathtaking views from lookouts at Curracurrang Cove, Eagle Rock and Garie Beach, which has a kiosk and toilet facilities. Lifesavers patrol Garie Beach from late September to late April. Keep an eye out for heritage-listed beach shacks nestled in the bush, which date back to the 1930s.
From North Era it’s an 8km walk to Otford, with a final steep ascent through a sub-tropical rainforest to Otford lookout, another vantage point to spot humpback whales migrating along the coast between May and November. The walk from the lookout to the train station is about 30 minutes.