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Garie Beach picnic area

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Alerts for Royal National Park: fire bans, upcoming closed areas, upcoming hazard reduction burns

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Updated: 01/11/2014 12:01 AM

“We all love a day trip to Garie Beach. It’s a great getaway for us all.”

You’ll love this quick holiday fix just an hour or so from Sydney. So pack a picnic, herd up the clan and get down there nice and early to grab a great spot at Garie Beach, in the southern end of Royal National Park.

Head to the beach for a spot of whale watching in the winter or for the feel of warm salt water on your skin, surf the waves in the warmer months. If you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at some beach fishing. It’s an ideal spot for birdwatching, so bring the binoculars for a chance to glimpse an albatross, sea eagle, and the rarer peregrine falcon as they cruise on the updraft from coastal breezes.

After lunch, explore the rainforest gullies around the beach where cabbage tree palms and ferns provide a shady spot. Be sure to take in the view from Governor Game lookout before leaving.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Garie Beach picnic area is in the southern precinct of Royal National Park. To get there:

From Audley:

  • Drive across Audley Weir and continue along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive
  • Turn left onto Garie Road and follow to Garie Beach picnic area

From Waterfall:

  • Follow McKell Avenue to the end
  • Turn left onto Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and continue for approximately 5km
  • Turn right onto Garie Road and follow to Garie Beach picnic area

Think about car pooling if your destination is Wattamolla, Bonnie Vale or Garie as visitor numbers in these areas often exceed available parking.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Garie Beach picnic area.

Important info

Facilities:

  • Cafe/kiosk
  • Carpark
  • Picnic tables
  • Cold showers
  • Flush toilets

You should know:

  • Please note Royal National Park opens at 7am and gates are locked and the park is closed after 8.30pm
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at Garie Beach – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times
  • This beach is only patrolled on weekends and public holidays during surf season
  • You'll need to bring your own drinking water
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • Cold shower facilities are available at Garie Beach picnic area
  • Think about car pooling if your destination is Wattamolla, Bonnie Vale or Garie as visitor numbers in these areas often exceed available parking.

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- Alerts

Royal National Park

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Saturday 1 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
 
For visitor safety all tracks and trails, with the exception of Lady Carrington Drive, are closed when a Total Fire Ban is in force. The picnic areas will remain open. For information on Total Fire Bans please visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.auwww.rfs.nsw.gov.au

upcoming closed areas

Closed areas: Garie Road closure for RMS essential maintenance (Thursday 27 November to Friday 28 November)Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be doing maintenance on the following roads in Royal National Park which will result in the some road closures:

  • Garie Road closed: Monday 17/11/2014 – Tuesday 18/11/2014 and Thursday 27/11/2014 – Friday 28/11/2014
  • Lady Wakehurst Drive closed: Wednesday 19/11/2014 – Friday 21/11/2014 and Monday 24/11/2014 – Wednesday 26/11/2014
Please note that Garawarra Farm Road will be kept open during the works. RMS will be posting these closures on the Variable Message System (VMS) units one week prior to closures, and if these closures coincide with any Total Fire Ban days, RMS  will stop work and keep roads open. For more information, please contact Royal area office (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Garie Beach picnic area, Governor Game lookout
Closed areas: Garie Road closure for RMS essential road maintenance (Monday 17 November to Wednesday 19 November)Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be doing maintenance on the following roads in Royal National Park which will result in the some road closures:
  • Garie Road closed: Monday 17/11/2014 – Tuesday 18/11/2014 and Thursday 27/11/2014 – Friday 28/11/2014
  • Lady Wakehurst Drive closed: Wednesday 19/11/2014 – Friday 21/11/2014 and Monday 24/11/2014 – Wednesday 26/11/2014
Please note that Garawarra Farm Road will be kept open during the works. RMS will be posting these closures on the Variable Message System (VMS) units one week prior to closures, and if these closures coincide with any Total Fire Ban days, RMS  will stop work and keep roads open. For more information, please contact Royal area office (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Garie Beach picnic area, Governor Game lookout
Closed areas: Lady Wakehurst Drive closed for essential maintenance (Wednesday 19 November to Friday 21 November)Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be doing maintenance on the following roads in Royal National Park which will result in the some road closures:
  • Garie Road closed: Monday 17/11/2014 – Tuesday 18/11/2014 and Thursday 27/11/2014 – Friday 28/11/2014
  • Lady Wakehurst Drive closed: Wednesday 19/11/2014 – Friday 21/11/2014 and Monday 24/11/2014 – Wednesday 26/11/2014
Pedestrian access to the southern end of the coast track is unaffected, however, vehicular drop off and pickups from Otford lookout may not be possible. Please note that Garawarra Farm Road will be kept open during the works. RMS will be posting these closures on the Variable Message System (VMS) units one week prior to closures, and if these closures coincide with any Total Fire Ban days, RMS  will stop work and keep roads open. For more information, please contact Royal area office (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Werrong Beach track, The Coast track, Red Cedar Flat picnic area, Upper Causeway picnic area
Closed areas: Lady Wakehurst Drive closed for essential maintenance (Monday 24 November to Wednesday 26 November)Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be doing maintenance on the following roads in Royal National Park which will result in the some road closures:
  • Garie Road closed: Monday 17/11/2014 – Tuesday 18/11/2014 and Thursday 27/11/2014 – Friday 28/11/2014
  • Lady Wakehurst Drive closed: Wednesday 19/11/2014 – Friday 21/11/2014 and Monday 24/11/2014 – Wednesday 26/11/2014
Pedestrian access to the southern end of the coast track is unaffected, however, vehicular drop off and pickups from Otford lookout may not be possible. Please note that Garawarra Farm Road will be kept open during the works. RMS will be posting these closures on the Variable Message System (VMS) units one week prior to closures, and if these closures coincide with any Total Fire Ban days, RMS  will stop work and keep roads open. For more information, please contact Royal area office (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Werrong Beach track, The Coast track, Red Cedar Flat picnic area, Upper Causeway picnic area
Closed areas: MS Sydney to Wollongong bike ride (Sunday 2 November)Access to the south end of Royal National Park along McKell Avenue,Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Lady Wakehurst Drive from Garie to Otford will be closed to general vehicle traffic for the MS City to Wollongong Bike Ride 2 November 2014 7.00am to 3.00pm. Vehicle access to Audley, Wattamolla, Garie and access to the northern end of Lady Carrington Drive from the Audley direction remain open, although some traffic delays may be experienced.
Locations affected: Forest path, Lady Carrington Drive, Couranga walking track, Gunjulla Flat picnic area, Red Cedar Flat picnic area, Upper Causeway picnic area, Waterfall Flat picnic area
Closed areas: MS Sydney to Wollongong bike ride (Sunday 2 November)Access to the south end of Royal National Park along McKell Avenue, Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Lady Wakehurst Drive from Garie to Otford will be closed to general vehicle traffic 7.00am to 3.00pm, 2 November 2014, for the MS City to Wollongong Bike Ride. Vehicle access to Audley, Wattamolla and Garie and access to the northern end of Lady Carrington Drive from the Audley direction remains open, although some traffic delays may be experienced.
Locations affected: Forest path, Lady Carrington Drive, Couranga walking track, Gunjulla Flat picnic area, Red Cedar Flat picnic area, Upper Causeway picnic area, Waterfall Flat picnic area

upcoming hazard reduction burns

Hazard reduction burn - The Coast track (Tuesday 4 November to Friday 7 November) Some tracks in the northern part of this park will be closed from Tuesday 4 November until Friday 7 November 2014 due to a hazard reduction burn, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service, together with the Rural Fire Service NSW and NSW Fire and Rescue, intend to conduct a hazard reduction burn in Royal National Park. The area to be burnt extends from the south east corner of Bundeena, along the southern side of the township to Bundeena Drive and bounded by the Big Marley Fire Trail to the south. It will be adjacent to the residential streets of Bundeena Drive, Liverpool Street, Scarborough Street, Brighton Street, Rymill Place, Bournemouth Street and Beachcomber Avenue. It will be necessary to close some trails during burn operations. These include:

  • Big Marley fire trail
  • Jibbon Point trail and
  • The Coast track from Jibbon Beach and Beachcomber Avenue, Bundeena to Wattamolla.
The area to be burnt is approximately 165 hectares and is scheduled to take place from Tuesday 4 November. The scheduling of the burn is totally dependant on weather conditions so will not be undertaken if conditions are unfavourable. The burn is part of an on-going program to reduce the fuel levels and risk of fire to properties from potential wild fires in the vicinity of Bundeena. It is expected to take three to five days, including mopping up operations. During this time, residents in adjoining areas may experience periods of smoke and ash fall and all tracks and trails will be closed to residents and the general public until the area has been assessed and considered safe.
The risk to properties during the burn is considered to be low, however it is recommended that property owners ensure their properties are well prepared to reduce the risk from embers.
• Remove leaf litter from gutters.
• Remove any items that you may have in the Asset Protection Zone behind your property.
• Ensure that pets are secure within property boundaries and have an area that provides protection for them.
• Close all windows and remove washing from clothes lines on the day of the burn.
• Stay well clear of fire operations during the burn.
• If you have asthma or a respiratory condition we recommend that you stay inside or plan to be away from the area during the day of the burn.
For information on current wild fire and hazard reduction activity visit the RFS website. For further information on the park closure, contact the area office on (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.


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Garie Beach, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government