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Garie Beach picnic area

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Alerts for Royal National Park: closed areas

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Updated: 27/11/2014 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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Royal National Park

closed areas

Garie Road closure for RMS essential maintenance (Ends 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
Trail closure
Florence Parade trail is closed to the public between Grays Point and the Royal National Park Office until further notice due to a pollution incident.
Penalties apply for non-compliance
For more information, please contact the Royal National Park 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