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Garie Beach picnic area

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