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Gunjulla Flat picnic area

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

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Updated: 23/11/2014 12:01 AM

“We pulled in here and had a cuppa from the thermos. The heath was bursting with wildflowers – it was simply beautiful.”

This is a beautiful spot for a quick bite to eat or a stretch of the legs before exploring Australia’s oldest national park, near Waterfall. Gunjulla Flat picnic area, on the western edge of Royal National Park, is a quick and easy pit stop on a day trip or car tour of the park.

Pull up and lay out a picnic spread on one of the tables and enjoy a rustic bush setting. It’s an ideal spot for a breather while road cycling around the park, or a great place if prepping your gear for a day exploring the hinterland. It’s only a short drive along McKell Avenue to Couranga walking track or Forest path.

The surrounding heath attracts birds such as fantail cuckoos, pigeons and quails. In the spring, when the heath erupts with wildflowers, you might see honey eaters and wattlebirds feeding on the banksias.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Gunjulla Flat picnic area is in the Waterfall precinct of Royal National Park. To get there:

  • Turn off Princes Highway at Waterfall train station
  • Follow McKell Avenue for approximately 1.5km and follow the signs

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Gunjulla Flat picnic area.

Important info

Facilities:

  • Carpark
  • Picnic tables

You should know:

  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at this beach, so take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • Toilets are located at Waterfall Train Station and Garie Beach picnic area

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- Alerts

Royal National Park

closed areas

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.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Sunday 23 November. Future bans will also apply.)
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 Sunday 23 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: www.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: 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

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Couranga Track, Royal National Park. Photo: Andy Richards/NSW Government