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Gunjulla Flat picnic area

“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.


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 is available at Gunjulla Flat picnic area.

Important info


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