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Garie Beach picnic area

Royal National Park

Overview

A perfect day out, Garie Beach is a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic and is great for swimming, whale watching, fishing, surfing and walking options.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Royal National Park
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • 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.

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.

Take a virtual tour of Garie Beach picnic area on Google Street View.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Conservation program:

Conservation and coastal engravings in Royal National Park

The conservation and coastal engravings project in the Royal National Park is working to preserve one of the region’s finest expressions of Aboriginal culture: the Jibbon Headland Aboriginal engravings. A new boardwalk and viewing platform limit the foot access that was damaging the engravings, while encroaching soil and vegetation are being removed.

Aboriginal engravings in Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $11 per vehicle per day.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Royal National Park Visitor Centre
      (02) 9542 0648
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Audley, Royal National Park, NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9542 1420
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    • Royal National Park area office
      (02) 9542 0632
      Contact hours: 9am-4:30pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
    • 159 Farnell Avenue, Royal National Park, NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9542 1420
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Garie Beach, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government