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Palm Jungle loop track

Royal National Park

Overview

A challenging yet spectacular walk, Palm Jungle loop track takes in rainforest, cliff tops, beaches and scenic coastal views in Royal National Park, near Otford.

Where
Royal National Park
Distance
10km loop
Time suggested
4 - 6hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Royal National Park opens at 7am. Gates are locked and the park closes at 8.30pm.

What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • There’s an optional detour south along the track from Burning Palms beach to Figure Eight Pools. Always check the tides as the pools are only accessible at low tide and waves can wash across the pools.
  • Organise a pickup at Otford if you plan to continue south, at the left hand turn, near Werrong lookout.

This challenging track offers the best of all worlds in the southern reaches of Royal National Park. Near Otford, Palm Jungle loop track meanders through coastal rainforest, beaches and cliff tops offering spectacular ocean views and swimming. It’s perfect for bushwalkers who love to pack an adventure into a day trip.

From Garawarra Farm, the track leads through towering forests of gums and graceful angophoras. Descending the steep Burgh Ridge, stop and absorb the brilliant panoramic views along the dramatic coastline. Joining The Coast track, veer right past historic beach shacks to Burning Palms beach. It’s a great spot for a refreshing dip and a scenic picnic lunch.

The track winds through a jungle of lush palms to Werrong lookout; a rocky outcrop with magnificent views. At the track junction, take a right through shady woodlands back to your car or turn left towards Otford.

Take a virtual tour of Palm Jungle loop track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

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:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Bonnie Vale, Wattamolla and Garie Beach are cash only, as there is no power or mobile connection. Please bring correct change.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Royal National Park Visitor Centre
      (02) 9542 0648
      1300 072 757 campground bookings
      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
      1300 072 757 campground bookings
      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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Palm Jungle loop track, Royal National Park. Photo: OEH