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The Coast track

Royal National Park


The Coast track in Royal National Park is an epic multi-day walking experience. Go whale watching or bird watching from one of the lookouts. Complete your walk with a refreshing swim at Garie Beach or North Era Beach. Take a virtual tour of The Coast track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

Royal National Park
26km one-way
Time suggested
1 - 2 days
Grade 5
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • Make sure you get a bush camping permit from the park office in advance, if you're camping overnight.
  • Be sure to bring a Royal National Park map with you when you walk, along with drinking water and plenty of extra sunscreen
  • If you plan on whale watching, try walking The Coast track between May and August

The Coast track simply must be walked at least once in a lifetime. You’ll walk along cliffs, beaches and escarpments, taking in magnificent ocean views and the rugged beauty of Royal National Park’s coastline as you go.

The 26km track runs from Bundeena to Otford. You can tackle it in sections or, if you’re super-fit, in a single day. A great way to complete The Coast track walk, though, is to make it a two-day backpack trip with an overnight stop at North Era campground.

Plan your walk during whale watching season to spot migrating humpback whales. Although if you go in summer, you can cool off with a swim at Little Marley, Wattamolla, Garie, North Era or Burning Palms Beach.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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
    • 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
See more visitor info
Coastal Walk, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan