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Pool Flat picnic area

Royal National Park

Overview

Idyllic Pool Flat picnic area offers swimming and paddling on Hacking River in Royal National Park, in the popular family friendly Audley region, south of Sydney.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Royal National Park
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Royal National Park is open 7am-8.30pm. The entrance gate is locked when the park closes.

Pool Flat picnic area offers a delightful riverside spot, ideal for a family day out in the popular Audley Weir area. Only an hour from the centre of Sydney, you’ll feel like you and the family are on holiday, even if it’s only for an afternoon.

The kids will love swimming in the tranquil waters of Hacking River, and you’ll love the relaxed setting with the easy option for a delicious lunch or snack at nearby Weir Cafe. If you’re tempted to get out on the water, hire a canoe or two at Audley Boatshed for a paddle along the river.

Just down river from Royal National Park Visitor Centre, it’s a great opportunity to pick up some brochures about walks and other lovely spots to explore in Royal National Park.

Take a virtual tour of Pool Flat picnic area 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
      13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for campground and cottage 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
      13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for campground and cottage 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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See more visitor info
Audley Visitor Centre, Royal National Park. Photo: Andy Richards