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The Coast track

Royal National Park

Overview

The Coast track in Sydney's Royal National Park is an epic multi-day walk between Bundeena and Otford. Enjoy incredible coastal lookouts, swimming spots, seasonal wildflowers and whale watching along this challenging 26km track.

Where
Royal National Park
Distance
26km one-way
Time suggested
2 days
Grade
Grade 5
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, snacks, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, sunscreen, tent, sleeping bag, raincoat
Please note

The Coast track can be tackled in sections or, if you’re super-fit, in a day. It's best experienced as a 2-day backpack trip with an overnight stop at North Era campground (advance bookings required).

The northern section of the walk covers around 18km from Bundeena to North Era. Allow at least 7hrs to enjoy the rugged beauty of Royal National Park's sandstone escarpments, sandy beaches, coastal heath and forest, as you walk. There are several scenic stops along the way, including Little Marley Beach, Wattamolla, Curracurrang Cove near Eagle Rock lookout, and Garie Beach. Stop for a rest, have a picnic, or cool off with a swim, before continuing to North Era campground for the night.

The southern section of the walk, between North Era and Otford lookout, covers 8km and takes around 3hrs. You'll pass several heritage shacks at South Era, and travel through coastal rainforest of burning palms and palm jungle. Why not stop at Burning Palms Beach, before climbing back atop the headlands. Take in the views from Werrong lookout then push on the last couple of kilometres to Otford lookout.

Plan your walk during whale watching season, May to October, for a chance to spot migrating humpback whales.

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For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal 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, Royal National Park, NSW 2232
    • 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 2232
    • Fax: (02) 9542 1420
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Coastal Walk, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan