Royal National Park
A day trip or school excursion to Royal National Park in Sydney's south, will offer plenty of opportunities for barbecues, fishing, bushwalking, birdwatching and whale watching.
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Sydney’s heritage-listed Royal National Park is affectionately known to locals as the ‘Nasho’ or just ‘the Royal’. Established in 1879, it’s the world's second-oldest national park. It features unique heritage attractions, along with fascinating plants, birds and animals. Perfect for bushwalking, cycling, surfing, picnicking or whale watching, this diverse park offers everything from beaches to rainforest.
Located near Cronulla within an hour’s drive from both the Sydney CBD and Wollongong, the 16,000ha Royal National Park is like a big beautiful backyard. Whether you come for a morning jog or a week-long camping holiday, you’ll discover something new each time.
Highlights in this park
NSW national parks in Sydney and surrounds have the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration, which takes place from June to November. Plan your next coastal adventure on the Wild About Whales website.
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.
- 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 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
- Royal National Park area office
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
- Royal National Park Visitor Centre