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Hilltop Cottage

Royal National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Hilltop Cottage.

Getting there and parking

Hilltop Cottage is located overlooking the Hacking River and is around 42km south of Sydney. 

From Sydney 

  • Travel south along the Princes Highway from Sutherland 
  • Turn left onto Farnell Avenue, Audley (Royal National Park) 
  • Proceed along Farnell Avenue to Audley Weir 
  • Drive across Audley Weir and continue along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive for approximately 2km
  • Turn left on to Warumbul Road and follow to the junction of Rathane Road
  • Continue along the sealed Rathane Road until you reach the entrance to Youthworks Conference Centre
  • Enter the Hilltop Cottage gate on the right (please do not enter Youthworks property).

Pick up service: Pick up service is available from Sutherland Station. You must arrange pick up with the property managers at least 48 hours before you check in.

Check in: The property managers will contact you before your booking to arrange your check in details and security deposit. A $200 security deposit is required.

You will receive 2 keys; 1 key to unlock the cottage entrance gate, and 1 key to unlock the cottage. You will also receive a PIN code to access the cottage and to open the boom gate at Warumbul Road. This gate is closed from 8:30pm to 7am.

Check out and returning keys: A $50 hourly penalty fee applies for late check outs. Please return the keys on check out, to the key boxes at the Royal Visitor Centre or to the property managers. A $100 fee applies for lost keys or keys not returned at time of check out.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available at the cottage.


  • Bedding configuration: 1 queen bed, 1 queen bed, 2 singles.
  • Bathroom with shower.
  • Separate toilet.
  • Living room.
  • Please leave the cottage clean and tidy or additional fees may apply.


  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

Gas barbecue.


  • Audley Dance Hall Café has coffee and refreshments.
  • You can pick up supplies at nearby shops in Sutherland and Engadine.

Drinking water


  • Hot showers

Electric power


Outdoor furniture


Fridge, dishwasher, microwave, cooktop, oven.

Plates and cutlery

Pots and pans

Bed linen


Gas heater.


Includes Blu-Ray/DVD player.


Washing machine

The laundry has a washing machine, dryer, iron, ironing board.

Rubbish bin

Please take excessive rubbish with you.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

There is mobile phone service at the cottage, however there's no wifi.

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.



A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.


  • Amplified music is not permitted
  • Please don’t feed the birds or animals.
  • The cottage is not to be used for commercial purposes, including filming. Email Royal National Park for more information.

Camp fires and solid fuel burners



Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Map of Hill Top accommodation in Royal National Park.

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. Payment options include Audley Visitor Centre, vehicle entry stations, pay machines and the Park’nPay app.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

    Buy annual pass

Visitor centre