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Reids Flat Cottage

Royal National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Reids Flat Cottage.

Getting there and parking

Reids Flat Cottage is located above Reids Flat picnic area on the foreshore of the Hacking River and is around 36km south of Sydney. 

From Sydney:

  • Travel south along the Princes Highway from Sutherland  
  • Turn left on to Farnell Avenue, Audley (Royal National Park)  
  • Drive along Farnell Avenue to Audley Weir  
  • Turn left on to Riverside Drive before Audley Weir  
  • The cottage is about 450m on the left on an unsealed driveway, marked by a green post with #39 

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. The gate to Riverside Drive is locked from 8:30pm to 6:30am. You will receive a key for after-hours entry or exit. The gate must be kept locked at all times from 8:30pm to 6:30am. An additional locked gate leading to Reids Flat Cottage should also be locked at all times. Please bring a torch to open gates after dark.

Check out and returning keys: A $50 hourly penalty applies for late check outs. Please return the key on check out, to the key boxes located at the Royal Visitor Centre, or to the property managers. A $100 fee applies to 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.


  • The cottage has a fully furnished living room, kitchen facilities and 2 bathrooms (1 disabled access).
  • The kitchen has a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, cooktop, oven, crockery, cutlery and glassware.
  • Bedding configuration: 2 x queen, 4 x singles.
  • Bed linen and towels are provided, please bring your own beach towels.
  • There’s a washing machine and dryer, iron and board, gas heater, TV and Blu-Ray/DVD player
  • Audley Boatshed has bike and boat hire and is a short distance from the cottage.
  • Please leave the cottage clean and tidy, or additional fees may apply. Place rubbish in the bins provided outside. Excessive amounts of rubbish should be taken with you.


  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)


  • 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

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.

Cycling safety

Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

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’s no mobile phone coverage at the cottage but there is a landline phone for emergencies.

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.


Disability access level - medium

  • 1 bathroom with shower and toilet is wheelchair accessible 
  • Pathways, entry to the house and one queen bedroom are wheelchair accessible. 
  • Assistance may be required to access the kitchen, deck and verandah areas.



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 Reid's Flat cottage in Royal National Park Search availability

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).

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