Royal National Park
Hire a kayak and spend a few relaxed hours paddling up Kangaroo Creek from Audley Boatshed in Royal National Park, near Loftus.
- 4km return
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- Opening times
- 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday
- Closed Monday (unless a public holiday)
- What to
- Hat, sunscreen, bottled water, suitable clothing, raincoat
- Please note
For safety reasons, all visitors are required to wear a life jacket. This is included in the hire cost.
Choose the pace of your own adventure when you hire a canoe, kayak or rowboat from Audley Boatshed, just 1 hour from Sydney. Take the family out in a rowboat with the ducks and enjoy the tranquil waters of the Hacking River. Take a break from paddling and enjoy lunch at one of the many picnic areas or Audley Dance Hall Cafe nearby.
If you're up for a longer paddle, you can spend several hours kayaking 2km up Kangaroo Creek and then returning the same way. As you glide between sandstone cliffs lined with eucalypts, and rainforest you might spot kingfishers diving into the water, turtles, lace monitors, and maybe even a koala up high. This area is also home to possums, sugar gliders, bats, wallabies, and many different parrots and rosellas.
Operating since 1893, historic Audley Boatshed has been a place for families to enjoy nature for generations.
Royal National Park Visitor Centre
Make a beeline for Royal National Park Visitor Centre at Audley on your trip to Sydney's Royal National Park. It offers excellent tourist information and walking track maps.
Audley Dance Hall Cafe
Visit Audley Dance Hall Cafe for a coffee or a meal after bushwalking in Sydney's Royal National Park. The cafe also sells takeaway food and drinks, so you can organise your own picnic.
Ironbark Flat picnic area
Ironbark Flat is a popular, family-friendly riverside picnic area near Audley. Just a short drive from Sydney, it offers easy access for prams and wheelchairs, plus scenic views of Hacking River.
Currawong Flat picnic area
Family-friendly riverside Currawong Flat picnic area offers fishing, paddling and picnicking along the banks of Hacking River in Royal National Park, near Sydney.
- 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
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