Sydney’s rugged and spectacular coastal scenery is on show on this 26km hike through Royal National Park, the world’s second oldest national park on the city’s southern fringes.
You’ll walk from the village of Bundeena to Otford train station, winding past beaches and bays, across magnificent sandstone escarpments and through patches of coastal heath and rainforest.
The weathered coastline is a perfect grandstand, offering soaring views to Wollongong and beyond and ample chances to spot sea birds and migrating humpback whales in season. If it’s warm enough, you can cool off at rainforest-fringed beaches such as Little Marley, Wattamolla, Garie and Burning Palms.
The trail is also rich in history, from ancient Aboriginal engravings to heritage-listed shack communities. Do the walk in sections, or prepare your backpack for the entire two-day adventure, sleeping overnight at North Era campground.
Tips for walkers:
- Check the Coast track webpage to plan your trip. Check the safety information, including park fire and closure alerts.
- Book North Era campground in advance if you plan to camp overnight.
- Make sure you're well-prepared, with a printed map of Royal National Park plus plenty of drinking water, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat.
- Use our NPWS app and download the map for Royal National Park before you leave home. You'll be able to track your location even when you are offline and lose mobile phone reception.
- For longer walks, you might prefer to join a group with a professional guide.