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Bonnie Vale picnic area

Royal National Park

Overview

For a great day of swimming, kayaking, or fishing in the waters of Port Hacking, take the family to Bonnie Vale picnic area in Royal National Park, near Bundeena.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Royal National Park
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Open 6am to 8:30pm (7 days). Closed on Christmas Day.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Camping at the picnic area is prohibited and people camping or staying overnight with campervans will receive a fine. Nearby Bonnie Vale campground is closed until further notice. 

For a great day of water-based fun for all the family, pack the car and make your way to Bonnie Vale picnic area. The kids will love swimming and liloing in the tranquil waters of Cabbage Tree Basin.

For more adventure, hire a kayak, a canoe, or stand-up paddleboard from Bundeena Kayaks and paddle the beautiful waterways of Port Hacking, near Bundeena. There’s also great fishing if you take a walk over to nearby Jibbon Beach.

After all that activity, relax at the picnic tables under the trees and cook up some lunch on the gas barbecues. 

If you'd prefer to take public transport, the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena is an attraction in it's own right and one of the nicest ways to get out on the water. Located just over an hour from the centre of Sydney, Bonnie Vale picnic area will make you feel like you're a world away from the busy city.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Conservation program:

Conservation and coastal engravings in Royal National Park

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.

Aboriginal engravings in Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

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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. Seasonal ticket booths at Bonnie Vale, Wattamolla and Garie Beach are cash only, as there is no power or mobile connection. Please bring correct change.

    Buy an annual pass.
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View of Cabbage Tree Basin from Bonnie Vale picnic area in Royal National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/OEH