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Bonnie Vale picnic area

Royal National Park


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

Picnic areas
Royal National Park
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

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

What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen

For a great day of water-based fun for all the family, pack the car and make your way to Bonnie Vale picnic area. With loads of options for all, everyone will feel like they’re on holiday for a day.

The kids will love swimming and liloing in the tranquil waters of Cabbage Tree Basin, and on weekends you can hire a canoe and paddle the waterways of Port Hacking, near Bundeena. There’s great fishing at nearby Jibbon Beach and even gas barbecues so you can cook up the catch of the day.

After a relaxing day, it could be hard to leave. If you want to make a weekend of it, stay overnight at Bonnie Vale campground. However, it’s a very popular spot and it's best to book in advance.

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

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.
    • Royal National Park Visitor Centre
      02 9542 0648
      13000 PARKS 1300 072 757 for campground and cottage bookings
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
    • 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, NSW 2232
    • Royal National Park area office
      02 9542 0632
      13000 PARKS 1300 072 757 for campground and cottage bookings
      Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm. Closed public holidays.
    • 159 Farnell Avenue, Royal National Park, NSW 2232
    • Fax: 02 9542 1420
See more visitor info
Bonnie Vale picnic area, Royal National Park. Photo: Andy Richards/NSW Government