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Pool Flat picnic area

Royal National Park

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Idyllic Pool Flat picnic area offers swimming and paddling on Hacking River in Royal National Park, in the popular family friendly Audley region, south of Sydney.

Picnic areas
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Royal National Park is open 7am-8.30pm. The entrance gate is locked when the park closes.

Pool Flat picnic area offers a delightful riverside spot, ideal for a family day out in the popular Audley Weir area. Only an hour from the centre of Sydney, you’ll feel like you and the family are on holiday, even if it’s only for an afternoon.

The kids will love swimming in the tranquil waters of Hacking River, and you’ll love the relaxed setting with the easy option for a delicious lunch or snack at nearby Audley Dance Hall Cafe. If you’re tempted to get out on the water, hire a canoe or two at Audley Boatshed for a paddle along the river.

Just down river from Royal National Park Visitor Centre, it’s a great opportunity to pick up some brochures about walks and other lovely spots to explore in Royal National Park.

Take a virtual tour of Pool Flat picnic area captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • NPWS staff and visitors using the computers at Royal National Park Visitor Centre, Royal National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell © OEH

    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, Royal National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell © DPIE

    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.

  • Audley Boatshed Royal National Park. Photo: Andrew Elliot © DPE

    Audley boatshed

    Hire a kayak and spend a few relaxed hours paddling up Kangaroo Creek from Audley Boatshed in Royal National Park, near Loftus.

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


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

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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. 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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