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Waterfall Flat picnic area

Royal National Park

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A great place for a family day trip near Sydney, visit Waterfall Flat picnic area in Royal National Park, which offers scenic bush views and birdwatching.

Picnic areas
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Waterfall Flat picnic area could be your first port of call on a day trip to Royal National Park. Near Waterfall, it’s also a great spot for getting the bikes out ready for a cycle tour, or a perfect spot to pull in for a bush picnic, just off Princes Highway.

Unpack a picnic on the tables and enjoy a quick bite with bushland views. The large grassy areas are an ideal spot for the kids to have a run around on a quick pit stop before exploring the park.

Keep your eyes peeled for birds and other wildlife as the surrounding heath attracts nectar-loving birds such as the lewins honeyeater and wattlebirds. For a nearby walk to enjoy more of the park, check out Couranga walking track or Forest path.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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.

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. 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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