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Wattamolla picnic area

Royal National Park

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Upgrade to Wattamolla picnic area and carpark

The picnic areas and lower loop carpark will be closed from 26 April to 24 October 2021. You can still access Wattamolla beach, the toilets, and the Royal Coast Track. Find out more about the landscaping and facilities improvements being made to Wattamolla in 2021.

The coastal Wattamolla picnic area at Royal National Park is a popular family spot for swimming, fishing, snorkelling and bushwalking.

Picnic areas
Royal National Park
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • For your own safety, please don't jump from the top of the waterfall into the lagoon. Many people have been injured this way.
  • Follow @royalnpalerts on Twitter for regular, real-time updates about traffic and parking capacity.
  • You'll need to bring drinking and cooking water to Wattamolla picnic area
  • Please don’t feed wild animals in the park

When you’re pining for the feel of sand between your toes, take the family and head to Wattamolla picnic area in Royal National Park. With loads of options to keep everyone happy, this is a popular place to base yourself while you’re exploring the park.

The kids will love the calm waters of the lagoon for snorkelling, swimming and liloing. Unpack a picnic under the shade of the cabbage tree palms and do some serious unwinding, or head to the beach for a spot of fishing.

After enjoying a barbecue lunch, go for a walk along one of the beach tracks, with a prize for the first to see a sea eagle or oystercatcher.

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

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


How to leave no trace

It’s mind blowing that the natural beauty of our national parks is open to all, but this is only possible if we all #LeaveNoTrace during our visit. Check out these 7 simple tips to leave the bush as you found it.

A man and women pick up rubbish at Emily Miller Beach, Murramarang National Park. Photo: Melissa Findley/OEH


Royal National Park bus service

Skip driving and parking in Royal National Park and catch the Park Connections bus. Hop from Sutherland Station or Bundeena Wharf to spots in the park like Audley and Wattamolla.

A Park Connections bus at Garawarra Farm carpark. Photo: Busfleet Australia

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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 Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There's also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes.

    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).

    Buy annual pass
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