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Royal National Park Visitor Centre

Royal National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Royal National Park Visitor Centre.

Getting there and parking

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    Royal National Park Visitor Centre is in the Audley precinct of Royal National Park. To get there:

    From Loftus:

    • Turn off Princes Highway at Farnell Avenue
    • Continue down the hill and drive across Audley Weir
    • Turn right into Triangle carpark just after the weir

    From Waterfall:

    • Turn off Princes Highway at Waterfall train station
    • Follow McKell Avenue to the end
    • Turn left onto Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and follow to Audley
    • Turn left into Triangle carpark just before the weir

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available at Royal National Park Visitor Centre.

    Best times to visit

    Royal National Park covers a wide range of landscapes, from open grassland to ocean-fronting clifftops. It's a good idea to pack clothing suitable for all weather conditions along with water, sunscreen and a map on your visit. Royal National Park shines in all seasons, though summer and winter each offer a few special attractions.

    Summer

    Visit the majestic Garie Beach to surf or just relax. The beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers in summer. Plus, the panorama from Garie North Head is just amazing, so be sure to take your camera. The beach at Bundeena's Bonnie Vale is a great swimming spot, as are Jibbon, Wattamolla and Little Marley beaches. If a freshwater swim is more your thing, try Karloo Pool, Deer Pool or Curracurrang. The summer holiday information has important tips to help you plan your day to Royal National Park during the busy holiday period .

    Winter

    Winter is a great time to tackle the popular Coast track from Bundeena to Otford. Not only will you be greeted by spectacular coastal scenery, you can also see whales from the cliffs (June to August). Complete the walk in small sections or undertake the entire 26km over two days. Plan a visit during spring to admire the stunning heathland wildflowers on display. Head along the Coast track or the Curra Moors Loop track or walk to Wises track to see them in bloom. .

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    16°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    42°C (1977)

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    -0.6°C (1968)

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    254.5mm

    Facilities

    Toilets

    There's a wheelchair accessible toilet adjacent to the visitor centre, which can be opened with a MLAK key.

    • Flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    Barbecue facilities

    • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

    Drinking water

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - easy

    This area is fully wheelchair-accessible.

    • The visitor centre, Dance Hall Cafe and pavillion are accessible via a concrete pathway from Triangle carpark (on the southern side of the weir, adjacent to the toilet facilities).
    • The Audley Dance Hall function centre is accessible from the parking area at the front of the dance hall on Sir Bertram Stevens Drive
    • There's a wheelchair accessible toilet adjacent to the visitor centre, which can be opened with a MLAK key

    Prohibited

    Drones

    Flying recreational drones is not permitted because this park is located within 5.5km of an airfield or helicopter landing site. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) states that drones should not be flown within 30m of vehicles, boats, buildings or people, or within 5.5km of an airfield. Drones can also impact on public enjoyment and privacy, interfere with park operations, and may pose a threat to wildlife in some areas.

    Please contact the park office for consent if you wish to fly a drone for commercial filming or photography purposes. For more information, see the Drones in Parks policy.

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Royal National Park Visitor Centre

    Operated by

    • Royal National Park Visitor Centre
    • 8.30am-4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
    • 02 9542 0648
    • 13000 PARKS 1300 072 757 for campground and cottage bookings
    • 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, NSW 2232

    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
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    Visitor centre

    Audley Visitor Centre, Royal National Park. Photo: Andy Richards