The Coast track
Royal National Park
All the practical information you need to know about The Coast track.
Grade 5Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
Quality of markings
Very steep and difficult
Quality of path
Rough track, many obstacles
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
The Coast track starts at Beachcomber Avenue, Bundeena in the Bundeena precinct of Royal National Park. To drive there:
From Sydney to Bundeena:
- Take the Princes Highway south towards Wollongong
- At Loftus, turn left at the signs for Royal National Park onto Farnell Avenue, which continues onto Audley Road
- Drive across Audley Weir and continue along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive for approximately 10km
- Turn left onto Bundeena Drive and continue to Bundeena township
- Turn right onto Brighton Street then left onto Scarborough Street
- Turn right at Beachcomber Avenue and follow to the end
Alternatively, if starting from Otford lookout:
- At Waterfall, turn off the Princes Highway onto McKell Avenue, and follow to the end
- Turn right onto Lady Wakehurst Drive
- Otford lookout is on the left as you reach the coastline
Park entry points Show more
- Bundeena See on map
- Bundeena Drive carpark See on map
- Garie Beach carpark See on map
- Lady Wakehurst Drive, Otford See on map
- Wattamolla carpark See on map
Parking is available in Beachcomber Avenue, Bundeena and at Otford lookout.
By public transport
- Take the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra train line to Cronulla, then the ferry to Bundeena. It's a 1.5km walk to the start of The Coast track.
- Otford train station is on Georges Road, an extra 2km walk from Otford lookout, at the southern end of The Coast track. Take the South Coast train line to Sydney Central Station, or change at Sutherland for trains to Cronulla, then take the ferry across to Bundeena, if you've parked your car here.
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.
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 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. .
Maps and downloads
If you plan to walk the Coast track get the interactive Royal National Park map app from Avenza.
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.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
- Royal National Park Visitor Centre
- 8.30am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 02 9542 0648
- 1300 072 757 for campground and cottage bookings
- 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, NSW 2232
- 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