Garawarra State Conservation Area
On the border of Royal National Park near Sydney, Garawarra State Conservation Area is a peaceful spot with scenic waterfalls ideal for bushwalking, mountain biking, horse riding and enjoying a picnic.
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It's not often you get to retreat to the bush, so close to the city. Garawarra State Conservation Area borders the Helensburgh end of Royal National Park between Sydney and Wollongong. It’s a haven of scribbly gum and red bloodwood, with patches of subtropical rainforest, making the area perfect for bushwalking and hiking.
Take a walk or ride your mountain bike along Cawleys Road trail. It's a great place for birdwatching, and you could easily spot satin bowerbirds, honeyeaters and perhaps even a lyrebird. Horse riding is also popular in Garawarra, and there are scenic bridle trails located in the reserve to the west of Helensburgh.
Enjoy a picnic at Kellys Falls picnic area, with breathtaking views of its waterfalls below.
Highlights in this park
Kellys Falls picnic area
Kellys Falls picnic area is a network of walking trails, cascading waterfalls and scenic lookouts within Garawarra State Conservation Area between Syd...
Cawleys Road trail
Cawleys Road trail is a wide, well-formed track popular for bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding in Garawarra State Conservation Area, near H...
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- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
Garawarra is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Royal National Park Visitor Centre
02 9542 0648
1300 072 757 for campground and cottage bookings
Contact hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Audley, NSW 2232
- Royal National Park Visitor Centre
In this park:
Things to do (13)
- Birdwatching and wildlife encounters (1)
- Canoeing/paddling (1)
- Cultural heritage (1)
- Cycling (1)
- Horse riding (1)
- Other experiences (3)
- Picnics and barbecues (1)
- Sightseeing (2)
- Walking (8)
- Waterfalls (2)
- Wildflowers (seasonal) (1)