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Royal National Park
Travel Guide – New South Wales

Royal National Park Weekend Getaway

The Royal National Park is a prime destination for Australians who are looking for breathtaking views of coastal scenery. The Royal National Park is located 29 kilometres south of Sydney’s central district, and is a convenient holiday location that will allow you to enjoy the wonders of the natural world without travelling to the ends of the earth.

The Royal National Park is a large nature reserve that covers an area of about 15,100 hectares. The suburbs of Sydney are close to the park, but you will not be disturbed by urban noises or heavy traffic. Royal National Park has plenty of remote forest paths, beaches, and seaside cliffs that will provide you with a solitary experience. Enjoy the privacy of nature as you traverse across one of Australia’s most diverse landscapes.

Things to do and see in the Royal National Park

When you explore Royal National Park, you will immediately be impressed by the area’s geographical features. In the coastal areas of the park, you will witness lovely beaches and sheer cliffs. These massive stone guardians form a barrier between the sea and the inland areas. The deep blue waters off the coast seem calm near the horizon, but they are quite choppy on the rocks. Your senses will be soothed by the rhythmic crashing of waves on the rocks below.

Travel to one of the rock shelves near a beach like Garie Beach to see tide pools. These lovely pools of water are completely hidden during high-tide, but they remain full during low-tide. You may use these gorgeous natural pools of clear water to swim, or you can search for rare marine species. The innermost portions of the coastal landscape are adorned by heathland.

Garie Beach – Royal National Park, New South Wales

Cliffs and vegetation surrounding Garie Beach, Royal National Park.

The coastal heathland of the Royal National park supports a wide variety of plants and animals that can survive in salty conditions. Walk beyond the heathland to explore dense forests that span across low valleys and rolling hills. You will encounter a variety of trees, ferns, vines, and grasses as you walk along a rugged track. After a long day of exploring the wilderness, rest on the edge of a freshwater stream. Wash your face with the rejuvenating water as you feel the oceanic breeze tingle your skin.

If you quietly trek through the deepest reaches of the wilderness, you may encounter incredible animals. Some of the animals in Royal National Park are kookaburras, New Holland honeyeaters, and fairywrens.

If you enjoy relaxing days near the sea, visit one of Royal National Park’s secluded beaches. Wattamolla Beach is a popular destination for both sunbathers and sightseers. This stretch of soft sand is nestled below massive rock formations. You may hop across the large boulders to access a stunning lookout above the sea. During your adventures near Wattamolla Beach, you will certainly be amazed by the intricate moss-covered cliffs. After a long day of sightseeing, return to the sand for a well-deserved nap. When you awaken from your slumber, plunge into the refreshing waters of the Tasman Sea. Garie Beach and Werrong Beach are also wonderful destinations for beach-goers. Werrong Beach is the only official nude beach in the Greater Sydney area.

Wattamolla Beach – Royal National Park, New South Wales

Families and friends enjoying the day at Wattamolla Beach in Australia’s Royal National Park.

Challenge your endurance and bush skills by following the Coast Track. This difficult 26-kilometre route will guide you through the beautiful coastal wilderness between Bundeena and Otford.