Royal National Park

The Royal National Park was established in 1879 and is the second oldest national park in the world, the oldest being Yellowstone National Park.

The park is located 32 kms south of Sydney and covers an area of 132 sq kms. The park was originally named National Park and was renamed to the Royal National Park after Queen Elizabeth IIs 1954 Australian tour.

There is a lot to see and do at the Royal, from picnics to bushwalking, rowing, swimming and surfing. The landscape is diverse with bush, rainforest, surf beaches, clifftops, rivers and creeks.

Royal Coast Walks

A great way to get to see what the Royal National Park has to offer is on a Royal Coast Walk. The Coast Track is a 30 kms walk from Bundeena to Otford and runs the length of the park’s coastline. The experienced bushwalking guides will take you through an unspoiled coastal wilderness. The coastal views are amazing and there are even waterfalls that tumble into the ocean. Learn about the aboriginal people and the way they lived prior to the arrival of Europeans. The bushwalking groups are kept small, and you can choose from half day, full day and two day tours.

For BOOKINGS and further information go to – Royal Coast Walks.

Royal National Park

This amazing photo is courtesy of Royal Coast Walks.

Picnic Areas and Beaches in the Royal National Park

The Royal National Park has a number of picnic areas and beaches to choose from. The picnic area at Audley on the Hacking River is very popular. The Audley Boatshed hires out rowboats, canoes, kayaks, aqua bikes and mountain bikes. For information, there is a visitor’s centre at the Audley dance hall.

The Royal National Park’s main surf beach is Garie Beach. It is approximately one km long and is a popular fishing spot. Garie Beach has a kiosk and surf life saving club, the clubhouse is available for party hire.

Another popular spot is Wattamolla beach. The picnic area sits on the escarpment that overlooks the lagoon and out to Wattamolla Beach.  There is a waterfall, the water from the creek tumbles into the lagoon.

Jibbon beach is the start of the coast track. The beach is north facing and is usually calm and ideal for those who don’t like surf. There are aboriginal carvings close by.

So Much to See and Do

There is so much to see and do at the Royal National Park, it is not possible to see and experience everything in a day. It is a place you can keep coming back to and explore. Some areas of the park are quiet busy, however if you go off the beaten track you can find some very quiet picnic areas.

The Royal National Park is home to a variety of mammals including ringtail and bushtail possums, sugar gliders and swamp wallabies.  The Royal is also rich in birdlife like the sulphur crested cockatoos, rosellas, rainbow lorikeets, eastern whipbirds and the list goes on.

Entry, Parking, Public Transport and Directions

Entry fee is $11 per vehicle to the Royal National Park and there are parking areas at all the major beaches and picnic areas. The gates are locked at 8.30pm to all park areas and opened each day around sunrise.  Public transport is limited, a ferry runs from Cronulla to Bundeena, visit NSW TransportInfo.

Kerry – Parks in Sydney.

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  1. The Royal National Park is virtually on my doorstep. I have driven through it a few times, but the way you write about it, it is obvious, I should stop and smell the flowers. It certainly has a lot to offer.
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  2. Hi Padraig
    You are so lucky to have the Royal National Park so close, it is amazing. There is so much more I want to see, can’t wait to go back.

  3. There are some beautiful parks around the Sydney area. We have been privileged to visit some and to fly over some others with our son, who flies helecopters in Sydney . Love your post Kerry
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  4. Thanks Doctor Bill, we are very lucky to have so many stunning parks in Sydney. I can imagine flying over Sydney in a helicopter would be an amazing experience.

  5. Oh wow – I never ever realised that there was a royal national park – and it caters for so many wonderful out door activities – from bush walking, to beaches and to quite spots for picnics! It sounds amazing – will have to add that to my bucket list :)

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  6. Hi Lisa
    The Royal National Park is a must to put on your list. There is something for everyone and your boys will love it.

  7. I have been to Sydney and enjoyed the parks and scenery.
    In Western Australia, especially down south we have a lot of scenery through our south west.. even up north there are a lot of spectacular national parks like Karaginni national park around the Tom Price area.
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  8. Hi Richard

    I can imagine the National Parks in WA would be magic. When I visited the Perth to Bunbury area, the views of the country side and over the ocean were amazing.

  9. The Otford to Burnng Palms walk within the Royal National Park is a definite “must do” .

  10. Thanks Pearlie, and the views are amazing.

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