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Brilliant bushwalking close to Sydney (Otford to Bundeena)

17 Jun 2008  Enjoy the natural surroundings of Sydney - Royal National Park
3.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

The Coast Track is a 26km walking track spanning the entire east coast of the Royal National Park from Bundeena at its northern tip, down to Otford at its southern tip. The track is designed to be an overnight hike with camping sites at North Era and Wattamolla (camping permits required) however it can relatively easily be done in one (long) go. I prefer to walk it from Otford to Bundeena though most folks tend to walk south with the sun at their backs. It is not as well marked as advertised so a map is required (and a lot of water).

  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Fall
  • 1. Arriving at Otford by train

    Plan the trip right to be there early. I'd catch a train from Central station before 7.00 am and be in Otford an hour later.

  • 2. Unclad beach - Werrong Beach

    Not long after starting the track you run into directions to an 'unclad beach'. No idea what is wrong with the spelling of 'nude' but even funnier is the direction sign itself. Amusing start to the long walk ahead.

  • 3. North Era and Garie

    Two hours later you should be in North Era and a decent beach. Having passed through a bit of a rainforest. No - diamond pythons are not venomous. Soon after it is the Garie Beach.

    For those who wish to make it a two day trip here are the campgrounds.

  • 4. Eagle Rock

    And then it is up and down and through the bushes until you come upon the Eagle Rock. And if you rather just read about it rather than walk it then click on the link.

  • 5. Wattamolla

    Just over half way through comes a big BBQ and camping area. Usually very noisy and full of people. Quite unlike what I would get used to by now. What's worse the track disappears here as it runs through the parking area.

    Markings will further play tricks and become confusing a number of times along the rest of the walk.

  • 6. Marley Beach

    Marley Beach and then Marley Head make fanstastic stops. Especially that by this time it is getting a bit tiring (especially in blazing sun). And they're only a bit over an hour away from Bundeena Wharf.

  • 7. Port Hacking Point and Jibbon Beach

    Worth the detour if the senses are not exhausted and the nature still proves to be an enjoyment.

  • 8. Bundeena Wharf

    And this is the only reason to walk relatively briskly - you don't want to miss the last boat... though it might not be a bad idea to stay a night here.

    However all in all this is a comfortable 8 hour walk... so long as it is not mid-summer.